“I am my own experiment. I am my own work of art.”
"A truth that’s told with bad intent
Beats all the lies you can invent."
"Every act of rebellion expresses a nostalgia for innocence and an appeal to the essence of being."
Albert Camus, The Rebel: An Essay on Man in Revolt
"I think people are often quite unaware of their inner selves, their other selves, their imaginative selves, the selves that aren’t on show in the world. It’s something you grow out of from childhood onwards, losing possession of yourself, really. I think literature is one of the best ways back into that. You are hypnotized as soon as you get into a book that particularly works for you, whether it’s fiction or a poem. You find that your defenses drop, and as soon as that happens, an imaginative reality can take over because you are no longer censoring your own perceptions, your own awareness of the world."
Jeanette Winterson, The Art of Fiction No. 150
"I learned to make my mind large, as the universe is large, so that there is room for paradoxes."
Maxine Hong Kingston, The Woman Warrior
‘Met onzichtbare draden wordt men het stevigst gebonden.’ (Nietzsche)
"You forget the difference between our two positions: you work only on paper, which … is smooth, supple, and offers no resistance to either your imagination or your pen; whereas I, a poor Empress, work on human skin, which is much more irritable and ticklish."
Catherine the Great to Denis Diderot (via jaded-mandarin)
De liefde brengt ook een complexie van leegte met zich mee, een herinnering aan haar destructieve afwezigheid. De dichotomie penetreert zich in mij. Het verrukt en verontrust.