“Perhaps tragedies are only tragedies in the presence of love, which confers meaning to loss.”
― Elizabeth Alexander
What cannot be said will be wept.
'I must also have a dark side if I am to be whole.'
'I hold a beast, an angel, and a madman in me, and my enquiry is as to their working, and my problem is their subjugation and victory, down throw and upheaval, and my effort is their self-expression.'
― Dylan Thomas
'I have suffered two grave accidents in my life, one in which a streetcar knocked me down.The other accident is Diego.'
— Frida Kahlo
'... and besides you can't fully know how wrong a thing is until you've done it...'
'Such a thirst was not made to be wasted.'
- Eric Gill, Autobiography
'It is one of the difficulties of this book that I must always be appearing on a higher plane than that to which I properly belong - or, in case, per impossibile, I under-rate myself, at least I must always be omitting the evidence of my sinfulness. And it is a hateful situation. I do not want to appear other than I am - partly because of the untruth, partly because it is all such nonsense, this convention, this police convention, this drawing-room convention of reticence in matters which we know are vital to our judgment, and partly because of the unreality. But there is perhaps one comfort. It is this: we human beings are all in the same difficulty. We are all torn asunder, all of us, by this disintegration of our flesh and our spirit. And so if in this book I am appearing more spiritual than is credible to some of those I have loved, let them examine their own consciences. I think they will discover, as I have done, that they also are torn asunder and that they also have desired to be made whole.'
- Eric Gill, Autobiography
'I was lost but I was free'
— 'All The While', The Pines
Every heart, every heart
to love will come
but like a refugee
— Leonard Cohen, Anthem
'For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it.... I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again, it can be done, I should know.'
— F. Scott Fitzgerald
'Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.'
— Samuel Beckett, Worstward Ho
'This is one moment
But know that another
shall pierce you with a sudden painful joy.'
— TS Eliot
'I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it.'
'La perfection est atteinte non quand il ne reste rien à ajouter, mais quand il ne reste rien à enlever. ' ('Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to remove.')
— Antoine de Saint-Exupéry