T.s. Eliot ~ A Conversation With My Soul
“I said to my soul, be still and wait without hope, for hope would be hope for the wrong thing; wait without love, for love would be love of the wrong thing; there is yet faith, but the faith and the love are all in the waiting. Wait without thought, for you are not ready for thought: So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing.”
T.S. Eliot
Margaret Atwood ~ Meaningless Words
Now we're on my home ground, foreign territory. My throat constricts, as it learned to do when I discovered people could say words that would go into my ears meaning nothing.
Margaret Atwood
Born 1939, Canada
Surfacing
Anne Michaels ~ On Grief
"Grief requires time. If a chip of stone radiates its self, its breath, so long, how stubborn might be the soul"
Anne Michaels
Fugitive Pieces
James Joyce ~ The Artist
"The artist, like the God of the creation, remains within or behind or beyond or above his handiwork, invisible, refined out of existence, indifferent, paring his fingernails."
James Joyce
(1882-1941)
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Virginia Woolf ~ We Love Each Other
He was silent for a moment. Silence seemed to have fallen upon the world. "That is what I have felt since I knew you" he replied. "We are happy together". He did not seem to be speaking, or she to be hearing. "Very happy", she answered. They continued to walk for some time in silence. Their steps unconsciously quickened. "We love each other", he said. "We love each other", she repeated. The silence was then broken by their voices which joined in tones of strange unfamiliar sound which formed no words. Faster and faster they walked; simultaneously they stopped, clasped each other in their arms, then releasing themselves, dropped to the earth.  "We love each other" he repeated, searching into her face. Their faces were both very pale and quiet, and they said nothing.
The Voyage Out (1915), Virginia Woolf
Hermann Hesse ~ Reality
There's no reality except the one contained within us. That's why so many people live an unreal life. They take images outside them for reality and never allow the world within them to assert itself.”
Hermann Hesse
Gogol ~ Passion Or Habit?
"What is stronger in us — passion or habit? Or are all the violent impulses, all the whirl of our desires and turbulent passions, only the consequence of our ardent age, and is it only through youth that they seem deep and shattering?"
Nicolai Gogol
D.h. Lawrence ~ A Woman Can Not Be Herself
"She felt him invisibly master her spirit"
The Fox (1923)
"A woman cannot be herself, cannot be essentially a woman, until she submerges herself in the male"
D.H. Lawrence
(1885 -1930)
Jonathan Safran Foer ~ On Thinking
“I think and think and think, I‘ve thought myself out of happiness one million times, but never once into it.”
― Jonathan Safran Foer
Chekhov ~ Understanding The Human Mind…
No psychologist should pretend to understand what he does not understand... Only fools and charlatans know everything and understand nothing.
ANTON CHEKHOV
Anton Pavlovich Chekhov was a Russian physician, dramatist and author who is considered to be among the greatest writers of short stories in history.