Franz Kafka ~ Unhappy Dreams
“But sleep? On a night like this? What an idea! Just think of how many thoughts a blanket smothers while one lies alone in bed, and how many unhappy dreams it keeps warm.”
― Franz Kafka
Henry David Thoreau ~ How Do Most Men Live?
“Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.”
― Henry David Thoreau, Civil Disobedience and Other Essays


Edmund Charles Tarbell (American painter) 1862 – 1938
Interior of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, ca. 1926
Herman Hesse ~ The Written Word
"Without words, without writing and without books there would be no history, there could be no concept of humanity.”
― Hermann Hesse
Franz Kafka ~ The Importance Of A Book
“A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us.”
― Franz Kafka
Mark Twain ~ Prepared To Die…
“The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.”
― Mark Twain
Hipogeu Camps-Nonell ,1908
Arthur Schopenhauer ~ Pain Caused By Death
“The deep pain that is felt at the death of every friendly soul arises from the feeling that there is in every individual something which is inexpressible, peculiar to him alone, and is, therefore, absolutely and irretrievably lost.”
― Arthur Schopenhauer
Jacques-Augustin Pajou (Jacques Augustin Pajou) (1730-1809)
Bacchante tenant un tambour de basque, avec deux enfants [detail #2]
Marble
Louvre (France)
Anais Nin ~ On Relationships
“You know I have friends who used to laugh at me when I said we have to create a relationship. They thought relationship is a miracle, it just happens, it comes, we find it, and there it is. But it’s not true. I never found that to be true. One friend was amazed at things that happened in a relationship over the years. And I said: “Yes, we created that. This friendship was created with talking, with struggle, with crises.” So wait until you feel right within yourself, and then you’ll feel right towards others.”
— Anais Nin
Anna Akhmatova ~ Waking Dreams
Forgive me, that I manage badly,
Manage badly but live gloriously,
That I leave traces of myself in my songs,
That I appeared to you in waking dreams.”
― Anna Akhmatova, The Complete Poems

Anna Akhmatova. Slepnevo.1914
George Orwell ~ On Wisdom
“Every generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it.”
― George Orwell
Virginia Woolf ~ On Life
“We live our lives, do whatever we do, and then we sleep. It's as simple and ordinary as that. A few jump out windows, or drown themselves, or take pills; more die by accident; and most of us are slowly devoured by some disease, or, if we're very fortunate, by time itself. There's just this for consolation: an hour here or there when our lives seem, against all odds & expectations, to burst open & give us everything we've ever imagined, though everyone but children (and perhaps even they) know these hours will inevitably be followed by others, far darker and more difficult. Still, we cherish the city, the morning, we hope, more than anything for more. Heaven only knows why we love it so.”
― Virginia Woolf