“The cost of oblivious daydreaming was always this moment of return, the realignment with what had been before and now seemed a little worse. ”
― Ian McEwan, Atonement

Daydreaming at the Water's Edge
Henri Martin - 1899
Sweet Sweet Melancholia
“For some nights I slept profoundly; but still every morning I felt the same lassitude, and a languor weighed upon me all day. I felt myself a changed girl. A strange melancholy was stealing over me, a melancholy that I would not have interrupted. Dim thoughts of death began to open, and an idea that I was slowly sinking took gentle, and, somehow, not unwelcome possession of me. If it was sad, the tone of mind which this induced was also sweet. Whatever it might be, my soul acquiesced in it."

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, Carmilla

Anthony Frederick Sandys - Date unknown
Sylvia Plath – Loneliness
“God, but life is loneliness, despite all the opiates, despite the shrill tinsel gaiety of "parties" with no purpose, despite the false grinning faces we all wear. And when at last you find someone to whom you feel you can pour out your soul, you stop in shock at the words you utter - they are so rusty, so ugly, so meaningless and feeble from being kept in the small cramped dark inside you so long. Yes, there is joy, fulfillment and companionship - but the loneliness of the soul in its appalling self-consciousness is horrible and overpowering.”

― Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath

Viktor Elpidiforovich Borisov-Musatov - 1905
“Absence is to love what wind is to fire; it extinguishes the small, it inflames the great.”
― Roger de Bussy-Rabutin
Separation. Edvard Munch. 1896.
Vladimir Nabokov ~ The Rain
“Do not be angry with the rain; it simply does not know how to fall upwards.”
― Vladimir Nabokov
Oscar Wilde ~ The Importance Of Conversation
"The bond of all companionship, whether in marriage or in friendship, is conversation."
Oscar Wilde
James Frey ~ Despair
“The wounds that never heal can only be mourned alone.”
― James Frey, A Million Little Pieces

The Swan of Tuonela
Akseli Gallen-Kallela - 1904-1905
Marcel Proust ~ Paradise Lost
“The true paradises are the paradises that we have lost.”
Marcel Proust.
Paradise Lost
Geza Farago - 1903
Mother And Daughter
“The more a daughter knows the details of her mother's life [...] the stronger the daughter.”
― Anita Diamant, The Red Tent

Mother and Daughter
Alexei Harlamoff - 1901
Sylvia Plath ~ How Important Am I ?
“Kiss me, and you will see how important I am.”
Sylvia Plath