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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...

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GRIGORY GLUCKMANN ~ THE DRESSING ROOM

A painting I love! Grigory Gluckmann, (Russia, 1898-1973) The Dressing Room

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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

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ANNA AKHMATOVA ~ IN THE EVENING

IN THE EVENING  BY ANNA AKHMATOVA The garden rang with music Of inexpressible despair. A dish of oysters spread on ice Smelled like the ocean, fresh and sharp. He told me: “I’m a faithful friend!”- And lightly touched my dress. How different from embraces The touch of those two hands. That’s how one strokes a cat or bird Or looks at slender lady riders… Just laughter in his quiet eyes, Beneath his light gold lashes. And the despondent voices of the violins Sing out beyond the hanging smoke: “Give...

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ANTON CHEKHOV ~ ON LIFE

“There will come a time when everybody will know why, for what purpose, there is all this suffering, and there will be no more mysteries. But now we must live.” —Anton Chekhov, The Three Sisters

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IVAN TURGENEV ~ GAMES OF THE MIND

“Moreover, probably owing to excessive self-consciousness, perhaps as the result of the generally unfortunate cast of my personality, there existed between my thoughts and feelings, and the expression of those feelings and thoughts, a sort of inexplicable, irrational, and utterly insuperable barrier; and whenever I made up my mind to overcome this obstacle by force, to break down this barrier, my gestures, the expression of my face, my whole being, took on an appearance of painful constraint. I not only seemed, I positively became unnatural and affected. I was...

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MIKHAIL BULGAKOV ~ THE EYES AND THE TRUTH

“The tongue can conceal the truth, but the eyes never! You’re asked an unexpected question, you don’t even flinch, it takes just a second to get yourself under control, you know just what you have to say to hide the truth, and you speak very convincingly, and nothing in your face twitches to give you away. But the truth, alas, has been disturbed by the question, and it rises up from the depths of your soul to flicker in your eyes and all is lost.” ― Mikhail Bulgakov, The Master and...

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ANTON CHEKHOV ~ HUMAN RELATIONS

“There should be more sincerity and heart in human relations, more silence and simplicity in our interactions. Be rude when you’re angry, laugh when something is funny, and answer when you’re asked.” Anton Chekhov

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THE TOLSTOY FAMILY ~ A LIFE IN PICTURES

“All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” ― Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina Count Lev Tolstoy and his Wife Countess Sophia Tolstoy At Home in Tolstoy’s Study, 1907

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ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE ~ HAPPY VALENTINES DAY

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY ♥ The Kiss Konstantin Somov – 1914

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