Anais Nin ~ Why Do We Write?
“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.”
― Anaïs Nin
Virginia Woolf ~ Counting Up
“Often on a wet day I begin counting up; what I've read and what I haven't read.” 
Virginia Woolf,  Between the Acts
A True Sentence
"I would stand and look out over the roofs of Paris and think, "Do not worry. You have always written before and you will write now. All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know."
Ernest Hemingway
The Need Of A Woman
“I, with a deeper instinct, choose a man who compels my strength, who makes enormous demands on me, who does not doubt my courage or my toughness, who does not believe me naïve or innocent, who has the courage to treat me like a woman.”
― Anaïs Nin
Portrait of Anne
André Lhote - 1930
My Library Is An Archive Of Longings
“My library is an archive of longings.”
― Susan Sontag, As Consciousness is Harnessed to Flesh: Journals and Notebooks, 1964-1980

Writer Susan Sontag shown Jan. 11, 1964. (AP Photo)
Daydreaming
“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
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

Loneliness
Viktor Elpidiforovich Borisov-Musatov - 1905
Oscar Wilde ~ The Importance Of Conversation
"The bond of all companionship, whether in marriage or in friendship, is conversation."
Oscar Wilde
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
Franz Kafka ~ Metamorphosis
“I cannot make you understand. I cannot make anyone understand what is happening inside me. I cannot even explain it to myself.”
― Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis

Portrait Franz Kafka by Andy Warhol.