Every time she tries to leave, the boy stops her, begging like a fool. And so she always returns, no matter how often she leaves or how far she goes, appearing soundlessly behind him and covering his eyes with her hands, spoiling for him anyone who could ever come after her. —Nicole Krauss, The History of Love
I’d cut my soul into a million different pieces just to form a constellation to light your way home. I’d write love poems to the parts of yourself you can’t stand. I’d stand in the shadows of your heart and tell you I’m not afraid of your dark. —Andrea Gibson (via spinnnersend
I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. If you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it, and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good. Hot is no good, either. White hot and passionate is the only thing to be. —Roald Dahl (via perfect
You have witchcraft in your lips. —William Shakespeare, Henry V
I’m a witch woman; high on tobacco and holy water. I’m a woman delighted with her disasters. They give me something to do. A profession of sorts. I have the magic of words. — Sandra Cisneros (via talisman
You are so brave and quiet I forget you are suffering. —Ernest Hemingway
Don’t romanticise your ‘vocation’. You can either write good sentences or you can’t. There is no ‘writer’s lifestyle’. All that matters is what you leave on the page. —Zadie Smith’s 10 rules of writing
I become such a monster when I miss you. —Clementine von Radics (via ceruleanbeach
I said to myself, This is my job now, I’m a writer, and that means I have to write regularly and not just when I feel like it. —Emmanuel Carrère
You remember too much,
my mother said to me recently.
Why hold onto all that? And I said,
Where can I put it down?
—Anne Carson, from “
The Glass Essay”