Category: books

“I talk too much because I have been made so miserable by what you are keeping hushed.”

Djuna Barnes, Nightwood

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“Real loneliness is not necessarily limited to when you are alone.”

Charles Bukowski

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“I have never seen a class so deeply demoralised, so incurably debased by selfishness, so corroded within, so incapable of progress, as the English bourgeoisie. For it nothing exists in this world, except for the sake of money, itself not excluded. It knows no bliss save that of rapid gain, no pain save that of losing gold. In the presence of this avarice and lust of gain, it is not possible for a single human sentiment or opinion to remain untainted.”

Friedrich Engels, The Condition of the Working Class in England

“Man has bought brains, but all the millions in the world have failed to buy love. Man has subdued bodies, but all the power on earth has been unable to subdue love. Man has conquered whole nations, but all his armies could not conquer love. Man has chained and fettered the spirit, but he has been utterly helpless before love. High on a throne, with all the splendor and pomp his gold can command, man is yet poor and desolate, if love passes him by. And if it stays, the poorest hovel is radiant with warmth, with life and color. Thus love has the magic power to make of a beggar a king.”

Emma Goldman, Anarchism and Other Essays

I notice you, I want to say. Even when no one else does, I do. I will.

“My friends were poor, but honest; so’s my love—”

William Shakespeare, All’s Well that Ends Well

I can write the saddest poem of all tonight. I loved her, and sometimes she loved me too.

Is it better to out-monster the monster or to be quietly devoured?