Category: literature

“Should I kill myself, or have a cup of coffee?”

Albert Camus

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

Djuna Barnes, Nightwood

“I’m not used to being loved. I wouldn’t know what to do.”

F. Scott Fitzgerald, More Than Just A House


“Believe me there is no such thing as great suffering, great regret, great memory. Everything is forgotten, even a great love. That’s what’s sad about life, and also what’s wonderful about it. There is only a way of looking at things, a way that comes to you every once in a while. That’s why it’s good to have had love in your life after all, to have had an unhappy passion- it gives you an alibi for the vague despairs we all suffer from.”

Albert Camus


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

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

“My bowl is the sky,
And I drink at my eye,
Till I feel in the brain
A Delphian pain -”

John Keats, A Draught of Sunshine

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