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  • #1
    Edith Sitwell
    “I am not eccentric. It's just that I am more alive than most people. I am an unpopular electric eel set in a pond of catfish.”
    Edith Sitwell


  • #2
    Pablo Picasso
    “Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not. ”
    Pablo Picasso, Pablo Picasso: Metamorphoses of the Human Form : Graphic Works, 1895-1972


  • #3
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “I want to stand as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can't see from the center.”
    Kurt Vonnegut, Player Piano


  • #4
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.”
    Kurt Vonnegut


  • #5
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “Here is a lesson in creative writing. First rule: Do not use semicolons. They are transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing. All they do is show you've been to college.”
    Kurt Vonnegut, A Man Without a Country


  • #6
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “I tell you, we are here on Earth to fart around, and don't let anybody tell you different.”
    Kurt Vonnegut, A Man Without a Country


  • #7
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “Dear future generations: Please accept our apologies. We were rolling drunk on petroleum.”
    Kurt Vonnegut


  • #8
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “If you want to really hurt you parents, and you don't have the nerve to be gay, the least you can do is go into the arts. I'm not kidding. The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven's sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possible can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.”
    Kurt Vonnegut, A Man Without a Country


  • #9
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “When I write, I feel like an armless, legless man with a crayon in his mouth.”
    Kurt Vonnegut


  • #10
    Virginia Woolf
    “Writing is like sex. First you do it for love, then you do it for your friends, and then you do it for money.”
    Virginia Woolf


  • #11
    Erica Jong
    “Nothing quite has reality for me till I write it all down--revising and embellishing as I go. I'm always waiting for things to be over so I can get home and commit them to paper.”
    Erica Jong


  • #12
    E.M. Forster
    “How do I know what I think until I see what I say?”
    E.M. Forster


  • #13
    Joan Didion
    “I write entirely to find out what I'm thinking, what I'm looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear.”
    Joan Didion


  • #14
    T.C. Boyle
    “Writing is a habit, an addiction, as powerful and overmastering an urge as putting a bottle to your lips or a spike in your arm. Call it the impulse to make something out of nothing, call it an obsessive-compulsive disorder, call it logorrhea. Have you been in a bookstore lately? Have you seen what these authors are doing, the mountainous piles of the flakes of themselves they're leaving behind, like the neatly labeled jars of shit, piss, and toenail clippings one of John Barth's characters bequeathed to his wife, the ultimate expression of his deepest self?”
    T.C. Boyle


  • #15
    Anaïs Nin
    “There are two ways to reach me: by way of kisses or by way of the imagination. But there is a hierarchy: the kisses alone don't work.”
    Anaïs Nin, Henry And June


  • #16
    Anaïs Nin
    “I want to make my own discoveries…….penetrate the evil which attracts me”
    Anaïs Nin, Henry and June: From "A Journal of Love"--The Unexpurgated Diary of Anaïs Nin


  • #17
    Anaïs Nin
    “Ordinary life does not interest me. I seek only the high moments. I am in accord with the surrealists, searching for the marvelous. I want to be a writer who reminds others that these moments exist; I want to prove that there is infinite space, infinite meaning, infinite dimension. But I am not always in what I call a state of grace. I have days of illuminations and fevers. I have days when the music in my head stops. Then I mend socks, prune trees, can fruits, polish furniture. But while I am doing this I feel I am not living.”
    Anaïs Nin, The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 1: 1931-1934


  • #18
    Anaïs Nin
    “We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.”
    Anaïs Nin


  • #19
    Anaïs Nin
    “If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don't write, because our culture has no use for it.”
    Anaïs Nin


  • #20
    Anaïs Nin
    “I am lonely, yet not everybody will do. I don't know why, some people fill the gaps and others emphasize my loneliness. In reality those who satisfy me are those who simply allow me to live with my ''idea of them.”
    Anaïs Nin


  • #21
    Anaïs Nin
    “I am the most tired woman in the world. I am tired when I get up. Life requires an effort I cannot make. Please give me that heavy book. I need to put something heavy like that on top of my head. I have to place my feet under the pillows always, so as to be able to stay on earth. Otherwise I feel myself going away, going away at a tremendous speed, on account of my lightness. I know that I am dead. As soon as I utter a phrase my sincerity dies, becomes a lie whose coldness chills me. Don't say anything, because I see that you understand me, and I am afraid of your understanding. I have such a fear of finding another like myself, and such a desire to find one! I am so utterly lonely, but I also have such a fear that my isolation be broken through, and I no longer be the head and ruler of my universe. I am in great terror of your understanding by which you penetrate into my world; and then I stand revealed and I have to share my kingdom with you.”
    Anaïs Nin


  • #22
    Anaïs Nin
    “Everything with me is either worship and passion or pity and understanding. I hate rarely, though when I hate, I hate murderously. For example now, I hate the bank and everything connected with it. I also hate Dutch paintings, penis-sucking, parties, and cold rainy weather. But I am much more preoccupied with loving.”
    Anaïs Nin, Henry and June: From "A Journal of Love"--The Unexpurgated Diary of Anaïs Nin


  • #23
    Anaïs Nin
    “The role of a writer is not to say what we can all say, but what we are unable to say.”
    Anaïs Nin


  • #24
    Anaïs Nin
    “Music melts all the separate parts of our bodies together.”
    Anaïs Nin


  • #25
    Anaïs Nin
    “Question: I am interested in so many things, and I have a terrible fear because my mother keeps telling me that I'm just going to be exploring the rest of my life and never get anything done. But I find it really hard to set my ways and say, "Well, do I want to do this, or should I try to exploit that, or should I escape and completely do one thing?"

    Anaïs Nin: One word I would banish from the dictionary is 'escape.' Just banish that and you'll be fine. Because that word has been misused regarding anybody who wanted to move away from a certain spot and wanted to grow. He was an escapist. You know if you forget that word you will have a much easier time. Also you're in the prime, the beginning of your life; you should experiment with everything, try everything.... We are taught all these dichotomies, and I only learned later that they could work in harmony. We have created false dichotomies; we create false ambivalences, and very painful one's sometimes -the feeling that we have to choose. But I think at one point we finally realize, sometimes subconsciously, whether or not we are really fitted for what we try and if it's what we want to do.

    You have a right to experiment with your life. You will make mistakes. And they are right too. No, I think there was too rigid a pattern. You came out of an education and are supposed to know your vocation. Your vocation is fixed, and maybe ten years later you find you are not a teacher anymore or you're not a painter anymore. It may happen. It has happened. I mean Gauguin decided at a certain point he wasn't a banker anymore; he was a painter. And so he walked away from banking. I think we have a right to change course. But society is the one that keeps demanding that we fit in and not disturb things. They would like you to fit in right away so that things work now.”
    Anaïs Nin


  • #26
    Anaïs Nin
    “I do not want to be the leader. I refuse to be the leader. I want to live darkly and richly in my femaleness. I want a man lying over me, always over me. His will, his pleasure, his desire, his life, his work, his sexuality the touchstone, the command, my pivot. I don’t mind working, holding my ground intellectually, artistically; but as a woman, oh, God, as a woman I want to be dominated. I don’t mind being told to stand on my own feet, not to cling, be all that I am capable of doing, but I am going to be pursued, fucked, possessed by the will of a male at his time, his bidding.”
    Anaïs Nin


  • #27
    Anaïs Nin
    “Each contact with a human being is so rare, so precious, one should preserve it.”
    Anaïs Nin


  • #28
    Anaïs Nin
    “I have no brakes on...analysis is for those who are paralyzed by life.”
    Anaïs Nin, The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 1: 1931-1934


  • #29
    Anaïs Nin
    “It is the function of art to renew our perception. What we are familiar with we cease to see. The writer shakes up the familiar scene, and, as if by magic, we see a new meaning in it.”
    Anaïs Nin


  • #30
    Anaïs Nin
    “I sat there for three hours and did not feel the time or the boredom of our talk and its foolish disconnection. As long as I could hear his voice, I was quite lost, quite blind, quite outside my own self.”
    Anaïs Nin




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