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  • #1
    Jodi Picoult
    “and he suddenly knew that if she killed herself, he would die. Maybe not immediately, maybe not with the same blinding rush of pain, but it would happen. You couldn't live for very long without a heart.”
    Jodi Picoult

  • #2
    Dorothy Parker
    “If wild my breast and sore my pride,
    I bask in dreams of suicide,
    If cool my heart and high my head
    I think 'How lucky are the dead.”
    Dorothy Parker, The Complete Poems of Dorothy Parker

  • #3
    Anne Sexton
    “Anne, I don't want to live. . . . Now listen, life is lovely, but I Can't Live It. I can't even explain. I know how silly it sounds . . . but if you knew how it Felt. To be alive, yes, alive, but not be able to live it. Ay that's the rub. I am like a stone that lives . . . locked outside of all that's real. . . . Anne, do you know of such things, can you hear???? I wish, or think I wish, that I were dying of something for then I could be brave, but to be not dying, and yet . . . and yet to [be] behind a wall, watching everyone fit in where I can't, to talk behind a gray foggy wall, to live but to not reach or to reach wrong . . . to do it all wrong . . . believe me, (can you?) . . . what's wrong. I want to belong. I'm like a jew who ends up in the wrong country. I'm not a part. I'm not a member. I'm frozen.”
    Anne Sexton, Anne Sexton: A Self-Portrait in Letters

  • #4
    Susanna Kaysen
    “Why did she do it? Nobody dared to ask. Because - what courage! Who had the courage to burn herself? Twenty aspirin, a little slit alongside the veins of the arm, maybe even a bad half hour standing on a roof: We've all had those. And somewhat more dangerous things, like putting a gun in your mouth. But you put it there, you taste it, it's cold and greasy, your finger is on the trigger, and you find that a whole world lies between this moment and the moment you've been planning, when you'll pull the trigger. That world defeats you. You put the gun back in the drawer. You'll have to find another way.

    What was that moment like for her? The moment she lit the match. Had she already tried roofs and guns and aspirins? Or was it just an inspiration?

    I had an inspiration once. I woke up one morning and I knew that today I had to swallow fifty aspirin. It was my task: my job for the day. I lined them up on my desk and took them one by one, counting. But it's not the same as what she did. I could have stopped, at ten, or at thirty. And I could have done what I did do, which was go onto the street and faint. Fifty aspirin is a lot of aspirin, but going onto the street and fainting is like putting the gun back in the drawer.

    She lit the match.”
    Susanna Kaysen, Girl, Interrupted

  • #5
    Joseph Conrad
    “Let them think what they liked, but I didn't mean to drown myself. I meant to swim till I sank -- but that's not the same thing.”
    Joseph Conrad, The Secret Sharer and other stories

  • #6
    “Crap.
    It's all crap.
    Living is crap.
    Life has no meaning.
    None. Nowhere to be found.
    Crap.
    Why doesn't anybody realize this?”
    K-Ske Hasegawa, Ballad of a Shinigami, Vol. 1

  • #7
    Hubert Selby Jr.
    “For weeks Tyrone thought he was going to die any minute, and there were also times when he was afraid he wasnt going to die.”
    Hubert Selby Jr., Requiem for a Dream

  • #8
    Nick Hornby
    “A man who wants to die feels angry and full of life and desperate and bored and exhausted, all at the same time; he wants to fight everyone, and he wants to curl up in a ball and hide in a cupboard somewhere. He wants to say sorry to everyone, and he wants everyone to know just how badly they've all let him down.”
    Nick Hornby, A Long Way Down

  • #9
    Hubert Selby Jr.
    “... I started to die 36 hours before I was born, so dying was a way of life for me.”
    Hubert Selby Jr.

  • #10
    Doris Lessing
    “I stood looking down out of the window. The street seemed miles down. Suddenly I felt as if I'd flung myself out of the window. I could see myself lying on the pavement. Then I seemed to be standing by the body on the pavement. I was two people. Blood and brains were scattered everywhere. I knelt down and began licking up the blood and brains”
    Doris Lessing, The Golden Notebook

  • #11
    David Foster Wallace
    “The so-called ‘psychotically depressed’ person who tries to kill herself doesn’t do so out of quote ‘hopelessness’ or any abstract conviction that life’s assets and debits do not square. And surely not because death seems suddenly appealing. The person in whom Its invisible agony reaches a certain unendurable level will kill herself the same way a trapped person will eventually jump from the window of a burning high-rise. Make no mistake about people who leap from burning windows. Their terror of falling from a great height is still just as great as it would be for you or me standing speculatively at the same window just checking out the view; i.e. the fear of falling remains a constant. The variable here is the other terror, the fire’s flames: when the flames get close enough, falling to death becomes the slightly less terrible of two terrors. It’s not desiring the fall; it’s terror of the flames. And yet nobody down on the sidewalk, looking up and yelling ‘Don’t!’ and ‘Hang on!’, can understand the jump. Not really. You’d have to have personally been trapped and felt flames to really understand a terror way beyond falling.”
    David Foster Wallace

  • #12
    Wassily Kandinsky
    “… lend your ears to music, open your eyes to painting, and … stop thinking! Just ask yourself whether the work has enabled you to “walk about” into a hitherto unknown world. If the answer is yes, what more do you want?”
    Wassily Kandinsky

  • #13
    Wassily Kandinsky
    “The artist must train not only his eye but also his soul.”
    Wassily Kandinsky

  • #14
    Wassily Kandinsky
    “Everything that is dead quivers. Not only the things of poetry, stars, moon, wood, flowers, but even a white trouser button glittering out of a puddle in the street... Everything has a secret soul, which is silent more often than it speaks.”
    Wassily Kandinsky

  • #15
    Wassily Kandinsky
    “That is beautiful which is produced by the inner need, which springs from the soul.”
    Wassily Kandinsky, Concerning the Spiritual in Art

  • #16
    Wassily Kandinsky
    “Color directly influences the soul. Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the hammers, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another purposively, to cause vibrations in the soul.”
    Wassily Kandinsky, Concerning the Spiritual in Art

  • #17
    Wassily Kandinsky
    “The true work of art is born from the 'artist': a mysterious, enigmatic, and mystical creation. It detaches itself from him, it acquires an autonomous life, becomes a personality, an independent subject, animated with a spiritual breath, the living subject of a real existence of being.”
    Wassily Kandinsky

  • #18
    Wassily Kandinsky
    “The artist must be blind to distinction between 'recognized' or 'unrecognized' conventions of form, deaf to the transitory teaching and demands of his particular age.”
    Wassily Kandinsky, Concerning the Spiritual in Art

  • #19
    Robert Henri
    “The object isn't to make art, it's to be in that wonderful state which makes art inevitable.”
    Robert Henri

  • #20
    Robert Henri
    “Do whatever you do intensely.”
    Robert Henri
    tags: art

  • #21
    Robert Henri
    “I am interested in art as a means of living a life; not as a means of making a living.”
    Robert Henri
    tags: art

  • #22
    Robert Henri
    “There is no art without contemplation.”
    Robert Henri
    tags: art

  • #23
    Robert Henri
    “There are moments in our lives, there are moments in a day, when we seem to see beyond the usual- become clairvoyant. We reach then into reality. Such are the moments of our greatest happiness. Such are the moments of our greatest wisdom. It is in the nature of all people to have these experiences; but in our time and under the conditions of our lives, it is only a rare few who are able to continue in the experience and find expression for it.”
    Robert Henri, The Art Spirit

  • #24
    Robert Henri
    “You pass people on the street, some are for you, some are not.”
    Robert Henri, The Art Spirit

  • #25
    Robert Henri
    “You form a society: that limits you. Adopt a name, and you've limited yourself again; draw up a constitution and bylaws and you've made a groove, a rut, that hampers your growth. You think you can fix your course and move straight along it. But sometimes the important thing is to strike out sidewise.”
    Robert Henri



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