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  • #1
    William H. Gass
    “Of course there is enough to stir our wonder anywhere; there's enough to love, anywhere, if one is strong enough, if one is diligent enough, if one is perceptive, patient, kind enough -- whatever it takes.”
    William Gass

  • #2
    Unica Zürn
    “It is a very beautiful day. The woman looks around and thinks: 'there cannot ever have been a spring more beautiful than this. I did not know until now that clouds could be like this. I did not know that the sky is the sea and that clouds are the souls of happy ships, sunk long ago. I did not know that the wind could be tender, like hands as they caress - what did I know - until now?”
    Unica Zürn

  • #3
    Frank Zappa
    “Information is not knowledge.
    Knowledge is not wisdom.
    Wisdom is not truth.
    Truth is not beauty.
    Beauty is not love.
    Love is not music.
    Music is THE BEST.”
    Frank Zappa

  • #5
    “I don't paint to live, I live to paint.”
    Willem de Kooning

  • #8
    Walter Abish
    “Ages ago, Alex, Allen and Alva arrived at Antibes, and Alva allowing all, allowing anyone, against Alex's admonition, against Allen's angry assertion: another African amusement... anyhow, as all argued, an awesome African army assembled and arduously advanced against an African anthill, assiduously annihilating ant after ant, and afterward, Alex astonishingly accuses Albert as also accepting Africa's antipodal ant annexation.”
    Walter Abish, Alphabetical Africa

  • #13
    Theodor W. Adorno
    “There is laughter because there is nothing to laugh at.”
    Theodor Adorno

  • #14
    Ronald Sukenick
    “Understanding requires a release from understanding.”
    Ronald Sukenick

  • #18
    M.J. Nicholls
    “Why do I covet metafiction so much? Why do I nurture a style that David Foster Wallace purportedly exploded in the late 1980s, that is derided by most literary theorists as passé, that people tend to agree serves no worldly, moral purpose other than to draw attention to the writer’s own navel? Because, dammit, metafiction is relevant to today.”
    M.J. Nicholls

  • #21
    Vladimir Lenin
    “There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen.”
    Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

  • #23
    Karl Marx
    “The oppressed are allowed once every few years to decide which particular representatives of the oppressing class are to represent and repress them.”
    Karl Marx

  • #28
    Michel Serres
    “The skin is a variety of contingency: in it, through it, with it, the world and my body touch each other, the feeling and the felt, it defines their common edge. Contingency means common tangency: in it the world and the body intersect and caress each other. I do not wish to call the place in which I live a medium, I prefer to say that things mingle with each other and that I am no exception to that. I mix with the world which mixes with me. Skin intervenes between several things in the world and makes them mingle.”
    Michel Serres, The Five Senses: A Philosophy of Mingled Bodies

  • #29
    Michel Serres
    “only philosophy can go deep enough to show that literature goes still deeper than philosophy”
    Michel Serres

  • #31
    Robert Coover
    “Language is the square hole we keep trying to jam the round peg of life into. It's the most insane thing we do.”
    Robert Coover, Gerald's Party

  • #36
    Fernando Pessoa
    “The feelings that hurt most, the emotions that sting most, are those that are absurd - The longing for impossible things, precisely because they are impossible; nostalgia for what never was; the desire for what could have been; regret over not being someone else; dissatisfaction with the world’s existence. All these half-tones of the soul’s consciousness create in us a painful landscape, an eternal sunset of what we are.”
    Fernando Pessoa

  • #38
    Marguerite Duras
    “That she had so completely recovered her sanity was a source of sadness to her. One should never be cured of one's passion.”
    Marguerite Duras, The Ravishing of Lol Stein

  • #42
    Jules Barbey d'Aurevilly
    “Extreme civilization robs crime of its frightful poetry, and prevents the writer from restoring it. That would be too dreadful, say those good souls who want everything to be prettified, even the horrible. In the name of philanthropy, imbecile criminologists reduce the punishment, and inept moralists the crime, and what is more they reduce the crime only in order to reduce the punishment. Yet the crimes of extreme civilization are undoubtedly more atrocious than those of extreme barbarism, by virtue of their refinement, of the corruption they imply and of their superior degree of intellectualism. ("A Woman's Vengeance")”
    Jules Barbey d'Aurevilly, Les Diaboliques

  • #44
    Czesław Miłosz
    “In a room where
    people unanimously maintain
    a conspiracy of silence,
    one word of truth
    sounds like a pistol shot.”
    Czesław Miłosz

  • #45
    Paul Bowles
    “We get to think of life as an inexhaustible well…How many more times will you watch the full moon rise? Perhaps twenty. And yet it all seems limitless.”
    Paul Bowles

  • #46
    Malcolm X
    “So early in my life, I had learned that if you want something, you had better make some noise.”
    Malcolm X, The Autobiography Of Malcolm X

  • #47
    Graham Greene
    “One can't love humanity. One can only love people.”
    Graham Greene, The Ministry of Fear

  • #48
    Egon Schiele
    “In Vienna there are shadows. The city is black and everything is done by rote. I want to be alone. I want to go to the Bohemian Forest. May, June, July, August, September, October. I must see new things and investigate them. I want to taste dark water and see crackling trees and wild winds. I want to gaze with astonishment at moldy garden fences, I want to experience them all, to hear young birch plantations and trembling leaves, to see light and sun, enjoy wet, green-blue valleys in the evening, sense goldfish glinting, see white clouds building up in the sky, to speak to flowers. I want to look intently at grasses and pink people, old venerable churches, to know what little cathedrals say, to run without stopping along curving meadowy slopes across vast plains, kiss the earth and smell soft warm marshland flowers. And then I shall shape things so beautifully: fields of colour…”
    Egon Schiele

  • #49
    Felisberto Hernández
    “I was in the situation of someone who has assumed, all his life, that madness was on eway, and suddenly in its grip, discovers that it is not only different from the way he'd imagined but that the person suffering from it is someone else, and that this someone else is not interested in finding out what madness is like: he is simply immersed in it, or it has descended on him, and that's that.”
    Felisberto Hernandez, Piano Stories

  • #50
    Witold Gombrowicz
    “... a novel which I called Pornografia. At that time it wasn’t such a bad title, today, in view of the excess of pornography, it sounds banal, and in a few languages it was changed to Seduction.”
    Witold Gombrowicz, A Kind of Testament

  • #51
    T.S. Eliot
    “Half the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important. They don't mean to do harm; but the harm does not interest them. Or they do not see it, or they justify it because they are absorbed in the endless struggle to think well of themselves.”
    T.S. Eliot

  • #52
    Witold Gombrowicz
    “To contradict, even in little matters, is the supreme necessity of art today. ”
    Witold Gombrowicz, A Kind of Testament
    tags: art

  • #53
    Louis-Ferdinand Céline
    “The sadness of the world has different ways of getting to people, but it seems to succeed almost every time.”
    Louis-Ferdinand Céline, Journey to the End of the Night

  • #54
    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
    “Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.”
    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Airman's Odyssey

  • #56
    John Keats
    “I have been astonished that men could die martyrs
    for their religion--
    I have shuddered at it,
    I shudder no more.
    I could be martyred for my religion.
    Love is my religion
    and I could die for that.
    I could die for you.
    My Creed is Love and you are its only tenet.”
    John Keats

  • #57
    Inger Christensen
    “There's something specific
    about the doves' way
    of living my life
    as a natural result

    of today since it's raining”
    Inger Christensen, alphabet

  • #58
    Dorothy L. Sayers
    “Books... are like lobster shells, we surround ourselves with 'em, then we grow out of 'em and leave 'em behind, as evidence of our earlier stages of development.”
    Dorothy L. Sayers, The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club

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