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  • #1
    Elizabeth Wurtzel
    “That is all I want in life: for this pain to seem purposeful.”
    Elizabeth Wurtzel, Prozac Nation

  • #2
    Elizabeth Wurtzel
    “homesickness is just a state of mind for me. i'm always missing someone or someplace or something, i'm always trying to get back to some imaginary somewhere. my life has been one long longing.”
    Elizabeth Wurtzel, Prozac Nation

  • #3
    Elizabeth Wurtzel
    “At heart, I have always been a coper, I've mostly been able to walk around with my wounds safely hidden, and I've always stored up my deep depressive episodes for the weeks off when there was time to have an abbreviated version of a complete breakdown. But in the end, I'd be able to get up and on with it, could always do what little must be done to scratch by.”
    Elizabeth Wurtzel, Prozac Nation

  • #4
    Elizabeth Wurtzel
    “Madness is too glamorous a term to convey what happens to most people who are losing their minds. That word is too exciting, too literary, too interesting in its connotations, to convey the boredom, the slowness, the dreariness, the dampness of depression…depression is pure dullness, tedium straight up. Depression is, especially these days, an overused term to be sure, but never one associated with anything wild, anything about dancing all night with a lampshade on your head and then going home and killing yourself…The word madness allows its users to celebrate the pain of its sufferers, to forget that underneath all the acting-out and quests for fabulousness and fine poetry, there is a person in huge amounts of dull, ugly agony...Remember that when you’re at the point at which you’re doing something as desperate and violent as sticking your head in an oven, it is only because the life that preceded this act felt even worse. Think about living in depression from moment to moment, and know it is not worth any of the great art that comes as its by-product.”
    Elizabeth Wurtzel, Prozac Nation

  • #5
    Elizabeth Wurtzel
    “I need the thing that happens when your brain shuts off and your heart turns on.”
    Elizabeth Wurtzel, Prozac Nation
    tags: love

  • #6
    Elizabeth Wurtzel
    “I don't want any more of this try, try again stuff. I just want out. I’ve had it. I am so tired. I am twenty and I am already exhausted.”
    Elizabeth Wurtzel, Prozac Nation

  • #7
    Elizabeth Wurtzel
    “I'm the girl who is lost in space, the girl who is disappearing always, forever fading away and receding farther and farther into the background. Just like the Cheshire cat, someday I will suddenly leave, but the artificial warmth of my smile, that phony, clownish curve, the kind you see on miserably sad people and villains in Disney movies, will remain behind as an ironic remnant. I am the girl you see in the photograph from some party someplace or some picnic in the park, the one who is in fact soon to be gone. When you look at the picture again, I want to assure you, I will no longer be there. I will be erased from history, like a traitor in the Soviet Union. Because with every day that goes by, I feel myself becoming more and more invisible...”
    Elizabeth Wurtzel, Prozac Nation

  • #8
    Elizabeth Wurtzel
    “I become one of those people who walks alone in the dark at night while others sleep or watch Mary Tyler Moore reruns or pull all-nighters to finish up some paper that's due first thing tomorrow. I always carry lots of stuff with me wherever I roam, always weighted down with books, with cassettes, with pens and paper, just in case I get the urge to sit down somewhere, and oh, I don't know, read something or write my masterpiece. I want all my important possessions, my worldly goods, with me at all times. I want to hold what little sense of home I have left with me always.”
    Elizabeth Wurtzel, Prozac Nation

  • #9
    Elizabeth Wurtzel
    “If you are chronically down, it is a lifelong fight to keep from sinking ”
    Elizabeth Wurtzel, Prozac Nation

  • #10
    Elizabeth Wurtzel
    “I mean, if you were to find a shattered mirror, find all the pieces, all the shards and all the tiny chips, and have whatever skill and patience it took to put all that broken glass back together so that it was complete once again, the restored mirror would still be spiderwebbed with cracks, it would still be a useless glued version of its former self, which could show only fragmented reflections of anyone looking into it. Some things are beyond repair. And that was me.”
    Elizabeth Wurtzel, Prozac Nation

  • #11
    Elizabeth Wurtzel
    “And I know, knew for sure, with an absolute certainty, that this is rock bottom, this what the worst possible thing feels like. It is not some grand, wretched emotional breakdown. It is, in fact, so very mundane:…Rock Bottom is an inability to cope with the commonplace that is so extreme it makes even the grandest and loveliest things unbearable…Rock bottom is feeling that the only thing that matters in all of life is the one bad moment…Rock bottom is everything out of focus. It’s a failure of vision, a failure to see the world how it is, to see the good in what it is, and only to wonder why the hell things look the way they do and not—and not some other way.”
    Elizabeth Wurtzel, Prozac Nation

  • #12
    Elizabeth Wurtzel
    “There is a classic moment in ‘The Sun Also Rises’ when someone asks Mike Campbell how he went bankrupt, and all he can say in response is, “Gradually and then suddenly.” When someone asks how I lost my mind, that’s all I can say too.”
    Elizabeth Wurtzel, Prozac Nation

  • #13
    Elizabeth Wurtzel
    “In my case, I was not frightened in the least bit at the thought that I might live because I was certain, quite certain, that I was already dead. ”
    Elizabeth Wurtzel, Prozac Nation

  • #14
    Elizabeth Wurtzel
    “...if you feel everything intensely, ultimately you feel nothing at all.”
    Elizabeth Wurtzel, Prozac Nation

  • #15
    Elizabeth Wurtzel
    “Forget about the scant hours in her brief life when Sylvia Plath was able to produce the works in Ariel. Forget about that tiny bit of time and just remember the days that spanned into years when she could not move, couldn’t think straight, could only lie in wait in a hospital bed, hoping for the relief that electroconvulsive therapy would bring. Don’t think of the striking on-screen picture, the mental movie you create of the pretty young woman being wheeled on the gurney to get her shock treatments, and don’t think of the psychedelic, photonegative image of this sane woman at the moment she receives that bolt of electricity. Think, instead, of the girl herself, of the way she must have felt right then, of the way no amount of great poetry and fascination and fame could make the pain she felt at that moment worth suffering. Remember that when you’re at the point at which you’re doing something as desperate and violent as sticking your head in an oven, it is only because the life that preceded this act felt worse. Think about living in depression from moment to moment, and know it is not worth any of the great art that comes a its by-product.”
    Elizabeth Wurtzel, Prozac Nation

  • #16
    Elizabeth Wurtzel
    “Taking a hypersensitive approach to life had come to seem so much more pure and honest then joining the ranks of the numb masses who could let it all slide by. What I stopped realizing was that if you feel everything intensely, ultimately you feel nothing at all. Everything registers at the same decibel...”
    Elizabeth Wurtzel, Prozac Nation

  • #17
    Sophie Kinsella
    “sometimes you don't need a goal in life, you don't need to know the big picture. you just need to know what you're going to do next!”
    Sophie Kinsella, The Undomestic Goddess

  • #18
    Sophie Kinsella
    “The trouble with giving yourself a pep talk is, that deep down you know it's all bullshit.”
    Sophie Kinsella, Remember Me?

  • #19
    Sophie Kinsella
    “If I've learned one lesson from all that's happened to me, it's that there is no such thing as the biggest mistake of your existence. There's no such thing as ruining your life. Life's a pretty resilient thing, it turns out.”
    Sophie Kinsella, The Undomestic Goddess

  • #20
    Sophie Kinsella
    “If I behave as though this is a completely normal situation, then maybe it will be ...”
    Sophie Kinsella, Shopaholic Takes Manhattan

  • #21
    Jodi Picoult
    “You don't love someone because they're perfect, you love them in spite of the fact that they're not.”
    Jodi Picoult, My Sister's Keeper

  • #22
    Anaïs Nin
    “We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are.”
    Anaïs Nin

  • #23
    Anaïs Nin
    “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”
    Anais Nin

  • #24
    Anaïs Nin
    “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.”
    Anais Nin

  • #25
    Anaïs Nin
    “From the backstabbing co-worker to the meddling sister-in-law, you are in charge of how you react to the people and events in your life. You can either give negativity power over your life or you can choose happiness instead. Take control and choose to focus on what is important in your life. Those who cannot live fully often become destroyers of life.”
    Anais Nin

  • #26
    Anaïs Nin
    “There were always in me, two women at least, one woman desperate and bewildered, who felt she was drowning and another who would leap into a scene, as upon a stage, conceal her true emotions because they were weaknesses, helplessness, despair, and present to the world only a smile, an eagerness, curiosity, enthusiasm, interest.”
    Anais Nin

  • #27
    Anaïs Nin
    “We do not grow absolutely, chronologically. We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not in another; unevenly. We grow partially. We are relative. We are mature in one realm, childish in another. The past, present, and future mingle and pull us backward, forward, or fix us in the present. We are made up of layers, cells, constellations.”
    Anais Nin

  • #28
    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.”
    Anais Nin

  • #29
    Anaïs Nin
    “Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death.”
    ANAIS NIN

  • #30
    Anaïs Nin
    “The body is an instrument which only gives off music when it is used as a body. Always an orchestra, and just as music traverses walls, so sensuality traverses the body and reaches up to ecstasy.”
    Anais Nin



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