"I'm very flower-like. I love classical music. I go to ballet and I cry. There's nothing so beautiful." - Michael Gambon “I wish I could do whatever I liked behind the curtain of 'madness'. Then: I’d arrange flowers, all day long, I’d paint; pain, love and tenderness, I would laugh as much as I feel like at the stupidity of others, and they would all say: 'Poor thing, she’s crazy!' (Above all I would laugh at my own stupidity.) I would build my world which while I lived, would be in agreement with all the worlds. The day, or the hour, or the minute that I lived would be mine and everyone else’s - my madness would not be an escape from 'reality'.” - Frida Kahlo "It seemed to her that the child who could cry, not at a song, but with a premonition of things worth weeping for, led her now into strange worlds, while others, as old as she was now, still preferred chocolates, detective stories, lives labelled and secure like crackers in a jar." - Anais Nin, "The Song in the Garden" “But men should not be too curious in analyzing and condemning any means which nature devises to save them from themselves, whether it be coins, old books, curiosities, butterflies, or fossils.” - Mark Rutherford "... a morbid longing for the picturesque at all costs." - Donna Tartt "If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world." - C.S. Lewis "And the rest is rust and stardust." - Vladimir Nabokov “My grandfather always said that living is like licking honey off a thorn.” - Louis Adamic "Shall I draw you the picture of my heart, and the absolute power you have ever maintained over it?" - Abigail Adams, in a letter to John Adams, 23 December 1782 “My melancholy is the most faithful sweetheart I have had.” - Søren Kierkegaard "To normal persons, life must be so much simpler and happier... But I would not like to be in their place. There is a certain 'toughness' about these people and a coarseness of texture, so to speak, through which, if pain cannot pass, neither can the subtler joys and appreciations... And so for the thousandth time, I reach the same conclusion: that sensitiveness and consciousness, though painful, are gifts from the gods, and they are to be appreciated." - Anais Nin “I am a cage, in search of a bird.” - Franz Kafka “The sea is nothing but a library of all the tears in history.” - Lemony Snicket “You are, at once, both the quiet and the confusion of my heart.” - Franz Kafka "Look at this tangle of thorns." - Vladimir Nabokov "I don't know these people and they aren't my flowers." - Richard Brautigan “I have always preferred the reflection of the life to life itself.” - François Truffaut "I like beautiful melodies telling me terrible things." - Tom Waits “As for me, I am a watercolor. I wash off.” - Anne Sexton “Perhaps we don’t like what we see: our hips, our loss of hair, our shoe size, our dimples, our knuckles too big, our eating habits, our disposition. We have disclosed these things in secret, likes and dislikes, behind doors with locks, our lonely rooms, our messy desks, our empty hearts, our sudden bursts of energy, our sudden bouts of depression. Don’t worry. Put away your mirrors and your beauty magazines and your books on tape. There is someone right here who knows you more than you do, who is making room on the couch, who is fixing a meal, who is putting on your favorite record, who is listening intently to what you have to say, who is standing there with you, face to face, hand to hand, eye to eye, mouth to mouth. There is no space left uncovered. This is where you belong.” - Sufjan Stevens

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