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may affirm absolutely that nothing great in
the world has been accomplished without passion.
is like playing the solo violin in public
and learning the instrument as one goes on.
are several occasions in the course of any woman's day when, without
question, screaming is the appropriate response ...
life was meant to be easy everyone would have one.
see? It is like I have always said: "You can get more with a kind
word and a length of two-by-four than you can with just a kind
people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.
is more difficult, in my opinion, than to avoid something
that fundamentally attracts you.
what I love determines how I love.
if love be perfect, casts out fear
entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise.
is not a creature of circumstances.
Circumstances are the creatures of men.
is not the right to be virtuous, it is the right to do as one
pleasesÖlimited only when one personís exercise of it endangers the
freedom of others, or when it results in overt actions that society
deems destructive of its own purposes.
friendship let there be laughter and sharing of pleasures.
permanent temptation of life is to confuse dreams with reality.
The permanent defeat of life comes when dreams are surrendered to
best way to know life is to love many things.
glad of life because it gives you the chance to love and to work and to
play and to look up at the stars.
have peace offerings with me, this day have I payed my vows. Therefore
came I forth to meet thee, diligently to seek thy face, and I have found
I have decked my bed with coverings of tapestry, with carved works, with
fine linen of Egypt. I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes and
Come, let us take our fill of love until the morning, let us solace
ourselves with loves.
What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark places
where it leads.
the world is wondrous large
Seven seas from marge to marge
And the wildest dreams of Kew
Are the facts of Kathmandu.
first draft of anything is shit.
people hear voices when no one is there.
Some of them are called mad and are shut up in rooms where they stare at
the walls all day.
Others are called writers and they do pretty much the same thing.
without joy is as hollow as passion without tenderness.
is my essential reason for writing, not for fame, not to be celebrated
but to heighten and create life all around me. I also write because when
I am writing I reach the high moment of fusion sought by the mystics,
the poets, the lovers, a sense
of communion with the universe.
ecstasy, the laundry.
like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me.
of our quarrels with others we make rhetoric.
Out of our quarrels with ourselves we make poetry.
An artist wants praise. Praise.
fall asleep love, loved by meÖfor I know love, I am loved by thee
we donít believe in freedom of expression for people we despise,
we donít believe in it at all.
is as useless to argue with those who have renounced the use of reason
as to administer medication to the dead.
those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.
takes courage to grow up and turn out to be who you really are.
is not the dying moan of a distant violin ó itís the triumphant
twang of a bedspring.
are all hunting for rational reasons for believing in the absurd.
The misery of harbours and the names they conjure when you are going
create the desire they were intended to cure.
hard to remember your goal was to drain the swamp when you are up to
your ass in alligators.
will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm.
the man who denounces women writers; his penis is tiny.
avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
purpose of poetry is to restore to mankind the possibility to wonder.