"I suppose it is good for the soul to be hurt and perplexed perpetually. I know at least that I miss you damnably: that is a good fixed star. I do, Virginia; and would rather be hurt by that, and have something solid to hold on to, than flounder in a quicksand that never bruises but only smothers."
- Vita Sackville-West
in a letter to Virginia Woolf, 9 February 1927 (via courcel
‘It is not down on any map; true places never are’ ♥ Herman Melville ♥
"It was though she had a pebble in place of a heart, as though her feelings and affections were dried up and withered forever."
"She would defend herself, saying that love, no matter what else it might be, was a natural talent. She would say: You are either born knowing how, or you never know."
- Gabriel García Márquez, Love in the Time of Cholera
"Birds born in a cage think flying is an illness."