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Basically, at the very bottom of life, which seduces us all, there is only absurdity, and more absurdity… And maybe that’s what gives us our joy for living, because the only thing that can defeat absurdity is lucidity. [Albert Camus]

“You wish for something, you’ve wanted it for years, and you’re sure you want it, as long as you know you can’t have it. But if all at once it looks as though your wish might come true, you suddenly find yourself wishing you had never wished for any such thing.”

—   Michael Ende, The Neverending Story
Albrecht Dürer: The Little Owl

As I grew older, I realized that it was much better to insist on the genuine forms of nature, for simplicity is the greatest adornment of art.
I Wrote This For You - pleasefindthis

Believe in a love that is being stored up for you like an inheritance, and have faith that in this love there is a strength and a blessing so large that you can travel as far as you wish without having to step outside it.

—   Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet
Kees van Dongen: Tango of the Archangel

He closed his eyes, surrendering himself to her, body and mind, conscious of nothing in the world but the dark pressure of her softly parting lips. They pressed upon his brain as upon his lips as though they were the vehicle of vague speech; and between them he felt an unknown and timid pressure, darker than the swoon of sin, softer than sound or odour. [James Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man]

The so-called ‘psychotically depressed’ person who tries to kill herself doesn’t do so out of quote ‘hopelessness’ or any abstract conviction that life’s assets and debits do not square. And surely not because death seems suddenly appealing. The person in whom Its invisible agony reaches a certain unendurable level will kill herself the same way a trapped person will eventually jump from the window of a burning high-rise. Make no mistake about people who leap from burning windows. Their terror of falling from a great height is still just as great as it would be for you or me standing speculatively at the same window just checking out the view; i.e. the fear of falling remains a constant. The variable here is the other terror, the fire’s flames: when the flames get close enough, falling to death becomes the slightly less terrible of two terrors. It’s not desiring the fall; it’s terror of the flames. Yet nobody down on the sidewalk, looking up and yelling ‘Don‘t!’ and ‘Hang on!’, can understand the jump. Not really. You’d have to have personally been trapped and felt flames to really understand a terror way beyond falling.

—   David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest
Greta Freist - The Siren

It is natural to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes to that siren until she allures us to our death. [Gertrude Stein]

Greta Freist - The Siren

It is natural to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes to that siren until she allures us to our death. [Gertrude Stein]

Love is a wonderfully fragile and yet exceeding weighty thing. And although we must carry the hurt we cause another, we are likewise able to always retain the love that is given to us and the love that we unreservedly give away.

—   William Fitzsimmons

“If you don’t live a life in service of a greater good, you’ve gotta at least die a death in service of a greater good, you know? And I fear that I won’t get either a life or a death that means anything.”

—   John Green, The Fault in Our Stars