When I get lonely these days, I think: So BE lonely. Learn your way around loneliness. Make a map of it. Sit with it, for once in your life. Welcome to the human experience. But never again use another person’s body or emotions as a scratching post for your own unfulfilled yearnings.Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love
I experience alternately two nights; one bad and one good. Most often I am in the very darkness of my desire; I know not what it wants, good itself is an evil to me, everything resounds, I live between blows, my head ringing; I am blinded by attachment to things and emotions. But sometimes too, it is another night; I think quite calmly about the other, as the other is; I suspend any interpretation; I enter into the night of non meaning; desire continues to vibrate (the darkness is transluminous), but there is nothing I want to grasp; this is the Night of non-profit, of subtle, invisible expenditure: I am here, sitting simply and calmly in the dark interior of love.Roland Barthes. A Lover’s Discourse
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment
It’s about moments in life that are great but don’t last. They don’t go on, but you always have the memory and they have an effect on you. That’s what I was thinking about.Sofia Coppola on Lost In Translation
She pressed her lips to mind.from “The Kiss” by Stephen Dunn
How many years I must have yearned
for someone’s lips against mind.
'Anything goes,' I said to myself. All the clocks were high. Above them, hundreds of stars flickering if, if, if. Everywhere in the universe, it seemed, some next thing was gathering itself.“Zero Hour" by Stephen Dunn
Oh abstractions are just abstractStephen Dunn, from Tenderness
until they have an ache in them.