I write because I hate. A lot. Hard.
Oh blessed art, how often in dark hours when the savage ring of life tightens around me have you kindled warm love in my heart and transported me to a better world.
Franz Von Schober
"I develop a fascination for a veritable parade of unsuitables, renewing my ability to identify, acquire and germinate an unhealthy obsession. I am not unlucky in love, I am unlikely. The state of play goes right back to notions of collection, to my propensity for strays, to my undone romanticism …"
I am the solitude that asks and promises nothing;
That is how I shall set you free.
"To create an alternative world; this had always been her solution. The stage was where she took her doubts and questions, and watched them from a distance, turned them into answers in the form of jokes, in words she gave to other people."
"Engage people with what they expect; it is what they are able to discern and confirms their projections. It settles them into predictable patterns of response, occupying their minds while you wait for the extraordinary moment — that which they cannot anticipate."
― Sun Tzu, The Art of War
"She was a dramatist. For the past ten years she had fed her imagination on extremes of engagement and solitude."
~ Stephanie Merritt
"Every so often, I reminded you of my ethereality. I made it clear that I was as hard to pin down as a ray of moonlight, as unstable as a soap bubble. I wanted to wake in you the suspicion I might flitter on and disappear at any moment"
~ Cathy Coote
"She had always wanted words, she loved them; grew up on them. Words gave her clarity, brought reason, shape."
~ Michael Ondaatje
"Among my most prized possessions are words that I have never spoken."
Orson Scott Card
"She had introduced me to a whole new form of speech by teaching me how to take ink to canvas and how to use pictures, not words to express myself."
- Richard B. Pelzer
"She is a woman palpably meant for happiness … and yet casually, it seems, she has chosen solitude."
- Andrei Makine
"My alone feels so good. I’ll only have you if you’re sweeter than my solitude."
- Warsan Shire
"We are the music-makers,
And we are the dreamers of dreams,
Wandering by lone sea-breakers,
And sitting by desolate streams.
World-losers and world-forsakers,
Upon whom the pale moon gleams;
Yet we are the movers and shakers,
Of the world forever, it seems."
- Arthur O'Shaugnessy
“Life can't ever really defeat a writer who is in love with writing, for life itself is a writer's lover until death – fascinating, cruel, lavish, warm, cold, treacherous, constant.”
~ Edna Ferber
Writing is a solitary occupation. Family, friends and society are the natural enemies of the writer.
He must be alone, uninterrupted, and slightly savage if he is to sustain and complete an undertaking.
"Their eyes met with a singular directness of gaze. Between them a spark passed which was not afterwards to be extinguished, though neither of them knew the moment of its kindling."
Frances Hodgson Burnett
A collection of favourite words that aren't my own.