The feelings that hurt most, the emotions that sting most, are those that are absurd - The longing for impossible things, precisely because they are impossible; nostalgia for what never was; the desire for what could have been; regret over not being someone else; dissatisfaction with the world’s existence. All these half-tones of the soul’s consciousness create in us a painful landscape, an eternal sunset of what we are.
— Fernando Pessoa (via horreure)
I feel so intensely the delights of shutting oneself up in a little world of one’s own, with pictures and music and everything beautiful.
— Virginia Woolf (via consumingnostalgia)
Reading was not a fallback position for her but an ideal state of being.
— Laura Lippman; What the Dead Know (via wordpainting)