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Just One Second (1)

We live through myriads of seconds, yet it is always one, just one, that casts our entire inner world into turmoil, the second when (as Stendhal has described it) the internal inflorescence, already ...

Every Day You Quicken Into Motion Waves (2)

Remember that every day you quicken into motion waves that undulate on to the very confines of existence; you stir up waves that break upon the shores of eternity itself. And it is of much importance...

Take each Day as it Comes (3)

If at eighty you're not a cripple or an invalid, if you have your health, if you still enjoy a good walk, a good meal (with all the trimmings), if you can sleep without first taking a pill, if birds ...
Sextet: Six Essays

Feel the Blood Running (4)

I wanted to feel the blood running back into my veins, even at the cost of annihilation. I wanted to shake the stone and light out of my system. I wanted the dark fecundity of nature, the deep well o...
Tropic of Capricorn

I Seek Only the High Moments (5)

Ordinary life does not interest me. I seek only the high moments. I am in accord with the surrealists, searching for the marvelous. I want to be a writer who reminds others that these moments exist; ...
The Diary of Ana´s Nin, Vol. 1: 1931-1934

You are Hibernating (6)

You live like this, sheltered, in a delicate world, and you believe you are living. Then you read a book... or you take a trip... and you discover that you are not living, that you are hibernating. T...
The Diary of Ana´s Nin, Vol. 1: 1931-1934

Diary - November 15 till December 7, 1915 (7)

November 15 (1915) - Morning began with small disillusion: negative answer from GuimarŃes and Co (but good because of incompleteness of pamphlet). Day ran on fairly agreeably, with curious small (but...

If I Knew Now What I Wanted (8)

I want to love somebody because I want to be loved. In a rabbit-fear I may hurl myself under the wheels of the car because the lights terrify me, and under the dark blind death of the wheels I will b...
The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath

As To Living In the Best Way (9)

As to living in the best way, this power is in the soul, if it be indifferent to things which are indifferent. And it will be indifferent, if it looks on each of these things separately and all toget...

Live Above Time (10)

Man is timid and apologetic; he is no longer upright; he dares not say "I think," "I am," but quotes some saint or sage. He is ashamed before the blade of grass or the blowing rose. These roses under...
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