„When the burning and shivering stopped and I could see again only what was there, I stayed enthralled by clarity.“
"Introduction," p. xxii
The Madwoman's Underclothes (1986)
Kontext: While young fools of my generation produced terrifying symptoms by ingesting poisons of various synthetic kinds, I was taken to extraordinary realms by a bacillus carried from human excrement by a fly's foot. I swelled to the size of a mountain and shrank to the size of a pin, flew and sang and fell through exotic configurations, in the intervals between agonizing convulsions on the heavy earthenware vaso, whose lethal contents I had to dispose of in the fields when the fever subsided. When the burning and shivering stopped and I could see again only what was there, I stayed enthralled by clarity. There was nothing to me in biochemical mindbending or bullshit psychedelia that did not have the slimy scent of death about it. I hated being out of touch, isolated by the solipsism of delirium, unable to communicate or comprehend.
„Letters are just pieces of paper," I said. "Burn them, and what stays in your heart will stay; keep them, and what vanishes will vanish.“
— Haruki Murakami, kniha Norwegian Wood
Zdroj: Norwegian Wood
„What I intended to do was to burn a half dozen of my books and keep warm, so that I could write my story, but when I looked around for titles to burn, I couldn't find any.“
— William Saroyan American writer 1908 - 1981
The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze (1934), A Cold Day
„If I stayed here, something inside me would be lost forever—something I couldn't afford to lose. It was like a vague dream, a burning, unfulfilled desire. The kind of dream people have only when they're seventeen.“
— Haruki Murakami, kniha South of the Border, West of the Sun
Zdroj: South of the Border, West of the Sun
„All I could think of when I got a look at the place from the outside was what fun it would be to stand out there and watch it burn down.“
— Shirley Jackson, kniha The Haunting of Hill House
Zdroj: The Haunting of Hill House
— Dr. Seuss, kniha On Beyond Zebra!
On Beyond Zebra! (1955)
Kontext: In the places I go there are things that I see
That I never could spell if I stopped with the Z.
I'm telling you this 'cause you're one of my friends.
My alphabet starts where your alphabet ends!
— Ilona Andrews American husband-and-wife novelist duo
Zdroj: Magic Bites
— Marilyn Monroe American actress, model, and singer 1926 - 1962
„I often see how you sob over what you destroy, how you want to stop and just worship; and you do stop, and then a moment later you are at it again with a knife, like a surgeon.“
— Anaïs Nin writer of novels, short stories, and erotica 1903 - 1977
„Clarity of mind means clarity of passion, too; this is why a great and clear mind loves ardently and sees distinctly what it loves.“
— Blaise Pascal French mathematician, physicist, inventor, writer, and Christian philosopher 1623 - 1662
— John Irving, kniha Until I Find You
Zdroj: Until I Find You
— Jacques Dubochet Nobel prize winning Swiss chemist 1942
French: Pour maîtriser le réchauffement climatique, une seule solution : arrêter de brûler les combustibles fossiles [...].
Source, in French: Jacques Dubochet, Parcours, Éditions Rosso, 2018, page 153 (ISBN 9782940560097).
„Don't be shy you learn to fly.
And see the sun when day is done.
If only you see
Just what you are beneath a star
That came to stay one rainy day
In autumn for free.
Yes, be what you'll be.“
— Nick Drake British singer-songwriter 1948 - 1974
Things Behind the Sun
Pink Moon (1972)
„Perhaps that’s why I find myself looking backward. The past has a clarity I can no longer see in the present.“
— Kristin Hannah, kniha The Nightingale
Zdroj: The Nightingale
„I learned that comprehending someone’s heartache is, unfortunately, very often the only way to stop condemning them…I learned that most of us wouldn’t necessarily do certain things over again—like not partake in a moment of passion—even if we know how long it might stay with us/hurt us.“
— Lisa Taddeo American writer and journalist 1980
Zdroj: On what she learned after completing Three Women in “Three Women Author Lisa Taddeo: ‘You Are Seen’” https://www.bookish.com/articles/lisa-taddeo-three-women-interview/ in Bookish (2019 Jul 9)
„I want to smack but I hold back.
I only want to touch.
But I must stay and find a way
To stop before it gets too much!
All my barriers are going.
It's starting to show.“
— Kate Bush British recording artist; singer, songwriter, musician and record producer 1958
Song lyrics, Never for Ever (1980)