"I want to be held and told my name. I want to be valued, in ways that I am not; I want to be more than valuable."
I believed that because I had obtained a wife who was made up of wife-signs (beauty, charm, softness, perfume, cookery) I had found love. Brenda, reading the same signs that have now misled Miss Mandible and Sue Ann Brownly, felt she had been promised that she would never be bored again. All of us, Miss Mandible, Sue Ann, myself, Brenda, Mr. Goodykind, still believe that the American flag betokens a kind of general righteousness.
But I say, looking about me in this incubator of future citizens, that signs are signs, and that some of them are lies. This is the great discovery of my time here."
Donald Barthelme, Me and Miss Mandible
"I want movement, not a calm course of existence. I want excitement and danger and the chance to sacrifice myself for my love. I feel in myself a superabundance of energy which finds no outlet in our quiet life."
"The words of my book nothing, the drift of it everything."
"I thought of a slice of onion I’d seen during dinner
And of the abyss that separates us from other abysses."
Nicanor Parra, Memories of Youth
"Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet."
Thích Nhất Hạnh
"I have sea foam in my veins, I understand the language of waves."
Jean Cocteau, Le Testament d’Orphée