"You kissed my mouth and it was gone, the design of it was lost as in a watercolor, the colors ran…"
Anaïs Nin, letter to Henry Miller
"Your body is the piece of the Universe you’ve been given."
"I am a lady young in beauty waiting
Until my truelove comes, and then we kiss."
John Crowe Ransom
"His white and burning girl, his woman of fire,
creeps to his heart and sets a candle there
to melt away the flesh that hides from bone,
to eat the nerve that tethers him in time."
Judith Wright, Metho Drinker
"'Ghosts,' I said. 'Ghosts are why we can't make love.'"
Doris Lessing, The Diaries of Jane Somers
"America is the wealthiest nation on Earth, but its people are mainly poor, and poor Americans are urged to hate themselves. Every other nation has folk traditions of men who were poor but extremely wise and virtuous, and therefore more estimable than anyone with power and gold. No such tales are told by American poor. They mock themselves and glorify their betters."
Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse Five
"If my decomposing carcass helps nourish the roots of a juniper tree or the wings of a vulture—that is immortality enough for me. And as much as anyone deserves."