"Character-traits are secret psychoses."
"There are always two deaths, the real one and the one people know about."
Jean Rhys, Wide Sargasso Sea (via larmoyante)
"What if I slept a little more and forgot about all this nonsense."
Franz Kafka (via blackestdespondency)
"All life is a dream. No one knows what he’s doing, no one knows what he wants, no one knows what he knows. We sleep our lives, eternal children of Destiny."
Anhedonia, hypersomnolence, malaise, depression, suicidality, existential crisis < amphetamine withdrawal/human existence.
"Realize deeply that the present moment is all you will ever have."
Erik Erikson’s Final Developmental Stage
Integrity versus Despair: The main developmental task is accepting life as it is, without desire to change the past or change others. When this stage is mastered, the individual acquires the wisdom necessary to face the inevitability of death with equanimity and without dread.
"Hemingway came to his famous “plain” style, I believe, through his compulsion to say about certain objects—only this is real, this is real, and my emotion connects them."
Alfred Kazin, afterword to The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn