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It is a time when one's spirit is subdued and sad, one knows not why; when the past seems a storm-swept desolation, life a vanity and a burden, and the future but a way to death.

Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god.
In solitude, where we are least alone.
You know about a person who deeply interests you more than you can be told. A look, a gesture, an act, which to everybody else is insignificant tells you more about that one than words can.
The most I can do for my friend is simply be his friend.
To stop smoking is the easiest thing I ever did. I ought to know; I've done it a thousand times.
The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.
Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life. The conviction of the rich that the poor are happier is no more foolish than the conviction of the poor that the rich are.
Experience is in the fingers and head. The heart is inexperienced.
All say, How hard it is that we have to die -- a strange complaint to come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
Happiness ain't a thing in itself --it's only a contrast with something that ain't pleasant. And so, as soon as the novelty is over and the force of the contrast dulled, it ain't happiness any longer, and you have to get something fresh.
A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way.
Live your life, do your work, then take your hat.
Sometimes too much drink is barely enough.
Be careless in your dress if you must, but keep a tidy soul.
There's nothing wrong with anger provided you use it constructively.
The place is very well and quiet and the children only scream in a low voice.
My friends, there are no friends.
Whatever is not nailed down is mine. What I can pry loose is not nailed down.
We are doomed to cling to a life even while we find it unendurable.
Dreams do come true, if we only wish hard enough, You can have anything in life if you will sacrifice everything else for it.
We are born crying, live complaining, and die disappointed.
Sorrow makes us children again.
My hopes are not always realized, but I always hope.
Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be, The last of life, for which the first was made.
If I look confused it is because I am thinking.
You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm.
I love the rain. I want the feeling of it on my face.
Where does one go from a world of insanity? Somewhere on the other side of despair.
Who in the world am I? Ah, that's the great puzzle.
Oh! death will find me long before I tire of watching you.
I'm still the little southern girl from the wrong side of the tracks who really didn't feel like she belonged.
I find it wholesome to be alone the greater part of time. To be in company, even with the best, is soon wearisome and dissipating. I love to be alone, I never found the companionable as solitude.
All of my misfortunes come from having thought too well of my fellows.
There is no God, no universe, no human race, no earthly life, no heaven, no hell. It is all a dream, a grotesque and foolish dream. Nothing exists but you. And you are but a thought --a vagrant thought, a useless thought, a homeless thought, wandering forlorn among the empty eternities!
Nature never did betray the heart that loved her.
We have to distrust each other. It is our only defense against betrayal.
And were an epitaph to be my story I'd have a short one ready for my own. I would have written of me on my stone: I had a lover's quarrel with the world.
Every time I look at you I get a fierce desire to be lonesome.
No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader.
To live alone is the fate of all great souls.
But when I don't smoke I scarcely feel as if I'm living. I don't feel as if I'm living unless I'm killing myself.
Parting is all we know of heaven and all we need of hell.
True love is like ghosts, which everybody talks about and few have seen.
The busy have no time for tears.
I cannot sing the old songs, Or dream those dreams again,
I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.
Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.
But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep, and miles to go before I sleep.
I look upon death to be as necessary to our constitution as sleep. We shall rise refreshed in the morning.
Goals determine what you're going to be.
I will indulge my sorrows, and give way to all the pangs and fury of despair.
I wish I could be half as sure of anything as some people are of everything.
In memory everything seems to happen to music.
I know I am but summer to your heart, and not the full four seasons of the year.
Lovers may be -- and indeed generally are -- enemies, but they never can be friends, because there must always be a spice of jealousy and a something of Self in all their speculations.
It is cruel, you know, that music should be so beautiful. It has the beauty of loneliness and of pain: of strength and freedom. The beauty of disappointment and never-satisfied love. The cruel beauty of nature, and everlasting beauty of monotony.
I would rather be ashes than dust. I would rather that my spark would burn out in a brilliant blaze than be stifled by dry-rot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet.
I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry-rot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.
There is no instinct like that of the heart.
They do not love that do not show their love. The course of true love never did run smooth. Love is a familiar. Love is a devil. There is no evil angel but Love.
I hold it true, whatever befall; I feel it, when I sorrow most; 'Tis better to have loved and lost Than never to have loved at all.
The dew of compassion is a tear.
I don't say we all ought to misbehave, but we ought to look as if we could.
I do not know what the heart of a rascal may be, but I know what is in the heart of an honest man; it is horrible.
It is such a secret place, the land of tears.
Into each life some rain must fall, some days be dark and dreary.
I can believe anything provided it is incredible.
It's afterwards you realize that the feeling of happiness you had with a man didn't necessarily prove that you loved him.
Where you used to be, there is a hole in the world, which I find myself constantly walking around in the daytime, and falling in at night. I miss you like hell.
You must not blame me if I do talk to the clouds.
There is a time for departure even when there's no certain place to go.
There's no jealousy in the grave.
Take chances, take a lot of them. Because honestly, no matter where you end up and with whom, it always ends up just the way it should be. Your mistakes make you who you are. You learn and grow with each choice you make. Everything is worth it. Say how you feel, always. Be you, and be okay with it.
Unless it is mad, passionate, extraordinary love, it's a waste of time. There are too many mediocre things in life - love should not be one of them.
I laughed and said, Life is easy. What I meant was, Life is easy with you here, and when you leave it will be hard again.
Come for the week, you can sleep in my bed and pass through my life like a dream through my head. It will be easy. I'll make it easy.
You know when you're sitting on a chair and you lean back so you're just on two legs then you lean too far and you almost fall over but at the last second you catch yourself? I feel like that all the time.
It wasn't her warm breath in my ear, or her dark hair tickling my face, or her cold hand pulling at my arm, pulling me to her whisper almost desperately. No, it was the thing itself, the three words walking into my brain like they owned the place, changing everything.
The absolute yearning of one human body for another particular one & its indifference to substitutes is one of life's major mysteries.
People have to face regrets. Becoming mature means learning to accept what you cannot change, facing unresolved sorrows and learning to love life as it really happens, not as you would have it happen. When someone attaches unkindness to criticism, she's angry. Angry people need to criticize as an outlet for their anger. That's why you must reject unkind criticism. Unkind criticism is never part of a meaningful critique of you. Its purpose is not to teach or to help, its purpose is to punish. Life isn't supposed to be an all or nothing battle between misery and bliss. Life isn't supposed to be a battle at all. And when it comes to happiness, well, sometimes life is just okay, sometimes it's comfortable, sometimes wonderful, sometimes boring, sometimes unpleasant. When your day's not perfect, it's not a failure or a terrible loss. It's just another day.
Sometimes I wish I had never met you. Because then I could go to sleep at night not knowing there was someone like you out there.
They came to see that family need not be defined merely as those with whom they share blood but for those whom they would give their blood.
I myself am made entirely of flaws, stitched together with good intentions.
One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.
Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.
Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't mater at all, because once you're Real, you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand.
Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.
If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they'll kill you.
At the time, my life just seemed too complete, and maybe we have to break everything to make something better out of ourselves.
Often in winter the end of the day is like the final metaphor in a poem celebrating death: there is no way out.
Health is the thing that makes you feel that now is the best time of the year.
Waiting is painful. Forgetting is painful. But not knowing which to do is the worst kind of suffering.
To love what you do and feel that it matters -- how could anything be more fun?
One of the hardest things in life is having words in your heart that you can't utter.
Even after all this time the sun never says to the earth, "you owe me." Look what happens with a love like that, it lights the whole sky.
There are many things that we would throw away if we were not afraid that others might pick them up.
A human being is a single being. Unique and unrepeatable.
Wherever you are it is your friends who make your world.
Autumn is the hardest season. The leaves have all fallen. And they fell like they were falling in love with the ground.
And the sun and the moon sometimes argue over who will tuck me in at night. If you think I am having more fun than anyone on this planet, you are absolutely correct.
To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.
The bad thing about falling to pieces is that it hurts. The good thing about it is that once you're lying there in shards you've got nothing left to protect, and so you have no reason no to be honest.
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
No winter lasts forever; no spring skips it's turn.
My happiness derives from knowing the people I love are happy.
A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow.
And you never knew how much I really liked you, because I never even told you. Oh and I meant to.
I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone...but they've always worked for me.
It's sad when someone you know becomes someone you knew.
To me, bad taste is what entertainment is all about.
The world belongs to the energetic.
Between men and women there is no friendship possible. There is passion, enmity, worship, love, but no friendship.
You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep because reality is better than your dreams.
Without obsession, life is nothing.
I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead and some come from behind. But I've bought a big boat. I'm all ready you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!
I like persons better than principles, and I like persons with no principles better than anything else in the world.
I'd love to sell out completely, it's just that nobody has been willing to buy.
If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading at all.
If better were within, better would come out.
We loved with a love that was more than love.
Bad as I like ye, it's worse without ye.
I had nothing to offer anybody except my own confusion.
The pain passes, but the beauty remains.
Some may never live, but the crazy never die.
Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.
Alas, I am dying beyond my means.
The only difference between the saint and the sinner is that every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.
The truth is rarely pure, and never simple
Always do what you want, and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind.
Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the spaces between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.
I have just about all I can take of myself.
Pray that your loneliness may spur you into finding something to live for, great enough to die for.
Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not.
I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.
One day Alice came to a fork in the road and saw a Cheshire cat in a tree. Which road do I take? she asked. Where do you want to go? was his response. I don't know, Alice answered. Then, said the cat, it doesn't matter.
It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.
Music makes one feel so romantic - at least it always gets on one's nerves - which is the same thing nowadays.
Announced by all the trumpets of the sky, arrives the snow.
I like nonsense -- it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living. It's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope... and that enables you to laugh at all of life's realities.
I meant what I said and I said what I meant.
It's about a girl who lost her reputation and never missed it.
A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.
Man's loneliness is but his fear of life.
I tell you these stories because these things happen to everyone. It's not about being starched or polished or cute or polite. It's about having ears that stick out. About breaking yet another glass. It's about seeing something for the first time and making a million mistakes and not ever getting completely discouraged.
I can forget my very existence in a deep kiss of you.
There is a time for work and a time for love. That leaves no other time.
Life begins on the other side of despair.
Love bears it out even to the edge of doom.

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