The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.

— W.B. Yeats

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She preferred most of all to live with flowers and music and to have a book, in quiet solitude.

— Hermann Hesse, from “Iris”, The Fairytales of Hermann Hesse (trans. Jack Zipes)

Wanna make a monster? Take the parts of yourself that make you uncomfortable—your weaknesses, bad thoughts, vanities, and hungers—and pretend they’re across the room. It’s too ugly to be human. It’s too ugly to be you. Children are afraid of the dark because they have nothing real to work with. Adults are afraid of themselves.

— Richard Siken, Editor’s Pages: Black Telephone 

I am too much on the side of my nature, I have never wanted anything of it that it did not dispense magnanimously and happily out of its innermost impulses, almost out beyond me.

— Rainer Maria Rilke, from a letter to Lou Andreas-Salomé, January 10, 1911