A selection of quotes I have collected along my literary and lyrical travels…

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Your mouth sets free this captive
come close to me
Free me
Untangle the madness that knots me

— Kate Tempest, Firesmoke, The Book of Traps and Lessons

Explosives have nothing compared to these sparks
So let’s fall apart

— Kate Tempest, Firesmoke, The Book of Traps and Lessons

I’ll be by the fire
Thinking, nothing I’ve learned can prepare me
For everything else that needs learning

— Kate Tempest, Firesmoke, The Book of Traps and Lessons

I had given him a life not worth living, but I had also given him an iron will to live. This was a common combination on the planet Earth.

— Kurt Vonnegut, Breakfast of Champions

The Fourteenth Book is entitled, “What Can a Thoughtful Man Hope for Mankind on Earth, Given the Experience of the Past Million Years?” It doesn’t take long to read The Fourteenth Book. It consists of one word and a period.
This is it:

— Kurt Vonnegut, Cat’s Cradle

All i’ve ever learned from love was how to shoot somebody who outdrew you

— Leonard Cohen, Hallelujah

But maybe boredom is erotic, when women do it, for men.

— Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale

Those eyes, those endless mud brown pools of sticky, bottomless love.

— Meera Sayal, Anita & Me

What is this My Life business, anyway? We all have obligations, no one is born on their own, are they?

— Meera Sayal, Anita & Me

Papas singing always unleashed these emotions which were unfamiliar and instinctive at the same time, in a language I could not recognise but felt I could speak in my sleep, in my dreams, evocative of a country I had never visited but which sounded like the only home I had ever known. The songs made me realise that there was a corner of me that would be forever not England.

— Meera Sayal, Anita & Me
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