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

Later, years later, I would hear a song made of our meeting. The boy who sang it was unskilled, missing notes more often than he hit, yet the sweet music of the verses shone through his mangling. I was not surprised by the portrait of myself: the proud witch undone by the hero’s sword, kneeling and begging for mercy. Humbling women seems to me a chief pastime of poets. As if there can be no story unless we crawl and weep.

— Madeleine Miller, Circe

I touched the thought like a bruise, testing its ache.

— Madeleine Miller, Circe

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
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