„She brightened. "Last week I ran a personal ad in the Guardian. I answered a few too. I'm not looking for sex; I feel too vulnerable for that. I just want somebody to hurt me and humiliate me."“
— Mary Gaitskill Novelist, short story writer, essayist 1954
"The Wrong Thing: Stuff" in Because They Wanted To, p. 244, Simon & Schuster, 1997.
„Writers who try to prove something are unattractive to me, because there is nothing to prove and everything to imagine. So I let words and images emerge from within. If you do that, you might prove something in the process.“
— Eugéne Ionesco Romanian playwright 1909 - 1994
Context: I let characters and symbols emerge from me, as if I were dreaming. I always use what remains of my dreams of the night before. Dreams are reality at its most profound, and what you invent is truth because invention, by its nature, can’t be a lie. Writers who try to prove something are unattractive to me, because there is nothing to prove and everything to imagine. So I let words and images emerge from within. If you do that, you might prove something in the process.
„For I hope my Friends will pardon me, when I declare, I know none of them without a Fault; and I should be sorry if I could imagine, I had any Friend who could not see mine. Forgiveness, of this Kind, we give and demand in Turn.“
— Henry Fielding, The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling
„I imagine, there must be only a very, very few men in the world that I should like to marry; and of those few, it is ten to one I may never be acquainted with one; or if I should, it is twenty to one he may not happen to be single, or to take a fancy to me.“
— Anne Brontë British novelist and poet 1820 - 1849
Ch. XVI : The Warning of Experience; Helen to Mrs. Maxwell
— Magnus Carlsen Norwegian chess player 1990
ChessBase.com - Magnus Carlsen on his chess career, 15 March 2010 http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp?newsid=6187
„You have something that might be more use to me than either gold or power—something that in fact brings both in its train.”
“And what is that?“
— Tad Williams novelist 1957
The count leaned forward. “Knowledge.” Chapter 21, “The Frightened Ones” (p. 491).
„I think I still have something to give. There is still that passion, that fire in me that says, ‘Let’s feel sorry for yourself for a day or so and let’s get back at it. Let’s get back on the horse.“
— David Wright 1982
" quoted by the New York Post http://nypost.com/2017/09/07/david-wright-is-certain-about-what-hell-be-doing-next-season/
„What's so wrong with feeling sorry for myself? Better that than trying to get other people to feel sorry for me.“
— Orson Scott Card American science fiction novelist 1951
— Chris Carrabba American musician 1975
Again I Go Unnoticed