This is why a woman needs to have a tub (and candle) ready even today, because she doesn’t know what is waiting for her - she has no way of knowing what democracy will look like in an Eastern European country.
Slavenka Drakulić, from “On Doing Laundry” in How We Survived Communism and Even Laughed
Most important, I hope you’ll see hazard only in those storm-clouds where it exists and live life more fully in the clear skies between them.
— Gavin de Becker, from The Gift of Fear
Now I had only to trust in myself.
Samantha Shannon, from The Bone Season
By which I learn to affirm
Truth’s light at strange turns of the mind’s road,
wrong turns that lead
over the border into wonder,
mistaken directions, forgotten signs
all bringing the soul’s travels to a place
of origin, a well
under the lake where the Muse moves.
— Denise Levertov, from “The Illustration - A Footnote”
A blithe, itchy eager state where the poem itself, the story itself is supreme
— Sylvia Plath, from The Unabridged Journals by Sylvia Plath
, edited by Karen V. Kukil
If ever you write an account, Watson, you can make rabbits serve your turn.
— Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, from “The Adventure of the Norwood Builder” in The Return of Sherlock Holmes