Gothic Tropic at The Victoria 💃
"Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing." -Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
“'I can sympathise with everything, except suffering.' said Lord Henry, shrugging his shoulders. ‘I cannot sympathise with that. It is too ugly, too horrible, too distressing. There is something terribly morbid in the modern sympathy with pain. One should sympathise with the colour, the beauty, the joy of life. The less said about life’s sores the better.'” -The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde
Another 👑🌲 “I find it wholesome to be alone the greater part of the time. To be in company, even with the best, is soon wearisome and dissipating. I love to be alone. I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude.” -Henry David Thoreau, Walden
“We need the tonic of wildness...At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.” -Henry David Thoreau, Walden
"Why is there happiness and comfort and excitement where you are and no where else in the world?" -Zelda Fitzgerald, Dear Scott, Dearest Zelda: The Love Letters of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald
"He asked me to come back a fortnight later. I did so and was received by a girl who had developed a permanent squint from having to tell so many lies." -Mikhail Bulgakov, The Master and Margarita
"Do I dare Disturb the universe? In a minute there is time For decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse." -T. S. Eliot
"Somehow, something always happens just before things get to the very worst. It is as if magic did it. If I could only just remember that always. The worst thing ever quite comes." Frances Hodgson Burnett, A Little Princess
"His life oscillates, as everyone's does, not merely between two poles, such as the body and the spirit, the saint and the sinner, but between thousands and thousands." -Steppenwolf, Herman Hesse
"'Whatever comes,' she said, 'cannot alter one thing. If I am a princess in rags and tatters, I can be a princess inside. It would be easy to be a princess if I were dressed in cloth of gold, but it is a great deal more of a triumph to be one all the time when no one knows it.'". -Frances Hodgson Burnett, A Little Princess
"If nature has made you for a giver, your hands are born open, and so is your heart; and though there may be times when your hands are empty, your heart is always full, and you can give things out of that--warm things, kind things, sweet things--help and comfort and laughter--and sometimes gay, kind laughter is the best help of all." -Frances Hodgson Burnett, A Little Princess
"There is no greater misfortune in the world than the loss of reason." -The Master and Margarita, Mikhail Bulgakov
"We do not grow absolutely, chronologically. We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not in another; unevenly. We grow partially. We are relative. We are mature in one realm, childish in another. The past, present, and future mingle and pull us backward, forward, or fix us in the present. We are made up of layers, cells, constellations." -Anaïs Nin
"You need not to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. You need not even listen, simply wait. You need not even wait, just learn to become quiet, and still, and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked. It has no choice; it will roll in ecstasy at your feet." -Franz Kafka (Discovery credit @ali.liefgreen)
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