Every time you wish the sky was something happening to your heart, you lose twice. Olena Kalytiak Davis, from “A Few Words For The Visitor In The Parlor,” in And Her Soul Out of Nothing (University of Wisconsin Press, 1997)
If you want to get a child to love you, then you should just go and hide in the closet for three or four hours. They get down on their knees and pray for you to return. That child will turn you into God. Lonely children probably wrote the Bible.
Heather O’Neill, Lullabies for Little Criminals
I am eternally, devastatingly romantic, and I thought people would see it because ‘romantic’ doesn’t mean ‘sugary.’ It’s dark and tormented — the furor of passion, the despair of an idealism that you can’t attain.
Catherine Breillat, The Last Mistress