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There is a special sense for poetry - a poetic tuning in us. Poetry is a personal vista, and therefore inexpressible and indefinable. Whoever doesn’t immediately know and feel what poetry is - he has no conception of producing it. Poetry is poetry. It is as different from rhetoric as day is from night.
—  Novalis, New Fragments
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I’ve missed this place.

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So far as we feel sympathy, we feel we are not accomplices to what caused the suffering. Our sympathy proclaims our innocence as well as our impotence. To that extent, it can be (for all our good intentions) an impertinent- if not inappropriate- response. To set aside the sympathy we extend to others beset by war and murderous politics for a reflection on how our privileges are located on the same map as their suffering, and may - in ways we might prefer not to imagine - be linked to their suffering, as the wealth as some may imply the destitution of others, is a task for which the painful, stirring images supply only an initial spark.

― Susan SontagRegarding the Pain of Others

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making excuses for yourself is more exhausting than actually doing the work.

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Water Me//FKA Twigs

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The function of being an artist for me…is that it’s an experimental area where I can test ways of thinking and operating and hopefully apply the results to real life. The advantage of testing them in an art context is that it doesn’t really matter if you fail. You can afford to take risks that you wouldn’t allow yourself in normal life. Having taken those risks and seen what freedoms they allow or what restrictions they impose, you are then free to extrapolate them into normal-life situation. That’s what I think is the function of culture—to teach you new way of dealing with the world.

For example, one important idea for me has been to deliberately put people who aren’t qualified in any particular way into creative situations and say to them, ‘look, you can do it. You are capable of operating creatively, you don’t have to be skillful. It has to do with the way you use your brain, not your hands’.

Brian Eno, 1975

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zara is seriously one of the most beautiful women alive I swear to god 

I’m squealing 🙈😘

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Sacrifice of the self is the source of all humiliation, as also on the contrary is the foundation of all true exaltation. The first step will be an inward gaze—an isolating contemplation of ourselves. Whoever stops here has come only halfway. The second step must be an active outward gaze—autonomous, constant observation of the external world.

No one will ever achieve excellence as an artist who cannot depict anything other than his own experiences, his favorite objects, who cannot bring himself to study assiduously even a quite strange object, which does not interest him at all, and to depict it at leisure. An artist must be able and willing to depict everything. This is how a great artistic style is created, which rightly is so much admired in Goethe.

― NovalisNovalis: Philosophical Writings

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I am in the middle of it: chaos and poetry; poetry and love and again, complete chaos. Pain, disorder, occasional clarity; and at the bottom of it all: only love; poetry. Sheer enchantment, fear, humiliation. It all comes with love

― Anna AkhmatovaThe Akhmatova Journals, Volume I: 1938-1941

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