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Nature has made a pebble and a female.  The lapidary makes the diamond, and the lover makes the woman.  

- Victor Hugo 

I love you as certain dark things are loved secretly between the shadow and the soul  - Pablo Neruda

The capacity of passion is both cruel and divine.  

- George Sand

There is something at work in my soul which I do not underderstand

- Mary Shelley

I want love, violent love, because without it subjects are cold  

- Gaetano Donizetti

I want to be your darkest everything  - Frida Kahlo

How characteristic of your perverse heart that longs only for what happens to be out of reach  - Pierre Choderoles de Laclos

There is no exquisite beauty without some strangeness in the proportions  - Edgar Allan Poe

Paris is a great beauty.  As such is possesses all the qualities that one finds in any other great beauty; chic, sexiness, grandeur, arrogance, and the absolute inability and refusal to listen to reason. 

– Fran Lebowitz 

Music should strike fire from the hearts of man and bring tears from the eyes of woman 

- Ludwig van Beethoven

You are at once both the quiet and the confusion of my heart  - Franz Kafka

John Henry Fuseli

We loved with a love that was more than love 

- Edgar Allan Poe

We both live with a terrible thing – a desire for the absolute, the sublime the perfect.   That’s why he fleets from person to person and that’s why I give myself to no one 

– Vatel

Your only duty is to save your dream  - Amedeo Modigliani

But he who dares not grasp the thorns should never crave the rose  - Anne Brontë

Romanticism is precisely situated neither in choice of subject nor exact truth but in the way of feeling  -  Charles Baudelaire

Caspar David Friedrich

All men dream but not equally.  Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity:  but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes to make it possible.  This I did.”               - T.E. Laurence

I have more memories than if I lived a thousand years...I am a cementery abhorred by the moon...I am an old boudoir full of withered roses.   - Charles Baudelaire


To play a wrong note is insignificant; to play without passion is inexcusable.   - Ludwig van Beethoven

Be not afraid of Greatness.  Some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon 'em.    –  William Shakespeare

The illusion which exalts us is dearer to us than ten thousand truths  - Alexander Pushkin 

People die of common sense, one lost moment at a time.  Life is a moment.  There is no hereafter so make it burn always with the hardest flame.  -  Oscar Wilde

And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.  

- Friedrich Nietzsche

The great art of life is sensation, to feel that we exist, even in pain  -  Lord Byron

Here I am trying to live or rather I am trying to teach the death within me to live 

- Jean Cocteau

Whatever it is the lot of humankind, I want to taste within my deepest self.  I want to seize the highest and the lowest, to load its woe and bliss upon my breast, and thus expand my single self titanically and in the end go down with all the rest   

- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Sometimes we love with nothing more than hope.  Sometimes we cry with everything except tears.  

- Shantaram

How did I escape? With difficulty.  How did I plan this moment?  With pleasure.  - Alexandre Dumas 

Romanticism is a grace either from Heaven or hell to which we owe eternal stigmata 

-  Charles Baudelaire

Where there is light the shadow is deep

- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

She always had that about her that look of otherness, of eyes that see things much too far and of thoughts that wander off the edge of the world  

- Joanne Harris

There is suffering in the light, in excess it burns.  Flame is hostile to the wing.  To burn and yet to fly that is the miracle of genius   - Victor Hugo

To see a world in a grain of sand and a Heaven in a wild flower, Hold infinity in the palm of your had and eternity in an hour

- William Blake

Did I request thee, Maker, from my clay 

To mold me man? Did I solicit thee

From darkness to promote me?

- Paradise Lost, x ,743-5

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The dream of reason produces monsters

- Francisco Goya

No more let life divide what death can join together

-Percy Byssche Shelley

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