"You were once wild here. Don’t let them tame you."
"I find I get more and more disagreeably solitary; In fact I foresee the day when I shall have gone too far into myself that there will no longer be anything to be seen of me at all."
"Follow your inner moonlight; don’t hide the madness."
"She dreamed about escaping. That was all she dreamed about — escape."
"I’ll read my books and I’ll drink coffee and I’ll listen to music, and I’ll bolt the door."
"As adults, we try to develop the character traits that would have rescued our parents."
"The only darkness we should allow into our lives is the night, and even then, we have the moon."
- Warsan Shire, from “What We Have,” in Poetry Review (v. 102, no. 4, 2012)
"I almost said, you’re not broken, you’re just going through something. But I couldn’t. She knew. There was something terribly wrong with her, all the way inside. She was like a big diamond with a dead spot in the middle. I was supposed to breathe life into that dead spot, but it hadn’t worked."
"I have found it easier to identify with the characters who verge upon hysteria, who were frightened of life, who were desperate to reach out to another person. But these seemingly fragile people are the strong people really."
"I live in you, in your bones; the delicate coils of your mind. I made you. I formed the thoughts you find, the moods you carry. Your blood whispers my name. Even in rebellion, you are mine."
"I’m scared I’m going to spend the rest of my life in a state of yearning, regardless of where I am."
"I’m not sure which is worse: intense feeling, or the absence of it."