— Jessica Bird U.S. novelist 1969
Source: Lover at Last
„I was bitter about everything and at loose ends when I got out of the service. I think I turned to writing to get it off my chest.“
— Rod Serling American screenwriter 1924 - 1975
"Document H1000089528" http://galenet.galegroup.com/servlet/BioRC Contemporary Authors Online, Gale. 2010.
— E.M.S Nigerian rapper, singer and record producer 1995
88 Bars (2012)
„I didn't know what to think, but what I felt was magnetic and so big it ached like the moon had entered my chest and filled it up. The only thing I could compare it to was the feeling I got one time when I walked from the peach stand and saw the sun spreading across the late afternoon, setting the top of the orchard on fire while darkness collected underneath. Silence had hovered over my head, beauty multiplying in the air, the trees so transparent I felt like I could see through to something pure inside them. My chest ached then, too, this very same way.“
The Secret Life of Bees (2002)
Catch For Us The Foxes (2004)
„My parents ask if I'm alright; I say "I've just been staying up too late.
I need to sleep" I need to do something!
To get this awful weight up off my chest,
keep her pretty ghost from chasing me!“
— Conor Oberst American musician 1980
Insound Tour Support No.12 (2000)
„I pretended that I was pausing before telling him about the secret feeling of joy that I hide in my chest, waiting, waiting, waiting for someone to notice that I rise each morning seemingly with nothing to live for, but I do rise, and it is only because of this secret joy, God's love, in my chest.“
— Miranda July American performance artist, musician and writer 1974
The Shared Patio (2005)
Context: I pretended that I was pausing before telling him about the secret feeling of joy that I hide in my chest, waiting, waiting, waiting for someone to notice that I rise each morning seemingly with nothing to live for, but I do rise, and it is only because of this secret joy, God's love, in my chest. I looked down from the sky and into his eyes and I said, It wasn't your fault. I excused him for the cover and for everything else. For not yet being a New Man. We fell into silence then; he did not ask me any more questions. I was still happy to sit there beside him, but that is only because I have very, very low expectations of most people, and he had now become Most People.
„Being with her I feel a pain, like a frozen knife stuck in my chest. An awful pain, but the funny thing is I'm thankful for it. It's like that frozen pain and my very existence are one.
The pain is an anchor, mooring me“
Source: Kafka on the Shore