— Joseph Campbell American mythologist, writer and lecturer 1904 - 1987
Variant: Find a place inside where there's joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.
— Pablo Neruda Chilean poet 1904 - 1973
— Charles Bukowski American writer 1920 - 1994
„I have need of angels. Enough hell has swallowed me for too many years. But finally understand this--I have burned up one hundred thousand human lives already, from the strength of my pain.“
— Antonin Artaud French-Occitanian poet, playwright, actor and theatre director 1896 - 1948
Source: Lettres à Génica Athanasiou
„Joy! Joy! I triumph! Now no more I know
Myself as simply me. I burn with love
Unto myself, and bury me in love.
The centre is within me and its wonder
Lies as a circle everywhere about me.
Joy! Joy! No mortal thought can fathom me.“
— Attar of Nishapur Persian Sufi poet 1145 - 1221
"The Triumph of the Soul" as translated by Margaret Smith in The Persian Mystics
„Space echoes like an immense tomb, yet the stars still burn. Why does the sun take so long to die?“
— Nick Land British philosopher 1962
Source: The Thirst for Annihilation: Georges Bataille and Virulent Nihilism (1992), Chapter 5: "Dead God", p. 60 (original emphasis)
Context: God is nowhere to be found, yet there is still so much light! Light that dazzles and maddens; crisp, ruthless light. Space echoes like an immense tomb, yet the stars still burn. Why does the sun take so long to die? Or the moon retain such fidelity to the Earth? Where is the new darkness? The greatest of all unknowings? Is death itself shy of us?
„I am like a small creature swallowed whole by a monster, she thought, and the monster feels my tiny little movements inside.“
Source: The Haunting of Hill House
„I can't pass a bookstore without slipping inside, looking for the next book that will burn my hand when I touch its jacket, or hand me over a promissory note of such immense power that it contains the formula that will change everything about me.“
— Pat Conroy American novelist 1945 - 2016
Source: My Reading Life
„This great handsomeness I took into myself later when he desired me, but I took it as one breathes air, or swallows a snowflake, or yields to the sun.“
— Anaïs Nin writer of novels, short stories, and erotica 1903 - 1977
Source: Henry & June
— Cole Porter American composer and songwriter 1891 - 1964
"Night and Day" in Gay Divorce (1932)
Midnight's Children (1981)
Context: Who what am I? My answer: I am the sum total of everything that went before me, of all I have been seen done, of everything done-to-me. I am everyone everything whose being-in-the-world affected was affected by mine. I am anything that happens after I've gone which would not have happened if I had not come. Nor am I particularly exceptional in this matter; each "I", everyone of the now-six-hundred-million-plus of us, contains a similar multitude. I repeat for the last time: to understand me, you'll have to swallow a world.
„And yet she can tell he is visited by fears so immense, so multiple, that she can almost feel the terror pulsing inside him. As though some beast breathes all the time at the windowpanes of his mind.“
Source: All the Light We Cannot See
„It's just a feeling I have. What you see with your eyes is not necessarily real. My enemy is, among other things, the me inside me.“
— Haruki Murakami Japanese author, novelist 1949
Source: After the Quake
„If I stayed here, something inside me would be lost forever—something I couldn't afford to lose. It was like a vague dream, a burning, unfulfilled desire. The kind of dream people have only when they're seventeen.“
Source: South of the Border, West of the Sun