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What would happen if one woman told the truth about her life?

The world would split open. - Muriel Rukseyer

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How one lives as a private person is intimately bound into the work. At some point I believe one has to stop holding back for fear of alienating some imaginary reader, or real relative or friend, and come out with personal truth. If we are to understand the human condition, and if we are to accept ourselves in all the complexity, self doubt, extravagence of feeling, guilt, and joy, the slow freeing of the self to its full capacity for action and creation both as human being and as artist, we have to know all we can about each other, and we have to be willing to go naked. - May Sarton

I don't own my emotions unless I can think about them. I am not afraid of feeling but I am afraid of feeling unthinkingly. I don't want to drown. My head is my heart's lifebelt. - Jeanette Winterson

I have longed for one person with whom everything could be shared, but I am slowly making my peace with the knowledge that this will never happen. - May Sarton

Pain and suffering are always inevitable for a large intelligence and a deep heart. The really great men, I think, have great sadness on earth. - Fyodor Dostoevsky

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