Love never dies a natural death…It dies of blindness and errors
and betrayals. It dies of illness and wounds; it dies of weariness, of
withering, of tarnishing.
No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear. I am not afraid, but the sensation is like being afraid. The same fluttering in the stomach, the same restlessness, the yawning. I keep on swallowing.
The beauty of the world…has two edges, one of laughter, one of anguish, cutting the heart asunder.
Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own
A wounded deer – leaps highest.
I am worn to a raveling.
Beatrix Potter, The Tailor of Gloucester
And though she (Anna) felt sure that a coldness was beginning, there was nothing she could do, she could not in any way alter her relations to him. Just as before, only by love and by charm could she keep him. And so, just as before, only by occupation in the day, by morphine at night, could she stifle the fearful thought of what would be if he ceased to love her.
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Parting is all we know of heaven, and all we need of hell.
Ah! I feel like death! Great heaven, Have pity on me!
Violetta (after seeing Alfredo at a party after breaking up with him), in La Traviata, by Verdi
He did not love her as he had loved her hitherto, and to all else she was indifferent.
Thomas Hardy, Tess of the D’Urbervilles
A loved one destroys me, although he doesn’t mean to.
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