"If you are lonely when you’re alone, you are in bad company"
"How do you get so empty? Who takes it out of you?"
"I notice you, I want to say. Even when no one else does, I do. I will."
"Nobody knows what you want except you. And nobody will be as sorry as you if you don’t get it. Wanting some other way to live is proof enough of deserving it. Having it is hard work, but not having it is sheer hell."
"I suppose it is good for the soul to be hurt and perplexed perpetually. I know at least that I miss you damnably: that is a good fixed star. I do, Virginia; and would rather be hurt by that, and have something solid to hold on to, than flounder in a quicksand that never bruises but only smothers."
- Vita Sackville-West
in a letter to Virginia Woolf, 9 February 1927 (via courcel