'We are what we repeatedly do.
Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.'
'I am only responsible for my own heart, you offered yours up for the smashing my darling.
Only a fool would give out such a vital organ.'
-- Anais Nin
'I want to write different words for you
To invent a language for you alone
to fit the size of your body
And the size of my love
I want to travel away from the dictionary
And to leave my lips
I am tired of my mouth
I want a different one
Which can change
Into a cherry tree or a match box
A mouth from which words can emerge
Like nymphs from the sea,
Like white chicks jumping from the magician’s hat.'
-- Nizar Qabbani
Trans. Bassam K Frangieh and Clementine R. Brown
'you think I’m not a goddess?
-- Margaret Atwood