She was pleasant and direct, even warm, but there was a privacy about her, a reluctance to bare herself completely to the world.

– Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Americanah

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… freedom which on this earth can only be bought by a thousand of the hardest sacrifices, must be enjoyed unrestrictedly in its fullness, without any kind of pragmatic calculation, as long as it lasts…

– André Breton, Nadja

I am dépaysée in extrovert life – I lose my soul, my dreams. I would like to lie at the bottom of the sea, live there au fond des choses, toujours au fond.

– Anaïs Nin, diary (1932-1934)