Tanya. Twenty-four. Ukraine
"I do not know whether I am brave or not till I am tried; but I am afraid I should be a coward".
“I read with ecstasy your dear words about your loving me. You write: “Love me.” But don’t I love you? It’s just that expressing myself in words sickens me, but you could see a lot for yourself, but it’s too bad that you are unable to see. […] And my ecstasy and delight are inexhaustible. […] So as to finish this tirade, I swear that I am dying to kiss every toe on your foot, and I’ll achieve my goal, you’ll see. You write: “But what if someone reads our letters?” Let them, of course; let them be envious.”
Fyodor Dostoevsky in a letter to his wife, Anna Dostoevskaya, 28 August 1879
“You have witchcraft in your lips.”
William Shakespeare, Henry V Act 5, Scene 2 

Portrait of a Young Woman of Frankfurt, detail (c. 1480-1485)

Sandro Botticelli

“Where is it I’ve read that someone condemned to death says or thinks, an hour before his death, that if he had to live on some high rock, on such a narrow ledge that he’d only room to stand, and the ocean, everlasting darkness, everlasting solitude, everlasting tempest around him, if he had to remain standing on a square yard of space all his life, a thousand years, eternity, it were better to live so than to die at once. Only to live, to live and live! Life, whatever it may be!”
Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment
“Never regret thy fall,
O Icarus of the fearless flight
For the greatest tragedy of them all
Is never to feel the burning light”
Oscar Wilde 
“I wanted movement and not a calm course of existence. I wanted excitement and danger and the chance to sacrifice myself for my love. I felt in myself a superabundance of energy which found no outlet in our quiet life.”
Leo Tolstoy, Family Happiness

Liv Tyler 
© Piermarco Menini 

Liv Tyler 

© Piermarco Menini 

“God is necessary, and therefore must exist."
“Well, that’s wonderful.”
“But I know that he does not and cannot exist.”
“That’s more like it.”
“Don’t you understand that a man with these two thoughts cannot go on living?”
Fyodor Dostoevsky, Demons