I finally know the difference between pleasing and loving, obeying and respecting. It has taken me so many years to be okay with being different, and with being this alive, this intense. (xxvi)
I make love with a focus and intensity that most people reserve for sleep.
Words are powerful. The passion you speak them with is also powerful. Choose wisely. Words that injure have a funny way of coming back to you.
the intensity in your eyes burns my pen as i write.
There was a lot about Kim and J.P. he didn't get.... he was confused by their lack of romance. As a father, he was at times grateful for that missing intensity, but as a man who liked to surprise his wife with flowers, it baffled him. Maybe he was old-fashioned, but to him a couple meant a strong bond, with positive and negative charges constantly arcing between them. He'd never seen Kim and J.P. kiss, let alone argue.
My candle burns at both ends; It will not last the night; But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends— It gives a lovely light!
There is no Space or Time Only intensity, And tame things Have no immensity
Every bad experience is a source of unhappiness. Yet the intensity of suffering can be controlled. Just like a person who has a million-dollar bank balance is likely to get less disturbed due to loss of a few dollars, you too can easily overcome some bad incidents in your life, without losing much joy, provided you already have a great amount of happiness in your life.
But there was a sense of something tipping out of balance. The times seemed out of joint. There was too much decadence. Too much intensity. Too much change. Too much happiness juxtaposed with too much misery. Too much wealth next to too much poverty. The world was becoming faster and louder, and the social systems were becoming as chaotic and fragmented as jazz scores. So there was a craving, in some places, for simplicity, for order, for scapegoats and for bully-boy leaders, for nations to become like religions or cults. It happened every now and then. It seemed, in the 1930s, that the whole course of humanity was at stake. As it very often does today. Too many people wanted to find an easy answer to complicated questions. It was a dangerous time to be human. To feel or to think or to care.
The time that leads to mastery is dependent on the intensity of our focus.
Nothing is so firmly believed as that which we least know.
There is a fine line between stubbornness and stupidity as well as intensity and insanity.
Spirituality was my safe haven, and the daily 20 minutes meditation was my private zone where I got lost somewhere deep within myself. But outside of this, I was intense and still battling with myself.
Murder is born of love, and love attains the greatest intensity in murder.
The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.
The excellency of every art is its intensity, capable of making all disagreeable evaporate.
My intensity is my greatest strength. It's also my greatest weakness.
I approached everything, my job, my family, my romances, with intensity.
In poetry, everything can be faked but the intensity of utterance.