If I were to turn these love letters into a book, the inscription would be by Barthes, & it would say: To know that one does not write for the other, to know that these things I am going to write will never cause me to be loved by the one I love (the other), to know that writing compensates for nothing, sublimates nothing, that it is precisely there where you are not — this is the beginning of writing.
- Jenny Boully, The Body: An Essay

It is with the reading of books the same as with looking at pictures; one must, without doubt, without hesitations, with assurance, admire what is beautiful.
- Vincent van Gogh
Basically, even in the midst of one of my attacks of melancholy, I was never too sure what to do with this life except love it, love it to distraction and tell it so: write love letters, illuminate the whiteness of a sheet of paper by sprinkling ink on it. [...] The composition of love letters is, to be sure, not a very serious occupation and lacks great economic importance. But if no one practiced it anymore, if no one reminded life of its own purity, then life would end up letting itself wither away and die, don’t you think?
- Christian Bobin, I Never Dared Hope for You


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Elliot Gavin Keenan is an author of creative nonfiction.