Many people feel they are powerless to do anything effective with their lives. It takes courage to break out of the settled mold, but most find conformity more comfortable. This is why the opposite of courage in our society is not cowardice, it’s conformity.

— Rollo May

In itself, homosexuality is as limiting as heterosexuality: the ideal should be to be capable of loving a woman or a man; either, a human being, without feeling fear, restraint, or obligation.

— Simone de Beauvoir

Source lazhuntiez

But Sartre, the future author of Being and Nothingness, was bold, ingenious, exuberant in his youthful excess, the satirical rebel who shouted, “Thus pissed Zarathustra” as he hurled water bombs out of classroom windows.

Source oannawan

"I was imagining a poor woman, tormented and run down, just like the one…Tolstoy describes in his Kreutzer Sonata”

wrote the 69 year-old Janáček to Kamila Stösslová, a married woman 38 years his junior, with whom he was having a musically productive but one-sidedly passionate and obsessive (730 letters) relationship.

The quartet was written in just a fortnight in October 1923 in Janáček’s characteristic fragmentary, episodic mature style, and swings the listener violently across a huge range of emotions.