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Quote from I Wrote This For You by Iain Thomas

You make me nostalgic for a love that hasn’t even happened yet.

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Quote from Ignorance by Milan Kundera

The Greek word for ‘return’ is nostosAlgos means ‘suffering.’ So nostalgia is the suffering caused by an unappeased yearning to return.

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Quote from Disintegration by The Cure

I miss the kiss of treachery
The aching kiss before I feed
The stench of a love for a younger meat
And the sound that it makes when it cuts.

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Quote from Anne Thompson muses on the loneliness of the long-distance filmmaker with Lost in Translation's Sofia Coppola, Scarlett Johansson and Ross Katz. (Fall 2003) (Filmmaker Magazine) quoting Sofia Coppola

It’s about misunderstandings between people and places, being disconnected and looking for moments of connection. There are so many moments in life when people don’t say what they mean, when they are just missing each other, waiting to run into each other in a hallway.

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Quote from Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

Night. Never have I experienced such agony. I would like to describe her face, her ways–and I cannot, because my own desire for her blinds me when she is near. I am not used to being with nymphets, damn it. If I close my eyes I see but an immobilized fraction of her, a cinematographic still, a sudden smooth nether loveliness, as with one knee up under her tartan skirt she sits tying her shoe.

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Quote from The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

Perhaps when we find ourselves wanting everything it is because we are dangerously near wanting nothing.

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Quote from letter to Vita Sackville-West (November 10, 1929) by Virginia Woolf

I am left alone; you in Persia, horizons away. Dearest Creature, my heart currently resembles the ashes of my cigarettes.

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Date Published (if article, journal entry, or letter): 
November 10, 1929
Letter Written To: 
Vita Sackville-West
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Quote from letter to Felice Bauer (November 20 to 21, 1912) by Franz Kafka as quoted in Letters to Felice

May I kiss you then? On this miserable paper? I might as well open the window and kiss the night air.

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Felice Bauer
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Quote from letter to Witter "Hal" Bynner (October 29, 1920) by Edna St. Vincent Millay as quoted in Letters (ed. Allan Ross Macdougall)

Where you used to be, there is a hole in the world, which I find myself constantly walking around in the day-time, and falling into at night. I miss you like hell.

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Date Published (if article, journal entry, or letter): 
October 29, 1920
Author/Interviewer (Article/Book/etc.): 
Allan Ross Macdougall
Letter Written To: 
Witter "Hal" Bynner
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