The Quotes Collective: The Launch

Injila Rasul, Contributor

The Quotes Collective is an effort at finding artwork and literature that intersects and interacts beautifully and illustrates the nuances of what it means to be human. We aim to bring together artists, writers, spoken word poets and diverse creative people with the singular aim of cultivating the an artistic sensibility. This project is personal, the quotes are personal favorites and mean and signify something to our writers, it is perhaps their own frank view of life and its many tragedies and elation.

Darkness wipes me out like chalk on a blackboard. I don’t know a thing.

-Sylvia Plath

Surreal Photography by Lissie Elle

The beauty of this quote has a great bittersweetness to its melancholy. It is only made more sorrowful with the realization that Plath herself led a tragic life that led to a tragic end.

How easy it was to lie with strangers, to create with strangers the versions of our lives that we have imagined

-Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Americanah

Artwork by @aykutmaykut

With our social media personas at stark odds with our realities, this quote is an important reminder of the smokescreens and walls we often erect to perhaps protect ourselves, perhaps protect others. Living one’s truth is a challenge in a world that’s so quick to label, so sharp in its prejudices, and harsh in its judgements.

What I needed seemed to be absent from everywhere

-Charles Bukowski

Artwork by Kelsey Smith a.k.a. amidstsilence

Feeling detached and unfulfilled are perhaps the most isolating phases of the human experience. Solitude and self-reflection must work in-tandem to bring meaning to our lives, looking on the outside, looking to other people or things for fulfillment is often what we instinctively turn to in times of uncertainty and self-doubt. Often it the opposite of what needs to be done.

When you protect yourself from pain, be sure you do not protect yourself from love
-Alan Cohen

Artwork by@fridacastelli

Who wants flowers when you’re dead?
-J.D. Salinger
The Catcher in the Rye

Illustration by@jennylizromeillustration

I think about you, but I don’t say it anymore

-Marguerite DurasFeatured illustration by@jennylizromeillustration

She knew he’d be back. No matter how elaborate its charade, she recognized loneliness when she saw it. She sensed that in some strange tangential way, he needed her shade as much as she needed his. And she had learned from experience that Need was a warehouse that could accommodate a considerable amount of cruelty.
― Arundhati Roy, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness: A novel

Photograph by @mahamiqbalbosan

I’m not saying I know you better than anyone else. I’m saying I know better than anyone else what it’s like to miss you.

-Ian ThomasPhotography by@aaliisarah

Is there no way out of the mind?
-Sylvia Plath

Artwork by@oejerum

Silence is also a conversation

-Ramona Mahershi

Photography by@dirtygrid

There is no love of life without despair of life.
-Albert Camus

Photography by@unmaderhyme

Like most misery, it started with apparent happiness
-Mark Zusak, The Book Theif

Artwork by@aykutmaykut

Know a beautiful quote or a pristine artist that we should feature? Let us know in the comments below or submit them to us directly!

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