"For language to have meaning there must be intervals of silence somewhere, to divide word from word and utterance from utterance. He who retires into silence does not necessarily hate language. Perhaps it is love and respect for language which imposes silence upon him."
– Thomas Merton, “Disputed Questions”
"If a man does not know the value of his own loneliness, how can he respect another’s solitude?"
– Thomas Merton, “No Man Is An Island”
"Dear friend,
dear trembling partner, what
surprises you most in what you feel,
earth’s radiance or your own delight?"
– Louise Glück, from “Matins”
"Spring is a happiness so beautiful, so unique, so unexpected, that I don’t know what to do with my heart. I dare not take it, I dare not leave it – what do you advise?"
– Emily Dickinson, from a letter to Louise and Frances Norcross, late April 1873
"The novel I am constantly writing is always the same one, and it might be described as a variously sliced-up or torn-apart book of myself."
– Robert Walser, Eine Art Erzählung
"The process of creating is related to the process of dreaming although when you are writing you’re doing it and when you’re dreaming, it’s doing you."
– Robert Stone, as cited in A Writer’s Book of Days by Judy Reeves (with thanks to @riskywiver)

(Source: twitter.com)