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  • I felt very still and empty, the way the eye of a tornado must feel, moving dully along in the middle of the surrounding hullabaloo.

    Moving   Eye   Numbness  
    Sylvia Plath (2016). “The Bell Jar”, p.3, Hamilton Books
  • I had nothing and I was still changed. Like a costume, my numbness was taken away. Then hunger was added.

  • She still felt shell-shocked by all of it, numb. Beneath the numbness, though, was a raw and terrible anger that was unlike anything she'd felt before. She had so little experience with genuine anger that it scared her. She actually worried that if she started screaming, she'd never stop.

  • Great potential for personal empowerment can be found in attending to our awareness of global problems and to our understanding of how they connect with each other and with our personal lives. The process of naming the danger, saying aloud that the threats to life on earth are real, moves us from the numbness of denial to the aliveness that makes action possible.

    Real   Moving   Numbness  
  • During the terrible years of the Yekhov terror I spent seventeen months in the prison queues in Leningrad. One day someone ‘identified’ me. Then a woman with lips blue with cold who was standing behind me, and of course had never heard of my name, came out of the numbness which affected us all and whispered in my ear—(we all spoke in whispers there): ‘Could you describe this?’ I said, ‘I can!’ Then something resembling a smile slipped over what had once been her face.

    Blue   Numbness   Years  
  • How nice -- to feel nothing, and still get full credit for being alive.

    Life   Nice   Numbness  
    Kurt Vonnegut (1988). “Conversations with Kurt Vonnegut”, p.140, Univ. Press of Mississippi
  • And though the coldness I have always felt leaves me, the numbness doesn't and probably never will. this relationship will probably lead to nothing... this didn't change anything. I imagine her smelling clean, like tea.

    Numbness   Tea   Imagine  
    Bret Easton Ellis (2010). “American Psycho”, p.379, Vintage
  • It was, just as Kinski had predicted, suicide. He should never have done it. It is widely held by those who knew him, and Kinski himself, that he never recovered from Woyzeck. But what was the ultimate result? If you are the viewer of this film, Kinski's portrayal shocks your feelings out of the vault of intellectualizing or passive observing. He forces you to feel with him, to align yourself with your buried emotions. He outs your sensitivity. Is this not something Christ-like? It is, for my money. Kinski is the pure cure for the 21st-century disease - the numbness unto droning.

  • Absent the edge, we drown in numbness.

    Numbness   Absent   Edges  
  • There's much to be said for feeling numb. Time passes more quickly. You eat less, and because numbness encourages laziness, you do fewer things, good or bad, and the world's probably a better place for it.

    Douglas Coupland (2011). “The Gum Thief: A Novel”, p.208, Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • The numbness of his loss had passed, and the pain would hit me out of nowhere, doubling me over, racking my body with sobs. Where are you? I would cry out in my mind. Where have you gone? Of course, there was never any answer.

    Pain   Loss   Numbness  
    Suzanne Collins (2009). “The Hunger Games”, p.26, Scholastic Inc.
  • And so I am feeling numb. It's a curious feeling, and I get it all the time. My attention to the world around me disappears, and something starts to hum inside my head. Far off, voices try to bump up against me, but I repel them. My ears fill up with water and I focus on the humming in my head.

    Numbness   Voice   Water  
    Marya Hornbacher (2009). “Madness: A Bipolar Life”, p.15, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • There is a curious comfort in letting go. After the agony, letting go brings numbness, and after the numbness, clarity. As if I can see the world for the first time, and my place in it, independent of you, a whole vista of what may be. Even if it is not grand or inspiring, it is real and solid, unlike the fantasy I've built around you. I will do this. I will triumph over you.

  • As from a star I saw, coldly and soberly, the separateness of everything. I felt the wall of my skin; I am I. That stone is a stone. My beautiful fusion with the things of this world was over.

    Beautiful   Stars   Wall  
    Sylvia Plath (1994). “Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams”
  • The airy sky has taken its place leaning against the wall. It is like a prayer to what is empty And what is empty turns its face to us and whispers: 'I am not empty, I am open'.

    Prayer   Wall   Taken  
    Tomas Transtromer (2017). “The Half-Finished Heaven: Selected Poems”, p.126, Graywolf Press
  • He'd been numb a long time, years. All his nights down Ninsei, his nights with Linda, numb in bed and numb at the cold sweating center of every drug deal. But now he'd found this warm thing, this chip of murder. Meat, some part of him said. It's the meat talking, ignore it.

    William Gibson (2000). “Neuromancer”, p.130, Penguin
  • She examined me, she looked at me critically and said, "Why are you trying to starve yourself?" To keep myself from feeling love, from feeling lust, from feeling anything at all.

  • Who took away the part so essential to the whole Left you a hollow body Skin and bone.

    Numbness   Skins   Body  
    Song: Remember The Tinman, Album: New Beginning, 1995
  • A lazy frost, a numbness of the mind.

    Numbness   Lazy   Mind  
    John Dryden, C. B., Esquire Charles BATHURST (1852). “Selections from the poetry of Dryden, including his plays and translations. [The editor's preface signed: C. B., i.e. Charles Bathurst.]”, p.128
  • I have carpal tunnel so I can't write more than four hours total without tingling numbness. I take a lot of breaks and do stretches.

    "The Saturday Rumpus Interview With Eden Robinson". Interview With Helga Schimkat, September 24, 2016.
  • I almost said, you're not broken, you're just going through something. But i couldn't. She knew. There was something terribly wrong with her, all the way inside. She was like a big diamond with a dead spot in the middle. I was supposed to breathe life into that dead spot, but it hadn't worked.

    Numbness   Broken   Way  
    Janet Fitch (2013). “White Oleander”, p.174, Hachette UK
  • This morning I suddenly catch myself: I'm not there, I'm so lost in thought, I don't know what's going on around me. Can you think yourself to death?

  • It's important to cultivate detachment. One way to do this is to practice imagining yourself dead, or in the process of dying. If there's a window, you must imagine your body falling out the window. If there's a knife, you must imagine the knife piercing your skin. If there's a train coming, you must imagine your torso flattened under its wheels. These exercises are necessary to achieving the proper distance.

    "Girl, Interrupted". Book by Susanna Kaysen, 1994.
  • I'm something that I used to be. I'm never where I feel I am, and if I seek myself, I don't know who's seeking me. My boredom with everything has numbed me. I feel banished from my soul.

    Numbness   Boredom   Soul  
    Fernando Pessoa (2002). “The Book of Disquiet”, p.172, Penguin UK
  • He wondered if this was what clinical depression felt like, a total numbness, a weary lack of hope.

  • Every parent who has ever said a few words over a goldfish in a toilet bowl or felt the numbness of an unexpected diagnosis in a pediatrician's office will appreciate the heartfelt wisdom in It's Okay to Cry. Norm Wright tenderly and skillfully equips parents to help children cultivate a healthy response to life's many pains and sorrows.

    Children   Pain   Heart  
  • I want someone to pinch me so I can feel something, anything. I'm sick of this numbness, of feeling so alone and outside of everything, but I know it's too dangerous to wake up." —Ruth Mendenberg

  • ... when he kissed her, she received the kiss without returning it, her eyes wide open, not afraid, not a virgin's eyes, just flat and uninvolved.

    Eye   Kissing   Numbness  
    Tim O'Brien (2009). “The Things They Carried”, p.11, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • I am feeling fine. I remember these words and recite them. These are the things you say when asked how you are. After all, it would be odd to say: I'm not feeling. Or, more to the point: I'm not, I have ceased to be. Where am I?

    Marya Hornbacher (2009). “Madness: A Bipolar Life”, p.198, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Winning intoxicates you, and numbs you to the sufferings of others.

    Margaret Atwood (2011). “The Robber Bride”, p.256, Anchor
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