I couldn’t forgive him or like him, but I saw that what he had done was, to him, entirely justified.
My inward experience has often been a wilderness; but Thou hast owned me still as Thy beloved, and poured streams of love and grace into me to gladden me, and make me fruitful.
Moderation is an attempt to live within one’s emotional means.
I can only note that the past is beautiful because one never realises an emotion at the time. It expands later, and thus we don’t have complete emotions about the present, only about the past.
I write because I like to feel things. I like to be moved.
His targets had little in common, other than that they had somehow aroused his enmity.
He tasted passion. He tasted emotion. He tasted a world he’d never imagined, one he could never enter. It was right there in front of him, suddenly open to him. Unexpected. Exciting. Scary.
She never knows when it might strike. The rage. And when it does, she loses her grip on herself-literally. At times, she could swear she sees another self-shiny black phantom, faceless, as though clad in a bodysuit-leaping out of her, pulling the rest of her in its wake. Over the edge.
So, if you’re a doctor, how can you recognize that you’re having a feeling? Some tips from Dr. Zinn:
Most emotions have physical counterparts. Anxiety may be associated with a tightness of the abdomen or excessive diaphoresis; anger may be manifested by a generalized muscle tightness or a clenching of the jaw; sexual arousal may be noted by a tingling of the loins or piloerection; and sadness may be felt by conjunctival injection or heaviness of the chest.
Love can crystallize things. When love is in the air, distressing rain can become a wonderful avalanche of shimmering diamonds. Raindrops are transformed into a flood of sparkling crystal pearls. The power of love can convert rain into a multitude of glittering prisms. The mental seduction of love and a boundless illusion, inflamed by a profound uprising emotion, can change any ordinary incident into a radiant, luminous voyage. ( “Crystallization under an umbrella” )