Quote Day: Djuna Barnes



The unendurable is the beginning of the curve of joy.

Djuna Barnes

September 10, 1967: On this day, American poet Djuna Barnes proudly told a friend she had become “the most famous unknown in the world.” She guarded her privacy by living in a tiny apartment in Greenwich Village and avoiding most public appearances (goodreads.com).


Well, unendurable can only be defined by perspective.  Today, I’ve got perspective shackled to the wall in my dark basement, left to writhe there, until I choose to recognize its power over my naive and loving being.


#for Reticent Mental Property, image courtesy of the web.

9 thoughts on “Quote Day: Djuna Barnes

  1. Unendurable can have an ending — your choice or someone else’s choice. My endings are driven by situations from other people. But, when I’ve pushed through — and the months pass, I get some positive results that could have only come from the unendurable…and I know that. It’s a bit of a sick cycle.


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