Nothing can touch me.
But why do I feel this party's over?
You're like protection.
How do I feel this good sober?“
— Pink (singer) American singer-songwriter 1979
Song lyrics, Funhouse (2008), Sober, written by Pink, Nate Hills, Kara DioGuardi, and Marcella Araica
„For years this rule has kept me out of hopeless despair:
You simply do not feel what is always there.
I ask my brain to entertain that pain is the same,
that if I feel it all the time, can you really call it pain?“
— Hank Green American vlogger 1980
Songs, A Song About An Anglerfish http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ek_wCaBZTCg
„And though your soul it can't be bought, your mind can wander. I can feel your love teaching me how, how to kneel.“
— Bono Irish rock musician, singer of U2 1960
Lyrics, How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb (2004), "Vertigo"
„when there's no, no storm
Then how can I feel the calm?
If theres nothing, nothing, nothing left to lose
Then what is this feeling
That keeps on bringing me back to you?“
— James Morrison 1984
Song lyrics, Undiscovered (James Morrison album) (2006), If You Don't Wanna Love Me
„Love hurts. Feelings are disturbing. People are taught that pain is evil and dangerous. How can they deal with love if they’re afraid to feel?“
— Jim Morrison lead singer of The Doors 1943 - 1971
Context: People are afraid of themselves, of their own reality; their feelings most of all. People talk about how great love is, but that’s bullshit. Love hurts. Feelings are disturbing. People are taught that pain is evil and dangerous. How can they deal with love if they’re afraid to feel? Pain is meant to wake us up. People try to hide their pain. But they’re wrong. Pain is something to carry, like a radio. You feel your strength in the experience of pain. It’s all in how you carry it. That’s what matters. Pain is a feeling. Your feelings are a part of you. Your own reality. If you feel ashamed of them, and hide them, you’re letting society destroy your reality. You should stand up for your right to feel your pain. As quoted in Jim Morrison: Ten Years Gone (1981) by Lizzie James writing for Creem Magazine http://archives.waiting-forthe-sun.net/Pages/Interviews/JimInterviews/TenYearsGone.html
„What they teach in these acting schools is incredible, hair-raising crap. The Actors Studio in America is supposed to be the worst. There the students learn how to be natural - that is, they flop around, pick their noses, scratch their balls. This bullshit is known as "method acting." How can you "teach" someone to be an actor? How can you teach someone how and what to feel and how to express it? How can someone teach me how to laugh or cry? How to be glad and how to be sad? What pain is, or despair or happiness? What poverty and hunger are? What hate and love are? What desire is, and fulfillment? No, I don't want to waste my time with these arrogant morons.“
— Klaus Kinski German actor 1926 - 1991
„Still, being able to feel pain was good, he thought. It's when you can't even feel pain anymore that you're in real trouble.“
— Haruki Murakami, book Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
— Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches
„A sense of what the world is really like can be maddening; cannabis has brought me some feelings for what it is like to be crazy, and how we use that word "crazy" to avoid thinking about things that are too painful for us.“
— Carl Sagan American astrophysicist, cosmologist, author and science educator 1934 - 1996
Essay as "Mr. X" (1969), Context: I do not consider myself a religious person in the usual sense, but there is a religious aspect to some highs. The heightened sensitivity in all areas gives me a feeling of communion with my surroundings, both animate and inanimate. Sometimes a kind of existential perception of the absurd comes over me and I see with awful certainty the hypocrisies and posturing of myself and my fellow men. And at other times, there is a different sense of the absurd, a playful and whimsical awareness. Both of these senses of the absurd can be communicated, and some of the most rewarding highs I've had have been in sharing talk and perceptions and humor. Cannabis brings us an awareness that we spend a lifetime being trained to overlook and forget and put out of our minds. A sense of what the world is really like can be maddening; cannabis has brought me some feelings for what it is like to be crazy, and how we use that word "crazy" to avoid thinking about things that are too painful for us. In the Soviet Union political dissidents are routinely placed in insane asylums. The same kind of thing, a little more subtle perhaps, occurs here: "did you hear what Lenny Bruce said yesterday? He must be crazy."
„In dreams you sometimes fall from a height, or are stabbed, or beaten, but you never feel pain unless, perhaps, you really bruise yourself against the bedstead, then you feel pain and almost always wake up from it. It was the same in my dream. I did not feel any pain, but it seemed as though with my shot everything within me was shaken and everything was suddenly dimmed, and it grew horribly black around me. I seemed to be blinded, and it benumbed, and I was lying on something hard, stretched on my back; I saw nothing, and could not make the slightest movement.“
— Fyodor Dostoyevsky, book The Dream of a Ridiculous Man
The Dream of a Ridiculous Man (1877), III