Stella Tennant by Tim Walker | Le monde d’Hermes S/S 2009 # 54

Dean Smith.

Lucille Ball grocery shopping, photographed for publicity in the early 1940s.

Wendy Luton

In Nicholas Ray’s wonderful film In a Lonely Place, Humphrey Bogart as Dixon Steele says, “A good love scene should be about something else besides love. For instance, this one. Me fixing grapefruit. You sitting over there, dopey, half-asleep. Anyone looking at us could tell we’re in love.” And when it comes to cinematic depictions of the heart’s great affliction, we’ve seen everything from the existential romantic longings that crush our soul, the ecstatically thrilling tales of love that spans lifetimes, the beautiful friendship of soul mates that never fades, and the most brutal and horrific heartbreak that one never fully recovers from. For all the myriad ways love can transpose itself, cinema has offered us portraits that reflect our own unrequited desires and expose the true feelings residing inside us. But of course, any good love story would be incomplete without a soundtrack to linger through it and heighten our most visceral emotions.

Post-mortem photograph of Rasputin showing the bullet wound in his forehead

What a fine day! Can’t choose whether to drink tea or to hang myself.

— Anton Chekhov (via larmoyante)

Millions of people have decided not to be sensitive. They have grown thick skins around themselves just to avoid being hurt by anybody. But it is at great cost. Nobody can hurt them, but nobody can make them happy either.

— Osho (via nuclearharvest)

Amber Valletta photographed by Steven Meisel for Vogue Italia July 1997

I’m not where I need to be, but thank god I’m not where I used to be.

— Unknown  (via shialablunt)