Quotation by W.N.P. Barbellion

During a walk or in a book or in the middle of an embrace, suddenly I awake to a stark amazement at everything. The bare fact of existence paralyzes me... To be alive is so incredible that all I can do is to lie still and merely breathe—like an infant on its back in a cot. It is impossible to be interested in anything in particular while overhead the sun shines or underneath my feet grows a single blade of grass.
W.N.P. Barbellion (1889–1919), British diarist. March 22, 1915 entry. The Journal of a Disappointed Man, Chatto and Windus (1919).
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