Something has been suffered.

Literary Tattoos: Mark Z. Danielewski House of Leaves

This tattoo belongs to Megan and is from House of LeavesLiterary Tattoos: Mark Z. Danielewski House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski.

The line is “Something has been suffered.” And it’s a tiny excerpt from a really big paragraph:

“Who has never killed an hour? Not casually or without thought, but carefully: a premeditated murder of minutes. The violence comes from a combination of giving up, not caring, and a resignation that getting past it is all you can hope to accomplish. So you kill the hour. You do not work, you do not read, you do not daydream. If you sleep it is not because you need to sleep. And when at last it is over, there is no evidence: no weapon, no blood, and no body. The only clue might be the shadows beneath your eyes or a terribly thin line near the corner of your mouth indicating something has been suffered, that in the privacy of your life you have lost something and the loss is too empty to share.”

It’s a constant reminder to myself to not waste my time, to use every minute of my life to my advantage.


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