Claire Messud #14

I think longing is a desire that doesn't expect to be fulfilled. If you think of Ode on a Grecian Urn, what's depicted on the urn is always in the moment of anticipation and never actually consummated. In some strange way, that's the most delicious moment. Longing is the desire to prolong that moment, and to understand – maybe not even consciously – that to get what you wanted would end it.

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