“Love is the voice under all silences, the hope which has no opposite in fear; the strength so strong mere force is feebleness: the truth more first than sun, more last than star…”—e.e. cummings (via quotewhore)
“Take chances if you can handle the repercussions. You want to be an individual; can you handle it? Because it’s lonesome. That means not running with the pack. The pack don’t want you when you’re an individual. Pack wants you to be the pack. The phrase “to thine own self be true”: It’s real. But it’s hard.”—Whoopi Goldberg, Glamour May 2010 (via smallnottall) (via onherway)
“The real glory of dreams lies in their atmosphere of unlimited freedom. It is not the freedom of the dictator, who enforces his own will on the world, but the freedom of the artist, who has no will, who is free of will.”—Karen Blixen (via nathanielstuart)
“I believe that none can “save” his fellow man by making a choice for him. To help him, he can indicate the possible alternatives, with sincerity and love, without being sentimental and without illusion. The knowledge and awareness of the freeing alternatives can reawaken in an individual all his hidden energies and put him on the path to choosing respect for “life” instead of for “death.””—Erich Fromm (via nathanielstuart)
“Follow the voice of your heart, even if it leads you off the path of timid souls. Do not become hard and embittered, even if life tortures you at times. There is only one thing that counts: to live one’s life well and happily…”—
“Come, the wind may never again
Blow as now it blows for us;
And the stars may never again shine as now they shine;
Long before October returns,
Seas of blood will have parted us;
And you must crush the love in your heart, and I the love in mine!”—Emily Jane Brontë, from ‘Silent is the House’ (via ontheborderland)
“I must before I die, find some way to say the essential thing that is in me, that I have never said yet — a thing that is not love or hate or pity or scorn, but the very breath of life, fierce and coming from far away, bringing into human life the vastness and fearful passionless force of non-human things …”—Bertrand Russell (via nathanielstuart)
She knows she’s lucky. She has good people around her. These people love her and care for her deeply. She has enemies, too. Which makes life all the more interesting. She indeed has the makings of an astounding and fulfilled existence. She acknowledges the fact that life has been good, and she’s been blessed. But it doesn’t mean that she cannot feel distressed, lonesome, and frustrated all the same. Losing her way has been her fault. This too, she acknowledges.
“Almost every successful person begins with two beliefs: the future can be better than the present, and I have the power to make it so.”—David Brooks (via gatekeeper) (via inspiri) (via everythingalmost) (via prospekt)
“The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest we become bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance.”—Cicero, 55 BC
“You spent your whole life only ever reacting to the world, only ever being an effect, with no cause to call your own, and you wonder why it ground you down to dust. Shape the world, or the world will shape you.”—Marcus, Spring (via nathanielstuart)
“Vision is not enough; it must be combined with venture. It is not enough to stare up the steps; we must step up the stairs.”—Vaclav Havel; he was a great writer and was the first President of the Czech Republic.
Fear tends to cause us to avoid the thing we’re fearing, which is obviously very useful when the thing you’re fearing is a real threat to your life. But most of the stuff we’re scared about in our daily lives doesn’t pose any threat to our lives, because we’re wired to feel fear whenever we’re dealing with something unfamiliar. This means that, whenever we’re learning and growing and extending our comfort zones, we’ll feel fear.
Metaphysics has always struck me as a prolonged form of latent insanity. If we knew the truth, we’d see it; everything else is systems and approximations. The inscrutability of the universe is quite enough for us to think about; to want to actually understand it is to be less than human, since to be human is to realize it can’t be understood.
I’m handed faith like a sealed package on a strange-looking platter and am expected to accept it without opening it. I’m handed science, like a knife on a plate, to cut the folios of a book whose pages are blank. I’m handed doubt, like dust inside a box—but why give me a box if all it contains is dust?
“The pessimist is commonly spoken of as the man in revolt. He is not. Firstly, because it requires some cheerfulness to continue in revolt, and secondly, because pessimism appeals to the weaker side of everybody, and the pessimist, therefore, drives as roaring a trade as the publican. The person who is really in revolt is the optimist, who generally lives and dies in a desperate and suicidal effort to persuade all the other people how good they are. It has been proved a hundred times over that if you really wish to enrage people and make them angry, even unto death, the right way to do it is to tell them that they are all the sons of God.”—G.K Chesterton (via nihilnoetia)
This song takes me back to the first time I heard Bad Religion, at a concert in Albuquerque… I was probably 19. Hot pink and black hair. My then boyfriend gave me a brief education in hip-hop & punk rock. He was kind of a badass with his mint condition black ‘72 Chevy Nova and hot short mohawk (which I would buzz for him, using a strip of duck tape to mark the edges like a true professional). Another highlight of that summer: we saw Jurassic 5 and I got Chalie 2na to do the greeting for my answering machine (“Heyyo this is Chalie 2na, Lila ain’t here right now. She’s probably out getting into some trouble, unless this is her pops and I promise she’s not misbehaving!”).