“The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.”
— Thomas Merton (via psych-facts)

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“I like to watch people. Sometimes I ride the subway all day and look at them and listen to them. I just want to figure out who they are and what they want and where they’re going.”
— Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 (via psych-facts)

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“Oh me! Oh life! of the questions of these recurring,
Of the endless trains of the faithless, of cities fill’d with the foolish,
Of myself forever reproaching myself, (for who more foolish than I, and who more faithless?)
Of eyes that vainly crave the light, of the objects mean, of the struggle ever renew’d,
Of the poor results of all, of the plodding and sordid crowds I see around me,
Of the empty and useless years of the rest, with the rest me intertwined,
The question, O me! so sad, recurring—What good amid these, O me, O life? Answer.
That you are here—that life exists and identity,
That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.”
“I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. If you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good.”
— Roald Dahl (via ablogwithaview)

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“Madness is a prerequisite for any good journalist”
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“I always feel like August should be the end of the year. It’s like everything is swirling toward a climax right now but in a few weeks, without any bitterness, it will be September again and things will be soft and cool and crisp.
“Don’t hold onto your bitterness.” That’s what I keep saying to myself.”
— Grant Van Sant, In Defense of Loneliness
“Life – not my life but life in general is immortal, cold and immutable, remote, and indifferent. Dirt only accumulates, and no amount of time or scrubbing can wash away the past.”
— Grant Van Sant, In Defense of Loneliness
“I am infinitely saddened by the fact that most of our weaknesses are not overcome but instead outgrown. They are not defeated by any triumph of the will, but after hours of intense worry and struggle, they are simply forgotten, absentmindedly abandoned for some new, subtler, and still more alluring form of self-destruction.”
— Grant Van Sant, In Defense of Loneliness
“People are always talking about originality; but what do they mean? As soon as we are born the world begins to work upon us; and this goes on to the end. And, after all, what can we call our own, except energy, strength, and will? If I could give an account of all that I owe to great predecessors and contemporaries, there would be but a small balance in my favour.”
— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe  (via sleepystoryteller)

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“Whenever you feel like criticizing any one, just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby (via bookmania)

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