"I’m self-sufficient. I spend a lot of time on my own and I shut off quite easily. When I communicate, I communicate 900 per cent, then I shut off, which scares people sometimes."
— Bjork (via jaimelannister)
(Source: 8jork, via myteacupshoo)
“Do what you love” disguises the fact that being able to choose a career primarily for personal reward is a privilege, a sign of socioeconomic class. Even if a self-employed graphic designer had parents who could pay for art school and co-sign a lease for a slick Brooklyn apartment, she can bestow DWYL as career advice upon those covetous of her success.
If we believe that working as a Silicon Valley entrepreneur or a museum publicist or a think-tank acolyte is essential to being true to ourselves, what do we believe about the inner lives and hopes of those who clean hotel rooms and stock shelves at big-box stores? The answer is: nothing.
— Do what you love, love what you do: An omnipresent mantra that’s bad for work and workers. (via bakcwadrs)
"My ideas usually come not at my desk writing, but in the midst of living." - Anais Nin
"But I don’t want comfort. I want poetry. I want danger. I want freedom. I want goodness. I want sin."
— Aldous Huxley, Brave New World (via andlionheart)
"Don’t mistake my kindness for weakness. I am kind to everyone; but, when someone is unkind to me, weak is not what you are going to remember about me."
— (via coffeeaddictdina)
(Source: mrcheyl, via coffeeaddictdina)
"You are so brave and quiet I forget you are suffering."
— Ernest Hemingway (via auspicious—infp)
"If you consider a woman less pure after you’ve touched her, maybe you should take a look at your hands."
— (via jesusfuckmechrist)
(Source: anachronica, via whackedup)
"Many lesbians (myself included) often bash our bodies and our hearts to pieces against the stigma of lesbianism by trying to turn to men. It’s damaging, dating and fucking and maybe even loving people that, somewhere in the back of your mind, you know it is unnatural for you to date and fuck and maybe love. It wears you down on the inside and forces you to discard your true self, your queer self. Like the gay man who wrote this piece, I mourn all those years of lost opportunities for true love, for emotionally healthy sex, for the sense of rightness that comes with living your truth. For the gay/bi/pan/asexual, heteronormativity is a thief and a liar, and can be so subtle that we barely even notice its presence until we find ourselves surrounded by it, immersed in it, with all the flaws of our otherness reflected at and through and within us. It breeds a hatred of self. It cuts quickly and deeply. And it leaves you helpless and afraid. You can know all along who you truly are and still try to be someone else."
— Ciara Joy on what patriarchy, heterosexism, and heteronormativity do to the black queer psyche. (via sonofbaldwin)
"I am just like my mother. I buy books and tell myself that I am buying wisdom and at the end of my life, I own a house full of books. When I was little, I thought that the water came out of the showerhead because it was crying. This is because I heard my mother crying and thought it was the showerhead."
— Ken Chen, “Essay on Crying at Night” (via willnotanswertokate)