"I began to understand that there were certain talkers—certain girls—whom people liked to listen to, not because of what they, the girls, had to say, but because of the delight they took in saying it. A delight in themselves, a shine on their faces, a conviction that whatever they were telling about was remarkable and that they themselves could not help but give pleasure. There might be other people—people like me—who didn’t concede this, but that was their loss. And people like me would never be the audience these girls were after, anyway."
— ― Alice Munro, Too Much Happiness (via takenforgrantedtalents)
"You can’t say “I don’t do politics”, because silence is a political statement."
— Tariq Ramadan (via posheedgi)
(Source: uniteforpalestine, via tombtea)
"The daughter claimed she’d been taught that a writer needs quiet, privacy, and long stretches of solitude to think. The father decided too much college and too many gringo friends had ruined her. In a way he was right. In a way she was right. When she thinks to herself in her father’s language, she knows sons and daughters don’t leave their parents’ house until they marry. When she thinks in English, she knows she should’ve been on her own since eighteen."
— Sandra Cisneros (via ethiopienne)
(Source: myhouseofballoons, via seulmates)
"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: bjjork, 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)