"Everything I’ve ever let go of has claw marks on it."
David Foster Wallace
"I am the sea and nobody owns me."
Pippi Longstocking. Dir. Clive A. Smith.
"Words never mean what we want them to mean."
Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything Is Illuminated
"Sometimes I remind myself that I almost skipped the party, that I almost went to a different college, that the whim of a minute could have changed everything and everyone. Our lives, so settled, so specific, are built on happenstance."
Anna Quindlen, Every Last One
"April was too lonely a month to spend alone. In April, everyone around me looked happy. People would throw their coats off and enjoy each other’s company in the sunshine—talking, playing catch, holding hands. But I was always by myself."
Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood
"You can get used to anything, I guess, if you’ve been there enough."
"People who read books in public places are regarded with suspicion because they appear self-sufficient. When you seem self-sufficient, other people think that you think you’re better than them, and they get resentful."
Jessica Zafra, Chicken Pox for the Soul
"I had lost my mind and fallen into my heart."
Dan Millman, Way of the Peaceful Warrior
"Hell is when people you love the most reach right into your soul and rip it out of you. And they do it because they can."
Jess Rothenberg, The Catastrophic History of You and Me
"Be good to people. Even the shitty ones. Let the assholes be assholes. You’ll sleep better."
"I knew who I was this morning, but I’ve changed a few times since then."
Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass
"I enjoy controlled loneliness. I like wandering around the city alone. I’m not afraid of coming back to an empty flat and lying down in an empty bed. I’m afraid of having no one to miss, of having no one to love."
Kuba Wojewodzki, Polish journalist and comedian
"never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset."
saint francis de sales
"Look around you: I mean it. Pause, for a moment and look around the room that you are in. I’m going to point out something so obvious that it tends to be forgotten. It’s this: that everything you can see, including the walls, was, at some point, imagined."
"But these young people have such an intelligent, knowledgeable surface, and then the crust suddenly breaks and you look down into the depths of confusion you didn’t know existed."