"That’s the problem with drinking, I thought, as I poured myself a drink. If something bad happens you drink in an attempt to forget; if something good happens you drink in order to celebrate; and if nothing happens you drink to make something happen."
— Charles Bukowski, “Women” (via blueberry-boat)
"Renouncing things is less difficult than people believe: it’s all a matter of getting started. Once you’ve succeeded in dispensing with something you thought essential, you realize you can also do without something else, then without many other things."
— Italo Calvino, If on a winter’s night a traveler (via ficciones-y-malentendidos)
"But let’s forget about love for a second. How about just a real fucking connection? I don’t like the idea where people just worry about taking care of themselves. Sometimes I think I hate people—I really do—but I’m not ready to give up on them yet. I mean, there has to be something, right?"
— Nick Miller, Isn’t It Pretty To Think So? (via route-s)
"And you?” said Boq, turning to Elphaba. “Who are you?”
“I’m leaving,” she said. “Fresh dreams, all."
— Gregory Maguire (via handatthelevelofyoureye)
"Be happy for no reason, like a child. If you are happy for a reason, you’re in trouble, because that reason can be taken away from you."
— Deepak Chopra (via manlyaffinities)
"In Zen Buddhism, the greater your doubt, the greater will be your enlightenment. That is why doubt can be a good thing. If you are too sure, if you always have conviction, then you may be caught in your wrong perception for a long time."
— Thich Nhat Hanh (via poetry-and-tea)
"I was born with an enormous need for affection, and a terrible need to give it."
— Audrey Hepburn (via a-quote-or-two-for-you)
"Never let anybody’s opinion, define who you are. Be free, let go."
— by: Afgansyah Reza (via atikarakita)
"Please don’t let on you don’t love me,
‘Cause I know you do,
I know you do
— Damien Rice - The Greatest Bastard (via substantia-nigra)
"We are all alone, born alone, die alone, and — in spite of True Romance magazines — we shall all someday look back on our lives and see that, in spite of our company, we were alone the whole way. I do not say lonely — at least, not all the time — but essentially, and finally, alone. This is what makes your self-respect so important, and I don’t see how you can respect yourself if you must look in the hearts and minds of others for your happiness."
— Hunter S. Thompson (via nathanielstuart)
"From the very first, if I was hurt in some way, then I would take a book—which was very difficult for me to buy when I was little—and I would go up into the hills, and that is how I would assuage my hurt. That is still the case, for me. Whatever has happened to me, if it is difficult for me to deal with, or if I cannot deal with it at all, then I’ll take a book, probably something like Four Quartets, and go out on my own—I would much rather do that than talk to anyone—and read it, and it becomes a salve, an ointment in a very real way. To me, the words are things, living things. For me they work far more potently than any other method and, I dare say, that will go on until I die."
— Jeanette Winterson (via sometimesagreatnotion)
(Source: litpursuits, via sometimesagreatnotion)