“Think about it, there must be higher love, down in the heart and in the stars above, without it, life is wasted time. Look inside your heart, I’ll look inside mine. Things look so bad everywhere, in this whole world, what’s fair? We walk blind and we try to see, falling behind in what could be. Bring me a higher love. Where’s this higher love, I’ve been thinking of? Worlds are turning and we’re just hanging on, facing our fear, standing out there alone. Oh A yearning, and it’s real for me, there must be someone who’s feeling for me.”—James Vincent McMorrow
“When did we see each other face-to-face? Not until you saw into my cracks and I saw into yours. Before that, we were just looking at ideas of each other, like looking at your window shade but never seeing inside. But once the vessel cracks, the light can get in. The light can get out.”—John Green
“You are not a beautiful and unique snowflake. You are the same decaying organic matter as everyone else, and we are all part of the same compost pile. Our culture has made us all the same. No one is truly white or black or rich, anymore. We all want the same. Individually, we are nothing.”—Chuck Palahniuk (via 47giraffes)
“You’re a mess of wonderful is what you are,” she slurs on her teeth, practically hissing at my eyes, “but your eyes, your eyes, they’re much too monotonous and my blue eyes need a pair of blue eyes, like an ocean needs to sea.” So I stop and burn all the letters of endearment that never meant anything to you it seems. My brown eyes are meek, and yours so blue and powerful, with an undertoe that could swallow up a million hearts without regret.
“If you’re going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don’t even start. This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives and maybe even your mind. It could mean not eating for three or four days. It could mean freezing on a park bench. It could mean jail. It could mean derision. It could mean mockery—isolation. Isolation is the gift. All the others are a test of your endurance, of how much you really want to do it. And, you’ll do it, despite rejection and the worst odds. And it will be better than anything else you can imagine. If you’re going to try, go all the way. There is no other feeling like that. You will be alone with the gods, and the nights will flame with fire. You will ride life straight to perfect laughter. It’s the only good fight there is.”—Charles Bukowski, Factotum
“All teenagers knew this was true. The process of growing up was nothing more than figuring out what doors hadn’t yet been slammed in your face. For years, parents tell you that you can be anything, have anything, do anything. That was why she’d been so eager to grow up-until she got to adolescence and hit a big fat wall ofreality. As it turned out, she couldn’t have anything she wanted. You didn’t get to be pretty or smart or popular just because you wanted it. You didn’t control your own destiny, you were too busy trying to fit in.”—Jodi Picoult (via atomos)
“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”—Frank Herbert, Dune