"Nothing, nothing, nothing. Weakness, self-destruction, tip of a flame of hell piercing the floor."
Franz Kafka, from Diaries
"My youngest flaunts her mind, and frightens away the suitors."
Louis Nicolas le Tonnerlier de Breteuil, on his daughter, the raddest person in history, Émilie du Châtelet. Emilie was a scientist in the 18th century who proved Newton’s ideas on velocity wrong. She also played a role in helping Einstein figure out E = mc2 with E=mv2 (via mashamorevna)
"And since we all came from a woman
Got our name from a woman and our game from a woman
I wonder why we take from our women
Why we rape our women, do we hate our women?
I think it’s time to kill for our women
Time to heal our women, be real to our women
And if we don’t we’ll have a race of babies
That will hate the ladies, that make the babies
And since a man can’t make one
He has no right to tell a woman when and where to create one
So will the real men get up
I know you’re fed up ladies, but keep your head up”"
"If you believe your body will start to wither and die at 23 then it will, and if you believe you’ll be strong and healthy till you’re 80 then you just might"
"Oh it’s a long way down. Oh, it’s a long way down, a long, long, long way down," said a voice. "I don’t want to die, I don’t want to die, it’s a long way down."
The Illustrated Man (segment: “Kaleidoscope”), Ray Bradbury. (via mirroir)
"When something bothered me, I didn’t talk with anyone about it. I thought it over all by myself, came to a conclusion, and took action alone. Not that I really felt lonely. I thought that’s just the way things are. Human beings, in the final analysis, have to survive on their own."
Haruki Murakami, Sputnik Sweetheart (via mirroir)
"I was Nabokov’s ideal recipient, in that I read for beauty and would rather burn a book than deconstruct it, but if I’d had to say Lolita was about anything other than love destroyed, I would have said it was a biography of Britney Spears."
this quote too, by snp, made a connection i cant believe i had yet to see. spears as out latter day lolita. brilliant.
“Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don’t know how to replenish its source. It dies of blindness and errors and betrayals. It dies of illness and wounds; it dies of weariness, of witherings, of tarnishings.”
― Anaïs Nin
"It may be inelegant and often impersonal, but because money is quantifiable, its message is indisputable. Where do you go for reassurance if you doubt your physical and sexual desirability? Talk is cheap, so you take cash instead."
"When you catch yourself slipping into a pool of negativity, notice how it derives from nothing other than resistance to the current situation."
Donna Quesada (via lazylucid)
"Everyone, at some point in their lives, wakes up in the middle of the night with the feeling that they are all alone in the world, and that nobody loves them now and that nobody will ever love them, and that they will never have a decent night’s sleep again and will spend their lives wandering blearily around a loveless landscape, hoping desperately that their circumstances will improve, but suspecting, in their heart of hearts, that they will remain unloved forever. The best thing to do in these circumstances is to wake somebody else up, so that they can feel this way, too."
-Lemony Snicket (via thechocolatebrigade)