“The hurrier I go, the behinder I get.”
--The White Rabbit, 'Alice In Wonderland'
"Ever morning, until you dead in the ground, you gone have to make this decision. You gone have to ask yourself, "Am I gone believe what them fools say about me today?"
--Kathryn Stockett, 'The Help'
"Live each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of each."
--Henry David Thoreau
“The society teaches you, ‘Choose the convenient, the comfortable; choose the well-trodden path where your forefathers and their forefathers and their forefathers, since Adam and Eve, have been walking. Choose the well-trodden path. That is a proof— so many millions of people have passed on it, you cannot go wrong.’ But remember one thing: The crowd has never had the experience of truth. Truth has only happened to individuals. Whenever there are alternatives, beware: Don’t choose the convenient, the comfortable, the respectable, the socially acceptable, the honorable. Choose something that rings a bell in your heart. Choose something that you would like to do in spite of any consequences.”
“So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they’re busy doing things they think are important. This is because they’re chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.”
“I want to be alone and I want people to notice me — both at the same time.”
“An intellectual says a simple thing in a hard way. An artist says a hard thing in a simple way.”
“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.”
“And I like large parties. They’re so intimate. At small parties there isn’t any privacy.”
--F. Scott Fitzgerald
“Style is more character than clothes, more attitude than affluence. It’s you making visible your inner self. So forget what you learned about appearance not counting; you can no longer afford to be without style.”
--Hara Estroff Morano
“Sometimes the only company I want is that of a good book, a drink and a cashmere sweater.”
“What sort of diary should I like mine to be? Something loose knit and yet not slovenly, so elastic that it will embrace anything, solemn, slight or beautiful that comes into my mind. I should like it to resemble some deep old desk, or capacious hold-all, in which one flings a mass of odds and ends without looking them through.”
“We recognize our own mortality, and we are reminded that in the fleeting time we have on this earth, what matters is not wealth, or status, or power, or fame – but rather, how well we have loved, and what small part we have played in making the lives of other people better.”
“I think if you have a certain kind of taste, that comes through in the different things you do… I guess I put my personality in all my creative endeavours.”
“A big vocabulary. You want to wake up next to ‘smart’.”
--Darren Criss, on what he looks for in a lady
“Please, I want so badly for the good things to happen.”
“You just want to sit around and criticize everything and everybody. You don’t want to do anything. Nothing’s good enough for you.”
“Being noticed can be a burden. Jesus got himself crucified because he got himself noticed. So I disappear a lot.”
“The problem is, after a week of intense googling, we’ve started to burn out on knowing the answer to everything. God must feel that way all the time. I think people in the year 2020 are going to be nostalgic for the sensation of feeling clueless.”
“We could slip away, wouldn’t that be better? Me with nothing to say and you in your autumn sweater.”
--Yo La Tengo!, 'Autumn Sweater'
“I think there’s a whole region of images and feelings inside us that rarely are given an outlet in daily life”
“Age shouldn’t affect you. It’s just like the size of your shoes - they don’t determine how you live your life! You’re either marvelous or you’re boring, regardless of your age.”
“Every day I discover more and more beautiful things. It’s enough to drive one mad. I have such a desire to do everything, my head is bursting with it.”
“Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable.”
--Mary Oliver, 'Evidence (part I)'
“Let’s borrow life preservers and jump over. I think we should do something spectacular. I feel that all our lives have been too restrained.”
--F. Scott Fitzgerald, 'Tender is the Night'
“I must learn to love the fool in me—the one who feels too much, talks too much, takes too many chances, wins sometimes and loses often, lacks self-control, loves and hates, hurts and gets hurt, promises and breaks promises, laughs and cries. It alone protects me against that utterly self-controlled, masterful tyrant whom I also harbor and who would rob me of my human aliveness, humility, and dignity but for my Fool.”
--Theodore I. Rubin
“Sometimes while I ride the subway I try to look at each person and imagine what they look like to someone who is totally in love with them.”
--Dean Spade, ‘For Lovers and Fighters’
“It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.”
“I have grown to love secrecy. It seems to be the one thing that can make modern life mysterious or marvelous to us. The commonest thing is delightful if one only hides it. When I leave town now I never tell my people where I am going. If I did, I would lose all my pleasure. It is a silly habit, I dare say, but somehow it seems to bring a great deal of romance into one’s life.”