"You need to build an ability to just be yourself and not be doing something. That’s what the phones are taking away, is the ability to just sit there…. That’s being a person…. Because underneath everything in your life there is that thing, that empty—forever empty."
— Louis C.K.
"Is my horror of corpses coeval with the discovery that I’m a time-bound “individual”? Before we were mere bodily envelopes, containing souls for a while, before these souls embarked on their journeys toward the infinite."
— “Man vs Corpse" by Zadie Smith in The New York Review of Books, December 5, 2013
"If we grew our own food, we wouldn’t waste a third of it as we do today. If we made our own tables and chairs, we wouldn’t throw them out the moment we changed the interior decor. If we had to clean our own drinking water, we probably wouldn’t contaminate it."
— Mark Boyle (via awelltraveledwoman)
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"I have learned to seek my happiness by limiting my desires, rather than in attempting to satisfy them."
— John Stuart Mill
"A woman’s heart should be so hidden in God that a man has to seek Him just to find her."
— Maya Angelou (via observando)
"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts."
— Mark Twain (via awelltraveledwoman)
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"I can bear any pain as long as it has meaning."
— Haruki Murakami (via nonchalante)
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"I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me too. Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this and know that, yes, it’s true I’m here, and I’m just as strange as you."
— Frida Kahlo (via nonchalante)
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If a person has ugly thoughts, it begins to show on the face. And when that person has ugly thoughts every day, every week, every year, the face gets uglier and uglier until you can hardly bear to look at it.
A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts it will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.
— Roald Dahl, The Twits (via nonchalante)
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If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine. It is lethal.
— Paulo Coelho (via awelltraveledwoman)
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"What a strange illusion it is to suppose that beauty is goodness."
— Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina (via awelltraveledwoman)
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