I like flaws and feel more comfortable around people who have them. I myself am made entirely of flaws, stitched together with good intentions.

 - Augusten Burroughs (via hay-girl-hay-lesbifriends)

It occurred to Nick that if people were put in drawers like pyjamas and you could pick them out, that would be an excellent arrangement. He would never pick out Mum, with all her screaming and her very quiet silences. He would always pick Alan. Alan would be his favourite.

34,920 notes   •   May 03 2014, 02:42 PM   •   VIA   •   SOURCE

michaeldantedimartino:

giancarlovolpe:

nowtasha:

I don’t know Ms. Allis, but I like that she decided to illustrate Miyazake’s words.

Yes.  All of it.

This is fantastic!

16,957 notes   •   May 01 2014, 10:14 PM   •   VIA   •   SOURCE
#comics   #art   #Miyazaki   #studio ghibli   #quote   #movies   

Get excited about the little things. About wearing a new outfit for the first time. About Sunday brunches with your best friends. About the new cute guy in your class. About finding an extra dollar in your pocket. About anything that even remotely makes you happy because as you grow up, passions fade and enthusiasm gets mistaken for foolishness. So don’t let the grey world stop you from shining.

 - note to self  (via karamariko)
182,294 notes   •   April 29 2014, 10:42 PM   •   VIA   •   SOURCE
#message   #important   #growing up   #life   #quote   

[A novel is] a paper where your thesis is that these people are real, and you have to prove it.

 -

Maggie Stiefvater (via beingascripturient)

I like it!

(via tamorapierce)

14,161 notes   •   April 27 2014, 08:35 AM   •   VIA   •   SOURCE
#quote   #writers   #characters   

Most of us were raised to think love is fire, passion, and prolonged bouts of giddiness and strained emotions. The quieter kind of love looks kinda boring on the surface, even cool-hearted. Nobody wants that at first. Some people never learn how wonderful it is to be friends with a lover or spouse, to know that here is someone you can be yourself around, and they will love you anyway, sometimes not in spite of your worse characteristics, but because of them. That kind of lover will stay with you through thick and thin, will make you feel valued always, and will make any disastrous occasion seem less so because you are with that person.

 -

Tamora Pierce (source)

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I’m just rediscovering these books and this woman after about two and a half years of developing emotionally and personally (and falling in love). Turns out, hers are the books I want my future children (especially daughters) to read not just because they’re exciting and well-written, but because the characters make good value judgments and are good role models not just for how to behave, but how to treat others.

(via letmedicinebethyfood)

284 notes   •   April 22 2014, 08:49 PM   •   VIA   •   SOURCE
#Tamora Pierce   #love   #quote   

zenamiarts:

Night Vale Inspires — Part 2 :]

Part 1: [x]

28,146 notes   •   April 16 2014, 02:22 PM   •   VIA   •   SOURCE

The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense.

 - Tom Clancy (via observando)
1,398 notes   •   March 04 2014, 03:27 PM   •   VIA   •   SOURCE
#fiction   #writing   #quote   

“Do what you love” disguises the fact that being able to choose a career primarily for personal reward is a privilege, a sign of socioeconomic class. Even if a self-employed graphic designer had parents who could pay for art school and co-sign a lease for a slick Brooklyn apartment, she can bestow DWYL as career advice upon those covetous of her success.

If we believe that working as a Silicon Valley entrepreneur or a museum publicist or a think-tank acolyte is essential to being true to ourselves, what do we believe about the inner lives and hopes of those who clean hotel rooms and stock shelves at big-box stores? The answer is: nothing.

31,043 notes   •   February 14 2014, 06:37 PM   •   VIA   •   SOURCE
#quote   #classism   #work   #hobbies   

This sentence has five words. Here are five more words. Five-word sentences are fine. But several together become monotonous. Listen to what is happening. The writing is getting boring. The sound of it drones. It’s like a stuck record. The ear demands some variety. Now listen. I vary the sentence length, and I create music. Music. The writing sings. It has a pleasant rhythm, a lilt, a harmony. I use short sentences. And I use sentences of medium length. And sometimes, when I am certain the reader is rested, I will engage him with a sentence of considerable length, a sentence that burns with energy and builds with all the impetus of a crescendo, the roll of the drums, the crash of the cymbals—sounds that say listen to this, it is important.

 - Gary Provost (via compasscross)
214,506 notes   •   February 12 2014, 07:32 PM   •   VIA   •   SOURCE
#quote   #language   #writing   #prose   

My pain is mine, and it’ll always be a part of my identity. But that doesn’t mean I can’t feel wonderful things now. It doesn’t mean I can’t have incredible friends. It doesn’t mean I can’t fall in love with a beautiful man. It doesn’t mean I can’t gain satisfaction from writing my words down for others to read. No, it just means that the past hurts. Remembering it hurts. But I am here now because I survived it, and that’s a bit of self-worth that no one can take from me. I survived.

 - Mark Oshiro, markreads.net (via profanefame)
83 notes   •   January 17 2014, 01:05 PM   •   VIA   •   SOURCE
#Mark oshiro   #pain   #past   #quote   

Help me decide on a senior quote?

So I have two in mind (well, I did have about sixteen but had to do some very painful elimination):

It is likely I will die next to a pile of things I was meaning to read. – Lemony Snicket

and

The beauty of a living thing is not the atoms that go into it but the way those atoms are put together. – Carl Sagan

Although I can’t find a proper source for the Snicket quote. So maybe I won’t use that.

Honorable mention to “Sleep is good and books are better.” – George R.R. Martin, which was ultimately struck from the list because I’m not entirely sure I like GRRM.

Also: “Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.” – Khalil Gibran, which is absolutely gorgeous and I’m in love with it, but I don’t actually know anything about Gibran and felt uncomfortable using it because of that.

Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t.

 - Bill Nye (via psych-facts)
38,306 notes   •   January 14 2014, 06:37 PM   •   VIA   •   SOURCE
#quote   #knowledge   #Bill Nye   

I am tired, not of arguing in favour of equality, diversity and tolerance, but of having to explain, over and over and over again, why such arguments are still necessary, only to have my evidence casually dismissed by someone too oblivious to realise that their dismissal of the problem is itself a textbook example of the fucking problem. I am tired of being mocked by hypocrites who think that a single lazy counterexample is sufficient to debunk the fifteen detailed examples they demanded I produce before they’d even accept my point as a hypothetical, let alone valid, argument. I am tired of assholes who think that playing Devil’s Advocate about an issue alien to their experience but of deep personal significance to their interlocutor makes them both intellectually superior and more rationally objective on the specious basis that being dispassionate is the same as being right (because if they can stay calm while savagely kicking your open wound, then clearly, you have no excuse for screaming).

 -

Foz Meadows from I Am So Very Tired in shattersnipe: malcontent & rainbows October 4, 2013 (via nonmono-perspective)

"ON THE SPECIOUS BASIS THAT BEING DISPASSIONATE IS THE SAME AS BEING RIGHT"
ugh bless this

(via accidentalmelodrama)

because if they can stay calm while savagely kicking your open wound, then clearly, you have no excuse for screaming

holy shit, yes. wow.

(via liamdryden)
37,014 notes   •   December 26 2013, 05:41 PM   •   VIA   •   SOURCE
#truth   #oppression   #activism   #quote