“I am awfully greedy; I want everything from life. I want to be a woman and to be a man, to have many friends and to have loneliness, to work much and write good books, to travel and enjoy myself, to be selfish and to be unselfish.”—Simone de Beauvoir, letter to Nelson Algren (via memorydesire)
“I think that people should carry notebooks with them at all times just for those moments because there’s nothing worse than having that moment and finding that you’re unable to set it down except with a knife on your leg or something.”—Margaret Atwood (via filthiestlaugh)
“You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting-
over and over announcing your place
In the family of things.”—"Wild Geese," Mary Oliver (via commovente)
“You get a strange feeling when you’re about to leave a place. Like you’ll not only miss the people you love but you’ll miss the person you are now at this time and this place, because you’ll never be this way ever again.”—Azar Nafisi, Reading Lolita in Tehran (via yasodhara)
“At 34, I have not published a book or gotten married, which would have surprised me at 24. In my rare imaginings of my thirties, I pictured raising children in a Victorian house and writing novels, like the heroine of an unwritten sequel to a romantic comedy by Nora Ephron. I couldn’t know, then, how long building a writing career would take — how life never grows to fit a template. Instead, I tell my former self to consider all that we have accomplished: living in India! Staying in touch with (almost) everyone in London and Boston! The health care reimbursement Excel spreadsheet! But she’s not convinced.”—Abby Rabinowitz, ”Revisiting Resolutions, 10 Years Later,” BuzzFeed Grace Bello: (via nogreatillusion)