Stuff your eyes with wonder … live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.
Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 from liquidnight
Solitude is the profoundest fact of the human condition. Man is the only being who knows he is alone.
Octavio Paz, The Labyrinth of Solitude
All we have to believe with is our senses: the tools we use to perceive the world, our sight, our touch, our memory. If they lie to us, then nothing can be trusted. And even if we do not believe, then still we cannot travel in any other way than the road our senses show us; and we must walk that road to the end.
Neil Gaiman, American Gods from liquidnight
It’s weird to feel like you miss someone you’re not even sure you know.
David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest from liquidnight
I am too alone in the world, and yet not alone enough
to make every hour holy.
I am too small in the world, and yet not tiny enough
just to stand before you like a thing,
dark and shrewd.
I want my will, and I want to be with my will
as it moves towards deed;
and in those quiet, somehow hesitating times,
when something is approaching,
I want to be with those who are wise
or else alone.
Rainer Maria Rilke, from The Book of Hours from liquidnight
I thought the most beautiful thing in the world must be shadow, the million moving shapes and cul-de-sacs of shadow. There was shadow in bureau drawers and closets and suitcases, and shadow under houses and trees and stones, and shadow at the back of people’s eyes and smiles, and shadow, miles and miles and miles of it, on the night side of the earth.
Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar
Stare. It’s the way to educate your eyes. Stare, pry, listen, eavesdrop. Die knowing something. You are not here long.
The question is not what you look at, but what you see.
Henry David Thoreau, Journal, August 5, 1851
The only unbearable thing is that nothing is unbearable.
thanks to liquidnight