“In this uncontainable night,
be the mystery at the crossroads of your senses,
the meaning discovered there.
And if the world has ceased to hear you,
say to the silent earth: I flow.
To the rushing water, speak: I am.”—Rainer Maria Rilke, from “Sonnets to Orpheus” (translated by Anita Barrows and Joanna Macy)
“So if you – the oppressed – hurt someone’s feelings, you’re just like the oppressor, right? Wrong. Oppression is not about hurt feelings. It is about the rights and opportunities that are not afforded to you because you belong to a certain group of people. When you use a racist slur you imply that non-whiteness is a bad thing, and thus publicly reinforce a system that denies POC the rights and opportunities of white people. Calling a white person a racist fuckhead doesn’t do any of that. Yes, it’s not very nice. And how effective it is as a tactic is definitely up for debate (that’s a whole other blog post). But it’s not oppression.”—» The Revolution Will Not Be Polite: The Issue of Nice versus Good Social Justice League (via pussy-envy)
“I have no troubles, I have money like a capitalist, no boss, no wife, no children; I exist, that’s all. And that trouble is so vague, so metaphysical that I am ashamed of it.”—Jean-Paul Sartre (Nausea)
“Getting lost was not a matter of geography so much as identity, a passionate desire, even an urgent need, to become no one and anyone, to shake off the shackles that remind you who you are, who others think you are.”—Rebecca Solnit, A Field Guide to Getting Lost (via quotes-shape-us)
“A man wants to earn money in order to be happy, and his whole effort and the best of a life are devoted to the earning of that money. Happiness is forgotten; the means are taken for the end.”—Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus (1942, “Absurd Creation”, p.103)
“It’s important to be smart, but it’s also important to be active with your intelligence. The more you sit around over-thinking things, the more trouble you get into.”—Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez, The Dirty Girls Social Club (via quotes-shape-us)
“The crisis facing men is not the crisis of masculinity, it is the crisis of patriarchal masculinity. Until we make this distinction clear, men will continue to fear that any critique of patriarchy represents a threat.”—bell hooks (via transformfeminism)
“Things become very familiar to me so that I sometimes think humanity is a vast wave, undulating, the same; I mean; the same emotions here that were before. “Please have some tea, we shall be hurt if you don’t accept our hospitality.” Accordingly we do; the same queer brew of human fellowship is brewed and people look the same and joke in the same way and come to these odd superficial agreements. All of it makes me profoundly sad.”—Virginia Woolf, Diary Entry, 9 May 1925. (via violentwavesofemotion)
“… We must constantly give birth to our thoughts out of our pain, and nurture them with everything we have in us of blood, heart, fire, pleasure, passion, agony, conscience, fate, and catastrophe. Life to us — that means constantly transforming everything we are into light and flame, as well as everything that happens to us… .”—Friedrich Nietzsche. 3. Preface. The Gay Science. (via seeyoulateraggregator)
“So you make your face a mask.
A mask that hides your face.
A face that hides the pain.
A pain that eats your heart.
A heart nobody knows.”—Bang Bang you’re dead by William Mastrosimone (via a-silent-one)
“the ungrateful world did not feel his loss, and the gap it made seemed to close as quickly over his memory as the murderous sea above his living frame.”—Mary Shelley, Shelley’s Posthumous Poems, 1824 (via beryl-azure)
“People always think they know other people, but they don’t. Not really. I mean, maybe they know things about them, like they won’t eat doughnuts or they like action movies or whatever. But they don’t know what their friends do in their rooms alone at night or what happened to them when they were kids or if they feel fucked up and sad for not reason at all.”—
“People waited all their lives. They waited to live, they waited to die. They waited in line to buy toilet paper. They waited in line for money. And if they didn’t have any money they waited in long lines. You waited to go to sleep and then you waited to awaken. You waited to get married and you waited to get divorced. You waited for it to rain, you waited for it to stop. You waited to eat and then you waited to eat again. You waited in the shrink’s office with a bunch of psychos and you wondered if you were one”—Bukowski, Pulp (via roobzzz)