“The truth may be puzzling. It may take some work to grapple with. It may be counterintuitive. It may contradict deeply held prejudices. It may not be consonant with what we desperately want to be true. But our preferences do not determine what’s true.”—Carl Sagan (via nihilnoetia)
“Among other things, you’ll find that you’re not the first person who was ever confused and frightened and even sickened by human behavior. You’re by no means alone on that score, you’ll be excited and stimulated to know. Many, many men have been just as troubled morally and spiritually as you are right now. Happily, some of them kept records of their troubles. You’ll learn from them—if you want to. Just as someday, if you have something to offer, someone will learn something from you. It’s a beautiful reciprocal arrangement. And it isn’t education. It’s history. It’s poetry.”—“The Catcher in the Rye”, J.D. Salinger (1919-2010) (via nerdkeeping)
Not sentimental no !
Romantic not disgusting yet
Darling Im down and lonely
When with the fortunate only
Ive been looking for something else
These days it comes it comes it comes it comes it comes and goes”—Lisztomania
“Every man has some reminiscences which he would not tell to everyone, but only to his friends. He has others which he would not reveal even to his friends, but only to himself, and that in secret. But finally there are still others which a man is even afraid to tell himself, and every decent man has a considerable number of such things stored away. That is, one can even say that the more decent he is, the greater the number of such things in his mind.”—Notes from the Underground - Fyodor Dostoevsky
“In all his trials he felt encouraged and sometimes even upheld by a secret force within. The soul helps the body, and at certain moments raises it. It is the only bird that sustains its cage”—Les Miserables. (One of the four books I purchased at Barnes and Nobles over the weekend that I convinced myself I have time for.)
“Each man had only one genuine vocation — to find the way to himself. He might end up as a poet or madman, as prophet or criminal — that was not his affair, ultimately it was of no concern. His task was to discover his own destiny — not an arbitrary one— and live it out wholly and resolutely within himself. Everything else was only a would-be existence, an attempt at evasion, a flight back to the ideals of the masses, conformity and fear of one’s own inwardness.”—Hermann Hesse / Emil Sinclair of Demian by Hermann Hesse (via on-reflection)
“I think it’s more interesting to see people who don’t feel appropriately. I relate to that, because sometimes I don’t feel anything at all for things I’m supposed to, and other times I feel too much. It’s not always like it is in the movies.”—Ryan Gosling (via chocolate-cigarettes) (via jessicachu)
I'm a little disappointed in the content of my tumblr
The snippets of random bullshit encompasses about mmmmm (I’ll be nice to myself here) 85%. I don’t like accepting that. I started this to write. It’s a bit embarrassing to admit those intentions because it really hasn’t been made apparent at all. From now on, if I don’t have the time or energy to post something that is authentically created by me i.e., expresses some kind of thought, feeling, emotion, insight, etc., I will withhold further indulgences of tumblr. I’m not going to terminate the inclusion of quotations, photo’s, song’s, and video’s; that would be silly, unrealistic, and unnecessary. However, they shouldn’t be used for expressing whatever it is that’s on my mind, they should be complimenting it.
And with that. I have to go pack and collect my thoughts.
“Promise yourself to be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind. Look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true. Think only of the best, work only for the best and expect only the best. Forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future. Give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others. Live in the faith that the whole world is on your side as long as you are true to the best that is in you.”—
“We cannot alter external things, nor shape other people to our liking, nor mould the world to our wishes but we can alter internal things,-our desires, passions, thoughts,-we can shape our liking to other people, and we can mould the inner world of our own mind in accordance with wisdom, and so reconcile it to the outer world of men and things. The turmoil of the world we cannot avoid, but the disturbances of mind we can overcome. The duties and difficulties of life claim our attention, but we can rise above all anxiety concerning them. Surrounded by noise, we can yet have a quiet mind; involved in responsibilities, the heart can be at rest; in the midst of strife, we can know the abiding peace.”—James Allen (via gojira)