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“My task, which I am trying to achieve is, by the power of the written word, to make you hear, to make you feel—it is, before all, to make you see.”

— Joseph Conrad

10:14 pm  59 notes

“The square is not a subconscious form. It is the creation of intuitive reason. The face of the new art. The square is a living, regal infant. The first step of pure creation in art.”

— Kazimir Malevich

10:11 pm  19 notes

“So things go.”

— F. Scott Fitzgerald, Dearly Beloved

10:58 pm  1,469 notes

“If you do something with your whole heart and it’s a mistake, you can live with that.”

— Florence Welch

1:56 am  532 notes

“And now I cannot remember how I would
have had it. It is not a conduit (confluence?) but a place.
The place, of movement and an order.
The place of old order.
But the tail end of the movement is new.
Driving us to say what we are thinking.
It is so much like a beach after all, where you stand
and think of going no further.
And it is good when you get to no further.
It is like a reason that picks you up and
places you where you always wanted to be.
This far, it is fair to be crossing, to have crossed.
Then there is no promise in the other.
Here it is. Steel and air, a mottled presence,
small panacea
and lucky for us.
And then it got very cool.”

— John Ashbery

5:40 pm  23 notes

“Besides, nowadays, almost all capable people are terribly afraid of being ridiculous, and are miserable because of it.”

— Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

3:01 pm  385 notes

“When I am lonely for boys it’s their bodies I miss. I study their hands lifting the cigarettes in the darkness of the movie theaters, the slope of a shoulder, the angle of a hip. Looking at them sideways, I examine them in different lights. My love for them is visual: that is the part of them I would like to possess. Don’t move, I think. Stay like that, let me have that.”

— Margaret Atwood

12:37 am  256 notes

“I do not forget that my voice is but one voice, my experience a mere drop in the sea, my knowledge no greater than the visual field in a microscope.”

— Carl Jung

12:35 am  126 notes

“The hardest thing in the world is simplicity.”

— James Baldwin

12:32 am  145 notes

“There’s no hell like your own hell and there’s nobody else ever to share it with you. You might as well be the only person left on earth; sometimes you feel as if you were.”

— Charles Bukowski

12:31 am  501 notes

“Then for a moment they faded into the sweet darkness so deep that they were darker than the darkness, so that for awhile they were darker than the black trees- then so dark that when she tried to look up at him she could but look at the wild waves of the universe over his shoulder and say, ‘Yes, I guess I love you too.”

— F. Scott Fitzgerald, Notebooks

12:27 am  204 notes

“But I do not wish to escape to myself, I wish to escape from myself. I wish to obliterate my consciousness and my knowledge of independent existence, my guilts, my secretiveness, what you would (perhaps unkindly) call my “hypocrisy”. I am no child of nature, I am ugly and imperfect to myself, and I cannot through poetry or romantic visions exalt myself to symbolic glory.”

— Allen Ginsberg, in a letter to Jack Kerouac

12:24 am  275 notes