Celebrate the power of words with Emily Dickinson and a thought-provoking piece of writing.


Celebrate the power of words with Emily Dickinson and a thought-provoking piece of writing.


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“Love consists in this,
that two solitudes protect,
and touch, and greet each other.”
— Rainer Maria Rilke, “Letters to a Young Poet”  (via petrichour)

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“It’s sort of weird if you think about it. We live in a pretty apathetic age, yet we’re surrounded by an enormous amount of information about other people. If you feel like it, you can easily gather that information about them. Having said that, we still hardly know anything about people.”
— Haruki Murakami, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage  (via larmoyante)
“We start off with high hopes, then we bottle it. We realise that we’re all going to die, without really finding out the big answers. We develop all those long-winded ideas which just interpret the reality of our lives in different ways, without really extending our body of worthwhile knowledge, about the big things, the real things. Basically, we live a short disappointing life; and then we die. We fill up our lives with shite, things like careers and relationships to delude ourselves that it isn’t all totally pointless.”
— Irvine Welsh, Trainspotting (via fables-of-the-reconstruction)
“Don’t judge everyone else by your limited experience.”
Carl Sagan (via whats-out-there)

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“He remembered the bitterness of his life at school, the humiliation which he had endured, the banter which had made him morbidly afraid of making himself ridiculous; and he remembered the loneliness he had felt since, faced with the world, the disillusion and the disappointment caused by the difference between what it promised and what it gave. But notwithstanding he was able to look at himself from the outside and smile with amusement.”
— W. Somerset Maugham, Of Human Bondage (via fables-of-the-reconstruction)
“There’s only one way to roll like a big dog in an indifferent world:
with one hand on yo nuts!
Embrace that you ain’t gonna escape a DAYUM thing, especially death.”
— Thug Notes on “The Stranger” by Camus (via chroniclesofachemist)
“I find it frustrating when people imply that there is no way to analyze power because it’s ubiquitous, fluid, and purely relational. The idea that power is impossible to possess, anchor, and pinpoint can suggest that power relations are completely socially unintelligible and impossible to examine. However, even though there is no external view of a fixed locus of power, there is still the possibility of illuminating alignments of power through an examination of webs of power relations and patterns of effects. That how we might arrive at an analysis of, say, patriarchy, which isn’t reducible to the concentration of power into the hands of men, but rather is maintained though “mobile, polymorphous, and contingent techniques of power” that include multiple strategies, whether it’s the naturalization of women’s inferiority in scientific discourses or the day-to-day performance of gender in order to be perceived as an intelligible human subject. Even Foucault was very aware that something like “constellations” of power or “alliances” exist even in the absence of absolutist and fixed configurations of power. Confluences and bundles of relations of power are produced within disciplinary configurations of power. These constellations can accrue power and resemble classical “oppression,” as links, alliances, and alignments of power coalesce.”
— [Jackie Wang] (via rienfleche)

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“There was another life that I might have had, but I am having this one.”
— Kazuo Ishiguro (via fables-of-the-reconstruction)

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“It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.”
Friedrich Nietzsche (via feellng)
“The inability to communicate one’s thoughts is in very truth the most terrible of all kinds of loneliness.”
— Friedrich Nietzsche, from Selected Letters (via violentwavesofemotion)
“Here’s a sure-fire way to know that you hate women: when an incident of intimate partner violence in which a man knocks a woman unconscious gains national attention and every question or comment you think to make has to do with her behavior, you really hate women. Like, despise.”
“All my sleepless nights,
I put into a quiet word.”
— Anna Akhmatova, from Confusion (via violentwavesofemotion)
“The contemplation of celestial things will make a man both speak and think more sublimely and magnificently when he descends to human affairs.”
Cicero, c. 30 BCE (via whats-out-there)

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