"We are the very sensuality
of the time in which we come and go."
— Ko Un, “Time With Dead Poets”
"And stop guarding that heart! (This is true for both writers and contestants on The Bachelor — it’s the only way to win. That, and being a sweet Southern girl with a killer bod.) Amy Hempel has quoted her teacher Gordon Lish as saying, “Wear your heart on the page, and people will read to find out how you solved being alive.” Amen, amen, amen."
— Ask the Writing Teacher: A Spork in the Road (via millionsmillions)
"Wrong does not cease to be wrong because the majority share in it."
— Tolstoy, A Confession (via bukarin)
"There is a difference between writing about yourself and about your personal life. Nowadays- not only in Turkey, but wherever I travel, mostly in Europe- young writers want to turn their lives into books, into novels, because they believe their lives are that important. Mostly I tell those kids who want to be writers that you have to have your own ideas. Of course, I myself am in my novels and books, but I strongly believe that you must distinguish between your life and your ideas."
— Buket Uzuner- PEN America Journal #15 (via penamerican)
"People don’t change as they age. They just become more elaborate."
— Russell Banks
"The strength of the fish is in the water."
— Proverb from Zimbabwe
"In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you."
— Buddhist Saying (via thatkindofwoman)
(Source: thelenaubr, via twobirdsonabranch)