"Wrong does not cease to be wrong because the majority share in it."
— Tolstoy, A Confession (via bukarin)
(Source: mccommunism, via russkayaliteratura)
"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)
"I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. If you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good. Hot is no good, either. White hot and passionate is the only thing to be."
— Roald Dahl (via les-jours-pluvieux)
(Source: larmoyante, via twobirdsonabranch)
"I’ve recently been reading a lot of books about Cubism, and I keep coming upon discussion of intersecting planes, and so forth, as if Cubism were about the structure of the object. But really it’s rather about the structure of seeing the object. If there are three noses, that is not because the face has three noses or the nose has three aspects but because it has been seen three times and that is what seeing is like."
— David Hockney, in Lawrence Weschler’s New Yorker article (July 9, 1984)
"Sometimes you read a book so special that you want to carry it around with you for months after you’ve finished just to stay near it."
— Markus Zusak (via bookporn)