Those who are certain of the outcome can afford to wait, and wait without anxiety.
"Stuff your eyes with wonder," he said, "live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories. Ask no guarantees, ask for no security, there never was such an animal. And if there were, it would be related to the great sloth which hangs upside down in a tree all day every day, sleeping its life away. To hell with that," he said, "shake the tree and knock the great sloth down on his ass."
Just finished rereading this book the other day. It’s amazing how differently it affected me than when I read it years ago. In high school I recognized that it was a great book, but reading it now was just so perfectly timed. a wonderful reminder to open your eyes, look at how you’re living your life, look at whether this lifestyle is making you happy or if maybe there’s something more out there for you.
"I want to be alone and I want people to notice me - both at the same time"
— Thom Yorke (via vorin)
(Source: black-wolves, via phenomical)
"I think I figured out the most important thing and I don’t want to make this sound negative at all but, in the best way possible, I frickin give up. I give up. You can’t try to make your life perfect. I’m just trying to have a good time and I’m just trying to appreciate the things that I have around me. I give up on the dream dream. I think it’s all a dream. I think it’s all wonderful and terrible. And I give up. In the nicest way."
— Fiona Apple (via dyingfiction)
(Source: stumblequeen, via livmealone)
"I just - I stopped. I focused 150% of my energy on my happiness. On, ‘What do you want to do, what is it that you really want’[…] There’s no way to convince people of your greatness […] Whatever it is that you want to be, you have to know it inside and knife-fight your way to your dream."
— Lady Gaga on dropping her cocaine habit in favor of actively pursuing her career.
So I walked back to my room and collapsed on the bottom bunk, thinking that if people were rain, I was a drizzle and she was a hurricane.
-Looking For Alaska, p. 88
Droll thing life is - that mysterious arrangement of merciless logic for a futile purpose. The most you can hope from it is knowledge of yourself - that comes too late - a crop of unextinguishable regrets.
-Heart of Darkness, p. 106