"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style."
— Maya Angelou (via majiinboo)
"When a man owns a lion, a lion owns a man. The thing about technology is that it owns us."
— Guy Davenport (via theparisreview)
"I know there is no straight road
No straight road in this world
Only a giant labyrinth
Of intersecting crossroads"
— Federico García Lorca (via noir-couplet)
"I think of ‘poet’ as an identity, because it’s not like you choose it. If you’re any kind of a writer, you do it because you can’t help but do it."
— Jericho Brown, interviewed by Kendra DeColo for Nashville Review (via bostonpoetryslam)
"I am glad to have found a readership, but one can’t write only what is likely to sell. A writer is not a shopkeeper. A writer creates an imaginary world that he transmits to others."
— Tahar Ben Jelloun (via theparisreview)
"I guess we often get the deep blues, both of us, and wonder what it all means - the people, the buildings, the day by day things, the waste of time, of ourselves."
— Charles Bukowski (via larmoyante)
"One writes out of one thing only — one’s own experience. Everything depends on how relentlessly one forces from this experience the last drop, sweet or bitter, it can possibly give. This is the only real concern of the artist, to recreate out of the disorder of life that order which is art."
— James Baldwin (via observando)