"I want to laugh so that later I can get angry like I need to get. I want to make and think something funny and tender and kind so that I recognize the opposite when it comes for me, so that I can say ‘No’ to a corporation, so that I cannot buy what someone means to sell me. Poetry is so high stakes. Humor is wholly tied up in those stakes for me."
— Wendy Xu, interviewed by Ben Seanor for Front Porch Journal (via bostonpoetryslam)
"Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back, everything is different."
— C.S. Lewis (via fukwhore)
(Source: onlinecounsellingcollege, via brouhahamagazine)
"The love of learning, the sequestered nooks,
And all the sweet serenity of books."
— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Morituri Salutamus (via randomhouse)
"Give up the notion that you must be sure of what you are doing. Instead, surrender to what is real within you, for that alone is sure."
— Baruch Spinoza (via likeafieldmouse)
"Love doesn’t just sit there, like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; remade all the time, made new."
— Ursula K. Le Guin (via kushandwizdom)
"Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings"
William Wordswoth, 1770-1850
Jon Stallworthy argues that no area of human experience has generated a wider range of powerful feelings than war.
"I’m always finding humans at their best and worst. I see their ugly and their beauty and I wonder how the same can be both."
— Markus Zusak, The Book Thief (via bookmania)
"I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers."
— L. M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables (via 13thmoon)
(Source: vintageborn, via algonquinbooks)