"Auden said a poem should be more interesting than anything that might be said about it. If you take the theme out of a poem and talk about that theme, there should still be some residual being left in the poem that goes on ticking, something like, why not say it, color, something that has an effect on your central nervous system. It is not what a poem says with its mouth, it’s what a poem does with its eyes."
— Mary Ruefle, from Madness, Rack, and Honey (via bostonpoetryslam)
"When it comes to death, we know that laughter and tears are pretty much the same thing."
— Sherman Alexie - The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (via djreagan)
"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)