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19 October 2014
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Draw a monster. Why is it a monster?

Daughter by Janice Lee
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18 October 2014
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The only important thing in a book is the meaning that it has for you.

— W. Somerset Maugham 
17 October 2014
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Even if it were possible to cast my horoscope in this one life, and to make an accurate prediction about my future, it would not be possible to ‘show’ it to me because as soon as I saw it my future would change by definition. This is why Werner Heisenberg’s adaptation of the Hays Office—the so-called principle of uncertainty whereby the act of measuring something has the effect of altering the measurement—is of such importance. In my case the difference is often made by publicity. For example, and to boast of one of my few virtues, I used to derive pleasure from giving my time to bright young people who showed promise as writers and who asked for my help. Then some profile of me quoted someone who disclosed that I liked to do this. Then it became something widely said of me, whereupon it became almost impossible for me to go on doing it, because I started to receive far more requests than I could respond to, let alone satisfy. Perception modifies reality: when I abandoned the smoking habit of more than three decades I was given a supposedly helpful pill called Wellbutrin. But as soon as I discovered that this was the brand name for an antidepressant, I tossed the bottle away. There may be successful methods for overcoming the blues but for me they cannot include a capsule that says: ‘Fool yourself into happiness, while pretending not to do so.’ I should actually want my mind to be strong enough to circumvent such a trick.

— Christopher Hitchens, Hitch-22: A Memoir
17 October 2014
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You’re the only person I’ve ever met who can stand a bookstore as long as I can.

— Junot Díaz
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13 October 2014
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12 October 2014
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True happiness, we are told, consists in getting out of one’s self; but the point is not only to get out - you must stay out; and to stay out you must have some absorbing errand.

— Henry James, Roderick Hudson
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10 October 2014
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It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.

10 October 2014
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It sounded old. Deserve. Old and tired and beaten to death. Deserve. Now it seemed to him that he was always saying or thinking that he didn’t deserve some bad luck, or some bad treatment from others. He’d told Guitar that he didn’t ‘deserve’ his family’s dependence, hatred, or whatever. That he didn’t even ‘deserve’ to hear all the misery and mutual accusations his parents unloaded on him. Nor did he ‘deserve’ Hagar’s vengeance. But why shouldn’t his parents tell him their personal problems? If not him, then who? And if a stranger could try to kill him, surely Hagar, who knew him and whom he’d thrown away like a wad of chewing gum after the flavor was gone—she had a right to try to kill him too.

Apparently he though he deserved only to be loved—from a distance, though—and given what he wanted. And in return he would be…what? Pleasant? Generous? Maybe all he was really saying was: I am not responsible for your pain; share your happiness with me but not your unhappiness.

— Toni Morrison, Song of Solomon 
09 October 2014
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I would rather read a mediocre book than waste time sitting around with people making small talk.

— James D. Sass, Essays in Satanism 
08 October 2014
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Even drunk he was quick and stealthy, graceful like a hunted thing.

— Katie Cotugno, How to Love (via gloryandus)
08 October 2014
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What I’m sure of is that it’s dangerous to tell women that the goal of a relationship, the only way for a relationship to be “real” is to get married. And I know that telling a girl that sexuality is only about intercourse is dangerous. I know that letting sex be a stand in for validating a teen relationship is dangerous. I know that I don’t want to see relationships, especially for teen girls, take only one shape, over and over, because reinforcing an idea with such a specific prescription is hard on all of us. And we have enough stories we tell about teen girls and the boxes they’re allowed to sit in. We don’t need any more.

07 October 2014
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At fifteen you had the radiance of early morning, at twenty you will begin to have the melancholy brilliance of the moon.
F.Scott Fitzgerald, This Side of Paradise (1920)

At fifteen you had the radiance of early morning, at twenty you will begin to have the melancholy brilliance of the moon.

F.Scott Fitzgerald, This Side of Paradise (1920)

07 October 2014
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The Buddhists say if you meet somebody and your heart pounds, your hands shake, your knees go weak, that’s not the one. When you meet your ‘soul mate’ you’ll feel calm. No anxiety, no agitation.

— Monica Drake, Clown Girl
06 October 2014

Oh, I wouldn’t say Love always makes you happy. Sometimes it makes you incredibly sad. But at least you’ve faced it now.

— Rick Riordian, The House of Hades