“On your worst days do not look in the mirror and call yourself pretty. Call yourself trying, call yourself surviving, call yourself learning how to get through a day, a week, a month or year. Call yourself still learning.” — Meggie Royer
“Take this guinea and with it burn the college to the ground. Set fire to the old hypocrisies. Let the light of the burning building scare the nightingales and incarnadine the willows. And let the daughters of educated men dance round the fire and heap armful upon armful of dead leaves upon the flames. And let their mothers lean from the upper windows and cry ‘Let it blaze! Let it blaze! For we have done with this education!’” — Virginia Woolf, Three Guineas (via earth-muffin)
“Karadžić cut to the quick: ‘Do you think that you managed to retain your objectivity?’ I tried to explain something to the judges: that in the past I misused the word ‘objectivity’ when I meant ‘neutrality’. ‘When something is fact-specific, I remain objective,’ I said, but ‘I do not attempt to be neutral. I’m not neutral between the camp guards and the prisoners, between the raped women and the rapists…I can’t in all honesty sit here in court and say I am or want to be neutral over this kind of violence.’” — war correspondent Ed Vulliamy in The War is Dead Long Live theWar, describing his testimony before a United Nations war crimes tribunal (
“When I was a girl, my life was music that was always getting louder. Everything moved me. A dog following a stranger. That made me feel so much. A calendar that showed the wrong month. I could have cried over it. I did. Where the smoke from a chimney ended. How an overturned bottle rested at the edge of a table.
I spent my life learning to feel less.
Every day I felt less.
Is that growing old? Or is it something worse?
You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness.” — Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close