“‘Sometimes when I look at you, I feel I’m gazing at a distant star,’ I said. ‘It’s dazzling, but the light is from tens of thousands of years ago. Maybe the star doesn’t even exist anymore. Yet sometimes that light seems more real to me than anything.’”
Haruki Murakami, South of the Border, West of the Sun 

(via thecurseofbeingagirl)

“Do not mock a pain that you haven’t endured.”
— Unknown 

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“Why are we embarrassed by silence? What comfort do we find in all the noise?”
Mitch Albom
“You find my words dark. Darkness is in our souls, do you not think?”
— Joyce, James. Ulysses. 
“Telling a young girl she can’t wear what she wants because it’s not appropriate encourages the idea that men’s reactions should dictate society’s norms, and that all women are meta-Eves, tempting and ensnaring men with our sultry-eyed gaze. My parents’ culture is steeped in patriarchy, in the philosophy of the one-step machismo machine, where there is just one kind of man, and two kinds of women: the angel and the whore. These limited ideas of masculinity breed men who want ownership of women.”
— Fariha Roison

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“Getting lost was not a matter of geography so much as identity, a passionate desire, even an urgent need, to become no one and anyone, to shake off the shackles that remind you who you are, who others think you are.”
— Rebecca Solnit, A Field Guide to Getting Lost
“…I want to think again of dangerous and noble things.
I want to be light and frolicsome.
I want to be improbable, beautiful, and afraid of nothing,
as though I had wings.”
— Mary Oliver, excerpt from Starlings in Winter.