posts tagged "quotes"
The quieter you become the more you can hear.
If people want to let you go, just let them do it. They may not understand who you are. So don’t play around with fire; don’t give them their cake and let them eat it too. Here is your rule of thumb: they either commit to you or get none of you.
There must be those among whom we can sit down and weep
and still be counted as warriors.
- Adrienne Rich
Mind you, sometimes the angels smoke, hiding it with their sleeves, and when the archangel comes, they throw the cigarettes away: that’s when you get shooting stars.
- Vladimir Nabokov
What is the point of being alive if you don’t at least try to do something remarkable?
- John Green
There are things I’d rather whisper and never quite say out loud.
- Virginia Woolf, in a diary entry dated 20 July 1938
But most people don’t know how to love. Nothing is enough for them. They must have their dreams. It’s the only thing they do well. Dreaming. They dream up obligations. New ones every day. They long for undiscovered countries, fresh demands, another call. While some of us are left with the knowledge that love can never wait.
- Albert Camus, The Misunderstanding
About suffering they were never wrong,
The old Masters: how well they understood
Its human position: how it takes place
While someone else is eating or opening a window or just walking dully along;
How, when the aged are reverently, passionately waiting
For the miraculous birth, there always must be
Children who did not specially want it to happen, skating
On a pond at the edge of the wood…
- W.H. Auden, “Musée des Beaux Arts”
I do not pray for a lighter load, but for a stronger back.
- Phillips Brooks
And were an epitaph to be my story
I’d have a short one ready for my own.
I would have written of me on my stone:
I had a lover’s quarrel with the world.
- Robert Frost, “The Lesson For Today”
I was unhappy for a long time, and very lonesome, living with my grandmother. Then it was that books began to happen to me, and I began to believe in nothing but books and the wonderful world in books — where if people suffered, they suffered in beautiful language, not in monosyllables, as we did in Kansas.
- Langston Hughes, The Big Sea
Dead thy king, and void his throne:
Yet for grief at last
Love makes music of his own
- Algernon Charles Swinburne
He defends [his friends] when they are attacked, he gets them into magazines and out of jail. He writes articles about them… He gets publishers to take their books. He sits up all night with them when they claim to be dying… he dissuades them from suicide.
- Ernest Hemingway, of Ezra Pound
It is difficult
to get the news from poems
yet men die miserably every day
of what is found there.
- William Carlos Williams