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The feelings that hurt the most, the emotions that sting most, are those that are absurd: the longing for impossible things, precisely because they are impossible; the nostalgia for what never was; the desire for what could have been; regret over not being someone else; dissatisfaction with the world’s existence.

- From The Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa, translated from the Portuguese by Richard Zenith. (via othersashas)

harperperennial:

Spotted written in chalk right outside our building on a NYC sidewalk. #brightenyourday #lunchtimeinspiration (at HarperCollins Publishers)

harperperennial:

Spotted written in chalk right outside our building on a NYC sidewalk. #brightenyourday #lunchtimeinspiration (at HarperCollins Publishers)

Whatever causes night in our souls may leave stars.

- Victor Hugo: Ninety-Three (via lathgerthas)

(Source: betoseem)

Artists try to depict people; and people depict the artist’s’ conception of people.

- Waguih GhaliBeer in the Snooker Club (via vintageanchorbooks)

"I’m sorry," Kyle interrupted me. "I didn’t catch your name."

"Margery." I swallowed. I didn’t want him to associate me with Jeff, whose last name he very likely knew. "Lipinski."

The name had simply fallen out of my mouth. It was obvious where I got the Margery, but where did Lipinski come from? Probably from Tara Lipinski. Figure skaters’ names are often at the tip of my tongue. I’ve always kind of wanted to be one.

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"I can’t remember…Are you on Facebook?"

"Kind of," Jeff admitted. "I only go on every couple of months and randomly thumb up shit to make people feel good about themselves…"

      —from What Strange Creatures the forthcoming mystery by Emily Arsenault. 

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Susane Colasanti, So Much Closer

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Susane Colasanti, So Much Closer

Mar 3

(Source: xdragoons)

Books were her great escape, and Elizabeth had her father’s mind. Early on, her father made a house rule that as long as you were reading you could stay up as late as you wanted, provided you were on your own bed. She read everything she could get her hands on. Her parents traveled to used-book stores just to feed her growing appetite….she learned from the books that gradually filled her house.

- The Headmaster’s Wife by Thomas Christopher Greene

Jun 9

They always call depression the blues, but I would have been happy to waken to a periwinkle outlook. Depression to me is urine yellow. Washed out, exhausted miles of weak piss.

- Sharp Objects, Gillian Flynn