we were never special or destined for anything at all.
- Revolutionary Road
“It’s supposed to be true that those who do not know history are condemned to repeat it. I don’t believe knowing can save us. What is constant in history is greed and foolishness and a love of blood and this is a thing that even God -who knows all that can be known- seems powerless to change.”
Cormac McCarthy (All the Pretty Horses)
It seems to me we can never give up longing and wishing while we are thoroughly alive. There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good, and we must hunger after them.
— George Eliot, The Mill on the Floss
It is a curious thing, the death of a loved one. We all know that our time in this world is limited, and that eventually all of us will end up underneath some sheet, never to wake up. And yet it is always a surprise when it happens to someone we know. It is like walking up the stairs to your bedroom in the dark, and thinking there is one more stair than there is. Your foot falls down, through the air, and there is a sickly moment of dark surprise as you try and readjust the way you thought of things.
— Lemony Snicket
“...Now I remembered that the real world was wide, and that a varied field of hopes and fears, of sensations and excitements, awaited those who had the courage to go forth into it’s expanse, to seek real knowledge of life amidst it’s perils”- Jane Eyre
I woke up in the morning and i didn’t want anything, didn’t do anything, couldn’t do it anyway, just lay there listening to the blood rush through me and it never made any sense, anything.
When you’re a kid, they tell you it’s all, ‘grow up, get a job, get married, get a house, have a kid’, and that’s it. but the truth is, the world is so much stranger than that. it’s so much darker. and so much madder. and so much better.
Effy: The end.
Freddie: The end. And what fucking end would that be?
"Can one be fully human without experiencing tragedy? The only tragedy there is in the world is ignorance; all evil comes from that. The only tragedy there is in the world is unwakefulness and unawareness. From them comes fear, and from fear comes everything else, but death is not a tragedy at all. Dying is wonderful; it’s only horrible to people who have never understood life. It’s only when you’re afraid of life that you fear death. It’s only dead people who fear death."
-Anthony de Mello
She decided to free herself, dance into the wind, create a new language. and birds fluttered around her, writing “yes” in the sky.
they may call me a sinner, but i’m at peace with myself
- Jane Eyre
It is in vain to say human beings ought to be satisfied with tranquility: they must have action, and they will make it if they cannot find it.- Jane Eyre