All the time I pray to Buddha I keep on killing mosquitoes.– Issa, “[All the time I pray to Buddha],” trans. Robert Hass (via proustitute)
That’s what fiction is for. It’s for getting at the truth when the truth isn’t...– Tim O’Brien (The Things They Carried)
There was a star riding through clouds one night, and I said to the star,...– The Waves, Virginia Woolf (via fromliterature)
I have written down the words I have long not dared to speak. Dully the head...– Anna Akhmatova, from “Evening Room” in Poems, trans. D. M. Thomas (via proustitute)
Life is short. Too short to waste a single second with anyone who doesn’t...– Sarah Dessen (via kari-shma)
The true essence of masochism is anticipation—the state of waiting. True...– Présentation de Sacher-Masoch (Masochism: Coldness and Cruelty ) by Gilles Deleuze 1967 (via themissive)
Keep your eyes clean and your ears quiet and your mind serene. Breathe...– ~ Thomas Merton, New Seeds of Contemplation
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Because only the truest things always are true because they can’t be true– e. e. cummings, from “that melancholy” (via proustitute)
Thank you, Mr. Bradbury. I will hold this close to my heart despite all Pascal, Montaigne, de Viau and Milton might have to say.
168. Divertissement. - Les hommes n’ayant pu guérir la mort, la misère,...– ~ Pascal, Les Pensées
Love is what makes you smile when you’re tired.– Paulo Coelho (via kari-shma)
Maybe to be powerful is to be fragile.– Ai Weiwei (via etceterablog)
Isn’t it strange that evolution would give us a sense of humor? When you think...– Bill Watterson (via troubled) (the original)
Notre propre intérêt est […] un merveilleux instrument pour nous crever...– Pascal, Les Pensées
Best Author-on-Author Insults in History
Virginia Woolf on James Joyce: [Ulysses is] the work of a queasy undergraduate scratching his pimples.
Harold Bloom on J.K. Rowling: How to read ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’? Why, very quickly, to begin with, and perhaps also to make an end. Why read it? Presumably, if you cannot be persuaded to read anything better, Rowling will have to do.
H. G. Wells on George Bernard Shaw: An idiot child screaming in a hospital.
Ralph Waldo Emerson on Jane Austen: Miss Austen’s novels . . . seem to me vulgar in tone, sterile in artistic invention, imprisoned in the wretched conventions of English society, without genius, wit, or knowledge of the world.
William Faulkner on Ernest Hemingway: He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary.
Ernest Hemingway on William Faulkner: Poor Faulkner. Does he really think big emotions come from big words?
W. H. Auden on Robert Browning: I don’t think Robert Browning was very good in bed. His wife probably didn’t care for him very much. He snored and had fantasies about twelve-year-old girls.
Mark Twain on Jane Austen: Every time I read ‘Pride and Prejudice,’ I want to dig her up and hit her over the skull with her own shin-bone.