We read to free ourselves from the grind and the misery and big ticking time-bomb questions of life. We read for the same reason we walk alone in the woods or squeeze our ears between headphones. We all need contemplative time, time away, time in another world altogether. For me, that happens when I pick up a good book — or, for that matter, a good newspaper.
- T.C. Boyle is the author of “The Women: A Novel.”
“When you’ve hit breaking point sometimes you need to be held, and sometimes you need to talk. The odd thing is we tend to talk to the most unlikely people. We talk to strangers in the street, a kind word or a reassuring hand on our arm causes us to open up, causes all the pain to come spilling out. We talk to strangers, or to people who are not in our inner circle because we don’t care and they won’t judge. We don’t think about the consequences of talking to those we don’t know well. We don’t worry that they are seeing us at our most vulnerable, that they may take advantage of that. No. Why would we?”—Jane Green (via quotewhore) (via remember-the-days) (via alotlikelove, quotewhore)
“I like nonsense — it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living. It’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope… and that enables you to laugh at all of life’s realities.”—Dr. Seuss (via chrisabigail)
“6) Your status updates are constantly referring to the proverbial haters. We all have haters. They roam the earth among us. But if everyone you encounter is regarded as a hater, then something is wrong. Some one who disagrees with you is not a hater. They just don’t agree with your thinking. And to that note, some people are trying to make you better. It’s not about them being jealous of what you’re doing at the current moment.”—10 Reasons I Might Not Accept Your Friend Request (via 472239364)
“Because I knew what I loved. I loved to read; I loved to listen to music; and I love cats. Those three things. So, even though I was an only kid, I could be happy because I knew what I loved. Those three things haven’t changed from my childhood. I know what I love, still, now. That’s a confidence. If you don’t know what you love, you are lost.”—Haruki Murakami (via thechocolatebrigade)
“We live in a beautiful country. But people who have no respect for human life, freedom, or justice have taken it over. It is now up to all of us to take it back.”—Howard Zinn (via cultureofresistance)
I can’t pretend this isn’t here any more. When it’s been there all along. That shadowed corner of my brain has faught its way to centre stage. That itch under my skin is clawing itself out into the warm air it has craved. That silent inner voice seems to come firing out of my mouth when I don’t…