•Failure is simply an opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently• 👓📓
Thinking something does not make it true. Wanting something does not make it real.
Michelle Hodkin, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (via booksquoteslove)
"One must always be careful of books and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us"
-John Green, Looking For Alaska
Books are mirrors: you only see in them what you already have inside you.
Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind (via aboutbooksanddreams)
The meaning of life is just to be alive. It is so plain and so obvious and so simple. And yet, everybody rushes around in a great panic as if it were necessary to achieve something beyond themselves.
Alan Watts, The Culture of Counter-Culture: Edited Transcripts (via significantquotes)
Don’t do it. Don’t go to that job you hate. Do something you love today. Ride a roller coaster. Swim in the ocean naked. Go to the airport and get on the next flight to anywhere just for the fun of it. Maybe stop a spinning globe with your finger and then plan a trip to that very spot; even if it’s in the middle of the ocean you can go by boat. Eat some type of ethnic food you’ve never even heard of. Stop a stranger and ask her to explain her greatest fears and her secret hopes and aspirations in detail and then tell her you care because she is a human being. Sit down on the sidewalk and make pictures with colorful chalk. Close your eyes and try to see the world with your nose—allow smells to be your vision. Catch up on your sleep. Call an old friend you haven’t seen in years. Roll up your pant legs and walk into the sea. See a foreign film. Feed squirrels. Do anything! Something! Because you start a revolution one decision at a time, with each breath you take. Just don’t go back to that miserable place you go every day. Show me it’s possible to be an adult and also be happy. Please. This is a free country. You don’t have to keep doing this if you don’t want to. You can do anything you want. Be anyone you want. That’s what they tell us at school, but if you keep getting on that train and going to the place you hate I’m going to start thinking the people at school are liars like the Nazis who told the Jews they were just being relocated to work factories. Don’t do that to us. Tell us the truth. If adulthood is working some death-camp job you hate for the rest of your life, divorcing your secretly criminal husband, being disappointed in your son, being stressed and miserable, and dating a poser and pretending he’s a hero when he’s really a lousy person and anyone can tell that just by shaking his slimy hand—if it doesn’t get any better, I need to know right now. Just tell me. Spare me some awful fucking fate. Please.
Matthew Quick; Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock (via that-bookworm)
-Ned Vizzini, It’s Kind of a Funny Story
It’s funny, isn’t it? When you are young you just want to be old, and then later you wish you could go back to being a kid.
Lauren Oliver, Before I Fall (via a-thousand-words)