The same feeling of not belonging, of futility, wherever I go: I pretend interest in what matters nothing to me, I bestir myself mechanically or out of charity, without ever being caught up, without ever being somewhere. What attracts me is elsewhere, and I don’t know what that elsewhere is.
E. M. Cioran (via sold—souls)

… theories of the self and identity have long recognized the tension between the real and the pose. While so often attributed to social media, such status-posturing performance — “success theater” — is fundamental to the existence of identity.

These theories also share an understanding that people in Western society are generally uncomfortable admitting that who they are might be partly, or perhaps deeply, structured and performed. To be a “poser” is an insult; instead common wisdom is “be true to yourself,” which assumes there is a truth of your self. Digital-austerity discourse has tapped into this deep, subconscious modern tension, and brings to it the false hope that unplugging can bring catharsis.

Nathan Jurgenson in 'The Disconnectionists'

This is an amazing essay. (via farhaha)

The poison leaves bit by bit, not all at once. Be patient. You are healing.
Yasmin Mogahed (via beautifulsabr)

When I’m lying in my bed I think about life and I think about death and neither one particularly appeals to me.
Morrissey (via durianquotes)

First forget inspiration. Habit is more dependable. Habit will sustain you whether you’re inspired or not. Habit will help you finish and polish your stories. Inspiration won’t. Habit is persistence in practice.
Octavia E. Butler; Bloodchild and Other Stories (via writingweasels)

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Nothing can wear you out like caring about people.
S.E. Hinton, That Was Then, This Is Now (via whitebeyonce)

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Stay close to anything that makes you glad you are alive.
 Hafiz (via psych-facts)

You are personally responsible for becoming more ethical than the society you grew up in.
Eliezer Yudkowsky  (via kathrynjin)

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How can emptiness be so heavy?
Six Word Story (via songofmelancholia)

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The world is a hellish place, and bad writing is destroying the quality of our suffering.
Tom Waits  (via maudelynn)

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— Søren Kierkegaard
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— Søren Kierkegaard

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— Philip Pullman

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— Philip Pullman


Men write universal stories. Women write stories for girls. Men write Literature. Women write chick lit. Even in a world where women do publish in heavier numbers than men do, they are underscored, underseen, and undervalued. Twilight is and will remain a crucial part of YA’s history — YA’s female-driven history — despite or in spite of the fact it doesn’t garner the same praises that those held up as idols within the community do. Men like John Green become symbols of YA’s forward progress and Seriousness as a category, whereas Stephenie Meyer gets to be a punchline.

My illness is not classified as terminal. But many days I cannot deny it has taken my life away.
(via ajumptotheleft)

(Source: chronicallyalive)


…for the contingent out there who sneer at heroes like Superman and Wonder Woman and Captain America, those icons who still, at their core, represent selfless sacrifice for the greater good, and who justify their contempt by saying, oh, it’s so unrealistic, no one would ever be so noble… grow up. Seriously. Cynicism is not maturity, do not mistake the one for the other. If you truly cannot accept a story where someone does the right thing because it’s the right thing to do, that says far more about who you are than these characters.