- Former Thieves - Brilliant Exceptions
“When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You just know that your name is safe in their mouth.”
- Billy, aged 4
"And I think that I like her,
‘cause she tells me things I don’t want to hear."
- Masochist, Ingrid Michaelson
"I used to think that when I got older, the world would make so much more sense. But you know what? The older I get, the more confusing it is to me. The more complicated it is. Harder. You’d think we’d be getting better at it. But there’s just more and more chaos. The pieces - they’re everywhere. And nobody knows what to do about it. I find myself grasping, Nick. You know that feeling? That feeling when you just want the right thing to fall into the right place, not only because it’s right, but because it would mean that such a thing is still possible?"
- Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist
"Never fall in love with potential."
- Travelling Woman, Bat For Lashes
"We are only fiction. We are only the idea we have of ourselves."
- Edmond Jabès, Cut of Time
"Unlike blogging, where you spend time thinking carefully about what you say in each post, Tumblr is really more about the moment of consciousness, and capturing a snapshot of it. Hence, where blog posts are supposed to be solid and stand-alone, Tumblr posts stand in relation to an entire thread of posts. That’s why looking at a Tumblr page is like taking a peek into a person’s stream of consciousness."
- The Manila Bulletin: Retention, self-expression, Tumblr
"Old teenage hopes are alive at your door,
left you with nothing, but they want some more."
- 1234, Feist
"It is good to love many things, for therein lies strength."
- Vincent van Gogh
"I like airplanes. I like anywhere that isn't a proper place. I like inbetweens."
- Neil Gaiman
"When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life."
- John Lennon
"Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let the pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness."
"Sometimes it's so hard to talk. It's not a mental complaint - it's a physical thing, like it's physically hard to open your mouth and make the words come out. They don't come out smooth and in conjunction with your brain the way normal people's words do; they come out in chunks as if from a crushed-ice dispenser; you stumble on them as they gather behind your lower lip. So you just keep quiet."
"That's the best revenge of all: happiness. Nothing drives people crazier than seeing someone have a good fucking life."
- Chuck Palahniuk
"I’ve fallen out of favor and I’ve fallen from grace,
fallen out of trees and I’ve fallen on my face.
Fallen out of taxis, out of windows too,
fell in your opinion when I fell in love with you."
- Falling, Florence And The Machine
"Cute is when your personality shines through your looks. Like, when you see someone’s personality in the way they walk and you just feel like hugging them every time you see them."
- Natalie Portman
"It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but a great deal more to stand up to our friends."
- Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter
"I want to live in a world where little girls are not pinkified, but where little girls who like pink are not punished for it, either. We can certainly talk about the social pressures surrounding gender roles, and the concerns that people have when they see girls and young women who appear to be forced into performances of femininity by the society around them, but let’s stop acting like they have no agency and free will. Let’s stop acting like women who choose to be feminine are somehow colluders, betraying the movement, bamboozled into thinking that they want to be feminine. Let’s stop denying women their own autonomy by telling them that their expressions of femininity are bad and wrong.
Antifemininity is misogynist. What you are saying when you engage in this type of rhetoric is that you think things traditionally associated with women are wrong. Which is misogynist. By telling feminine women that they don’t belong in the feminist movement, you are reinforcing the idea that to be feminine and a woman is wrong, that women who want to be taken seriously need to be more masculine, because most people view gender presentation in binary ways. This rewards the ‘one of the boys’ type rhetoric I encounter all over the place from self-avowed feminists who seem to think that bashing on women is a good way to prove how serious they are when it comes to caring about women and bringing men into the feminist movement."
- Get Your Anti-Femininity Out Of My Feminism, S.E. Smit
"Reality depresses me. I need to find fantasy worlds and escape in them."
- Noel Fielding
"When you cry, one thing leads to the other and everything you think about becomes an extra reason for crying."
- Fault Lines, Nancy Huston
"I'm going back to 505,
if it's a seven-hour flight or a 45-minute drive.
In my imagination you're waiting, lying on your side,
with your hands between your thighs.
But I crumble completely when you cry,
it seems like once again you've had to greet me with goodbye."
- 505, Arctic Monkeys
"How do you trust your feelings when they can just disappear like that?"
- Cindy, Blue Valentine
"You gave me hope and then you took it away. That's enough to make anyone dangerous. God knows what it will do to me."
- Doctor Who
""So, you don’t believe in love. I almost believe you.”
“Because… You’re lying.""
- Innocence, Kathleen Tessaro
"I am a dreamer. I know so little of real life that I just can’t help re-living such moments as these in my dreams, for such moments are something I have very rarely experienced. I am going to dream about you the whole night, the whole week, the whole year."
- Fyodor Dostoyevsky
""I can’t live in a meaningless universe. God better have a fucking plan!”
“But God doesn’t make you do stuff, Evie. We’re not puppets attached to celestial strings. He didn’t push me in front of the car. And besides, the glory of being alive doesn’t come from knowing that everything happens for a reason (which, after all, you’re never going to be able to understand anyway so where’s the comfort in that?), or that there’s some great traffic controller in the sky. In fact, what could be more beautiful than the fact that love exists in a random universe?""
- Innocence, Kathleen Tessaro
"Silence is beautiful, not awkward. The human tendency to be afraid of something beautiful is awkward."
- Elliott Kay
"Maybe everybody is really somebody else deep down, but they all learn their lines and get their diplomas and go through life playing these roles and they get so used to it they just can’t stop."
- Fault Lines, Nancy Huston
"Your head is so full of ideas, but you haven’t lived."
- Fault Lines, Nancy Huston
"A fierce longing clutches at my heart: to be in a room where I’m not alone and yet nothing - no words, no movement, no explanation - is necessary."
- Innocence, Kathleen Tessaro
"The truth is that the atmosphere relaxes every time my mother leaves a room and tenses up every time she enters one."
- Fault Lines, Nancy Huston
"I want you to remember what it’s like to be alive, to be young."
- Innocence, Kathleen Tessaro
"Coming home from a night out, in the back seat of the car, watching city lights blend into a sickening blur of colours. At forty miles an hour, you're listening to Steven singing about you, everyone you ever knew and everything you ever did and all the things you're about to do. Your last drink has plastered a smile onto your face and your dancing for a Friday night high. But behind that are all the moments you missed: the kiss you should have taken and the goodbye you didn't hear, and that rushing of wind on your face is everything you should have had passing you by. As you watch freezing girls clutch wasted lads and wonder what you've done wrong, you're flickering in and out like a match on a windy day. You're striving for self-improvement, but you need a new jacket and a haircut, and next Friday you'll be asked out again and you'll drink yourself to tears."
"You make too much of this idea of ‘success’. No artist sees life as success or failure, profit or loss, good or bad. The point of art is lost if you measure it in commercial terms."
- Innocence, Kathleen Tessaro
"We may not be happy, but for the first time, let’s just allow ourselves to be everything we are. I think that’ll be better, okay? I think that will be better."
- Garden State
"Do you know that feeling, when you’re neither sad nor happy. Nothing is wrong, but nothing is right either? And you just sit there, with no expression, waiting for something, and you don’t know what the fuck you’re waiting for."
"Her date was pleasant enough, but she knew that if her life was a movie, this guy would be buried in the credits as something like, 'Second Tall Man.'"
"The truth of the matter is that we are attracted to people for their beauty, but it’s their flaws that make you fall in love."
- James Duigan
"Sleep is my lover now, my forgetting, my opiate, my oblivion."
- The Time Traveler's Wife, Audrey Niffenegger
"Unless it’s mad, passionate, extraordinary love, it’s a waste of your time. There are too many mediocre things in life. Love shouldn’t be one of them."
"You see things; and you say ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say ’Why not?’"
- George Bernard Shaw
"We are like kids in a play,
set in the Victorian age.
We only know what to say,
because we practiced at home."
- Kids In A Play, Dawn Landes
"I began to draw an invisible boundary between myself and other people. No matter who I was dealing with. I maintained a set distance, carefully monitoring the person’s attitude so that they wouldn’t get any closer. I didn’t easily swallow what other people told me. My only passions were books and music."
- Sputnik Sweetheart
"Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could."
- The Painted Drum, Louise Erdrich
"Yes, I have friends. But none of them need me."
- A Single Man
"The power in all relationships lies with whoever cares less."
"She felt as if she were brimming, always producing and hoarding more love inside her. But there was no release."
- Everything Is Illuminated, Jonathan Safran Foer
"I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear."
- Martin Luther King Jr.
"There's a reason I said I'd be happy alone. It wasn't because I thought I'd be happy alone. It was because I thought if I loved someone and then it fell apart, I might not make it. It's easier to be alone, because what if you learn that you need love and you don't have it? What if you like it and lean on it? What if you shape your life around it and then it falls apart? Can you even survive that kind of pain? Losing love is like organ damage. It's like dying. The only difference is death ends. This? It could go one forever."
- Meredith Grey, Grey's Anatomy
"And I ask you right here, please, to agree with me that a scar is never ugly. That is what the scar makers want us to think. But you and I, we must make an agreement to defy them. We must see all scars as beauty. Okay? This will be our secret. Because take it from me, a scar does not form on the dying. A scar means I survived."
- Chris Cleave
"Maybe my life hasn't been so chaotic. It's just the world that is and the only real trap is getting attached to any of it."
- Elizabeth Gilbert
"Time stands still best in moments that look suspiciously like ordinary life."
- Brian Andreas
"I like flaws. I think they make things interesting."
- The Truth About Forever, Sarah Dessen
"It's like forgetting, the words to your favourite song,
you can't believe it, you were always singing along.
It was so easy, and the words so sweet,
you can't remember, you try to feel the beat."
- Eet, Regina Spektor
"She had the perpetual sense, as she watched the taxi cabs, of being out, out, far out to sea and alone; she always had the feeling that it was very, very dangerous to live even one day."
- Mrs. Dalloway, Virginia Woolf
"There are some people who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other."
- Douglas H. Everett
"Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born."
- Anais Nin
"In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the spirit."
- Albert Schweitzer
"Wait, they don't love you like I love you."
- Maps, Yeah Yeah Yeahs
"It is by no means an irrational fancy that, in a future existence, we shall look upon what we think our present existence, as a dream."
- Edgar Allan Poe
"Take me out, tonight,
where there's music,
and there's people,
who are young and alive."
- There Is A Light That Never Goes Out, The Smiths
"When I'm really into a novel, I'm seeing the world differently during that time - not just for the hour or so in the day when I get to read. I'm actually walking around in a bit of a haze, spellbound by the book and looking at everything through a different prism."
- Colin Firth
"Girls are immediately going to say, "Oh, she's trying to sell sex." Well, I love Zac Efron, but what's he selling? He's gorgeous, he's hot, I don't go see his movie because I'm like, "He's such a fantastic actor." He's a great actor, but he's hot. He's just not in a leotard with his legs out. He has his shirt off. So what's the difference? In High School Musical he's in basketball shorts and his cut off tank top and all the girls are dying. It just isn't as obvious when guys do it. I was on tour with the Jonas Brothers my first year and boy bands get away with a lot. For girls, it's always going to be harder."
- Miley Cyrus
"Take a step back. Fucking look at yourself. You are human. You are beautiful. You are so beautiful. And you can be anything. You can be everything. Do not hate because someone broke your heart, or because your parents split up, or your best friend betrayed you, or your father hit you, or the kid down the street called you fat, ugly, stupid or worthless."
"For whatever we lose (like a you or a me), it's always ourselves we find in the sea."
- E.E. Cummings
"I wanted to be a writer, that's all. I wanted to write about it all. Everything that happens in a moment. The way the flowers looked when you carried them in your arms. This towel, how it smells, how it feels, this thread. All our feelings, yours and mine. The history of it, who we once were. Everything in the world. Everything all mixed up, like it's all mixed up now. And I failed, I failed. No matter what you start with, it ends up being so much less."
"She had to protect herself from herself, from that little girl inside still looking for a happy ending."
- Pink, Marilyn Griffith
"People say I make strange choices, but they’re not strange for me. My sickness is that I’m fascinated by human behavior, by what’s underneath the surface, by the worlds inside people."
- Johnny Depp
"Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it."
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us most. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and famous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that people won’t feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in all of us. And when we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."
- Marianne Williamson
"Some men know that a light touch of the tongue, running from a woman’s toes to her ears, lingering in the softest way possible in various places in between, given often enough and sincerely enough, would add immeasurably to world peace."
- A Woman's Worth, Marianne Williamson
"I know what you’re like,
when you’re alone in my head,
your face makes my day,
your features are flawless.
But I noticed just the other day,
how you go about your way,
and I’m not so sure how I’ll fit in,
or if I’ll even feel the same."
"All we can do is adapt the way we view this condition, not as a crime or a romantic affectation but as a disease that will kill. We need to review the way society treats addicts, not as criminals but as sick people in need of care. We need to look at the way our government funds rehabilitation. It is cheaper to rehabilitate an addict than to send them to prison, so criminalisation doesn’t even make economic sense."
- Russell Brand, on addiction.
"She was also an uncommonly kind woman. She had a way of seeing the beauty in others, even - and perhaps most especially - when that person couldn’t see it in themselves."
- Remus Lupin, Harry Potter
"That is part of the beauty of literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you're not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong."
- F. Scott Fitzgerald
"The best moments in reading are when you come across something – a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things – that you’d thought special, particular to you. And here it is, set down by someone else, a person you’ve never met, maybe even someone long dead. And it’s as if a hand has come out, and taken yours."
- Hector, The History Boys
"Because we don’t know when we will die, we get to think of life as an inexhaustible well. Yet everything happens only a certain number of times, and a very small number really. How many more times will you remember a certain afternoon of your childhood, an afternoon that is so deeply a part of your being that you can’t even conceive of your life without it? Perhaps four, five times more, perhaps not even that. How many more times will you watch the full moon rise? Perhaps 20. And yet it all seems limitless."
- Paul Bowles
"It was the way you carried your oddness like it was the most natural thing in the world. You didn’t market your oddness as your defining feature the way some insecure teenagers do, in guise of confidence and security. And nor were you oblivious to the awkward and uncomfortable feelings your oddness provoked in others. When, unable to comprehend how you wore your oddness so honestly and unashamedly, your peers reverted to mockery and bullying, you recognised this as a reflection of their own deep-seated insecurity and calmly let them carry on, quite above your head. You weren’t trying hard to present a certain aspect of yourself that would boldly identify you in the world. And that’s when it occurred to me how bizarre and positively ridiculous it was to apply the word “weird” to describe you, when you represented the most natural and unpretentious state possible to be; you were yourself."
- Evanna Lynch, to Luna Lovegood
"She was already learning that if you ignore the rules people will, half the time, quietly rewrite them so that they don’t apply to you."
"It's easier to ask for forgiveness than permission, so I might just steal them."
- Daniel Radcliffe, on taking props from the HP set.
"There’s no substitute for the feel of an actual book. I adore physically turning pages, and being able to underline passages and not worrying about dropping them in the bath or running out of power. I also find print books objects of beauty, and I don’t speak as a precious, first-edition-mustn’t-crack-the-spine-ty
- J.K. Rowling
"I fell in love with her courage, her sincerity, and her flaming self respect. And it’s these things I’d believe in, even if the whole world indulged in wild suspicions that she wasn’t all she should be."
- F. Scott Fitzgerald
"The pain we feel at this dreadful loss reminds me, reminds us, that while we may come from different places and speak in different tongues, our hearts beat as one."
- Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
"It's like you're homesick for a place that doesn't even exist."
"She’s a true artist; she’s one of these pure souls, one of these very unusual examples of a severe concentration of love, hate, light and darkness combined. She could smoke a joint then move a mountain, she could write a symphony then go and laugh and joke with her friends. She’s a free spirit and nothing is too big or too small, but at the same time, only very specific things matter to Franky."
- Sebastian De Souza
"I asked her what she thought of me,
and she said that I speak honestly.
I do lie occasionally.
But I would not lie to hurt a fly,
and I would never twist the truth in order to pursue you.
I’d only lie to save my life.
She said my words are a reality.
my fantasies are thought through logically.
But I want things that I can’t have.
And desire is a cross-country road trip,
that I decided to take before I filled up my gas tank.
“Do you think I have enough?”
“You have enough if you want it badly enough.”
“How badly must I want it?”
“Enough to make your teeth clench, and enough to make your skin simmer,
enough to feel the blood rushing down through your fingers,
enough to melt the ice in winter,
enough to turn a loser into a winner,
who is you, so how badly do you want it?”
“I want to reach the other side,
so I can stare into her eyes.
I want to touch her skin,
so she can feel the pain I’m in.
And so I’m going on a journey,
and my tank is nearly empty.
Driven by a fantasy,
my reality has left me,
but there’s confidence within me.
When I run out of gasoline,
my hope will keep me going.
And a friend once told me,http://www.livejournal.com/update.bml
my dreams will come true,
and I’ll have you,
simply because I have to."