❝ I drank coffee and read old books and waited for the year to end.
— Richard Brautigan
The kind of thinking that makes a distinction between thought and feeling is just one of those forms of demagogy that causes lots of trouble for people by making them suspicious of things that they shouldn’t be suspicious or complacent of.
For people to understand themselves in this way seems to be very destructive, and also very culpabilizing. These stereotypes of thought versus feeling, heart versus head, male versus female were invented at a time when people were convinced that the world was going in a certain direction — that is, toward technocracy, rationalization, science, and so on — but they were all invented as a defense against Romantic values.
Robert Randolph and the Family Band- Ain’t Nothing Wrong With That
I forgot how much I love this song.
❝ Passion has little to do with euphoria and everything to do with patience. It is not about feeling good. It is about endurance. Like patience, passion comes from the same Latin root: pati. It does not mean to flow with exuberance. It means to suffer.
— Mark Z. Danielewski, House of Leaves
❝ The loss of those illusions that give such color to the world so that you don’t care wether things are true or false as long as they partake of the magical glory
— Scott Fitzgerald describing The Great Gatsby to his friend Ludlow Fowler in August 1924
❝ I guess humans like to watch a little destruction. Sand castles, houses of cards, that’s where they begin. Their great skill is their capacity to escalate.
— Markus Zusak, The Book Thief.