1. "At 19, I read a sentence that re-terraformed my head: “The level of matter in the universe has been constant since the Big Bang.”
    In all the aeons we have lost nothing, we have gained nothing - not a speck, not a grain, not a breath. The universe is simply a sealed, twisting kaleidoscope that has reordered itself a trillion trillion trillion times over.
    Each baby, then, is a unique collision - a cocktail, a remix - of all that has come before: made from molecules of Napoleon and stardust and comets and whale tooth; colloidal mercury and Cleopatra’s breath: and with the same darkness that is between the stars between, and inside, our own atoms.
    When you know this, you suddenly see the crowded top deck of the bus, in the rain, as a miracle: this collection of people is by way of a starburst constellation. Families are bright, irregular-shaped nebulae. Finding a person you love is like galaxies colliding. We are all peculiar, unrepeatable, perambulating micro-universes - we have never been before and we will never be again. Oh God, the sheer exuberant, unlikely face of our existences. The honour of being alive. They will never be able to make you again. Don’t you dare waste a second of it thinking something better will happen when it ends. Don’t you dare"
    — Caitlin Moran (via ambvr)

    (Source: artfucker1996, via anniehowlett)

     

  2. "She wears humble in her voice
    like a quarter moon veiled by night sky.
    Water is smooth and strong.
    She is burning with flowers.
    She has a mind that makes an idiot of genius.
    A day-moon, a star eating sky, eating morning.
    My eyes are held at attention by the beauty swimming across her face.
    My mind is an altar to her."
    — She, tapiwa mugabe| from Zimbabwe (via tapiwamugabe)
     
  3. humansofnewyork:

    "When my children are settled, I am going to retire and devote more time to my meditation. Every time you meditate, you get a little further from the world. You become more and more like the lotus, which grows in the water, but never touches the water."
    "So what’s the benefit of withdrawing from the world?"
    "Meditation is like a glass of juice. I can describe the glass of juice to you. But you’re not going to know the glass of juice until you taste it."

    (Jammu, India)

     

  4. "The feelings that hurt most, the emotions that sting most, are those that are absurd; the longing for impossible things, precisely because they are impossible; nostalgia for what never was; the desire for what could have been; regret over not being someone else; dissatisfaction with the world’s existence. All these half-tones of the soul’s consciousness create in us a painful landscape, an eternal sunset of what we are."
     
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  6. "I have seen Sansho only once, a decade ago, emerging from the cinema a broken man but calm in my conviction that I had never seen anything better; I have not dared watch it again, reluctant to ruin the spell, but also because the human heart was not designed to weather such an ordeal."
    — happy 60th, Sansho Dayu (via dylzo)

    (Source: bfi.org.uk, via dylzo)

     

  7. karenfelloutofbedagain:

    I think the main mistake made when analyzing how poor people live is functioning under the assumption that being poor is just like being rich except with less money. Nothing could be further from the truth.

     

  8. "There’s a word for it,” she told me, “in French, for when you have a lingering impression of something having passed by. Sillage. I always think of it when a firework explodes and lights up the smoke from the ones before it.”
    “That’s a terrible word,” I teased. “It’s like an excuse for holding onto the past.”
    “Well, I think it’s beautiful. A word for remembering small moments destined to be lost."
    — Robyn Schneider, The Beginning of Everything  (via 5ft1)

    (Source: xhezzi, via ifellupthestairs)

     
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  10. "Stay close to anything that makes you glad you are alive."
    — (via psychedelic-orgasm)

    (Source: stxxz.us, via materialworld)