The gods envy us. They envy us because we’re mortal, because any moment may be our last. Everything is more beautiful because we’re doomed. You will never be lovelier than you are now. We will never be here again.
—Homer, The Iliad
It’s not my responsibility to be beautiful, I’m not alive for that purpose. My existence is not about how desirable you find me.
— Warsan Shire
You are terrifying and strange and beautiful. Something not everyone knows how to love.
—Warsan Shire (via amputance
But I don’t want comfort. I want poetry. I want danger. I want freedom. I want goodness. I want sin.
—Aldous Huxley, Brave New World
Im not sure where I want to go- or who I want to be. All I know is that in 10 years from now, I hope that I am happy.
—Paige Romero (via wolf-cub
You get a strange feeling when you’re about to leave a place. Like you’ll not only miss the people you love but you’ll miss the person you are now at this time and this place, because you’ll never be this way ever again.
—Azar Nafisi, Reading Lolita in Tehran
Junot Díaz, This Is How You Lose Her
I am afraid of getting older … I am afraid of getting married. Spare me from cooking three meals a day—spare me from the relentless cage of routine and rote. I want to be free…. I want, I want to think, to be omniscient…. I think I would like to call myself ‘The girl who wanted to be God.’
written in 1949 at age 17 (via learningfromthehands
It takes much bravery to stand up to our enemies but we need as much bravery to stand up to our friends.
—J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (via quote-book
Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.
—C.S.Lewis (via languageisavirus96