"The Portuguese call it ‘saudade’: a longing for something so indefinite as to be indefinable. Love affairs, miseries of life, the way things were, people already dead, those who left and the ocean that tossed them on the shores of a different land - all things born of the soul that can only be felt."
— Anthony De Sa (Canadian novelist/short story writer) ~ Barnacle Love via floralnymph
(Source: serialstranger, via scrisori-de-sertar)
"I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness because it shows me the stars."
— Og Mandino (American author, 1923-96) via vaiya
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"The only people who see the whole picture,” he murmured, “are the ones who step out of the frame."
— Salman Rushdie (Indian/British essayist/novelist, 1947) ~ via amandaonwriting
"What day is it?”
“It’s today,” squeaked Piglet.
“My favorite day,” said Pooh."
— A.A. Milne (English author, 1882-1956) via an-old-fashionedgirl
"What is your favorite word?”
“And. It is so hopeful."
— An interview with Margaret Atwood (Canadian poet, novelist, literary critic, essayist, and environmental activist, 1939) via myprivateopera
(Source: beinlovewithyourlife, via libraryland)
"Sympathy is no substitute for action."
— David Livingstone (Scottish Congregationalist doctor and pioneer medical missionary to Africa; 1813-73) via missfolly
"Art is to console those who are broken by life."
— Vincent Van Gogh (Dutch; 1853-90) ~ via somebody-else
(Source: conor-broberst, via booklover)
"I think our governments will remain virtuous for many centuries; as long as they are chiefly agricultural; and this will be as long as there shall be vacant lands in any part of America.
When they get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, they will become corrupt as in Europe."
— Thomas Jefferson. Tom, I think you would cry.
"Perhaps the story you finish is never the one you begin."
— Sir Salman Rushdie (British/Indian novelist, essayist, 1947) via seabois
"That perfect tranquility of life, which is nowhere to be found but in retreat, a faithful friend and a good library."
— Aphra Behn (English Restoration dramatist, 1640-89) via misswallflower
"Usually, when the distractions of daily life deplete our energy, the first thing we eliminate is the thing we need the most: quiet, reflective time. Time to dream, time to contemplate what’s working and what’s not, so that we can make changes for the better."
— Sarah Breathnach, Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy via creatingaquietmind