"Memory is the only thing that binds you to earlier selves; for the rest, you become an entirely different being every decade or so, sloughing off the old persona, renewing and moving on. You are not who you were, he told her, nor who you will be."

Charlotte Gray, Sebastian Faulks (via seabois)

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"You are most powerful when you are most silent. People never expect silence. They expect words, motion, defense, offense, back and forth. They expect to leap into the fray. They are ready, fists up, words hanging, leaping from their mouths. Silence? No."

All Rivers Flow to the Sea, Alison McGhee (via seabois)

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"Often then, still, now, always, if I can use the book as a compass I can right my way. Reading calms me and it clears my head. In the company of a book my mind expands and I find myself less anxious and more aware."

Jeanette Winterson, A Bed. A Book. A Mountain. (via seabois)

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"The meaning of life is just to be alive. It is so plain and so obvious and so simple. And yet, everybody rushes around in a great panic as if it were necessary to achieve something beyond themselves."

Alan Watts (via jaded-mandarin)

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"The meaning of life is just to be alive. It is so plain and so obvious and so simple. And yet, everybody rushes around in a great panic as if it were necessary to achieve something beyond themselves."

Alan Watts (via jaded-mandarin)

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literaryjukebox:

The things we want are transformative, and we don’t know or only think we know what is on the other side of that transformation. Love, wisdom, grace, inspiration — how do you go about finding these things that are in some ways about extending the boundaries of the self into unknown territory, about becoming someone else?

[…]

The question then is how to get lost. Never to get lost is not to live, not to know how to get lost brings you to destruction, and somewhere in the terra incognita in between lies a life of discovery.

Rebecca Solnit in A Field Guide to Getting Lost

Song: “Lost” by Zöe Keating

jeannepompadour:

Madame de Pompadour by François Boucher, 1760

jeannepompadour:

Madame de Pompadour by François Boucher, 1760

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Sleep by Gustave Courbet, 1866 (detail)

Sleep by Gustave Courbet, 1866 (detail)

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atavus:

Herbert James Draper - Pot Pourri (Detail), 1897

atavus:

Herbert James Draper - Pot Pourri (Detail), 1897

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