"They didn’t see each other often, but the distance kept them together by giving them space to develop apart."
8 months ago | 8 notes | Permalink

When we bring children into the world we play awful games with them. Instead of saying ‘How do you do? Welcome to the human race. Now my dear we are playing some very complicated games and these are the rules of the game we are playing. I want you to understand them and to learn them and then when you get a little bit older you might be able to think up some better rules.’

Instead of being quite direct with our children, instead we say ‘you’re here on probation, you understand that? And maybe when you grow up a bit you’ll be acceptable but until then you should be seen and not heard. You’re a mess and you’ve got to be educated and schooled and whipped until you are human.’ So that these attitudes which are inculcated into us in infancy go on into old age.

The way you start out is liable to be the way you finish. So there are people going around fundamentally feeling like they don’t belong. Because their parents said to them in the first place, look you don’t really belong here, you’re here on sufferance, you’re on probation, you’re not a human being YET, and people feel this right on into old age.

8 months ago | 61 notes | Permalink
"To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself."
11 months ago | 4 notes | Permalink
"People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar."
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"When you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you
don’t blame the lettuce. You look for reasons it is not
doing well. It may need fertilizer, or more water, or
less sun. You never blame the lettuce. Yet if we have
problems with our friends or family, we blame the other
person. But if we know how to take care of them, they will
grow well, like the lettuce. Blaming has no positive
effect at all, nor does trying to persuade using reason
and argument. That is my experience. No blame, no
reasoning, no argument, just understanding. If you
understand, and you show that you understand, you can
love, and the situation will change"
11 months ago | 1 note | Permalink
"There are no facts as such. We must always begin by introduing a meaning in order for there to be a fact."
Nietzche, quoted in r. Barthes, ‘The Discourse of History’
11 months ago | 4 notes | Permalink
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"I have come to believe over and over again that what is most important to me must be spoken, made verbal and shared, even at the risk of having it bruised or misunderstood. That the speaking profits me, beyond any other effect."
Audre Lorde 
"In the immediate as well as the symbolic sense, in the physical as well as the intellectual sense, we are at any moment those who separate the connected, or connect the separate."
Georg Simmel (1994). Bridge and door. Theory Culture and Society, 11, 5. (via elasticself)
1 year ago | 14 notes | Permalink

"Love is a temporary madness, it erupts like volcanoes and then subsides. And when it subsides, you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion - that is just being in love, which any fool can do. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident."

“El amor es una locura temporal, irrumpe como un volcán y luego desaparece. Y cuando se desploma, tienes que tomar una decisión. Tienes que averiguar si sus raíces se han entrelazado tanto que es imposible que alguna vez se separen. Porque esto es lo que es el amor. El amor no es falta de aire, no hay emoción, no es la promulgación de promesas de pasión eterna, no es el deseo de amarse cada segundo y minuto del día, no es estar despierto por las noches imaginando que está besando cada grieta de su cuerpo. No, no se sonroja, te estoy diciendo algunas verdades. Eso es sólo estar “enamorado”, que cualquier tonto puede hacer. El amor mismo es lo que queda cuando el enamoramiento se ha quemado, y esto es a la vez un arte y un accidente afortunado”

Louis de Bernieres
1 year ago | 17 notes | Permalink
"I understand now, that boundaries between noise and sound are conventions. All boundaries are conventions, waiting to be transcended. One may transcend any convention, if only one can first conceive of doing so. Moments like this, I can feel your heart beating as clearly as I can feel my own; & I know that separation is an illusion."
Robert Frobisher - Cloud Atlas. (via jakeyboytellem)
1 year ago | 180 notes | Permalink
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If people began to understand that change comes about by millions of tiny acts that seem totally insignificant, then they wouldn’t hesitate to take those tiny acts.

Si la gente pudiera ver que el cambio se produce como resultado de millones de pequeñas acciones que paraecen totalmente insignificantes, entonces no dudarían en realizar estos pequeñis actos.

Howard Zinn

You say you love rain, but you use an umbrella to walk under it. You say you love sun, but you seek shade when it is shining. You say you love wind, but when it comes you close your window.

Tú dices que amas lalluva, sin embargo usas un paraguas cuando llueve. Tú dices que amas el sol, pero siempre buscas una sombra cuando el sol brilla. Tú dices que amas el viento pero cierras las ventanas cuando el viento sopla.

Bob Marley 
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"If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.
Si hablas a un hombre en un idioma que entiende, va a su mente. Si le hablas en su idioma, va a su corazón."
Nelson Mandela
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"Your desire to change must be greater than your desire to stay the same.
Tu deseo de cambiar debe ser mayor que tu deseo de quedarte igual.
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"Gracias a la vida que me ha dado tanto
Me ha dado el sonido y el abecedario
Con él, las palabras que pienso y declaro
Madre, amigo, hermano
Y luz alumbrando la ruta del alma del que estoy amando"
Violeta Parra (via adriana jacobs)
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