Every few days we essentially recycle ourselves, reminiscent of an old advertising jingle for milk, “There’s a new you coming every day!”

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[“Say, will you give me a lift?” he asks the red haired man at the wheel.
“How fur ye goin?”]
“I dunno… . Pretty far.” “
John Dos Passos, from Manhattan Transfer (via the-final-sentence)

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You should always drop a tab of acid before an exam. That way, pass or fail, you’ll still get flying colours.

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The most adept of authors capture our imaginations and place us, vividly if temporarily, in a completely different world. If only for a few hours, our imaginations are transplanted into other minds, other times, other environments, and other spaces. Think of it as easily the most affordable way that you could ever visit the cities you only dream of exploring.

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And I like to imagine that just before the shrapnel hit
she stopped with her hand on a doorknob,
balancing on one foot,
thinking she had just heard
the beginning of a song.
Bohdan Piasecki, from Almost Certainly (via the-final-sentence)

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I stand with pages strewn at my ankles and with that howling in my ears.
Markus Zusak, from The Underdog (thanks, bookthiefess)

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I wanna be the cat
That put the straw on the back
Of the camel and sent ‘em to the chiroprac…

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He decided to sit there and wait, do it face-to-face.
Richard Price, Lush Life (thanks, doilooklikeiamjoking)

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I try to create sympathy for my characters, then turn the monsters loose.
Stephen King (via amandaonwriting)

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[Nothing stays put. The world is a wheel.]
All that we know, that we’re
made of, is motion.
Amy Clampitt, from “Nothing Stays Put” (via journalofanobody)

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The butterfly never wondered:
it flew.
Octavio Paz, from “Example”, in A Tree Within, trans. Eliot Weinberger (via the-final-sentence)

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If I were to think of and dwell on disastrous possibilities, I could do nothing. I throw myself headlong into my work, and come up again with my studies; if the storm within gets too loud, I take a glass too much to stun myself.
Vincent van Gogh (via philphys)

philphys:

“If I were to think of and dwell on disastrous possibilities, I could do nothing. I throw myself headlong into my work, and come up again with my studies; if the storm within gets too loud, I take a glass too much to stun myself.”
-Vincent van Gogh

philphys:

“If I were to think of and dwell on disastrous possibilities, I could do nothing. I throw myself headlong into my work, and come up again with my studies; if the storm within gets too loud, I take a glass too much to stun myself.”

-Vincent van Gogh

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At the heart of science is an essential balance between two seemingly contradictory attitudes—an openness to new ideas, no matter how bizarre or counterintuitive they may be, and the most ruthless skeptical scrutiny of all ideas, old and new. This is how deep truths are winnowed from deep nonsense.
Carl Sagan (via philphys)

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Whenever I have endured or accomplished some difficult task — such as watching television, going out socially or sleeping — I always look forward to rewarding myself with the small pleasure of getting back to my typewriter and writing something.
Isaac Asimov (via fuckyeahiasimov)

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