"I think everyone in the world to a large or small extent has felt rejection. And with rejection comes anger, and with anger some kind of crime in revenge for the rejection, and with the crime guilt - and there is the story of mankind."
— John Steinbeck, East of Eden (via prettybookish)
"The sun setting. The lawns on fire.
The lost day, the lost light.
Why do I love what fades?"
— Mark Strand, opening strophe to “The Guardian,” from Darker: Poems (Atheneum, 1971)
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"Angry, and half in love with you, and tremendously sorry, I turned away."
— F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby (via thatkindofwoman)
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"Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind."
— Bertrand Russell (via thatkindofwoman)
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"faith, brother, not in the
— Charles Bukowski (via thatkindofwoman)
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Now here’s what poetry can do.
Imagine yourself a caterpillar.
There’s an awful shrug and, suddenly,
You’re beautiful for as long as you live.
- an excerpt from Stephen Dunn’s
“Poem For People That Are Understandably Too Busy To Read Poetry”