Literature is strewn with the wreckage of those who have minded beyond reason the opinion of others.
Virginia Woolf (via bookporn)
My heart currently resembles the ashes of my cigarettes.
Virginia Woolf, from a letter to Vita Sackville-West dated 10 November 1929 (via fuckyeahvirginiawoolf)
In the shop window you have promptly identified the cover with the title you were looking for. Following this visual trail, you have forced your way through the shop past the thick barricade of Books You Haven’t Read, which are frowning at you from the tables and shelves, trying to cow you…And thus you pass the outer girdle of ramparts, but then you are attacked by the infantry of Books That If You Had More Than One Life You Would Certainly Also Read But Unfortunately Your Days Are Numbered. With a rapid maneuver you bypass them and move into the phalanxes of the Books You Mean To Read But There Are Others You Must Read First, the Books Too Expensive Now And You’ll Wait Till They’re Remaindered, the Books ditto When They Come Out in Paperback, Books You Can Borrow From Somebody, Books That Everybody’s Read So It’s As If You Had Read Them, Too.
Italo Calvino, If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler (via talkativolive)
Everybody says sex is obscene. The only true obscenity is war.
Henry Miller (via quienesesachica)
The most difficult part of writing a book is not devising a plot which will captivate the reader. It’s not developing characters the reader will have strong feelings for or against. It is not finding a setting which will take the reader to a place he or she as never been. It is not the research, whether in fiction or non-fiction. The most difficult task facing a writer is to find the voice in which to tell the story.
Randy Pausch (via michaeldx4)
The best moments in reading are when you come across something – a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things – that you’d thought special, particular to you. And here it is, set down by someone else, a person you’ve never met, maybe even someone long dead. And it’s as if a hand has come out, and taken yours.
The History Boys (via thelindenbuzz)
Your past is just a story. And once you realize this it has no power over you.
Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters (via pavorst)
I have a deeply hidden and inarticulate desire for something beyond the daily life.
Virginia Woolf (via ashlynwhittington)
[Parents should] recommend some books with female leads that your son would enjoy reading. If your next question is “Why?,” then ask your daughter why she liked Harry Potter. She might say it was a good story, great characters, and a fantastic world. Who cares if the main character was a boy? In fact, girls will pick up a book with a hero or heroine equally. According to my excellent librarian resources, boys will actively avoid books with a girl as the main character. What’s the problem? I have no idea. Why should you encourage your son to read books with heroines? That’s easy. You want your son to grow up knowing that a strong female for a friend, wife or boss is normal and good.
Rebecca Angel (via divinehours)