The Lovely Quotes

I want to
live in a library
and this is the closest I can get.

Featured so far:

Hemingway
Benedict Groeschel
St. Augustine
Janet Soskice

To come:

Thoreau
Steinbeck

"I shall never be able to express clearly whence comes this pleasure men take from aridity, but always and everywhere I have seen men attach themselves more stubbornly to barren lands than to any other. Men will die for a calcined, leafless, stony mountain. The nomads will defend to the death their great store of sand as if it were a treasure of gold dust."

-Antoine de Saint-Exupery, Wind, Sand and Stars

intheheatherbright:

Li Po (699-762) from Anthology of Chinese Literature (Harmondsworth: Penguin Classics, 1967).

Image: Zayn al-Din, Shawl Goat from Bhutan.

(via fenbody)

“sometimes i have to wake early. to cook flowers into my sentences.
sometimes i have to eat a word three times. before i can write it.
sometimes there is no weight or breath in the translation. (and my skin is angry and does not want to speak to me.
it tells me it is not. a secret language.)
sometimes i want to say it. and there is nothing in english. that will say it.
sometimes. my heart and my mouth. have different dreams at the same time. and there is not enough language in english to speak both.
often. i do my best to make english a sound from myself.
some days, i have moments when i forget. it is not mine.
many days, i feel it in my teeth.”

—   nayyirah waheed (via nayyirahwaheed)


I read this three times and got a difference experience each time. That is how you know good poetry:


The first time, I thought about “cooking flowers into sentences” through the whole poem.
The second time, I was struck by the physicality of the “skin” and “teeth” lines.
And the third time, I read a message about language and the insufficiency of language.


What a beautiful poem. Thank you Nayyirah!

(via nayyirahwaheed)

we’re taking a group of people who have insider knowledge of the English language (or at least a good grasp of it) and placing them in a new, unfamiliar, virtual space. This space introduces visual aids to language in the form of photos and gifs, the ability to comment on someone else’s text in a reblog and the ability to communicate a lot of information in very few words using hashtags. We also see the creation of tone in a toneless medium. In order to simulate conversational patterns in writing we SHOUT WHEN WE’RE SUPER EXCITED or *psssst whisper when we’re pretending to tell someone a secret while perfectly aware that anyone on the internet can read what we’re saying.* slash the coolest bit tho is that u can like ironically forgo all capitalization and punctuation just write in a weird speech pattern its ok everyone will still understand maybe it even helps read the text more quickly because nothing is interrupting the flow of words

In short, this dialect results when people who already share a language are given new tools. The result isn’t a butchering of English language but a creative experiment with it. Am I claiming that the Internet as a whole is operating on a level of postmodernism that would make Joseph Heller, Kurt Vonnegut and Thomas Pynchon seem like novices? maybe i am maybe im not u punk wut of it like who r u to tell me otherwise

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Internet Linguistics

this is poetry

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(Source: craftastrophies, via starry-starry-eyes)


Anne Sexton, “Admonitions to a Special Person”

(Source: spicecat, via burningforest77)

amandaonwriting:

Beginnings
prettybooks:

2014 Book ChallengeIt’s time to pick a reading goal for 2014! I chose to read 50 books in 2013, but for my sixth 50 Book Challenge, I’m challenging myself to read 100 books this year. I read 100 books in a year only once before, in 2011.The Rules1. Choose an amount of books that you want to read in 2014 (e.g. 25, 50, 75, 100)2. Read, read, read!The BooksThere isn’t a rule about what kind books these have to be so read anything you want (novels, children’s books, short stories, non-fiction, graphic novels, school books…). You can make a list of the books you want to read before you start or you can choose books as you go along. The ChallengeTo keep track of how much you’re reading, you can use the Goodreads Reading Challenge (they will launch a new one in early January), create a list (on Tumblr, LibraryThing, WordPress, Blogger, your computer) or a playlist on your YouTube channel, write book reviews or create video reviews, post every book cover, post photos of your books - it’s up to you. I like to create a 50 Book Challenge page, tag my book reviews and use Goodreads. Use the 50 book challenge tag so that others can keep up with your progress. You can use the above banner on your page or create your own! However, although this is a quantifiable challenge, the most important thing is that you’re reading and that you’re having fun doing it :)

This I can do! First book: Maya’s Notebook by Isabel Allende.

prettybooks:

2014 Book Challenge
It’s time to pick a reading goal for 2014! I chose to read 50 books in 2013, but for my sixth 50 Book Challenge, I’m challenging myself to read 100 books this year. I read 100 books in a year only once before, in 2011.

The Rules
1. Choose an amount of books that you want to read in 2014 (e.g. 25, 50, 75, 100)
2. Read, read, read!

The Books
There isn’t a rule about what kind books these have to be so read anything you want (novels, children’s books, short stories, non-fiction, graphic novels, school books…). You can make a list of the books you want to read before you start or you can choose books as you go along.

The Challenge
To keep track of how much you’re reading, you can use the Goodreads Reading Challenge (they will launch a new one in early January), create a list (on Tumblr, LibraryThing, WordPress, Blogger, your computer) or a playlist on your YouTube channel, write book reviews or create video reviews, post every book cover, post photos of your books - it’s up to you. I like to create a 50 Book Challenge page, tag my book reviews and use Goodreads. Use the 50 book challenge tag so that others can keep up with your progress. You can use the above banner on your page or create your own!

However, although this is a quantifiable challenge, the most important thing is that you’re reading and that you’re having fun doing it :)

This I can do! First book: Maya’s Notebook by Isabel Allende.

That moment when you consider rereading a beloved book and think, “You know what, I’m not emotionally ready for this today.”