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

Hey! You should know about Planetisimals

…because they are tiny planets


youngadultatbooktopia:

If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.
– Haruki Murakami

(via bookphile)

“The true poet has no choice of material. The material plainly chooses him, not he it.”

—   J.D. Salinger  (via h-o-r-n-g-r-y)

(Source: nickiland, via h-o-r-n-g-r-y)

“I don’t make up marvelous tales. I only try to express — as clearly as possible — the thoughts and feelings many people have. Often my subjects are the simplest things in the world: joy, family, the weather, houses, streets. Nothing fancy. And when I sit down with these subjects my aim is clarity. I’m really trying to clear some of the muddle from my own brain — my brain being a very muddled place indeed. Sometimes I think my whole professional life has been based on this hunch I had, early on, that many people feel just as muddled as I do, and might be happy to tag along with me on this search for clarity, for precision. I love that aspect of writing. Nothing makes me happier than to hear a reader say: that’s just what I’ve always felt, but you said it clearly.”

—   Zadie Smith, in her acceptance remarks for the 2014 Moth Award (via booksmatter)

(via booksmatter)

Blessed be the Lord, my rock,
who trains my hands for war,
and my fingers for battle;
my rock and my fortress,
my stronghold and my deliverer,
my shield, in whom I take refuge

thedustdancestoo:

and this is why the sky never ends,
and valentine’s flowers last only a week
before rotting and

why we step in puddles
with new shoes on and why
the only memories we can remember 

are the ones that make us sick
inside, and why so many people fuck,
but never love, and this is why

late at night, beneath the covers
as the light bulbs cool off, i feel nothing
in my soul except the ceiling fan. 

- thedustdancestoo

(Source: thedustdancestoo, via thedustdancestoo)

WoTD: BATHOS

ba·thos
[bey-thos, -thaws, -thohs] noun

(1) An insincere and/or excessively sentimental demonstration of pathos. Adjective: bathetic.

(2) An abrupt and often ludicrous transition in style from the elevated to the ordinary.

"The Tay Bridge Disaster" by William McGonagall
“It must have been an awful sight,
To witness in the dusky moonlight,
While the Storm Fiend did laugh, and angry did bray,
Along the Railway Bridge of the Silv’ry Tay,
Oh! ill-fated Bridge of the Silv’ry Tay,
I must now conclude my lay
By telling the world fearlessly without the least dismay,
That your central girders would not have given way,
At least many sensible men do say,
Had they been supported on each side with buttresses,
At least many sensible men confesses,
For the stronger we our houses do build,
The less chance we have of being killed.”
(“Knight of the White Elephant of Burmah” William McGonagall, “The Tay Bridge Disaster,” 1880)


“If it were known … that William McGonagall intended his bathetic doggerel ‘The Tay Bridge Disaster’ to be a parody of sentimental poetry—i.e. to be deliberately bad and exaggerated—the work might be reassessed as witty and amusing. The argument might be that only when we know what kind of work it is intended to be, can we evaluate.”
(Patricia Waugh, Literary Theory And Criticism: An Oxford Guide. Oxford University Press, 2006)

“Never fear, good people of an anxious turn of mind, that Art will consign Nature to oblivion. Set anywhere, side by side, the work of God and the work of man; and the former, even though it be a troop of Hands of very small account, will gain in dignity from the comparison.”

—   Charles Dickens, Hard Times (via chestertonian)
castiels-bucky-tray:

omgtsn:

therealmrslovett:

earthfolk:

Because you don’t want to sound neolithic when you’re throwing a temper tantrum. 

Because everyone should have this on their blog

useful for class

The perfect insult: Thou wayward doghearted flap-dragon. That has a nice ring to it.
I always reblog.<3

castiels-bucky-tray:

omgtsn:

therealmrslovett:

earthfolk:

Because you don’t want to sound neolithic when you’re throwing a temper tantrum. 

Because everyone should have this on their blog

useful for class

The perfect insult: Thou wayward doghearted flap-dragon. That has a nice ring to it.

I always reblog.<3

(Source: presidentquincyadams, via bdnocampo)