“Death is always on the way, but the fact that you don’t know when it will arrive seems to take away from the finiteness of life. It’s that terrible precision that we hate so much. But because we don’t know, we get to think of life as an inexhaustible well. Yet everything happens a certain number of times, and a very small number, really. How many more times will you remember a certain afternoon of your childhood, some afternoon that’s so deeply a part of your being that you can’t even conceive of your life without it? Perhaps four or five times more. Perhaps not even. How many more times will you watch the full moon rise? Perhaps twenty. And yet it all seems limitless.” ― Paul Bowles, The Sheltering Sky
A Long Encounter by John Ash
“Only the dead don’t know what heaven is like
for the reset, extrapolation is possible
to meet someone for the first time
and immediately adore them
as if they were the sun would be one instant
I don’t mean you should fall in love with this person
simply that when they speak from the far end of a littered table
you should know you have entered a new country
and its landscape, architecture and song
will continue to embrace and fascinate you
through the long years
an avenue has opened and its trees are pricked with lights
there is nothing you can’t afford
if what is expended is sympathy
these people are to be treasured and adored
as if each were a public holiday
the planting of the first tree after a long and terrible winter
the construction of the first house in a wilderness”
"He folded his fear into a perfect rose. He held it out in the palm of his hand. She took it from him and put it in her hair."
Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things (via pavorst)
““There is only you and your camera. The limitations in your photography are in yourself, for what we see is what we are.””
“There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls.”
George Carlin (via kcowyo)
"We have reached a hastier and more superficial rhythm, now that we believe we are in touch with a greater amount of people, more people, more countries. This is the illusion which might cheat us of being in touch deeply with the one breathing next to us. The dangerous time when mechanical voices, radios, telephones, take the place of human intimacies, and the concept of being in touch with millions brings a greater and greater poverty in intimacy and human vision."
Anaïs Nin (via truuuth)
"I feel the need to swing away from constant explanations. I want to run away from too much consciousness, too much awareness. At night, I seek dancing, friendships, nature, forgetfulness, music, or sleep."
Anais Nin (via lothedino)
Anais Nin, Henry and June
"Some periods of our growth are so confusing that we don’t even recognize that growth is happening…Those long periods when something inside ourselves seems to be waiting, holding its breath, unsure about what the next step should be, eventually become the periods we wait for, for it is in those periods that we realize that we are being prepared for the next phase of our life and that, in all probability, a new level of the personality is about to be revealed."
Alice Walker (via cumdesgarconss)