letter & meaning

It's always words that undress you.

“'Gentlemen of the jury, I am grateful and I am your friend, but I will obey the god rather than you, and as long as I draw breath and am able, I shall not cease to practise philosophy…'”

—   

Socrates, in response to a conviction punishable by death in terms of philosophical investigation.

Long version of “the principal arguments” (argument no. 7) of the Apology of Socrates (p. 121)

“Goodness is something chosen. When a man cannot choose he ceases to be a man.”

—   Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange
Sarah J. Maas, Throne of Glass, v. 1.

“I will not be your “sometimes”.”

—   Six Word Story #2 

(Source: whispersofstardust, via arrests)

J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

“That’s why I’m not to be trusted.
Because a wound to the heart
is also a wound to the mind.”

—   Louise Glück, closing lines to “The Untrustworthy Speaker,” Ararat (HarperCollins, 1990)

(Source: hush-syrup, via faessbender)

George Bernard Shaw

“To fear death, gentlemen, is no other than to think oneself wise when one is not, to think one knows what one does not know.
No one knows whether death may not be the greatest of all blessings for a man, yet men fear it as if they knew that it is the greatest of evils. And surely it is the most blameworthy ignorance to believe that one knows what one does not know.”

—   Long version of “the principal arguments” of the Apology of Socrates (p. 121)

fearoftheempty:

save all your love notes:
the napkins, the cards, the 
ripped paper corners, even 
the nevers
and the never-agains;

try to remember,
on those nights you can’t find
yourself
you’re so alone,
so close to invisible like sleepwalking.

just because we close our eyes
doesn’t mean we can’t be seen;
and the darkness is always our own,
shut out the fear, and close your eyes…
to dream.