No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom (1995)
And once you are awake, you shall remain awake eternally.F. Nietzsche (via chaptertwenty4)
It was my own fault, I left the door open for ghosts to wander in. Perhaps it was the company I craved.Warsan Shire (via blazeberg)
every mouth you’ve ever kissed
Warsan Shire (via jingleyeolbells)
was just practice
all the bodies you’ve ever undressed
and ploughed in to
were preparing you for me.
i don’t mind tasting them in the
memory of your mouth
they were a long hall way
a door half open
a single suit case still on the conveyor belt
was it a long journey?
did it take you long to find me?
you’re here now,
You see, one can live without having survived.
— Carolyn Forché, from “Blue Hour”
Lost opportunities, lost possibilities, feelings we can never get back. That’s part of what it means to be alive. But inside our heads—at least that’s where I imagine it—there’s a little room where we store those memories. A room like the stacks in this library. And to understand the workings of our own heart we have to keep on making new reference cards. We have to dust things off every once in awhile, let in fresh air, change the water in the flower vases. In other words, you’ll live forever in your own private library.Haruki Murakami, from “Kafka on the Shore" (Alfred A. Knopf, 2005)
Perhaps they were right putting love into books. Perhaps it could not live anywhere else.William Faulkner (via anditslove)