People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.
Thich Nhat Hanh
I love women who are bosses and who don’t constantly worry about what their employees think of them. I love women who don’t ask, “Is that OK?” after everything they say. I love when women are courageous in the face of unthinkable circumstances, like my mother when she was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer. Or like Gabrielle Giffords writing editorials for the New York Times about the cowardice of Congress regarding gun laws and using phrases like “mark my words” like she is Clint Eastwood. How many women say stuff like that?
I want [female characters] to be allowed to be weak and strong and happy and sad – human, basically. The fallacy in Hollywood is that if you’re making a ‘feminist’ story, the woman kicks ass and wins. That’s not feminist, that’s macho. A movie about a weak, vulnerable woman can be feminist if it shows a real person that we can empathize with.
Natalie Portman (via yahighway)
Thank you, fall clothes, for making everybody look like they’re about to go fox hunting in a Jane Austen novel.
Jimmy Fallon’s Thank You Notes (via shoshanalclark)
“There is hardly any contact more depressing to a young ardent creature than that of a mind in which years full of knowledge seem to have issued in a blank absence of interest or sympathy.”
― George Eliot, Middlemarch
I am the natural enemy of any new, bright, optimistic residents of NYC.
Don’t quit. It’s very easy to quit during the first 10 years. Nobody cares whether you write or not, and it’s very hard to write when nobody cares one way or the other. You can’t get fired if you don’t write, and most of the time you don’t get rewarded if you do. But don’t quit.
ANDRE DUBUS (via kadrey)
I’m on year eight (of seriously pursuing publication) and I still need this reminder sometimes. Thanks, Mette.
So many young writers have asked me for advice on publication lately. Here it is: don’t give up. Write a little every day. Don’t be in such a rush to publish that you don’t take the time to develop and sharpen your skills. And, again, don’t give up.
In the final forty-five years of his life, Salinger did not publish any new material, despite reportedly writing every day. That’s right, he wrote things without immediately sharing them with the world, and I’ll give you a moment to tweet how strange that is.
Live! Live the wonderful life that is in you! Let nothing be lost upon you. Be always searching for new sensations. Be afraid of nothing.
The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde
Writing is an obsessive-compulsive disorder.
T. Coraghessan Boyle
There is a life and there is a death, and there are beauty and melancholy between.
Albert Camus, “Notebooks 1935-1942”