"A book is a door, you know. Always and forever. A book is a door into another place and another heart and another world."
— Catherynne M. Valente, The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There (via quotes-shape-us)
"Memories warm you up from the inside. But they also tear you apart."
— ~ Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore (via conflictingheart)
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"It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade."
— Charles Dickens, Great Expectations (via thepreppyyogini)
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"Hope is not a lottery ticket you can sit on the sofa and clutch, feeling lucky. It is an axe you break down doors with in an emergency. Hope should shove you out the door, because it will take everything you have to steer the future away from endless war, from the annihilation of the earth’s treasures and the grinding down of the poor and marginal… To hope is to give yourself to the future - and that commitment to the future is what makes the present inhabitable."
— Rebecca Solnit, A Field Guide to Getting Lost (via bookmania)
"It’s dark because you are trying too hard. Lightly child, lightly. Learn to do everything lightly. Yes, feel lightly even though you’re feeling deeply. Just lightly let things happen and lightly cope with them. So throw away your baggage and go forward. There are quicksands all about you, sucking at your feet, trying to suck you down into fear and self-pity and despair. That’s why you must walk so lightly. Lightly my darling…"
— Aldous Huxley, Island (via quotes-shape-us)
"Many people, myself among them, feel better at the mere sight of a book."
— Jane Smiley, Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Novel (via larmoyante)
"Our lives are not as limited as we think they are; the world is a wonderfully weird place; consensual reality is significantly flawed; no institution can be trusted, but love does work; all things are possible; and we all could be happy and fulfilled if we only had the guts to be truly free and the wisdom to shrink our egos and quit taking ourselves so damn seriously."
— Tom Robbins (via quotes-shape-us)