"Instructions for living a life:
Pay attention.
Be astonished.
Tell about it."

- Mary Oliver, Sometimes  (via misswallflower)


“Does it hurt?” asked the Rabbit.

“Sometimes,” said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. “When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt.”

“Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,” he asked, “or bit by bit?”

“It doesn’t happen all at once,” said the Skin Horse. “You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”


- ~Margery Williams, The Velveteen Rabbit (or How Toys Become Real)

(Source: atramentum, via armchairoxfordscholar)

"I have lost and loved and won and cried myself to the person I am today."

- Empty Roads & Broken Bottles; in search for The Great Perhaps (Charlotte Eriksson)

(Source: wordsthat-speak, via alcoholandoxygen)

"Everything she does comes from within, from some dark impulse. I guess that’s what makes her so thrilling to watch. So dangerous. Even perfect at times. But also so damned destructive."

- Black Swan (2010) dir. by Darren Aronofsky (via violentwavesofemotion)

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"I would have written you, myself, if I could put down in words everything I want to say to you. A sea of ink would not be enough. But you built me dreams instead."

- Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus (via wordsnquotes)

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