sometimes i get sad looking at wikipedia articles of places i want to go to because at the beginning of their foray into the history of the place the first thing they usually say is: “europeans first discovered” or “europeans first explored” this place and that place i’m just like, man. that erasure of indigenous life, that notion that nothing exists until the west discovers it. all of it is so real. too real. too fucking real.
— Socrates (via psych-quotes)
No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.
We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for.
(Dead Poets Society, 1989)
Colorized picture of Claude Monet standing next to paintings from his Water Lilies series, 1923
"Woman. Do not wait for a poet. You are already poetry."
A little spray paint and a dead wall can shake you up. Lessons learned in Bogotá.
When you curl up in bed and it’s you and your head now, are you living?
Truth will set your free but not until it is finished with you.
David Foster Wallace