"I don’t want to repeat my innocence. I want the pleasure of losing it again."

F. Scott Fitzgerald, This Side of Paradise (via introspectivepoet)

"Then the feeling moves on. It does not collapse; it is not whisked away. It simply moves on, like a train that stops at a small country station, stands for a while, and then continues out of sight."

Michael Cunningham, The Hours (via trainwrite)

"There will come a time when all of us are dead. All of us. There will come a time when there are no human beings remaining to remember that anyone ever existed or that our species ever did anything. There will be no one left to remember Aristotle or Cleopatra, let alone you. Everything that we did and built and wrote and thought and discovered will be forgotten and all of this will have been for naught. Maybe that time is coming soon and maybe it is millions of years away, but even if we survive the collapse of our sun, we will not survive forever. There was time before organisms experienced consciousness, and there will be time after. And if the inevitability of human oblivion worries you, I encourage you to ignore it. God knows that’s what everyone else does."

John Green | The Fault in Our Stars (via tfios)

"It’s always seemed a little preposterous that Hamlet, for all his paralyzing doubt about everything, never once doubts the reality of the ghost. Never questions whether his own madness might not in fact be unfeigned."

David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest (via talesofpassingtime)

"One day you’ll see:
you’ve been knocking on a door
without a house."

from "The Door" by Kapka Kassabova (via raisethecurve)

"That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you’re not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong."

F. Scott Fitzgerald (via likearegularbookworm)

"It was always the becoming he dreamed of, never the being."

F. Scott Fitzgerald, This Side of Paradise (via stxxz)

"He was pointing at the moon, but I was looking at his hand."

Richard Siken, Anyway (via larmoyante)

"We all create stories to protect ourselves."

Mark Z. Danielewski, House of Leaves (via sunst0ne)