Suffering has been stronger than all other teaching, and has taught me to understand what your heart used to be. I have been bent and broken, but - I hope - into a better shape.
- Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. (via bestbookquotes)
The girl wore her scars the way some women wore their finest jewelry.
- Sarah J. Maas - The Assassin and the Healer (via books-and-cookies)
If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.
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 Stephen King

Book Geek Quote #617

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It doesn’t interest me… what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing.

It doesn’t interest me… how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, for your dream, for the adventure of being alive.

It doesn’t interest me… what planets are squaring your moon. I want to know if you have touched the centre of your own sorrow, if you have been opened by life’s betrayals or have become shrivelled and closed from fear of further pain.

I want to know… if you can sit with pain, mine or your own, without moving to hide it, or fade it, or fix it.

I want to know… if you can be with joy, mine or your own; if you can dance with wildness and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes without cautioning us to be careful, be realistic, remember the limitations of being human.

It doesn’t interest me.. if the story you are telling me is true. I want to know if you can disappoint another to be true to yourself. If you can bear the accusation of betrayal and not betray your own soul. If you can be faithless and therefore trustworthy.

I want to know… if you can see Beauty even when it is not pretty every day. And if you can source your own life from its presence.

I want to know… if you can live with failure, yours and mine, and still stand at the edge of the lake and shout to the silver of the full moon, Yes.

It doesn’t interest me… to know where you live or how much money you have. I want to know if you can get up after the night of grief and despair, weary and bruised to the bone and do what needs to be done…

It doesn’t interest me… who you know or how you came to be here. I want to know if you will stand in the centre of the fire with me and not shrink back.

It doesn’t interest me..where or what or with whom you have studied. I want to know what sustains you from the inside when all else falls away.

I want to know… if you can be alone with yourself and if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments.


- Oriah, “The Invitation” (via wordsnquotes)
I love those mornings when you wake to darkness and no one is asking anything of you. You’re under no pressure to exist. This is something of which I am in constant need.
- C.R.   (via thatkindofwoman)
sicklysatisfied:

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I didn’t say I liked it. I said it fascinated me. There is a great difference.
- Oscar Wilde, adapted from The Picture of Dorian Gray (via lifeinpoetry)
I stepped into the bookshop and breathed in that perfume of paper and magic that strangely no one had ever thought of bottling.
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Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Angel’s Game

Book Geek Quote #614

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I went away in my head, into a book. That was where I went whenever real life was too hard or inflexible.
- The ocean at the end of the lane by Neil Gaiman (via quotemybooks)
It is so hard to leave—until you leave. And then it is the easiest goddamned thing in the world.
- John Green, Paper Towns (via thatisquiteaquote)