"Those who fail to reread are obliged to read the same story everywhere."
Roland Barthes, S/Z (via heteroglossia)
"The language I speak within myself is not of my time; it is prey, by nature, to ideological suspicion; thus, it is with this language that I must struggle. I write because I do not want the words I find: by subtraction. And at the same time, this next-to-the-last language is the language of my pleasure: for hours on end I read Zola, Proust, Verne, The Count of Monte Cristo, the Memoirs of a Tourist, and sometimes even Julian Green. This is my pleasure, but not my bliss: bliss may come only with the absolutely new, for only the new disturbs (weakens) consciousness (easy? not at all: nine times out of ten, the new is only the stereotype of novelty)."
Roland Barthes, The Pleasure of the Text (1975: 39-40)
"Every criticism, judgment, diagnosis, and expression of anger is the tragic expression of an unmet need"
Marshall B. Rosenberg (via psych-quotes)
"The sexual freedom of today for most people is really only a convention, an obligation, a social duty, a social anxiety, a necessary feature of the consumer’s way of life."
Pier Paolo Pasolini. “Sono Contro l’Aborto,” Corriere della Sera (Milan, January 19, 1975). (via funeral)
"The very first noble truth of the Buddha points out that suffering is inevitable for human beings as long as we believe that things last—that they don’t disintegrate, that they can be counted on to satisfy our hunger for security."
Pema Chodron (via lazyyogi)
"It seems to me that the desire to make art produces an ongoing experience of longing, a restlessness sometimes, but not inevitably, played out romantically, or sexually. Always there seems something ahead, the next poem or story, visible, at least, apprehensible, but unreachable. To perceive it at all is to be haunted by it; some sound, some tone, becomes a torment – the poem embodying that sound seems to exist somewhere already finished. It’s like a lighthouse, except that, as one swims towards it, it backs away."
Louise Glück, Proofs & Theories: Essays on Poetry (via heteroglossia)
“When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.” - Nelson Mandela.
RIP Madiba. Hamba kahle, Tata Madiba. Go well.
"Many people remain trapped throughout their lives in mournings that never end."
Darian Leader “The New Black: Mourning, Melancholia and Depression” 97 (via burliuk)
If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine. It is lethal."
Paulo Coelho (via theprettyapollo)