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  • #1
    Anton Chekhov
    “Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.”
    Anton Chekhov

  • #2
    William Faulkner
    “In writing, you must kill all your darlings.”
    William Faulkner

  • #3
    Haruki Murakami
    “If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.”
    Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood

  • #4
    Arundhati Roy
    “To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never to forget.”
    Arundhati Roy, The Cost of Living

  • #5
    Albert Camus
    “You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.”
    Albert Camus

  • #6
    Sylvia Plath
    “I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart. I am, I am, I am.”
    Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

  • #7
    Allen Ginsberg
    “Follow your inner moonlight; don't hide the madness.”
    Allen Ginsberg

  • #8
    James Baldwin
    “You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, who had ever been alive.”
    James Baldwin

  • #9
    Haruki Murakami
    “I dream. Sometimes I think that's the only right thing to do.”
    Haruki Murakami, Sputnik Sweetheart

  • #10
    Audre Lorde
    “Your silence will not protect you.”
    Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches

  • #11
    Anne Lamott
    “Joy is the best makeup.”
    Anne Lamott, Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith

  • #12
    Margaret Atwood
    “War is what happens when language fails.”
    Margaret Atwood
    tags: war

  • #13
    Ann Patchett
    “Never be so focused on what you're looking for that you overlook the thing you actually find.”
    Ann Patchett, State of Wonder

  • #14
    William Strunk Jr.
    “Omit needless words.”
    William Strunk Jr., The Elements of Style; How to Speak and Write Correctly

  • #15
    Marcel Proust
    “Always try to keep a patch of sky above your life.”
    Marcel Proust, Swann's Way

  • #16
    Charles Baudelaire
    “Always be a poet, even in prose.”
    Charles Baudelaire

  • #17
    James Baldwin
    “If the concept of God has any validity or any use, it can only be to make us larger, freer, and more loving. If God cannot do this, then it is time we got rid of Him.”
    James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time

  • #18
    James Baldwin
    “Life is tragic simply because the earth turns and the sun inexorably rises and sets, and one day, for each of us, the sun will go down for the last, last time. Perhaps the whole root of our trouble, the human trouble, is that we will sacrifice all the beauty of our lives, will imprison ourselves in totems, taboos, crosses, blood sacrifices, steeples, mosques, races, armies, flags, nations, in order to deny the fact of death, the only fact we have. It seems to me that one ought to rejoice in the fact of death--ought to decide, indeed, to earn one's death by confronting with passion the conundrum of life. One is responsible for life: It is the small beacon in that terrifying darkness from which we come and to which we shall return.”
    James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time

  • #19
    Gloria E. Anzaldúa
    “Why am I compelled to write?... Because the world I create in the writing compensates for what the real world does not give me. By writing I put order in the world, give it a handle so I can grasp it. I write because life does not appease my appetites and anger... To become more intimate with myself and you. To discover myself, to preserve myself, to make myself, to achieve self-autonomy. To dispell the myths that I am a mad prophet or a poor suffering soul. To convince myself that I am worthy and that what I have to say is not a pile of shit... Finally I write because I'm scared of writing, but I'm more scared of not writing.”
    Gloria Anzaldúa

  • #20
    Gloria E. Anzaldúa
    “Nobody’s going to save you. No one’s going to cut you down, cut the thorns thick around you. No one’s going to storm the castle walls nor kiss awake your birth, climb down your hair, nor mount you onto the white steed. There is no one who will feed the yearning. Face it. You will have to do, do it yourself.”
    Gloria Anzaldua

  • #21
    Gloria E. Anzaldúa
    “Caminante, no hay puentes, se hace puentes al andar.

    (Voyager, there are no bridges, one builds them as one walks.) ”
    Gloria Anzaldúa

  • #22
    Gloria E. Anzaldúa
    “I change myself, I change the world.”
    Gloria Anzaldua

  • #23
    Gloria E. Anzaldúa
    “The struggle is inner: Chicano, indio, American Indian, mojado, mexicano, immigrant Latino, Anglo in power, working class Anglo, Black, Asian--our psyches resemble the bordertowns and are populated by the same people. The struggle has always been inner, and is played out in outer terrains. Awareness of our situation must come before inner changes, which in turn come before changes in society. Nothing happens in the "real" world unless it first happens in the images in our heads.”
    Gloria Anzaldua

  • #24
    Gloria E. Anzaldúa
    “Do work that matters. Vale la pena”
    Gloria E. Anzaldúa

  • #25
    Gloria E. Anzaldúa
    “By creating a new mythos - that is, a change in the way we perceive reality, the way we see ourselves, and the ways we behave - la mestiza creates a new consciousness. The work of mestiza consciousness is to break down the subject/object duality that keeps her prisoner and to show in the flesh and through the images in her work how duality is transcended. The answer to the problem between the white race and the colored, between males and females, lies in healing the split that originates in the very foundation of our lives, our culture, our languages, our thoughts. A massive uprooting of dualistic thinking in the individual and collective consciousness is the beginning of a long struggle, but one that could, in our best hopes, bring us to the end of rape, of violence, of war.”
    Gloria Anzaldúa

  • #26
    Gloria E. Anzaldúa
    “Books saved my sanity, knowledge opened the locked places in me and taught me first how to survive and then how to soar.”
    Gloria E. Anzaldúa



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