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  • #1
    Frida Kahlo to Marty McConnell

    leaving is not enough; you must
    stay gone. train your heart
    like a dog. change the locks
    even on the house he’s never
    visited. you lucky, lucky girl.
    you have an apartment
    just your size. a bathtub
    full of tea. a heart the size
    of Arizona, but not nearly
    so arid. don’t wish away
    your cracked past, your
    crooked toes, your problems
    are papier mache puppets
    you made or bought because the vendor
    at the market was so compelling you just
    had to have them. you had to have him.
    and you did. and now you pull down
    the bridge between your houses,
    you make him call before
    he visits, you take a lover
    for granted, you take
    a lover who looks at you
    like maybe you are magic. make
    the first bottle you consume
    in this place a relic. place it
    on whatever altar you fashion
    with a knife and five cranberries.
    don’t lose too much weight.
    stupid girls are always trying
    to disappear as revenge. and you
    are not stupid. you loved a man
    with more hands than a parade
    of beggars, and here you stand. heart
    like a four-poster bed. heart like a canvas.
    heart leaking something so strong
    they can smell it in the street.”
    Marty McConnell

  • #2
    Marcel Proust
    “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”
    Marcel Proust

  • #3
    Charles Bukowski
    “Beauty is nothing, beauty won’t stay. You don’t know how lucky you are to be ugly, because if people like you, you know it’s for something else.”
    Charles Bukowski, Tales of Ordinary Madness

  • #4
    Charles Bukowski
    “The trouble with a mask is it never changes”
    Charles Bukowski

  • #5
    Neil Gaiman
    “Sometimes you wake up. Sometimes the fall kills you. And sometimes, when you fall, you fly.”
    Neil Gaiman, Fables & Reflections

  • #6
    Neil Gaiman
    “Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn't it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up.”
    Neil Gaiman, The Kindly Ones

  • #7
    Henry Van Dyke
    “The mountains that enfold the vale
    With walls of granite, steep and high,
    Invite the fearless foot to scale
    Their stairway toward the sky.

    The restless, deep, dividing sea
    That flows and foams from shore to shore,
    Calls to its sunburned chivalry,
    "Push out, set sail, explore!"

    And all the bars at which we fret,
    That seem to prison and control,
    Are but the doors of daring, set
    Ajar before the soul.

    Say not, "Too poor," but freely give;
    Sigh not, "Too weak," but boldly try,
    You never can begin to live
    Until you dare to die.”
    Henry Van Dyke

  • #8
    Elizabeth Gilbert
    “Zen masters say you cannot see your reflection in running water, only in still water.”
    Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

  • #9
    Thisuri Wanniarachchi
    “The Tibetan monks make mandalas out of dyed sand laid out into big, beautiful designs.
    And when they’re done, after days or weeks of work, they wipe it all away. They let it all go,
    no pain, no regrets. That is happiness. That is bliss. The euphoria of Nirvana. We live for
    that. Just for the experience. We paint a picture and we erase it. ”
    Thisuri Wanniarachchi, The Terrorist's Daughter

  • #10
    Mark Twain
    “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”
    Mark Twain, The Innocents Abroad / Roughing It

  • #11
    Edward Abbey
    “May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view.”
    Edward Abbey

  • #12
    Charles Bukowski
    “I will remember the kisses
    our lips raw with love
    and how you gave me
    everything you had
    and how I
    offered you what was left of
    and I will remember your small room
    the feel of you
    the light in the window
    your records
    your books
    our morning coffee
    our noons our nights
    our bodies spilled together
    the tiny flowing currents
    immediate and forever
    your leg my leg
    your arm my arm
    your smile and the warmth
    of you
    who made me laugh
    Charles Bukowski

  • #13
    Margaret Atwood
    “Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it. Water is patient. Dripping water wears away a stone. Remember that, my child. Remember you are half water. If you can't go through an obstacle, go around it. Water does.”
    Margaret Atwood, The Penelopiad

  • #14
    Elizabeth Gilbert
    “A friend took me to the most amazing place the other day. It's called the Augusteum. Octavian Augustus built it to house his remains. When the barbarians came they trashed it a long with everything else. The great Augustus, Rome's first true great emperor. How could he have imagined that Rome, the whole world as far as he was concerned, would be in ruins. It's one of the quietest, loneliest places in Rome. The city has grown up around it over the centuries. It feels like a precious wound, a heartbreak you won't let go of because it hurts too good. We all want things to stay the same. Settle for living in misery because we're afraid of change, of things crumbling to ruins. Then I looked at around to this place, at the chaos it has endured - the way it has been adapted, burned, pillaged and found a way to build itself back up again. And I was reassured, maybe my life hasn't been so chaotic, it's just the world that is, and the real trap is getting attached to any of it. Ruin is a gift. Ruin is the road to transformation.”
    Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

  • #15
    Haruki Murakami
    “Why do people have to be this lonely? What's the point of it all? Millions of people in this world, all of them yearning, looking to others to satisfy them, yet isolating themselves. Why? Was the earth put here just to nourish human loneliness?”
    Haruki Murakami, Sputnik Sweetheart

  • #16
    Jodi Picoult
    “If you meet a loner, no matter what they tell you, it’s not because they enjoy solitude. It’s because they have tried to blend into the world before, and people continue to disappoint them.”
    Jodi Picoult, My Sister's Keeper

  • #17
    Vincent van Gogh
    “I experience a period of frightening clarity in those moments when nature is so beautiful. I am no longer sure of myself, and the paintings appear as in a dream.”
    Vincent Van Gogh

  • #18
    Vincent van Gogh
    “...to look at the stars always makes me dream, as simply as I dream over the black dots of a map representing towns and villages. Why, I ask myself, should the shining dots of the sky not be as accessible as the black dots on the map of France?”
    Vincent van Gogh

  • #19
    Vincent van Gogh
    “To understand blue you must first understand yellow and orange”
    Vincent van Gogh, Van Gogh's 'Diary': The Artist's Life In His Own Words And Art