i often feel, well to be honest- like jumping into the hudson... instead, i go to my favorite places and think about my favorite people, and then i re-read words that moved me, re-watch/listen to film clips that make me feel so much less alien and just a little more me. every time, like it is the first time. i need quotes, they're like verbal stills, stills that have captured all that is necessary to help me go on. to inspire me to be alright, being still not quite 'human'. which is so fucking overrated. -N

“If in my youth I had realized that the sustaining splendor of beauty of with which I was in love would one day flood back into my heart, there to ignite a flame that would torture me without end, how gladly would i have put out the light in my eyes.”

—Michelangelo on Beauty

“And I got something to say my friends. I will never lay down without a fight. And when I die will be the day, when everyone of my wrongs will be made right…”

—People C’mon - Delta Spirit

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“The greatest glory in living… lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”

—Nelson Mandela

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“Insensibly he formed the most delightful habit in the world, the habit of reading: he did not know that thus he was providing himself with a refuge from all the distress of life; he did not know either that he was creating for himself an unreal world which would make the real world of every day a source of bitter disappointment.”

—William Somerset Maugham - Of Human Bondage

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“You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in your joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”

—The Skin Horse to The Velveteen Rabbit

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Time, your grace. Of all losses, time is the most irrecuperable for it can never be redeemed.

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“A true suicide is a paced, disciplined certainty. People pontificate “suicide is selfishness,” while career churchmen like Pater call it a coward’s act typically because they lack the necessary suffering to sympathize. Couldn’t be further from the truth; suicide takes tremendous courage.”

—Robert Frobisher to Rufus Sixsmith - Cloud Atlas

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You know when a song comes on and you just gotta dance?

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“And all becomes clear. Wish I could make you see this brightness. Don’t worry, all is well. All is so perfectly, damnably well. I understand now, that boundaries between noise and sound are conventions. All boundaries are conventions, waiting to be transcended. One may transcend any convention, if only one can first conceive of doing so. Moments like this, I can feel your heart beating as clearly as I feel my own, and I know that separation is an illusion. My life extends far beyond the limitations of me.”

—Robert Frobisher to Rufus Sixsmith - Cloud Atlas

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“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.”

—Albert Einstein

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“Our lives are not our own. We are bound to others, past and present, and by each crime and every kindness, we birth our future.”

—Sonmi-451 - Cloud Atlas

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“Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.”

—C.S. Lewis - The World’s Last Night: And Other Essays 

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“Life is like a box of Lucky Charms. Sure, there’s the green clovers and the yellow moons, but it is also eighty percent; dry, oaty stuff.”

—Elka Ostrovsky - Hot in Cleveland

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