“There is essentially only one way in which you can bring about self-transformation - that’s if you want to - but you will not think you need to if you are still taking your happiness from outside yourself, and still managing to tolerate the periods of unhappiness which result. As soon as your happiness is dependent on anything outside, you make yourself a slave to a condition, substance or perhaps a person. A slave is not free. And happiness is impossible if you are not free. Perhaps this goes some way to explaining why our happiness fluctuates. Real happiness does not go up and down. Real freedom means that your happiness comes from inside out. That will require detachment and renunciation, not least from the illusions and conditioning of society which would have you believe happiness can be acquired from outside in. Can you see it? Inside out, not outside in!”—Innerspace (via zodiaccrimes)
“Isn’t it odd how much fatter a book gets when you’ve read it several times? As if something were left between the pages every time you read it. Feelings, thoughts, sounds, smells, and then, when you look at the book again many years later, you find yourself there, too, a slightly younger self, slightly different, as if the book had preserved you like a pressed flower, both strange and familiar.”—Cornelia Funke
My first day of class probably couldn’t have gone better. My teacher thinks I’m a smarty pants already. I got to shout out, “Correlation does not imply causation!” when everyone else had no idea. The cutest boy in the class gave me a high five for my awesomeness! I’m pretty sure he’s crushin’.
AAND when I got home, I got to talk to one of my favorite people ever, just when I was worried he had dropped off the face of the planet. He’s going to come visit again soon and I can’t wait! The sun is shining and I just want to skip around singing all day. I am so happy right now that I just might explode. Sweet jesus.
“For those who believe in God, most of the big questions are answered. But for those of us who can’t readily accept the God formula, the big answers don’t remain stone-written. We adjust to new conditions and discoveries. We are pliable. Love need not be a command or faith a dictum. I am my own God. We are here to unlearn the teachings of the church, state, and our educational system. We are here to drink beer. We are here to kill war. We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us.”—Charles Bukowski
“She’s gorgeous and she taught me that a real feminist doesn’t apologize for her beauty. You can be a sexy, beautiful woman and be the smartest person in the room.”—Olivia Wilde talking about her Mother