“Nature may be cruel but it allows more latitude than the monotony of a system that discards everything that cannot be made to conform to its monolithic dream of success.”—Robert Faggen, introduction to One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey (via past-bedtime)
“…This nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”—The Gettysburg Address, Abraham Lincoln (Bliss Copy)
“I see a beautiful city and a brilliant people rising from this abyss. I see the lives for which I laid down my life peaceful, useful, prosperous, and happy. I see that I hold a sanctuary in their hearts, and in the hearts of their descendants generations hence. It is a far far better thing that I do than I have ever done. It is a far far better rest that I go to, than I have ever known.”—Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities
“Next to the Word of God, music deserves the highest praise… For whether you wish to comfort the sad, to terrify the happy, to encourage the despairing, to humble the proud, to calm the passionate, or to appease those full of hate…what more effective means than music could you find?”—Martin Luther
“You may not agree with a woman, but to criticize her appearance — as opposed to her ideas or actions — isn’t doing anyone any favors, least of all you. Insulting a woman’s looks when they have nothing to do with the issue at hand implies a lack of comprehension on your part, an inability to engage in high-level thinking. You may think she’s ugly, but everyone else thinks you’re an idiot.”—
“The meaning of life is just to be alive. It is so plain and so obvious and so simple. And yet, everybody rushes around in a great panic as if it were necessary to achieve something beyond themselves.”—Alan Watts (via maggot-titss)
“How happy is the blameless vestal’s lot!
The world forgetting, by the world forgot.
Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind!
Each pray’r accepted, and each wish resign’d;”—Eloisa to Abelard by Alexander Pope