Deciding whether or not to trust a person is like deciding whether or not to climb a tree because you might get a wonderful view from the highest branch or you might simply get covered in sap and for this reason many people choose to spend their time alone and indoors where it is harder to get a splinter.
Lemony Snicket (via somelittlejoy)
Humor is what happens when we’re told the truth quicker and more directly than we’re used to.
George Saunders, “Mr. Vonnegut in Sumatra” (via dogshitrocketfuel)
‘Hallo, Rabbit,’ he said, ‘is that you?’
‘Let’s pretend it isn’t,’ said Rabbit, ‘and see what happens.’
A. A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh (via somelittlejoy)
And yet, she insisted, this boy was also himself.
Sinclair Lewis in Main Street.
If it could only be like this always – always summer, always alone, the fruit always ripe and Aloysius in a good temper…
Evelyn Waugh in Brideshead Revisited.
He lay there on a bed of cold pebbles, the cold water washing, rippling over him; he wished he were a leaf, like the current-carried leaves riding past: leaf-boy, he would float lightly away, float and fade into a river, an ocean, the world’s great flood. Holding his nose, he put his head underwater: he was six years old, and his penny-colored eyes were round with terror: Holy Ghost, the preacher said, pressing down into the baptism water; he screamed, and his mother watching from the front pew, rushed forward, took him in her arms, held him, and whispered softly: my darling, my darling.
from Other Voices, Other Rooms by Truman Capote
Freedom so often means that one isn’t needed anywhere.
Willa Cather in O Pioneers!
I’m not sentimental—I’m as romantic as you are. The idea, you know,
is that the sentimental person thinks things will last—the romantic
person has a desperate confidence that they won’t.
in This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald