“Don’t be afraid to be a fool. Remember, you cannot be both young and wise. Young people who pretend to be wise to the ways of the world are mostly just cynics. Cynicism masquerades as wisdom, but it is the farthest thing from it. Because cynics don’t learn anything. Because cynicism is a self-imposed blindness, a rejection of the world because we are afraid it will hurt us or disappoint us. Cynics always say no. But saying yes begins things. Saying yes is how things grow. Saying yes leads to knowledge. “Yes” is for young people. So for as long as you have the strength to, say yes.”—Steven Colbert (via lalehemily)
“So that is how I learned the lesson that everyone is alone. And your eyes must do some raining if you are ever going to grow. But when crying don’t help and you can’t compose yourself, it is best to compose a poem. An honest verse of longing or simple song of hope.”—Bowl of Oranges; Bright Eyes (via disc-2-says-more-about-you)
I haven’t had a day off in 18 days and I won’t have a day one for at least another week. The funny thing is that I feel fine. I wish I could spend more time studying and hanging out with my friends but there are only so many hours in a day. I’m really happy with the people I’m surrounded with at the moment and I’m directly on the track I want my life to be on currently. I’m planning my spring break trip to Aspen and Santa Cruz in the same week. If California falls through I’ll just swing down to Florida for a few days. I miss the gulf coast pretty bad sometimes.
“Usually we walk around constantly believing ourselves. “I’m okay” we say. “I’m alright”. But sometimes the truth arrives on you and you can’t get it off. That’s when you realize that sometimes it isn’t even an answer—it’s a question. Even now, I wonder how much of my life is convinced.”—The Book Thief, Markus Zusak (via itookadeepbreath, fuckyeahliteraryquotes)
So my day consisted of getting to work 20 minutes late due to elementary school traffic and then work just wasn’t as fun as usual. It wasn’t a very good at all until I sat down and played piano. I discovered some awesome chord progressions and my whole day brightened up and I was finally in a good mood. Now it’s time to study for two tests tomorrow and finish writing a paper.
“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)
“That’s what real love amounts to - letting a person be what he really is. Most people love you for who you pretend to be. To keep their love, you keep pretending - performing. You get to love your pretence. It’s true, we’re locked in an image, an act - and the sad thing is, people get so used to their image, they grow attached to their masks. They love their chains. They forget all about who they really are.”—Jim Morrison (via melancholynotes)
I really really appreciate the sentiment but it would mean a lot more to me if I know who you were. I might be disabling anonymous messages soon if they keep coming in so if you actually want to be my friend the first step would be to let me know who you are.