People are always talking about originality; but what do they mean? As soon as we are born the world begins to work upon us; and this goes on to the end. And, after all, what can we call our own, except energy, strength, and will? If I could give an account of all that I owe to great predecessors and contemporaries, there would be but a small balance in my favour.
It is so hard to leave—until you leave. And then it is the easiest goddamned thing in the world.
― John Green, Paper Towns (via observando)
Some people have lives; some people have music.
― John Green, Will Grayson, Will Grayson (via observando)
Time is the longest distance between two places.
― Tennessee Williams, The Glass Menagerie (via observando)
Do not be deceived by the way men of bad faith misuse words and names …Things are set up as contraries that are not even in the same category. Listen to me: the opposite of radical is superficial, the opposite of liberal is stingy; the opposite of conservative is destructive. Thus I will describe myself as a radical conservative liberal; but certain of the tainted red fish will swear that there can be no such fish as that. Beware of those who use words to mean their opposites. At the same time have pity on them, for usually this trick is their only stock in trade.
― R. A. Lafferty (via observando)