"I want to be with those who know secret things
or else alone."
— Rainer Maria Rilke (via creatingaquietmind)
(Source: middlenameconfused, via teachingliteracy)
"I want to undress you, vulgarize you a bit."
— Henry Miller to Anais Nin. (via aconversationoncool)
"Gods always behave like the people who make them."
— Zora Neale Hurston. (via theblacksophisticate)
(Source: teddytutson, via foxxxynegrodamus)
"You live like this, sheltered, in a delicate world, and you believe you are living. Then you read a book… or you take a trip… and you discover that you are not living, that you are hibernating. The symptoms of hibernating are easily detectable: first, restlessness. The second symptom (when hibernating becomes dangerous and might degenerate into death): absence of pleasure. That is all. It appears like an innocuous illness. Monotony, boredom, death. Millions live like this (or die like this) without knowing it. They work in offices. They drive a car. They picnic with their families. They raise children. And then some shock treatment takes place, a person, a book, a song, and it awakens them and saves them from death. Some never awaken."
— Anaïs Nin, The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 1 (1931-1934)
(Source: larmoyante, via foxxxynegrodamus)
the Universe is impartial.
the power of the word cannot, will not, be denied. life is word made manifest; thought preceding speech then is an imperative. like lightning and thunder, the One should follow behind the Other with some space in between. i mean, i can, i will, ride out a thunderstorm that was purposed and will help our crops grow. but if you’re just throwing bolts and making noise because emotions said so, don’t expect me to stick around for the Universe’s special delivery when it’s all said and done. word up.
"i love the process of getting to know someone’s face. you have never seen it before. and then in an instance, you have seen it your whole life. you can’t remember a time you when you did not know it."
— nayyirah waheed (via nayyirahwaheed)
"the concept of culture consent may seem strange. but this is only because colonization has convinced us that no peoples have agency over their individual expressions of life. that this is a free market, that peoples cultures are created for sale, and everyone is free to take what they want, when, how, with no thought to the violence this causes. no, is not only reserved for individual consent. a peoples also have a right to say no. to keep the earth gorgeous with the intricacies of us all, we have to check our privilege. those of us who have been ravaged by colonization and imperialism, must all do this, as we are, many, infected with the understanding that we have a right to that which has never truly been our right."
— cultural consent is not a strange concept, nayyirah waheed (via nayyirahwaheed)
"People say to write about what you know. I’m here to tell you, no one wants to read that, ‘cause you don’t know anything. So write about something you don’t know. And don’t be scared, ever."
— Toni Morrison (via mamaliciousnoire)
"Immature people falling in love destroy each other’s freedom, create a bondage, make a prison. Mature persons in love help each other to be free; they help each other to destroy all sorts of bondages. And when love flows with freedom there is beauty. When love flows with dependence there is ugliness.
A mature person does not fall in love, he or she rises in love. Only immature people fall; they stumble and fall down in love. Somehow they were managing and standing. Now they cannot manage and they cannot stand. They were always ready to fall on the ground and to creep. They don’t have the backbone, the spine; they don’t have the integrity to stand alone.
A mature person has the integrity to stand alone. And when a mature person gives love, he or she gives without any strings attached to it. When two mature persons are in love, one of the great paradoxes of life happens, one of the most beautiful phenomena: they are together and yet tremendously alone. They are together so much that they are almost one. Two mature persons in love help each other to become more free. There is no politics involved, no diplomacy, no effort to dominate. Only freedom and love."
— Osho (via nirvikalpa)
"Usually adult males who are unable to make emotional connections with the women they choose to be intimate with are frozen in time, unable to allow themselves to love for fear that the loved one will abandon them. If the first woman they passionately loved, the mother, was not true to her bond of love, then how can they trust that their partner will be true to love. Often in their adult relationships these men act out again and again to test their partner’s love. While the rejected adolescent boy imagines that he can no longer receive his mother’s love because he is not worthy, as a grown man he may act out in ways that are unworthy and yet demand of the woman in his life that she offer him unconditional love. This testing does not heal the wound of the past, it merely reenacts it, for ultimately the woman will become weary of being tested and end the relationship, thus reenacting the abandonment. This drama confirms for many men that they cannot put their trust in love. They decide that it is better to put their faith in being powerful, in being dominant."
— bell hooks (via lyteworks)
"Womanist is to feminist as purple is to lavender."
— Alice Walker
"Being womanist is not about being nice, or being a lady, or not upsetting people. Instead, it represents a full-bodied view of womanhood encompassing “outrageous, audacious, courageous” and inquisitive behavior. It’s about “wanting to know,” being responsible and “in charge.” It’s about being “committed to the survival and wholeness of entire people.” It’s about being capable and competent. It’s about being someone to reckon with."
— Not the Color Purple: Black Feminist Lessons for Educational Caring, Audrey Thompson (via lyteworks)