It’s not my responsibility to be beautiful. I’m not alive for that purpose. My existence is not about how desirable you find me.
Warsan Shire (via quotes-shape-us)
Franz Kafka, from a letter to Max Brod (via hellanne)
I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.
― Booker T. Washington (via psych-quotes)
Whoever, at any time, has undertaken to build a new heaven has found the strength for it in his own hell.
Friedrich Nietzsche (via mirroir)
Theodor Haecker was rightfully alarmed by the fact that the semi-colon is dying out; this told him that no one can write a period any more. Part of this incapacity is the fear of page-long paragraphs, a fear created by the marketplace - by the consumer who does not want to tax himself and to whom first editors and then writers accommodated for the sake of their incomes, until finally they invented ideologies for their own accommodation like lucidity, objectivity, and concise precision.
Theodor W. Adorno, “Punctuation Marks.” (via imkrebsgang)
this has been a weakness of radical politics; to idealize the oppressed, as if their politics and culture were untouched by the system of domination, as if people did not participate in their own submission. To reduce domination to a simple relation of doer and done-to is to substitute moral outrage for analysis.
Jessica Benjamin, The Bonds of Love: Psychoanalysis, Feminism, and the Problem of Domination p. 10 (via post-makhno)
Charles Coakley Simpson, “Integrity” (via fables-of-the-reconstruction)
I am like a winged creature who is too rarely allowed to use its wings. Ecstasies do not occur often enough.
Anaïs Nin, Aphrodisiac (via fables-of-the-reconstruction)