"How do we hold people accountable for wrongdoing and yet at the same time remain in touch with their humanity enough to believe in their capacity to be transformed?"
bell hooks (via yesdarlingido)
lt’s like I was playing some kind of game, but the rules don’t make any sense to me. They’re being made up by all the wrong people. I mean no one makes them up. They seem to make themselves up.
My anger is such that the very ice-fields would melt,
if I had the power.
If I had the power.
"What happens when all the things you believe in when you’re 25 don’t work? What happens when all these things just break down? Your friends fail you, or you fail your friends? When you’re alone — can you live?"
Bruce Springsteen, on the ideas he was wrestling with when he wrote and recorded Nebraska.
Happy birthday, Boss.
"We write as the birds sing, as the primitives dance their rituals. If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don’t write, because our culture has no use for it. When I don’t write, I feel my world shrinking. I feel I am in a prison. I feel I lose my fire and my color. It should be a necessity, as the sea needs to heave, and I call it breathing."
Anaïs Nin, The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 5: 1947–1955 (via hellanne)
"The sun is perfect and you woke this morning. You have enough language in your mouth to be understood. You have a name, and someone wants to call it. Five fingers on your hand and someone wants to hold it. If we just start there, every beautiful thing that has and will ever exist is possible. If we start there, everything, for a moment, is right in the world."
Warsan Shire (via becomingroux)
Could it be? Yes, it could.
Something’s coming, something good,
If I can wait!
Something’s coming, I don’t know what it is,
But it is
Gonna be great!
With a click, with a shock,
Phone’ll jingle, door’ll knock,
Open the latch!
Something’s coming, don’t know when, but it’s soon,
Catch the moon,
Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, ‘Something’s Coming’, West Side Story