the mind is our most powerful weapon

but it is also a sanctuary, the balance comes from stillness. In this constantly spinning world we must find the still within ourselves.

Strange thoughts brew in your heart when you spend too much time with old books.

Aravind Adiga, White Tiger (via pavorst)

It was like the classic scene in the movies where one lover is on the train and one is on the platform and the train starts to pull away, and the lover on the platform begins to trot along and then jog and then sprint and then gives up altogether as the train speeds irrevocably off. Except in this case I was all the parts: I was the lover on the platform, I was the lover on the train. And I was also the train.

Lorrie Moore, A Gate at the Stairs (via fleurishes)

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Perhaps all romance is like that; not a contract between equal parties but an explosion of dreams and desires that can find no outlet in everyday life. Only a drama will do and while the fireworks last the sky is a different colour.

Jeanette Winterson, The Passion (via bookmania)