"Look at the rain long enough, with no thoughts in your head, and you gradually feel your body falling loose, shaking free of the world of reality. Rain has the power to hypnotize."
— Haruki Murakami, South of the Border, West of the Sun
"Hold my fucking hand, loser. We’re using the buddy system for the rest of our lives."
"You are personally responsible for becoming more ethical than the society you grew up in."
Eliezer Yudkowsky (via rampias)
Being a “product of their times” is no excuse. Never let someone off the hook for bigotry.
"If you’ve been up all night and cried till you have no more tears left in you - you will know that there comes in the end a sort of quietness. You feel as if nothing was ever going to happen again."
"You don’t start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap and thinking it’s good stuff, and then gradually you get better at it. That’s why I say one of the most valuable traits is persistence."
"Dress suitably in short skirts and strong boots, leave your jewels in the bank, and buy a revolver"
Countess Markievicz, 19th century Irish revolutionary, dispensing eternally relevant fashion advice. (via ronanlunch
"Someone you haven’t even met yet is wondering what it’d be like to know someone like you."
"If you use magic in fiction, the first thing you have to do is put barriers up. There must be limits to magic. If you can snap your fingers and make anything happen, where’s the fun in that? … The story really starts when you put limits on magic. Where fantasy gets a bad name is when anything can happen because a wizard snaps his fingers. Magic has to come with a cost, probably a much bigger cost than when things are done by what is usually called ‘the hard way.’"
— Terry Pratchett, author of the Discworld series, on writing magic. (via moniquill
"Mental illness is like fighting a war where the enemy’s strategy is to convince you that the war isn’t actually happening."