Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.
Bertrand Russell (via feellng)
I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.
Mahatma Gandhi (via feellng)
Do you realize that if you had started building the Parthenon
on the day you were born,
you would be all done in only one more year?
Of course, you couldn’t have done that all alone.
So never mind;
you’re fine just being yourself.
You’re loved for just being you.
Billy Collins, “To My Favorite 17-Year-Old High School Girl” (via feellng)
Suddenly I turned around and she was standin’ there
With silver bracelets on her wrists and flowers in her hair
She walked up to me so gracefully and took my crown of thorns
‘Come in,’ she said, ‘I’ll give you shelter from the storm.’
Bob Dylan, “Shelter From the Storm” (via feellng)
There would be the occasional real poem, and he would catch his breath. Nothing else could drop him through space like that, then catch him; nothing else could peel him open.
Margaret Atwood, from “Isis in Darkness,” Wilderness Tips (via lifeinpoetry)
she asks why your chest is
a belfry of doves, all
she is star-child, good-future,
you are too old to know better but
too young to do good, you are
the scrape of a knee,
you are broken teeth
she asks why you’re the sound of seven thousand seams,
all splitting infinitely, why good lord but your laughter
sounds an awful lot
but when you were eight your mama told you
that bodies are always rotting and only the clean ones see god
and you’ve been trying to distill yourself ever since
trying to scrub out all this earth and solvent
maybe somewhere in all that frantic
you accidentally lost your way maybe
somewhere in all that tragic
you accidentally forgot your name
see the truth you are suffocating under the stagelights
of everyone else’s eyes
because goddamn but they want everything from you
and not a single word of complaint but
how are you supposed to be
both the canvas
and the paint
you want to rip yourself up and hold out your
frozen tundra soul
beg them all ‘is this good enough is
this perfect enough is this
Nothing will ruin your 20’s more than thinking you should have your life together already.
Elysia T (via canhappenlove)
and one day you wake up and you’re 17 with life coming at you like a speeding train but you forgot your ticket<br>
still single, still lonely, but now you just have a few scars to remind you of where you’ve been <br>
there are people you miss and some that you’re glad to forget but forgetting is hard and the pain is still there<br>
watching restricted movies isn’t as fun as you’d hoped and it turns out drinking only gives you a headache and more regrets<br>
you wish you could go back but the train is leaving the station and you’re already on-board
help i don’t want to grow up, Rafael Ortiz (via cramp)