"Passion gives me moments of wholeness. I want to explode and fly in all directions. I want to live like a submarine, sunk always at the deepest level of instinct and intuition. I mostly know though, that I can never live entirely like that, for my life is slowed up by thought and the need to understand what I am living."
Anaïs Nin, The Diary Of Anaïs Nin Volume I 1931-1934 (via saisonlune)
"The soul knows for certain only that it is hungry. The important thing is that it announces its hunger by crying. A child does not stop crying if we suggest to it that perhaps there is no such thing as bread. It goes on crying just the same. The danger is not lest the soul should doubt whether there is bread, but lest, by a lie, it should persuade itself that it is not hungry. It can only persuade itself of this by lying, for the reality of its hunger is not a belief, it is a certainty."
Simone Weil (via The Murder Mile)
"When I heard about the shooting in Connecticut, one of the first words I saw linked to it was ‘evil’—as if this perpetrator, and all other perpetrators of acts like this, are simply evil people who have never liked anything and intended their whole lives to grow up and kill people. Gradually, as the public gets over the shock, some of them will move on to ‘some people are just awful’ and ‘I just can’t understand the world we live in.’ I understand the anger over such atrocious acts—I feel it too. I also, though, feel physically ill about the willful ignorance of the fact that the people who do these things are extremely mentally ill. The complete and utter ignorance of what that means is terrifying, because if people don’t understand mental illnesses they’re never going to demand a system through which to meaningfully help people who have them."
I knew it was inevitable. There would be people out there claiming that if Anne Hathaway hadn’t, I don’t know, had a ladyflower or something, some poor paparazzo wouldn’t have had to take a picture of it to sell at a profit. …