"The best stories don’t come from “good vs. bad” but “good vs. good."
— Leo Tolstoy (via fictionwritingtips)
"A non-writing writer is a monster courting insanity."
— Franz Kafka (via omarjsakr)
"Critics who treat adult as a term of approval, instead of as a merely descriptive term, cannot be adult themselves. To be concerned about being grown up, to admire the grown up because it is grown up, to blush at the suspicion of being childish; these things are the marks of childhood and adolescence. And in childhood and adolescence they are, in moderation, healthy symptoms. Young things ought to want to grow. But to carry on into middle life or even into early manhood this concern about being adult is a mark of really arrested development. When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so. Now that I am fifty I read them openly. When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up."
C.S. Lewis, “On Three Ways of Writing for Children,” 1952
(via the comments section of TNR's excellent response to The Slate Article That Shall Not Be Linked To.)
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I live beast days. I am a water hour.
At night my eyelids droop like forest and sky.
My love knows few words:
I like it in your blood."
— Gottfried Benn, “Threat” (via gatsbees)
(Source: awritersruminations, via lipstickmata)
"Wherever you stand, be the soul of that place."
— Rumi (via creatingaquietmind)
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"All the gods, all the heavens, all the hells, are within you."
— Joseph Campbell (via childrenofages)