Foolish Oats


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“ Self-consciousness is the curse of the city and all that sophistication implies. It is the glimpse of oneself in a storefront window, the unbidden awareness of reactions on the faces of other people- the novelist’s world, not the poet’s. I’ve lived there. I remember what the city has to offer: human companionship, major-league baseball, and a clatter of quickening stimulus like a rush from strong drugs that leaves you drained. I remember how you bide your time in the city, and think, if you stop to think, “next year…I’ll start living; next year…I’ll start my life.” Innocence is a better world. ”

—    Annie Dillard, Pilgrim At Tinker Creek (via imamandanelson)

“ Several weeks ago, I’m told, Abramson discovered that her pay and her pension benefits as both executive editor and, before that, as managing editor were considerably less than the pay and pension benefits of Bill Keller, the male editor whom she replaced in both jobs. “She confronted the top brass,” one close associate said, and this may have fed into the management’s narrative that she was “pushy,” a characterization that, for many, has an inescapably gendered aspect. ”

“ A strong man can handle a strong woman. A weak man will say she has an attitude. ”

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“ When my mother didn’t come back I realized that any moment could be the last. Nothing in life should simply be a passage from one place to another. Each walk should be taken as if it is the only thing you have left. You can demand something like this of yourself as an unattainable ideal. After that, you have to remind yourself about it every time you’re sloppy about something. For me that means 250 times a day. ”

—    Peter Høeg  (via saintofsass)

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“ Spend your free time the way you like, not the way you think you’re supposed to. ”

—    Susan Cain (via tea-storm)

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“ You don’t need to explain your dreams. They belong to you. ”

—    Paulo Coelho  (via saintofsass)

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