Listen: I am ideally happy. My happiness is a kind of challenge. As I wander along the streets and the squares and the paths by the canal, absently sensing the lips of dampness through my worn soles, I carry proudly my ineffable happiness. The centuries will roll by, and schoolboys will yawn over the history of our upheavals; everything will pass, but my happiness, dear, my happiness will remain, in the moist reflection of a streetlamp, in the cautious bend of stone steps that descend into the canal’s black waters, in the smiles of a dancing couple, in everything with which God so generously surrounds human loneliness.
Vladimir NabokovA Letter That Never Reached Russia
(via bookmania)


We love the place we hate, then hate the place we love We leave the place we love,then spend a lifetime trying to regain it

When I’m in writing mode for a novel, I get up at 4:00 am and work for five to six hours. In the afternoon, I run for 10km or swim for 1500m (or do both), then I read a bit and listen to some music. I go to bed at 9:00 pm. I keep to this routine every day without variation. The repetition itself becomes the important thing; it’s a form of mesmerism. I mesmerize myself to reach a deeper state of mind. But to hold to such repetition for so long — six months to a year — requires a good amount of mental and physical strength. In that sense, writing a long novel is like survival training. Physical strength is as necessary as artistic sensitivity.
Haruki Murakami’s daily routine. Also see Murakami on writing and running, then dive deeper with his What I Talk About When I Talk About Running. (via explore-blog)

The important task of literature is to free man, not to censor him
Anaïs Nin, and other greats, on censorship (via explore-blog)


“Bagi saya ilmu pengetahuan hanyalah berharga penuh jika ia dipergunakan untuk mengabdi kepada praktek hidupnya manusia, atau praktek hidupnya bangsa, atau prakteknya hidupnya dunia kemanusiaan. Memang Alhamdulillah sejak muda, saya ingin mengabdi kepada praktek hidup manusia, bangsa, dan dunia kemanusiaan itu. Itulah sebabnya saya selalu mencoba menghubungkan Ilmu dan Amal; menghubungkan pengetahuan dengan perbuatan, sehingga pengetahuan ialah untuk perbuatan. Dan perbuatan dipimpin oleh pengetahuan.”

- Bung Karno, pidato di Universitas Gadjah Mada, 19 September 1951, Yogyakarta

All the things you probably hate about travelling -the recycled air, the artificial lighting, the digital juice dispensers, the cheap sushi- are warm reminders that I’m home.
Ryan Bingham (Up In The Air)

If you can’t determine right from wrong then you lack empathy, not religion.

Socializing is as exhausting as giving blood. People assume we loners are misanthropes, just ­sitting thinking, ‘Oh, people are such a bunch of assholes,’ but it’s really not like that. We just have a smaller tolerance for what it takes to be with others. It means having to perform. I get so tired of communicating.
Anneli Rufus (via vechernyaya)

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Today we need compassion for the human predicament we are all caught in to some degree. This earthly life is a world of pain and sorrow, and there is no way to escape this karma, no one does. Yet through suffering comes wisdom, and through wisdom comes love, and through love comes the sense of Oneness. The next time you have a tendency to be angry with someone, remind yourself that deep down they are already suffering in a way you might never know about. So we need compassion first. Later we might know why, or we might not. You can never go wrong with compassion either way.
D.R. Butler (via shaktilover)

Art in the blood is liable to take the strangest forms.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, in The Greek Interpreter.


“Whenever I meet a beauty, I escape or hide in a corner. Not that I think they are intimidating, but they attract horrible people. Some guys really do their utmost to make these beautiful women believe how good they are. Beauty means power. And I’m a bit cynical towards all that. Honestly I’ve never met a beautiful girl that I really liked. You never get the chance to really get to know them. Result : I don’t even take the effort now to try to meet them”
—Thom Yorke (via dyljamestv)

Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It’s the transition that’s troublesome.
Isaac Asimov, via @williamjdt (via embunsimanjuntak)


“just not everybody sees it” 
only one good reason why not everybody sees it; everybody is too depressed to prepare themselves to be the point of attention as much as being more beautiful, to make themselves be something. And the worst is, they even change their own personality.They paid thousand million money for something temporal and dispose of waste. They don’t have any principal thoughts on their own.They’re Pathetic.