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Call me Ishmael.
(Just kidding. That's not even my real name.)

"I got to thinking that poems were like people. Some people you got right off the bat. Some people you just didn’t get—and never would get."

-Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (via quotes-shape-us)

I must read this.

"Because when I read, I don’t really read; I pop a beautiful sentence into my mouth and suck it like a fruit drop, or I sip it like a liqueur until the thought dissolves in me like alcohol, infusing brain and heart and coursing on through the veins to the root of each blood vessel."

-Bohumil Hrabal, Too Loud a Solitude (via observando)

"My Uncle Alex Vonnegut, an insurance salesman who lived at 5033 North Pennsylvania, taught me something very important. He said that when things are going really well we should be sure to notice it. He was talking about very simple occasions, not great victories. Maybe drinking lemonade under a shade tree, or smelling the aroma of a bakery, or fishing, or listening to music coming from a concert hall while standing in the dark outside, or, dare I say, after a kiss. He told me it was important at such times to say out loud, “If this isn’t nice, what is?”"

-Kurt Vonnegut (via indoor-exploration)

Advice on enjoyment from the great Vonnegut, who continuously teaches me how to make life a place where everything is beautiful and nothing hurts.

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