“Listen. To live is to be marked. To live is to change, to acquire the words of a story, and that is the only celebration we mortals really know. In perfect stillness, frankly, I’ve only found sorrow.”—Barbara Kingsolver, The Poisonwood Bible (via chlorion)
“The world is indeed full of peril and in it there are many dark places.
But still there is much that is fair. And though in all lands, love is now
mingled with grief, it still grows, perhaps, the greater.”—J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings (via literaturesluts)
“When the newspapers were full of alarms about Iran possibly developing a nuclear bomb, Kurt sent me a copy of a very short letter he wrote to The New York Times: ‘I know of only one nation that has dropped nuclear bombs on innocent people.’”—Howard Zinn on Kurt Vonnegut (via imbobswaget)