Sometimes, life makes me feel like I’m stood on the end of a diving board that has splintered into opposing directions; all I want to do is hit the water as soon as possible.

Men who can’t cook, clean, or even do their own laundry are not “cute” and “in need of a woman to care for them”. They are spoiled brats so dependent on gender roles that they never bothered to learn the minimal skills to take care of themselves.


(Source: queen-of-love-and-beauty)

Prestige is like a powerful magnet that warps even your beliefs about what you enjoy. It causes you to work not on what you like, but what you’d like to like.

Paul Graham via Brain Pickings.

Man needs something he can hold on to, nine pound hammer or a woman like you.

Ray Lamontagne - Jolene

Don’t live the same year 75 times and call it a life.

Robin Sharma (via the-r-world)

(Source: pureblyss)

No feeling is final.

Rainer Maria Rilke, The Book of Hours (via larmoyante)

I decided then that I don’t want to spend time thinking about things that I don’t want to have a place in my life. You have to kick people out of your head as forcefully as you’d kick someone out of your house if you didn’t want them to be there.

Sophia Amoruso, #GIRLBOSS (via simply-quotes)

I shiver, thinking how easy it is to be totally wrong about people, to see one tiny part of them and confuse it for the whole.

Lauren Oliver, Before I Fall  (via alesthetique)

(Source: simply-quotes)


I think I caught someone taking a picture of my really great parking today.

Once in a while it really hits people that they don’t have to experience the world in the way they have been told to.

Alan Keightley


(Source: psych-facts)

… each individual should decide for him or herself what is valuable in life.

Carolyn Price

'he wants to burn all my candles but it isn't for love.' - Plough by Speedy Ortiz.

Also listening to JuceThe Plug and looking at work by Sharon Etgar.

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You study, you learn, but you guard the original naïveté.  It has to be within you, as desire for drink is within the drunkard or love is within the lover.” Henri Matisse

The Goldfish, 1910

The Conversation, 1911

Zulma, 1950

I’ve been reading up on Cézanne recently and in doing so, discovered Matisse. Like many others, he’s an artist that I’d previously glossed over. This may not have been the case if I’d studied painting formally, but I suppose it doesn’t matter - journey over destination.
To quote Rilke, ‘… and suddenly one has the right eyes.’

If you’re interested, then here's a timely article about Matisse's 'cut-outs', which accompanies the exhibition being held currently in London's Tate Modern (ends September 7th).

There are two men inside the artist, the poet and the worker. One is born a poet, one becomes a worker. And you, who have the spark, who possess what cannot be acquired, you complain when all you have to do to succeed is exercise your fingers, become a worker.

Correspondence from Emile Zola to Paul Cézanne (1860).

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