"The greedy body that clamours for satisfaction is forced to content itself with a single sensation and, just as the blind hear more acutely and the deaf can feel the grass grow, so the mouth becomes the focus of love and all things pass through it and are re-defined."
— Jeanette Winterson, The Passion (via fables-of-the-reconstruction)
"I was alternately stimulated and depressed. It seemed to me that I was half unlearning what I had never learned and yet knew so well—how to live."
— Albert Camus, The Fall (via albertbeauchardcamus)
(Source: freyjageist, via albertbeauchardcamus)
"“Do what you love” disguises the fact that being able to choose a career primarily for personal reward is a privilege, a sign of socioeconomic class. Even if a self-employed graphic designer had parents who could pay for art school and co-sign a lease for a slick Brooklyn apartment, she can bestow DWYL as career advice upon those covetous of her success.
If we believe that working as a Silicon Valley entrepreneur or a museum publicist or a think-tank acolyte is essential to being true to ourselves, what do we believe about the inner lives and hopes of those who clean hotel rooms and stock shelves at big-box stores? The answer is: nothing."
— Do what you love, love what you do: An omnipresent mantra that’s bad for work and workers. (via dearscience)
(Source: bakcwadrs, via dearscience)
"Nobody really knew anything. People lived; they went here and there about the earth and rode through forests; so much seemed to challenge or to promise, and so many sights to stir our longing: an evening star, a blue harebell, a lake half-covered in green reeds, the eyes of beasts and human eyes; and always it was as though something would happen, something never seen and yet sighed for, as though a veil would be pulled back off the world; till the feeling passed, and there had been nothing."
— Hermann Hesse (Narcissus and Goldmund, 1930)