"When I look at my life and its secret colours, I feel like bursting into tears."
A Happy Death, Albert Camus
"You couldn’t relive your life, skipping the awful parts, without losing what made it worthwhile. You had to accept it as a whole—like the world, or the person you loved."
Stewart O’Nan
"No one expected me. Everything awaited me."
Just Kids, Patti Smith
"Angry, and half in love with her, and tremendously sorry, I turned away."
The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
"It’s a radical gesture because it begins to argue that the artist’s true strength, as a maker of experiences and images and ideas, is not in terms of illusionistic skill - the ability to render hair, or silk, or the human figure, or a bunch of horses, or a still life on a table - but, instead, the act of choice and the ability to have an idea."
Jeannene Przyblyski, on Duchamp’s Fountain
"God, give us a long winter
and quiet music, and patient mouths,
and a little pride—before
our age ends."
A Flame, Adam Zagajewski (via observando)
"Before I was shot, I always thought that I was more half-there than all-there – I always suspected that I was watching TV instead of living life. People sometimes say that the way things happen in movies is unreal, but actually it’s the way things happen in life that’s unreal. The movies make emotions look so strong and real, whereas when things really do happen to you, it’s like watching television – you don’t feel anything."
Andy Warhol
"It doesn’t feel natural for me to write some diary type song. I want to write a classic like Yesterday but weird songs about meatballs in refrigerators come into my head - I can’t help it."
Regina Spektor
"To understand revolutions and their participants we must observe them at close range and judge them at a great distance"
Simón Bolívar
"I photograph to find out what something will look like photographed."
Garry Winogrand