"To author is to have the power to originate, to name. Women who seek to produce natural knowledge, like our sisters who learned to write and speak, also must decipher a text, the book of nature, authored legitimately by men."
— Donna Haraway (author of A Cyborg Manifesto), In the Beginning was the Word: The Genesis of Biological Theory
(Source: amazon.com, via radtransfem)
"Fate is like a strange, unpopular restaurant filled with odd little waiters who bring you things you never asked for and don’t always like."
— Lemony Snicket (via cuzwehappened)
"When a woman speaks, she exposes her nakedness, but when a man talks, he puts clothes on - or so she thought to herself in bed. He was dressing and she was undressing, but she couldn’t find the words so decided to say nothing and not take off her clothes."
— Elias Khoury, As Though She Were Sleeping (via arnaia)
"Sometimes a book isn’t a heartbreaking work of staggering genius. Sometimes it’s the only story you knew how to tell."
— Tahereh Mafi (via expositively)
"Writing only ever begins badly. And you have to sit and tolerate yourself long enough to grind out a shitty draft."
— David Rakoff, RIP. (via tellmebirdie)
"You almost have to step outside yourself and look at you as if you were someone else you really care about and really want to protect. Would you let someone take advantage of that person? Would you let someone use that person you really care about? Or would you speak up for them? If it was someone else you care about, you’d say something. I know you would. Okay, now put yourself back in that body. That person is you. Stand up and tell ‘em, “Enough!"
"I often carry things to read so that I will not have to look at the people."
— Charles Bukowski
(Source: resignations, via seemsabitparanoid)
"Consider how hard it is to change yourself and you’ll understand what little chance you have in trying to change others."
— Jacob M. Braude
"I’ve been making a list of the things they don’t teach you at school. They don’t teach you how to love somebody. They don’t teach you how to be famous. They don’t teach you how to be rich or how to be poor. They don’t teach you how to walk away from someone you don’t love any longer. They don’t teach you how to move on when the one you love walks away from you. They don’t teach you how to know what’s going on in someone else’s mind. They don’t teach you what to say to someone who’s dying. They don’t teach you anything worth knowing."
— Neil Gaiman
"Just for the record, the weather today is increasing turmoil with a possible physical and emotional breakdown."
— Diary, A Novel by Chuck Palahniuk