“You live like this, sheltered, in a delicate world, and you believe you are living. Then you read a book… or you take a trip… and you discover that you are not living, that you are hibernating. The symptoms of hibernating are easily detectable: first, restlessness. The second symptom (when hibernating becomes dangerous and might degenerate into death): absence of pleasure. That is all. It appears like an innocuous illness. Monotony, boredom, death. Millions live like this (or die like this) without knowing it. They work in offices. They drive a car. They picnic with their families. They raise children. And then some shock treatment takes place, a person, a book, a song, and it awakens them and saves them from death. Some never awaken.”—
Anaïs Nin, The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 1: 1931-1934
“To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never to forget.”—Arundhati Roy (via the-iridescence)
“There comes a time when every life goes off course. In this desperate moment you must choose your direction. Will you fight to stay on the path while others tell you who you are? Or will you label yourself? Will you be honored by your choice? Or will you embrace your new path? Each morning you choose to move forward or to simply give up.”—Lucas Scott (via makethemdream)
“… life is divided into the horrible and the miserable. That’s the two categories. The horrible are like, I don’t know, terminal cases, you know, and blind people, crippled… And the miserable is everyone else.”—Woody Allen, Annie Hall (via nevver)
bahagia itu apa, sahabat? bila aku bekerja, bahagia seperti menanti di dalam sehelai surat perletakan jawatan sekarang bila merdeka aku kembali berharap pada pekerjaan dan gaji di hujung bulan bila sendiri aku mahukan teman bila aku punya perempuan aku mahu kembali menjadi gelandangan.
aku tidak percaya pada bahagia kerana aku masih belum bertemu bahagia itu apa, sahabat.
“The meaning of life is just to be alive. It is so plain and so obvious and so simple. And yet, everybody rushes around in a great panic as if it were necessary to achieve something beyond themselves.”—Alan Watts (via makethemdream)
“I’m something that I used to be. I’m never where I feel I am, and if I seek myself, I don’t know who’s seeking me. My boredom with everything has numbed me. I feel banished from my soul.”—The Book of Disquiet, Fernando Pessoa (via drunkonliterature)