"The feeling of isolation is rarely as decisive and intense when one actually finds oneself physically alone, as when one is a stranger, without relations, among many physically close persons, at a “party,” on a train, or in the traffic of a large city."
Georg Simmel (via eaytaz)
Dont let your “friends” disrespect you. There is a big difference between joking around and habitual disrespect.
"The man who consciously pays no heed to fashion accepts its form in that of exaggeration, the latter in that of negation. Indeed, it occasionally happens that it becomes fashionable in whole bodies of a large class to depart altogether from the standards set by fashion."
Georg Simmel “Fashion” (via leopoldsfeathers)
"I am constantly torn between wanting to improve myself and wanting to destroy myself."
"Being in love, she concluded, is simply the presentation of our pasts to another individual, mostly packages so unwieldy that we can no longer manage the loosened strings alone. Looking for love is like asking for a new point of departure, she thought, another chance in life."
Zelda Fitzgerald, Save Me the Waltz (via quotes-shape-us)
"Awareness – the intimacy of our own Being – cannot be known as an object, such as a thought, feeling, sensation or perception, and yet in all of these it is Awareness alone that is truly known, just as the screen is never found in a movie, and yet is all that is truly seen."
Rupert Spira (via oceanandwave)
"Society often blurs the lines between drag queens and trans women. This is highly problematic, because many people believe that, like drag queens, trans women go home, take off their wigs and chest plates, and walk around as men. Trans womanhood is not a performance or costume."
Janet Mock, Redefining Realness (via inextinguishabledesires)
"There are years that ask questions and years that answer."
Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God (via larmoyante)
"If we have chosen the position in life in which we can most of all work for mankind, no burdens can bow us down, because they are sacrifices for the benefit of all; then we shall experience no petty, limited, selfish joy, but our happiness will belong to millions, our deeds will live on quietly but perpetually at work, and over our ashes will be shed the hot tears of noble people."
17 year old Karl Marx in Reflections of a Young Man on the Choice of a Profession, an essay Marx wrote for a high school final exam in 1935 (via levantineviper)