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❝ You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.
- Mae West
❝ You don’t know anyone at the party, so you don’t want to go. You don’t like cottage cheese, so you haven’t eaten it in years. This is your choice, of course, but don’t kid yourself: it’s also the flinch.

Your personality is not set in stone. You may think a morning coffee is the most enjoyable thing in the world, but it’s really just a habit. Thirty days without it, and you would be fine. You think you have a soul mate, but in fact you could have had any number of spouses. You would have evolved differently, but been just as happy.

You can change what you want about yourself at any time. You see yourself as someone who can’t write or play an instrument, who gives in to temptation or makes bad decisions, but that’s really not you. It’s not ingrained. It’s not your personality. Your personality is something else, something deeper than just preferences, and these details on the surface, you can change anytime you like.

If it is useful to do so, you must abandon your identity and start again. Sometimes, it’s the only way.

Set fire to your old self. It’s not needed here. It’s too busy shopping, gossiping about others, and watching days go by and asking why you haven’t gotten as far as you’d like. This old self will die and be forgotten by all but family, and replaced by someone who makes a difference.

Your new self is not like that. Your new self is the Great Chicago Fire—overwhelming, overpowering, and destroying everything that isn’t necessary.

❝ For a moment the last sunshine fell with romantic affection upon her glowing face; her voice compelled me forward breathlessly as I listened - then the glow faded, each light deserting her with lingering regret, like children leaving a pleasant street at dusk.
- The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald (via beaucoop)

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❝ Their eyes met, and they stared together at each other, alone in space. With an effort she glanced down at the table.
- The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald (via beaucoop)

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❝ Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts.
- Albert Einstein.
❝ A pain stabbed my heart, as it did every time I saw a girl I loved who was going the opposite direction in this too-big world.
- Jack Kerouac - On the Road
❝ You have the luck of living in a country like Mexico. You can breathe life everywhere here.
- Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001)
❝ When I read a book I seem to read it with my eyes only, but now and then I come across a passage, perhaps only a phrase, which has a meaning for me, and it becomes part of me.
- W. Somerset Maugham, in Of Human Bondage
❝ For anyone to love a man, he must be hidden, for as soon as he shows his face, love is gone.
- Fyodor Dostoevsky
❝ Sometimes you read a book so special that you want to carry it around with you for months after you’ve finished just to stay near it.
- Markus Zusak (via left-nut)

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❝ What is that feeling when you’re driving away from people and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? It’s the too-huge world vaulting us, and it’s good-bye. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies.
- Jack Kerouac - On the Road
❝ The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.
- Jack Kerouc - On the Road
❝ You don’t write about the horrors of war. No. You write about a kid’s burnt socks lying in the road.
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Richard Price (via writingquotes)

This is the truest thing about writing that I have ever read. - C

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❝ Drop a stone in the still pool of your character’s life and watch the ripples.
- Jeff Gerke (via writersrelief)

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