words to live by



Living is like nothing because it is everything – is too subtle and copious for unassisted thought.

Free Fall by William Golding

‘The night is dark and secret. There is fear in it. There are things hidden in the darkness. One feels the beating of the heart, sees less, senses more. Perceptions and responses are heightened…the unknown that lurks ahead, the strange that is beyond one’s control. What is feared is also sometimes hoped for.’

Angelica’s Grotto by Russell Hoban

‘I write poems to preserve things I have seen/thought/felt (if I may so indicate a composite and complex experience) both for myself and for others, though I feel that my prime responsibility is to the experience itself, which I am trying to keep from oblivion for its own sake. Why I should do this I have no idea, but I think the impulse to preserve lies at the bottom of all art.’

Philip Larkin: A Writer’s Life by Andrew Motion

I know it was always in your mind, and it’s always with me too. I used to think of it as a question that had no answer, but now it seems to me that it’s an answer for which no one can imagine the question…The world is full of strange answers and missing questions. Each of us is the answer to some unknown question that we have to guess at and get wrong as often as not.

– Angelica’s Grotto by Russell Hoban

2 responses to “words to live by

  1. Hi there! I feel like I can really relate to you. I stay up really late every night. (Not until I see the daylight though, I have school.) I also agree with your perceptions of night! I wrote a post about night on my blog, if you could check it out that would be amazing. (: (sorry if this is spam to you..I swore I would never do this, but I really want more people to read my blog. So if you like it tell your friends about, and have them tell their friends!)
    thanks so much 🙂

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