“I haven’t any right to criticize books, and I don’t do it except when I hate them. I often want to criticize Jane Austen, but her books madden me so that I can’t conceal my frenzy from the reader; and therefore I have to stop every time I begin. Every time I read ‘Pride and Prejudice,’ I want to dig her up and hit her over the skull with her own shin-bone.” —Mark Twain
“Because we don’t know when we will die, we get to think of life as an inexhaustible well. Yet everything happens only a certain number of times, and a very small number really. How many more times will you remember a certain afternoon of your childhood, some afternoon that is so deeply a part of your being that you can’t even conceive of your life without it? Perhaps four or five times more, perhaps not even that. How many more times will you watch the full moon rise? Perhaps twenty. And yet it all seems limitless.”
from The Sheltering Sky
Expect a most agreeable letter, for not being overburdened with subject (having nothing at all to say), I shall have no check to my genius from beginning to end. —Jane Austen
Two brothers, one from North Korea and the other from South Korea, were permitted a few days together after 50 years of separation. Here they are saying goodbye again.
(I’ve searched in vain for the proper credit for this photo. If anyone knows, please let me know in the comments.)
“The more we are aware of perfection the more we realize how very far away from us it is. That is why art work is so very hard. It is a working through disappointments to greater disappointments, and a growing recognition of failure, to the point of defeat. But still one wakes in the morning and there is inspiration and one goes on.” —Agnes Martin
Wonderful Game of Thrones art, one beautiful death per episode.
“Ten men in a room trying to come up with their favorite ice cream are going to agree on vanilla. I’m the rocky road guy” —Darren Aronofsky