Notes In Paradise


"A writer is someone who pays attention to the world — a writer is a professional observer."

A beautiful definition from Susan Sontag from her altogether fantastic 1992 lecture on the purpose of literature. (via explore-blog)

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Rare Words


acosmist - One who believes that nothing exists
paralian - A person who lives near the sea
aureate - Pertaining to the fancy or flowery words used by poets 
dwale - To wander about deliriously
sabaism - The worship of stars
dysphoria - An unwell feeling
aubade - A love song which is sung at dawn
eumoirous - Happiness due to being honest and wholesome
mimp - To speak in a prissy manner, usually with pursed lips

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"It’s an awful truth that suffering can deepen us, give a greater luster to our colours, a richer resonance to our words."

Anne Rice (via capuzzine)

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"I was afraid of my own thoughts and the thoughts behind my thoughts."
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"Most of our childhood is stored not in photos, but in certain biscuits, lights of day, smells, textures of carpet."

Alain de Botton (via ohdreaming)

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"Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive because your words become your behavior. Keep your behavior positive because your behavior becomes your habits. Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny."

Mahatma Gandhi (via hqlines)

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