When people say ‘This is my baby,’ they don’t always mean a baby. Sometimes they mean a dog.
~A Somali student, on what has surprised her most about the United States. (via africandogontheprairie
I’m no longer watching television in which middle-aged men figure out how to be men. I’d rather watch shows about teenaged girls figuring out what it means to be a monster
Kelly Link, in an interview from last year that has really stuck with me because of this line. (via andrewasalways)
Kelly Link is the greatest.
All the Kelly Link appreciation.
Do you love me enough that I may be weak with you? Everyone loves strength, but do you love me for my weakness? That is the real test.
~Alain de Botton (via dirtyberd
I. I was the first person to teach you that love was not always a white light to a ship lost at sea.
II. On my worst days, the sky was a festering wound that wouldn’t heal. I didn’t want to be that to you.
III. On my worst days, you were the only word I could say without clenching my fists.
IV. I really did love you, I just couldn’t claw my way out of the ground to do it properly.
V. None of this was your fault.
VI. I’m sorry I was your lighthouse. I’m sorry you couldn’t see the wall of rocks on my shore.
~I wrote out six messages, then erased them all
Do you know what a foreign accent is? It’s a sign of bravery.
~Amy Chua, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mom
You are personally responsible for becoming more ethical than the society you grew up in.
~Eliezer Yudkowsky (via teslatarasov
You have to surrender to your mediocrity, and just write. Because it’s hard, really hard, to write even a crappy book. But it’s better to write a book that kind of sucks rather than no book at all, as you wait around to magically become Faulkner. No one is going to write your book for you and you can’t write anybody’s book but your own.
Cheryl Strayed (via dejsong)
Yes! This is up there with the Amy Poehler thing about doing things right now, before you’re ready, because great people do things before they are ready.
This debut, an original space opera starring a cast of mostly [non-stars] proves two things. First it means that there is no summer slump. Audiences will flock to theaters if the film debuting is something they all want to see. Second, it means that Marvel can do whatever it wants now. So if they choose not to make a female-centric or minority-centric superhero film, it’s because they just don’t want to.
Ahahaha, well …
Out of the mouths of that liberal feminist pinko communist rag, Forbes.
I’ve really tried to understand the Israelis. I used to work on a farm in Israel. I speak Hebrew. I watch their news. All the time they talk about fear. How they have to run to their bunkers to hide from the rockets. How their children can’t sleep because of the sirens. This is not a good way for them to live. We Palestinians don’t talk about fear, we talk about death. Our rockets scare them; their rockets kill us. We have no bomb shelters, we have no sirens, we have nowhere we can take our children and keep them safe. They are scared. We are dying.
~Mohammed al-Khoudry a Palestinian farmer in Gaza.