"We’re all going to die, all of us, what a circus! That alone should make us love each other but it doesn’t. We are terrorized and flattened by trivialities, we are eaten up by nothing."

Charles Bukowski (via moldavia)

(Source: whileeveryonesleeps)

"Lignin, the stuff that prevents all trees from adopting the weeping habit, is a polymer made up of units that are closely related to vanillin. When made into paper and stored for years, it breaks down and smells good. Which is how divine providence has arranged for secondhand bookstores to smell like good quality vanilla absolute, subliminally stoking a hunger for knowledge in all of us."

Why secondhand bookstores smell good 

Perfumes: The Guide (via YMFY)

(Source: bookshelfporn)

"We grow up in a controlled society, where we are told that when one person kills another person, that is murder, but when the government kills a hundred thousand, that is patriotism."

Howard Zinn (via thislifeisminetocherish)

"The test of how racist you are is not how many people of color you can count as friends,” I recall someone telling me—I can’t remember who now. “It’s how many white people you’re willing to talk to about racism."

"… one of the stupidest things [to] do is insist that children comprehend everything they read, and read only what they comprehend. People who read well do not learn to read this way. They learn by plunging into books that are ‘too hard’ for them, enjoying what they can understand, wondering and guessing about what they do not, and not worrying when they cannot find an answer."

John Holt

"Obviously, no one sits down and makes a rational decision about who to fall in love with, but I get frustrated with the veiled condescension of straight people who believe that queers “can’t help it,” and thus should be treated with tolerance and pity. To say “I was born this way” is to apologize for the person I am and for whom I love. It’s like saying I would be different if I could. I wouldn’t."

Lindsay Miller (Autostraddle — On What It Means To Say You Were Born This Gay)

This has been something that has always infuriated me. Okay, so maybe I was born this way. Looking back on my life, I’ve been attracted to women pretty consistently since I was young, that just wasn’t how I thought of it at first. So? Does that make it better than if I chose to be like this? Less troublesome for someone who is threatened by that idea, that there are people who choose to be different, to voluntarily stray from the norm. Because it means that the norm is only the norm because you say so, not because of any science or great powerful thing or logic. And that can be a scary realization, how shaky the things that define your existence are.