• when a catarpiller sees a butterfly...does it know?
  • "You know how subatomic particles don’t obey physical laws? They act according to chance, chaos, coincidence. They run into each other in the middle of the universe somewhere, and bang! Energy! That’s the great thing about the universe. It’s unpredictable. That’s why it’s so much fun."
  • I was gawky and she was gorgeous and I was hopelessly boring and she was endlessly fascinating. So I walked back to my room and collapsed on the bottom bunk, thinking that if people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane.
  • i am always thinking. when i am not speaking, i am thinking. i have opinions about this place, about all of you.
  • Put one drop of poison into the purest water, and what happens to the rest?
  • Though the whole land surface has been covered with a mass of uniform greyness to keep it ordered and tidy, the plants will always find the smallest cracks and send out their green tendrils and bright blossoms, and with time the underground roots will expand and break up the bleak uniformity of the tamed landscape.
  • Not all are called to be artists in the specific sense of the term. Yet as Genesis has it, all men and women are entrusted with the task of crafting their own life: in a sense, they are to make of it a work of art, a masterpiece.
  • She opened her mouth but did not immediately speak, and I felt, simultaneously, the impulse to coax the words from her and the impulse to suppress them. I always thought I wanted to know a secret, or I wanted an event to unfold – I wanted my life to start – but in those rare moments when it seemed like something might actually change, panic shot through me.
  • here we are, mister pilgrim, trapped in this moment like bugs in a jar. this is our amber moment.
  • "What I feared to part with was now a joy to surrender."
  • your tongue is a rudder. it steers the whole ship. sends your words past your lips or keeps them safe behind your teeth. but the wrong words will strand you. come off course while you sleep. sweep your boat out to sea or dashed to bits on the reef.
apr 12 2009 ∞
apr 15 2009 +