"Like you’re riding a train at night across some vast plain, and you catch a glimpse of a tiny light in a window of a farmhouse. In an instant it’s sucked back into the darkness behind and vanishes. But if you close your eyes, that point of light stays with you, just barely for a few moments."

-Haruki MurakamiSputnik Sweetheart (via infinitives) lit | 12/21/2011 - 113 notes - ♥ Reblog
"If you take a book with you on a journey,…an odd thing happens: The book begins collecting your memories. And forever after you have only to open that book to be back where you first read it. It will all come into your mind with the very first words: the sights you saw in that place, what it smelled like, the ice cream you ate while you were reading it…yes, books are like flypaper—memories cling to the printed page better than anything else."

-Cornelia FunkeInkheart (via infinitives) lit | 12/20/2011 - 269 notes - ♥ Reblog
"It is a fine line, in all of us, between civilization and savagery. To any who think they would never cross it, I can only say, if you have never known what it is to be utterly betrayed and abandoned, you cannot know how close it is."

-Jacqueline Carey lit | 12/4/2011 - 54 notes - ♥ Reblog
"What we call our destiny is truly our character and that character can be altered. The knowledge that we are responsible for our actions and attitudes does not need to be discouraging, because it also means that we are free to change this destiny. One is not in bondage to the past, which has shaped our feelings, to race, inheritance, background. All this can be altered if we have the courage to examine how it formed us. We can alter the chemistry provided we have the courage to dissect the elements."

-Anaïs Nin (via infinitives) lit | 12/3/2011 - 50 notes - ♥ Reblog
"Taking one’s chances is like taking a bath, because sometimes you end up feeling comfortable and warm, and sometimes there is something terrible lurking around that you cannot see until it is too late and you can do nothing else but scream and cling to a plastic duck."

-Lemony Snicket (via infinitives) lit | quotes | prose | 12/2/2011 - 92 notes - ♥ Reblog