for the weary dreamer:
“I’m an idiot trying to achieve something I can’t possibly do. It’s in the will, in the heart! To hell with these rotten doubts.” — Jack Kerouac
“I want to live the rest of my life, however long or short, with as much sweetness as I can decently manage, loving all the people I love & doing as much as I can of the work I still have to do. I am going to write fire until it comes out of my ears, my eyes, my noseholes— everywhere, until it’s every breath I breathe. I’m going to go out like a fucking meteor.” — Audre Lorde
“Remember, you have been criticizing yourself for years and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens.” — Louise Hay
“Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives – choice, not chance, determines your destiny.” — Aristotle
“If they give you ruled paper, write the other way.” — Juan Ramon Jimenez
The things that discourage me also encourage me. Great art is a cathartic beauty. I find myself at the last page of a novel and no longer know what to do with my hands. With myself. I want to lie down for a while, maybe forever. I never want to write again. How can I? How can I when this, this, exists?
How can I not try?