“What an astonishing thing a book is. It’s a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you’re inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, an author is speaking clearly and silently inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs. Books break the shackles of time. A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic.”—Carl Sagan (via olanthanide)
“It never occurred to me that our lives, until then so closely interwoven, could unravel and separate over a thing like that. But the fact was, I suppose, there were powerful tides tugging us apart by then, and it only needed something like that to finish the task. If we’d understood that back then-who knows? Maybe we’d have kept a tighter hold of one another.”—Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go (via beautyisanillusion)
people would stop telling me/talking about how amazing Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Fight Club are.
guess what? i have seen both of them and yeah they’re ok. the actors where on their game, but these are not the best movies ever. fight club should not still blow your mind. get over it.
on a similar note; fifty shades of gray is not something you should brag about reading in 2 days. ”omg, it was so good” says this soccer mom today, “can you believe i read it in two days!?” considering the last thing you read was probably some bed time story to your snotty little kid, yeah I can believe it.