History books are filled with lies. Whoever wins the war tells the story.
- Cricket, “Lola and the Boy Next Door” by Stephanie Perkins (via bluehairandbooks)
I swear to god I will lose my mind if I hear the “sex sells” fallacy one more time. Sex does not sell. If sex sold, we would see penises where we see boobs. Naked men would be on everything that naked women are on. Sex isn’t what they’re selling you. They’re selling you an impossible, pornographically fueled misogynistic idea of the perfect woman.
- (via littlelightx)
We should read music in the same way that an educated adult will read a book: in silence, but imagining the sound.
- Zoltan Kodaly (via classicalliterature)
I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound or stab us. If the book we’re reading doesn’t wake us up with a blow to the head, what are we reading for? So that it will make us happy, as you write? Good Lord, we would be happy precisely if we had no books, and the kind of books that make us happy are the kind we could write ourselves if we had to. But we need books that affect us like a disaster, that grieve us deeply, like the death of someone we loved more than ourselves, like being banished into forests far from everyone, like a suicide. A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us. That is my belief.
- Unknown (via slekes)