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A library of collectanea.

There’s a reason most people have “the one who got away”—and why that memory is usually pleasant, rather than painful, though it’s perhaps best left undisturbed. Maybe we don’t want to fulfil romantic fantasies, ultimately—we would rather settle for responsible companionship, with far less risk involved.

Our Lives Might Have Been So Much Different — Bright Wall/Dark Room 1:06pm on March 27, 2017

A giant once lived in that body. But Matt Brady got lost because he looked for God too high up and too far away.

Inherit the Wind (1960) 4:05pm on March 25, 2017

It is the duty of a newspaper to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.

Inherit the Wind (1960) 3:57pm on March 25, 2017

I don’t swear just for the hell of it. Language is a poor enough means of communication. I think we should all the words we’ve got. Besides, there are damn few words that anybody understands.

Inherit the Wind (1960) 3:56pm on March 25, 2017

“Why is it, my old friend, that you’ve moved so far away from me?”

“All motion is relative, Matt. Maybe it’s you who’ve moved away by standing still.”

Inherit the Wind (1960) 3:55pm on March 25, 2017

1. Go outside and walk in the direction that is the quietest. 2. Continue until you’re in the quietest place possible. 3. Take a moment to absorb it.

How To Pay Attention – re:form – Medium 11:29pm on March 24, 2017

Like protons circling a nucleus, the kids grow into themselves but never quite disband from their parents, despite all that movement.

This American Boy — Bright Wall/Dark Room 8:41am on March 22, 2017

The great mass of human beings are not acutely selfish. After the age of about thirty they almost abandon the sense of being individuals at all — and live chiefly for others, or are simply smothered under drudgery. But there is also the minority of gifted, willful people who are determined to live their own lives to the end.

George Orwell: Why I Write 1:28pm on March 20, 2017

Lots of being a kid is watching and waiting, and Totoro understands this. When Mei catches a glimpse of a small Totoro running under her house, she crouches down and stares into the gap, waiting. Miyazaki holds on this image: we wait with her. Magical things happen, but most of life happens in between those things—and this has a kind of gentle magic of its own.

Towards a True Children’s Cinema: on ‘My Neighbor Totoro’ — Bright Wall/Dark Room 11:12pm on March 19, 2017

Whatever we say, we’re always talking about ourselves.

Show Your Work! a book by Austin Kleon 9:55pm on March 19, 2017

People often ask me, “How do you find the time for all this?” And I answer, “I look for it.” You find time the same place you find spare change: in the nooks and crannies.

Show Your Work! a book by Austin Kleon 8:58pm on March 19, 2017

The day is the only unit of time that I can really get my head around. Seasons change, weeks are completely human-made, but the day has a rhythm. The sun goes up; the sun goes down. I can handle that.

Show Your Work! a book by Austin Kleon 8:55pm on March 19, 2017

The writer George Saunders, speaking of his own near-death experience, said, “For three or four days after that, it was the most beautiful world. To have gotten back in it, you know? And I thought, if you could walk around like that all the time, to really have that awareness that it’s actually going to end. That’s the trick.”

Show Your Work! a book by Austin Kleon 8:37pm on March 19, 2017

Life should be an aim unto itself, a purpose unto itself. Either this is not an answer at all, or it is the only possible answer.

How To Live: A Life Of Montaigne | Sarah Bakewell 8:02pm on March 19, 2017

Old age provides an opportunity to recognize one’s fallibility in a way youth usually finds difficult.

How To Live: A Life Of Montaigne | Sarah Bakewell 8:02pm on March 19, 2017

It is beguiling; it is flattering. One looks into one’s copy of the Essays like the Queen in Snow White looking into her mirror. Before there is even time to ask the fairy-tale question, the mirror croons back, “You’re the fairest of them all.”

How To Live: A Life Of Montaigne | Sarah Bakewell 8:02pm on March 19, 2017

Just as he would not think of passing judgment on a roomful of acquaintances, all of whom had their own reasons and points of view to explain what they had done, so he would not think of judging previous versions of Montaigne. “We are all patchwork,” he wrote, “and so shapeless and diverse in composition that each bit, each moment, plays its own game.”

How To Live: A Life Of Montaigne | Sarah Bakewell 8:01pm on March 19, 2017

Such writers, says Hazlitt, collect curiosities of human life just as natural history enthusiasts collect shells, fossils, or beetles as they stroll along a forest path or seashore. They capture things as they really are rather than as they should be. Montaigne was the finest of them all because he allowed everything to be what it was, including himself.

How To Live: A Life Of Montaigne | Sarah Bakewell 8:01pm on March 19, 2017

For a while, there were two different realities, depending on which side you were on.

How To Live: A Life Of Montaigne | Sarah Bakewell 8:01pm on March 19, 2017