"Above all else, it is about leaving a mark that I existed: I was here. I was hungry. I was defeated. I was happy. I was sad. I was in love. I was afraid. I was hopeful. I had an idea and I had a good purpose and that’s why I made works of art."
— Felix Gonzalez-Torres
"I cannot make you understand. I cannot make anyone understand what is happening inside me. I cannot even explain it to myself."
— Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis (via feellng)
"Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn’t it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up. You build up all these defenses, you build up a whole suit of armor, so that nothing can hurt you, then one stupid person, no different from any other stupid person, wanders into your stupid life…You give them a piece of you. They didn’t ask for it. They did something dumb one day, like kiss you or smile at you, and then your life isn’t your own anymore. Love takes hostages. It gets inside you. It eats you out and leaves you crying in the darkness, so simple a phrase like ‘maybe we should be just friends’ turns into a glass splinter working its way into your heart. It hurts. Not just in the imagination. Not just in the mind. It’s a soul-hurt, a real gets-inside-you-and-rips-you-apart pain. I hate love."
— Neil Gaiman, The Sandman, Vol. 9: The Kindly Ones (via feellng)
"When all you wanna do is give up, when all you wanna do is give in, when you feel like you’ve given all you’ve got, you’ve gotta take one more step. You’ve gotta run one more lap. You’ve gotta throw one more punch. You’ve gotta fight back. You’ve gotta fight a little harder. You’ve gotta defeat weakness, annihilate weakness, and punish the competition. It’s about pushing yourself. It’s about perfecting the You. Not just doing more, not just doing better, but finding your best."
— Eric Thomas (via skeletales)
(Source: heidi-ch, via skeletales)
"He’s not perfect. You aren’t either, and the two of you will never be perfect. But if he can make you laugh at least once, causes you to think twice, and if he admits to being human and making mistakes, hold onto him and give him the most you can. He isn’t going to quote poetry, he’s not thinking about you every moment, but he will give you a part of him that he knows you could break. Don’t hurt him, don’t change him, and don’t expect for more than he can give. Don’t analyze. Smile when he makes you happy, yell when he makes you mad, and miss him when he’s not there. Love hard when there is love to be had. Because perfect guys don’t exist, but there’s always one guy that is perfect for you."
— Bob Marley (via feellng)