I had to go through a time of isolation in order to come to terms with who and what I was, as distinguished from all the things I’d been told I was.
James Baldwin

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It is true that the more one learns the less one knows.
James Baldwin

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Insofar as you think you’re white, you’re irrelevant.
James Baldwin

All life is just a progression toward, and then a recession from, one phrase, ‘I love you.’
 - F. Scott Fitzgerald (via bluerskieswaitforme)

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I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point ‘If this isn’t nice I don’t know what is.’
Kurt Vonnegut (via schindermania)

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Be careful what you pretend to be because you are what you pretend to be.
Kurt Vonnegut (via stuff—n—things)

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An artist is someone who can hold two opposing viewpoints and still remain fully functional.
F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Cut out all these exclamation points. An exclamation point is like laughing at your own joke.
F. Scott Fitzgerald

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All those who try to go it sole alone, Too proud to be beholden for relief, Are absolutely sure to come to grief.
Robert Frost

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A poem…begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness. It is never a thought to begin with. It is at its best when it is a tantalizing vagueness.
Robert Frost

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