"I am the wound and the knife!
I am the slap and the cheek!
I am the limbs and the rack,
And the victim and the executioner!
I am the vampire of my own heart."
"Peel my fear off. Take a brief glimpse on the inside. Get scared. Lie. Run. Off you go."
Gertrude Stein, Collected Works (via violentwavesofemotion)
"It’s everybody, I mean. Everything everybody does is so — I don’t know — not wrong, or even mean, or even stupid necessarily. But just so tiny and meaningless and — sad-making. And the worst part is, if you go bohemian or something crazy like that, you’re conforming just as much only in a different way."
❝ضَعْ فَخْرَكَ، وَاحْطُطْ كِبْرَكَ، وَاذْكُرْ قَبْرَكَ
ʿAlī Ibn Abī Ṭālib (al-Zamakhsharī, Rabīʿ al-Abrār). (via spiritualaspirant)