Do you remember when I was weak from hunger, and I ate those ants? That got me thinking, if I hadn’t eaten them, I’d have died. Then I would have been eaten by them. I’d go into the earth and become grass, and the rabbits would eat that.
A long time ago this island was probably at the bottom of the sea. In tens of thousands of years from now, it could be a mountain for all we know. Everything we see, everyone we meet, is caught up in a great unseen flow. But it’s bigger than that. It’s the entire world, the entire universe even! And compared to as something as big as that, you and I are tiny. Not even the size of ants. We are only one small part in the much greater flow. Nothing more than a fraction of the whole. But by putting all of those ones together, you get one great all.
The flows of this universe follows laws of such magnitude, that you and I can’t even imagine them.
“You’re afraid of a popular uprising. Well you don’t need to worry about that. Why do you think we came up with all this ‘soon-to-haves’ and ‘job-creator’ nonsense? It’s to make these people think that we’re their hero’s! Then they’ll blame themselves for not being rich. We keep them in a state of consumerist torpid depression until they die of type-two diabetes on a pile of scratch off lottery tickets. It’s perfect! Muahahah”—John Hodgman (The Daily Show 2/2/12)
“Sometimes you climb out of bed in the morning and you think, I’m not going to make it, but you laugh inside
remembering all the times you’ve felt that way”—Charles Bukowski, Gamblers All (via razorbladesalvations)
“Dear Roberta Sparrow, I have reached the end of your book and… there are so many things that I need to ask you. Sometimes I’m afraid of what you might tell me. Sometimes I’m afraid that you’ll tell me that this is not a work of fiction. I can only hope that the answers will come to me in my sleep. I hope that when the world comes to an end, I can breathe a sigh of relief, because there will be so much to look forward to.”—Donnie Darko (via overcomingobstacles)
“His life had been ruled by a great passion - to become one of the lords of the clan. That had been his life-spring. And he had all but achieved it. Then everything had been broken.”—Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe
You think you are the greatest sufferer in the world? Do you know that men are sometimes banished for life? Do you know that men sometimes lose all their yams and even their children? I had six wives once. I have none now except that young girl who knows not her right from her left. Do you know how many children I have buried - children I begot in my youth and strength? Twenty-two. I did not hang myself, and I am still alive. If you think you are the greatest sufferer in the world ask my daughter, Akueni, how many twins she has borne and thrown away. Have you not heard the song they sing when a woman dies?
'For whom is it well, for whom is it well?
There is no one for whom it is well.'