apathetic or sluggish inactivity
Anne Marie, 20, Poland.
I don't really know how to talk to people, so I just watch tv shows all the time and pretend I have a life. And when I'm not doing that, I'm eating or sleeping or staring at the ceiling out of pure boredom.
"There is something about words. In expert hands, manipulated deftly, they take you prisoner. Wind themselves around your limbs like spider silk, and when you are so enthralled you cannot move, they pierce your skin, enter your blood, numb your thoughts. Inside you they work their magic."
—Dianne Setterfield,The Thirteenth Tale
"I just do art because I’m ugly and there’s nothing else for me to do."
— Andy Warhol
"And when at last you find someone to whom you feel you can pour out your soul, you stop in shock at the words you utter— they are so rusty, so ugly, so meaningless and feeble from being kept in the small cramped dark inside you so long."
"There are some things about myself I can’t explain to anyone. There are some things I don’t understand at all. I can’t tell what I think about things or what I’m after. I don’t know what my strengths are or what I’m supposed to do about them. But if I start thinking about these things in too much detail the whole thing gets scary. And if I get scared I can only think about myself. I become really self-centered, and without meaning to, I hurt people. So I’m not such a wonderful human being."
"Maybe there’s something you’re afraid to say, or someone you’re afraid to love, or somewhere you’re afraid to go. It’s gonna hurt. It’s gonna hurt because it matters."
—Will Grayson, Will Grayson
"The writer is both a sadist and a masochist. We create people we love, and then we torture them. The more we love them, and the more cleverly we torture them along the lines of their greatest vulnerability and fear, the better the story. Sometimes we try to protect them from getting booboos that are too big. Don’t. This is your protagonist, not your kid."
"Before you quit, try."
"When you’re young, you always feel that life hasn’t yet begun — that “life” is always scheduled to begin next week, next month, next year, after the holidays — whenever. But then suddenly you’re old and the scheduled life didn’t arrive. You find yourself asking, ‘Well then, exactly what was it I was having — that interlude — the scrambly madness — all that time I had before?"
"Her eyes were the color of faraway love."
—Pablo Neruda, The Fable of the Mermaid and the Drunks
"I can’t explain what I mean. And even if I could, I’m not sure I’d feel like it."
—J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye
"How embarrassing it is to be human."
"People who believe in God think God has put human beings on earth because they think human beings are the best animal, but human beings are just an animal and they will evolve into another animal, and that animal will be cleverer and it will put human beings into a zoo, like we put chimpanzees and gorillas into a zoo. Or human beings will all catch a disease and die out or they will make too much pollution and kill themselves, and then there will only be insects in the world and they will be the best animal."
"I went to the guest room and pretended to write. I hit the space bar again and again and again. My life story was spaces."
—Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
"There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate."
"There are only two worlds - your world, which is the real world, and other worlds, the fantasy. Worlds like this are worlds of the human imagination: their reality, or lack of reality, is not important. What is important is that they are there. These worlds provide an alternative. Provide an escape. Provide a threat. Provide a dream, and power; provide refuge, and pain. They give your world meaning. They do not exist; and thus they are all that matters."