Whatever you are physically…male or female, strong or weak, ill or healthy—all those things matter less than what your heart contains. If you have the soul of a warrior, you are a warrior. All those other things, they are the glass that contains the lamp, but you are the light inside.

Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel (via writing—quotes)

But I do not wish to escape to myself, I wish to escape from myself. I wish to obliterate my consciousness and my knowledge of independent existence, my guilts, my secretiveness, what you would (perhaps unkindly) call my “hypocrisy”. I am no child of nature, I am ugly and imperfect to myself, and I cannot through poetry or romantic visions exalt myself to symbolic glory.

Allen Ginsberg, in a letter to Jack Kerouac (via theunquotables)

our beds are big and our hearts are bigger
but we still all fall asleep lonely in the tired hearts club
trying to fill the void
with worn paperbacks and songs set on repeat
cheap wine and cheaper cigarettes
romantic comedies, with b-list actors play on my tv day and night
longing, searching for answers with all my might
and yet, instead of love, or even answers,
the only thing to fill my chest is the oppressing night air
and the spot I reserved for you
continues to remain empty

Lorinda Ament, Tired Hearts Club (via wnq-writers)

…Writers remember everything…especially the hurts. Strip a writer to the buff, point to the scars, and he’ll tell you the story of each small one. From the big ones you get novels. A little talent is a nice thing to have if you want to be a writer, but the only real requirement is the ability to remember the story of every scar.
Art consists of the persistence of memory.

Stephen King, Misery (via wordsnquotes)

I start bursting at the seams. My heart explodes in my chest but I do not wince. There is a soft smile playing on my lips and my fingers trace the outline of it lazily but I am far from calm. This must be what love is. The biggest paradox of all.

Anonymous  (via wnq-writers)

Root out the violence in your life, and learn to live compassionately and mindfully. Seek peace. When you have peace within, real peace with others is possible.

Thich Nhat Hanh (via thecalminside)