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"Whenever I take up a newspaper, I seem to see Ghosts gliding between the lines. There must be Ghosts all the country over, as thick as the sand of the sea…. We are, one and all, so pitifully afraid of the light."
— Henrik Ibsen, Ghosts
"To See a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour."
— William Blake, Auguries of Innocence (via fables-of-the-reconstruction)
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"Once it happened, as I lay awake at night, that I suddenly spoke in verses, in verses so beautiful and strange that I did not venture to think of writing them down, and then in the morning they vanished; and yet they lay hidden within me like the hard kernel within an old brittle husk."

Hermann Hesse, Steppenwolf

Einmal geschah es nachts, dass ich im Wachliegen plötzlich Verse sagte, Verse viel zu schön und viel zu wunderlich, als dass ich daran hätte denken dürfen, sie aufzuschreiben, die ich am Morgen nicht mehr wußte und die doch in mir verborgen lagen wie die schwere Nuss in einer alten brüchigen Schale.

m3zzaluna:

ein rollstuhlfahrer passiert die ruine des stadtschlosses (man in a wheelchair outside the palace ruins), 1947. the hohenzollern residence, located in the eastern sector, bore the legend, "remove war criminals from all positions!!!". 
© friedrich seidenstücker, from berlin. portrait of a city.

m3zzaluna:

ein rollstuhlfahrer passiert die ruine des stadtschlosses (man in a wheelchair outside the palace ruins), 1947. the hohenzollern residence, located in the eastern sector, bore the legend, "remove war criminals from all positions!!!". 

© friedrich seidenstücker, from berlin. portrait of a city.

"I have love in me the likes of which you can scarcely imagine and rage the likes of which you would not believe. If I cannot satisfy the one, I will indulge the other."
— Frankenstein’s Monster - Frankenstein — Mary Shelly (via scifi-fantasy-horror)

unhistorical:

February 4, 1861: The Confederate States of America is formed.

In November of 1860, Abraham Lincoln, a one-term U.S. representative and candidate for the newly-formed Republican Party, was elected President of the United States with just under 40% of the popular vote. Rather than remain in a union whose president had won the election with a party promising “free labor, free land, free men”, seven southern slaveholding states seceded. The first was South Carolina, birthplace of John C. Calhoun and historical hotbed of states’ rights sentiment, and the last of the original seven was Texas, which seceded in February, a little over a month before Lincoln took office.

Six delegates convened in Montgomery, Alabama in the chambers of the state senate on February 4, 1861. Their first meeting marked the founding of the Confederate States of America, and in the coming months the Montgomery Convention drafted a Constitution and appointed former Secretary of War and veteran congressman Jefferson Davis president opposite the comparatively inexperienced Abraham Lincoln. In his Cornerstone Speech (March 21, 1861), the Confederate States’ vice president Alexander Stephens asserted that “our peculiar institution African slavery" was the "immediate cause of the late rupture and present revolution”. He also declared that the founding principle of the new Confederate state, for which hundreds of thousands of lives would soon be spent, should be the principle of black racial inferiority:

Our new government is founded upon exactly the opposite idea; its foundations are laid, its corner- stone rests, upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery subordination to the superior race is his natural and normal condition. This, our new government, is the first, in the history of the world, based upon this great physical, philosophical, and moral truth.

the-voice-leading-nazi:

deceptivecadenza:

Arnold clearly isn’t as amused as I am

I’m laughing way too hard at this.

the-voice-leading-nazi:

deceptivecadenza:

Arnold clearly isn’t as amused as I am

I’m laughing way too hard at this.

"There are certain emotions in your body that not even your best friend can sympathize with, but you will find the right film or the right book, and it will understand you."
— Björk (via tywin)

fuckyeahbibliophilia:

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Colin Firth as William Shakespeare in Blackadder Back and Forth (1999)

Colin Firth playing Will Shakespeare AND talking about Kenneth Branagh. OMG too uch! This episode is awesome!!!

"Man’s life is like a bright flower blooming in a meadow. A goat comes along and eats it up. No more flower."
— Anton Chekhov, Ivanov
thewicked-eternity