“When you can state the theme of a story, when you can separate it from the story itself, then you can be sure the story is not a very good one. The meaning of a story has to be embodied in it, has to be made concrete in it. A story is a way to say something that can’t be said any other way, and it takes every word in the story to say what the meaning is. You tell a story because a statement would be inadequate. When anybody asks what a story is about, the only proper thing is to tell him to read the story. The meaning of fiction is not abstract meaning but experienced meaning, and the purpose of making statements about the meaning of a story is only to help you experience that meaning more fully.”

—Flannery O’Connor (via nathanielstuart)

(via booklover)

“A young man who wishes to remain a sound atheist cannot be too careful of his reading.”

—C.S. Lewis, Surprised by Joy (via observando)

“Always do what you’re afraid to do.
I will prove myself strong when they think I am sick.
I will prove myself brave when they think I am weak.”

—E. Lockhart, We Were Liars (via quotes-shape-us)

“Sometimes I get so immersed in my own company, if I unexpectedly run into someone I know, it’s a bit of a shock and takes me a while to adjust.”

—Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go (via wordsnquotes)

(via sadyoungliterarygirls)

“Moments of their secret life together burst like stars upon his memory.”

—James Joyce, from “The Dead,” Dubliners (Grant Richards Ltd., 1914)

(Source: wikiquote.com, via journalofanobody)

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From Álftavatn to Botnar on the Laugavegur, Iceland | 2014

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