it's not you, it's me...

student. writer. recluse. Death Eater.

Very often we don’t go elsewhere because we are looking for another person. We go elsewhere because we are looking for another self. It isn’t so much that we want to leave the person we are with as we want to leave the person we have become.

—Esther Perel (via thatkindofwoman)

(Source: lakanen, via thatkindofwoman)

I’m a good girl. I’m a nice girl. I’m a straight-A, strait-laced, good daughter, good career girl, and I never stole anybody’s boyfriend and I never ran out on a girlfriend, and I put up with my parents’ shit and brother’s shit and I’m not a girl anyhow, I’m over forty fucking years old, and I’m good at my job and I’m great with kids and I held my mother’s hand when she died,after four years of holding her hand while she was dying, and I speak to my father ever day on the telephone — every day, mind you, and what kind of weather do you have on your side of the river, because here it’s pretty gray and a big muggy too? It was supposed to say “Great Artist” on my tombstone, but if I died right now it would say “Such a good teacher/daughter/friend” instead; and what I really want to shout, and want in big letters on that grave, too, is FUCK YOU ALL.

—Claire Messud, The Woman Upstairs (via vintageanchorbooks)

Being with him made my brain quiet. I didn’t have to invent a thing.

—Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (via quoted-books)

(via teachingliteracy)