a graduation message from my resident director
“What I can tell you now is that if you want it to be, BC will always be your home. Those relationships that mean so much to you will continue to, no matter where you are as long as you put in the effort. And the school itself isn’t going anywhere….so don’t worry about that. My only advice is that you remember what is most true about yourself. Know what those things are and keep them in focus. When problems come and frustration happens, if you can call to mind what you have learned about yourself from your experiences in the classroom, in friendships, on retreat, on a service trip, or wherever it may be, it can be a tremendous help.”
—Ryan Mulderrig, in a ‘goodbye seniors’ e-mail
The man seriously knows how to craft just the right message for any given situation.
The poets, then, did not invent the subject-matter of their sagas, but merely coloured the existing facts.
Lactantius, divinae institutiones, I, II, 23.
My lightbulb moment of “Art & Myth in Ancient Greece” class this semester is when I realized the sheer imaginations of the ancient Greeks.
More than just a physical space, he explained, a city is a set of cultural norms. “It’s kind of a shared dream.” Stop dreaming, stop continually making decisions to maintain it, and ivy creeps up the walls.
--Jason Fagone goes on Neil Freeman’s tour of Bushwick, Brooklyn, and looks at his alternative geography: http://nyr.kr/10bT1Rs (via newyorker)
Gardner believed in love. She had little faith in her ability as an actress or a star; at each casting, it was said that she always thought they had the wrong girl. She could love well, however, no matter how formidable the object of her affection. Yet as each of her men worked his way through her heart, he also wore her down a little bit, until like Lady Brett Ashley, Gardner learned to cover her old wounds and aching heart with a sort of brash independence that held men at bay. Love in the abstract or the past tense became her ideal.
--Cary Randolph Fuller, for RL Magazine’s “A Heroine for Hemingway”
She loved to walk down the street with a book under her arm. It had the same significance for her as an elegant cane for the dandy a century ago. It differentiated her from others.
--Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being (via katiearmour)
People think I’m a hippie—and I’d like to think I connect with the quote-unquote ‘hippie’ lifestyle—but no, I’m not really. I’m not all about free love and you can have sex with every single person, you know. I definitely have boundaries. But I do like to dress a little hippie-ish, and in my beauty products, I’m all about the more natural, the better.
--Teresa Palmer, star of Warm Bodies, as told to Into the Gloss
I hope I take as much from life when I’m 50 as Jodie Foster seems to have. If you thought her speech was confusing at first (as did I) that’s because we’re not used to hearing people - interesting, free thinking people - speak in the rhythm of their own inner metronome. That was inspiring.
John Mayer, on Jodie Foster’s Golden Globes acceptance speech for the Cecil B. Demile Award
Echoing the sentiments expressed here; was so confused the entire duration of Jodie’s speech but by the end, everything came full circle.
Everybody has a secret world inside of them. I mean everybody. All of the people in the whole world, I mean everybody — no matter how dull and boring they are on the outside. Inside them they’ve all got unimaginable, magnificent, wonderful, stupid, amazing worlds… Not just one world. Hundreds of them. Thousands, maybe.
Quote via Goodreads.