Marguerite Mary

"habit is necessary, it is the habit of having habits, of turning a trail into a rut, that must be incessantly fought against if one is to remain alive...one can remain alive long past the usual date of disintegration of one is unafraid of change, insatiable in intellectual curiosity, interested in the big things, and happy in small ways."
-edith wharton

I mistrust all frank and simple people, especially when their stories hold together, and I always had a suspicion that perhaps Robert Cohn had never been middleweight boxing champion, and that perhaps a horse had stepped on his face, or maybe that his mother had been frightened or seen something, or that he had, maybe, bumped into something as a young child,but finally I had someone verify the story from Spider Kelly.

—Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises

The most famous censor was Cato the Elder, who held the office in 184 B.C. His austere old-style Roman virtue became legendary, and much later, his hostility toward Rome’s ancient enemy led him to end all of his speeches, on whatever topic, with the words, “In addition, I think Carthage should be destroyed.”

—B.

happy things

1. a taste of fall with a Great Pumpkin 5k including sections through a CORN MAZE and picking out pumpkins and caramel apples after. just because I live in the desert doesn’t mean I’m not fully going to love my autumn.

2. Pumpkin spice coffee with cream.

3. New running shoes make all the difference, feeling good and going fast.

4. Handwritten letters.

5. Cooler temperatures (and by cooler, I mean 85 and sunny). I won’t hate winter here even a little bit.

6. Reading about Gothic romanticism, tales of terror, and British romanticism (very apropos for Halloween)

7. Cozy peony + rose linen sprays and melatonin make for wonderful sleeps.

8. Spinach, chicken, and apple salad with blue cheese and walnuts (made even better when shared with friends)

9. Watching football games with a Blue Moon and orange slice in a bar where energy is rampant. Never thought I’d like it, but it’s pretty contagious.

10. Teaching and knowing the minds of my 25 tiny freshmen. It’s strange how natural it feels to stand in front of a classroom after only two months!

October arrived, spreading a damp chill over the grounds and into the castle. Madam Pomfrey, the nurse, was kept busy by a sudden spate of colds among the staff and students. Raindrops the size of bullets thundered on the castle windows for days on end; the lake rose, the flower beds turned into muddy streams, and Hagrid’s pumpkins swelled to the size of garden sheds.

—J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (via brianmalik)

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The sun is perfect and you woke this morning. You have enough language in your mouth to be understood. You have a name, and someone wants to call it. Five fingers on your hand and someone wants to hold it. If we just start there, every beautiful thing that has and will ever exist is possible. If we start there, everything, for a moment, is right in the world.

Warsan Shire  (via thatkindofwoman)

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