"When you look at yourself from a universal standpoint, something inside always reminds or informs you that there are bigger and better things to worry about."

Albert Einstein  (via woolfen)

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"I’m just never going to classes again so that the next time your parents Skype I can be there too. I love them so much."

Girl talking to her friend (via overheardatwilliams)

"One of the issues I kept saying to my students is you have to learn to interrupt. When you raise your hand at a meeting, by the time they get to you, the point is not germane. So the bottom line is active listening. If you are going to interrupt, you look for opportunities. You have to know what you’re talking about."

Madeleine Albright (via lizabethdavis)

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"I’m going to be honest with you: I have not retained a single piece of knowledge from that class. I don’t even know the full course title."

"Listening takes practice, and it takes patience. But I promise, if you listen, your story will be better for it."

Howard Gordon, Co-Creator of ‘Homeland’
Connecticut College Commencement Speech for the Class of 2013 (via amandasjacket)

"I enjoy talking to you. Your mind appeals to me."

George Orwell, 1984 (via sadexistences)

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"It is impossible to say just what I mean."

T.S. Eliot, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”  (via victorielle)

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"Pynchon novels, like certain dishes, tend to suffer only from excessive explanation. I advocate surrender to Pynchon; letting your mind toss on the wild currents of his language is a lot more enjoyable than treating his novels like puzzles, wondering where the pieces fit: Who is Rachel Owlglass? Why are we in Egypt? Just enjoy the bumps—or try to."

Alexander Nazaryan looks back at Thomas Pynchon’s first novel, “V.” as it turns fifty: http://nyr.kr/16mlGZv (via newyorker)

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"There’s a strong sense here in the culture that it’s not all about individual achievement. It’s about […] a sense of collective good. And the collective culture here, the culture of care and concern for others, the culture of intellectualism with respect, is among the strongest I’ve seen on any campus."

President Clayton Spencer, in a student-conducted interview on the Bates radio station WRBC. (via batescollege)

aren’t we always 

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"If I am occasionally a little over-dressed, I make up for it by being always immensely over-educated."

Oscar Wilde // The Importance of Being Earnest (via speaktomeinindigo)

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good question

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