The Outsiders has always been a big part of my life, so about a year ago I got this tattoo to commemorate my favorite book.
"I wake to sleep and take my waking slow
I learn by going where I have to go.”
-Theodore Roethke’s The Waking
Walt Whitman tattoo from “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry”
"Curious what is more subtle than this which ties me
to the woman or man that looks in my face,
Which fuses me into you now, and pours my meaning
That there are such devices as firearms, as easy to operate as cigarette lighters and as cheap as toasters, capable at anybody’s whim of killing Father or Fats or Abraham Lincoln or John Lennon or Martin Luther King, Jr., or a woman pushing a baby carriage, should be proof enough for anybody that being alive is a crock of shit.
Kurt Vonnegut, Timequake
|—||Michael Ondaatje, The English Patient (via alessiascurati)|
from “Tuft Of Flowers” by Robert Frost.
the quote has a deep meaning to me, but i don’t want to ruin the poem for you if you don’t like my interpretation of it.
|—||Adrienne Rich (via andlohespoke)|
I got my first tattoo today. It wraps around my wrist a bit; sorry for the awkward angle.
"The enemy’s gate is down" is a battle cry, a reminder that no goal is impossible, that success is yours if you would but reach out and grab it, and a call to think outside of the box.
It’s safe to say Ender’s Game is my favorite book. I’ve read it six or seven times now, and it’s never failed to inspire me. A few years ago I was thrust into a leadership position I didn’t really ask for, and wasn’t ready for. I had 70 pairs of eyes watching me, assessing me, waiting for me to step up. I looked up to the character of Ender Wiggin during those times, and he was one of the mentors who led me to become the person I am today.
Ender’s leave at the lake, where he is reunited with Valentine, is a scene that has always been extremely poignant to me. It’s Ender saying, “We have to go. I’m almost happy here” that particularly wrenches at my heart.
A message from the book that I’ve found relevant multiple times in my life is that when you understand someone, truly understand them, even your enemy… you cannot help but love them.
I don’t like Orson Scott Card as a person, but you have to admit he wrote a brilliant book.