The Word Made Flesh
Love removes the world for you, and just as surely when it’s going well as when it’s going badly.
Alice Munro
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Two years ago tonight, I had this quote by Jean Genet tattooed on my ribcage. Sometimes I think it was there all along.
Tattoo by Michael Bogle, Eye Candy, New Orleans

jscottgrand:

Two years ago tonight, I had this quote by Jean Genet tattooed on my ribcage.
Sometimes I think it was there all along.

Tattoo by Michael Bogle, Eye Candy, New Orleans
“Some birds are not meant to be caged, that’s all. Their feathers are too bright, their songs too sweet and wild. So you let them go, or when you open the cage to feed them they somehow fly out past you. And the part of you that knows it was wrong to imprison them in the first place rejoices, but still, the place where you live is that much more drab and empty for their departure.”
― Stephen King, Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption: A Story from Different Seasons
Done by Chris Amlie, North Bellmore, NY

“Some birds are not meant to be caged, that’s all. Their feathers are too bright, their songs too sweet and wild. So you let them go, or when you open the cage to feed them they somehow fly out past you. And the part of you that knows it was wrong to imprison them in the first place rejoices, but still, the place where you live is that much more drab and empty for their departure.”

― Stephen KingRita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption: A Story from Different Seasons

Done by Chris Amlie, North Bellmore, NY

No one is so eager to gain new experience as he who doesn’t know how to make use of the old ones.
Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach
Amymon: a Homeric epithet meaning “beautiful in the way a warrior ready to fight is beautiful”

Amymon: a Homeric epithet meaning “beautiful in the way a warrior ready to fight is beautiful”

love is a place& through this place oflove move(with brightness of peace)all places-e.e. cummingsPhoto: B. Sandler
I work in international development, mostly abroad and in places no one really wants to visit; this poem and that line in particular have become part of my personal history, and a way to feel connected when I’m far away. The script looks like my handwriting.

love is a place
& through this place of
love move
(with brightness of peace)
all places
-e.e. cummings
Photo: B. Sandler

I work in international development, mostly abroad and in places no one really wants to visit; this poem and that line in particular have become part of my personal history, and a way to feel connected when I’m far away. The script looks like my handwriting.

The pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple
Oscar Wilde
"From that day on, the world was hers for the reading. She would never be lonely again, never miss the lack of intimate friends. Books became her friends and there was one for every mood."
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

"From that day on, the world was hers for the reading. She would never be lonely again, never miss the lack of intimate friends. Books became her friends and there was one for every mood."

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

"at last, we know not what it is to live in the open air, and our lives are domestic in more senses than we think. From the hearth the field is a great distance. It would be well, perhaps, if we were to spend more of our days and nights without any obstruction between us and the celestial bodies, if the poet did not speak so much from under a roof, or the saint dwell there so long. Birds do not sing in caves, nor do doves cherish their innocence in dovecots." -Henry David Thoreau, "Walden"

"at last, we know not what it is to live in the open air, and our lives are domestic in more senses than we think. From the hearth the field is a great distance. It would be well, perhaps, if we were to spend more of our days and nights without any obstruction between us and the celestial bodies, if the poet did not speak so much from under a roof, or the saint dwell there so long. Birds do not sing in caves, nor do doves cherish their innocence in dovecots." -Henry David Thoreau, "Walden"

From Tuesday’s With Morrie by Mitch Albom. While I’m not a huge a fan of the book in general, one passage really stuck out from the moment I first read it and stayed with me for years. I finally decided to have it tattooed.

From Tuesday’s With Morrie by Mitch Albom. While I’m not a huge a fan of the book in general, one passage really stuck out from the moment I first read it and stayed with me for years. I finally decided to have it tattooed.

It would be absurd if we did not understand both angels and devils, since we invented them.
East of Eden (Steinbeck)
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Philip Yarnell’s portrait of Steinbeck - awesome

tattoosandtanktops:

Philip Yarnell’s portrait of Steinbeck - awesome

- John Steinbeck’s East of Eden

- John Steinbeck’s East of Eden

“The American Standard translation orders men to triumph over sin, and you can call sin ignorance. The King James translation makes a promise in ‘Thou shalt,’ meaning that men will surely triumph over sin. But the Hebrew word, the word timshel—‘Thou mayest’— that gives a choice. It might be the most important word in the world. That says the way is open. That throws it right back on a man. For if ‘Thou mayest’—it is also true that ‘Thou mayest not.’ Don’t you see?”
“And I feel that a man is a very important thing—maybe more important than a star. This is not theology. I have no bent toward gods. But I have a new love for that glittering instrument, the human soul. It is a lovely and unique thing in the universe. It is always attacked and never destroyed— because ‘Thou mayest.’”
- John Steinbeck’s East of Eden

“The American Standard translation orders men to triumph over sin, and you can call sin ignorance. The King James translation makes a promise in ‘Thou shalt,’ meaning that men will surely triumph over sin. But the Hebrew word, the word timshel—‘Thou mayest’— that gives a choice. It might be the most important word in the world. That says the way is open. That throws it right back on a man. For if ‘Thou mayest’—it is also true that ‘Thou mayest not.’ Don’t you see?”

“And I feel that a man is a very important thing—maybe more important than a star. This is not theology. I have no bent toward gods. But I have a new love for that glittering instrument, the human soul. It is a lovely and unique thing in the universe. It is always attacked and never destroyed— because ‘Thou mayest.’”

- John Steinbeck’s East of Eden