I promise to be disappointed by you and you alone. I promise to make you the sole repository of my regrets, rather than distribute them widely through multiple affairs and a life of sexual Don Juanism. I have surveyed the different options for unhappiness, and it is you I have chosen to commit myself to.
Alain de Botton’s marriage vows, How to Think More About Sex (via kateoplis)

Alain de Botton: Ten Virtues for the Modern Age

"1. Resilience. Keeping going even when things are looking dark; accepting that reversals are normal; remembering that human nature is, in the end, tough. Not frightening others with your fears.

2. Empathy. The capacity to connect imaginatively with the sufferings and unique experiences of another person. The courage to become someone else and look back at yourself with honesty.

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Our disrespect for thinking: someone sitting in a chair, gazing out of a window blankly, always described as ‘doing nothing’.
Alain de Botton  (via innerbohemienne)
Perhaps it is true that we do not really exist until there is someone there to see us existing, we cannot properly speak until there is someone who can understand what we are saying in essence, we are not wholly alive until we are loved.
Alain de Botton (via rabbitinthemoon)


Marilyn Monroe in The Seven Year Itch (1955)

There’s enough sorrow in the world, isn’t there, without trying to invent it.
E.M. Forster (via introspectivepoet)
So long as you write what you wish to write, that is all that matters; and whether it matters for ages or only for hours, nobody can say.
Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own (via introspectivepoet)
What does it matter what reality is outside myself, if it helped me to live, to feel that I am and what I am?
Charles Baudelaire, closing lines to “Windows,” trans. Jennifer Grotz, Mississippi Review (vol. 34, no. 3, 2006)

(Source: memoryslandscape)

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