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"Start ignoring people who threaten your joy.
Literally, ignore them.
Say nothing.
Don’t invite any parts of them into your space."
— 4 days ago with 233479 notes
"I firmly believe in small gestures: pay for their coffee, hold the door for strangers, over tip, smile or try to be kind even when you don’t feel like it, pay compliments, chase the kid’s runaway ball down the sidewalk and throw it back to him, try to be larger than you are— particularly when it’s difficult. People do notice, people appreciate. I appreciate it when it’s done to (for) me. Small gestures can be an effort, or actually go against our grain (“I’m not a big one for paying compliments…”), but the irony is that almost every time you make them, you feel better about yourself. For a moment life suddenly feels lighter, a bit more Gene Kelly dancing in the rain."
Jonathan Carroll (via danmaru)


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— 3 weeks ago with 57717 notes
#kindness  #a gentle life  #be good  #be thoughtful 
"Her seatbelt was pushing into her hip, and she began to feel the possibility of an end ahead of them, the way the light of an August afternoon could sometimes cast the shadows of October."
Dirty Love | Andre Debus III
— 1 month ago with 1 note
#book quotes  #dirty love  #Andre Debus 
"His name is like a cool damp cloth over hot skin. It’s the title of her favourite book and her favourite movie and her favourite CD. It’s what she would call anything good for her."
Dirty Love | Andre Debus III
— 1 month ago
#book quotes  #dirty love  #andre debus  #good things 
"I remember your eyes: fifty attack dogs on a single leash."
— 1 month ago with 1870 notes
"…and she talks on and on about difficulty and loss, but she does it with a glint in her eye, the black humour of the condemned, like we are all in this together and who, honey, said it would ever go the way it was supposed to anyway?"
Dirty Love | Andre Debus III
— 1 month ago with 16 notes
#book quotes  #dirty love  #Andre Debus III  #all in this together 
"My mom taught me one thing:
You don’t always have to tell people you love them. You just have to give them no reason to doubt it."
irishjulienne’s, saying i love you is not a habit (via whitebeyonce)

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— 3 months ago with 275065 notes
"Food doesn’t taste better or worse when documented by Instagram. Laughter is as genuine over Skype as it would be sharing a sofa. Pay attention. Take in nature, hold someone’s hand, read a book. But don’t ever apologize for snapping a photo of a sunrise after a hike, or blogging about the excitement of having a crush, or updating your goodreads account. All of these things are good and should be celebrated. Smile at strangers on the sidewalk and like your friends’ selfies. It’s all good for the human spirit."
@cogitoergoblog  (via creatingaquietmind)

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— 3 months ago with 135926 notes
ambedo n.

— a kind of melancholic trance in which you become completely absorbed in vivid sensory details—raindrops skittering down a window, tall trees leaning in the wind, clouds of cream swirling in your coffee—which leads to a dawning awareness of the haunting fragility of life.

— 3 months ago with 4 notes
#definitions  #words  #found 

I love that my “Why I love Constantines” story starts out with how I didn’t really like them at the start. Or, rather, I liked them, but didn’t understand how. Friends would send me mp3s and links and whatnot over MSN Messenger (as one did back in the day) and, while I enjoyed what I heard, something didn’t line up.

See, they sounded like something I’d heard before, but I couldn’t quite place what, exactly. They sounded familiar. Comforting. Like home. All those usual things you can easily say about things that you love, whether you realize that you love them or not. The truth is that I loved the Constantines right from the start, even if I couldn’t make sense of that love. It took a winter evening many years ago in a friend’s parents’ garage for me to finally find the spot where the sprockets and gears aligned properly and I realized that, yes, this band was about to become one of my favourite bands of all time.

Hearing my friends cover “Soon Enough” in the garage that one night brought things around for me. Not sure why it was that instance, exactly, but something worked. The song lodged itself deep in my mind and I found it looping for days to follow. That’s how it started. 

Over the years, I’ve been lucky to have seen them live as a band and separately as parts of of other projects, etc. several times, and even when the show wasn’t “perfect”, it was still damn good. These guys are the real deal. I was deeply affected when they let things fade away, only to eventually file themselves into the “amazing Canadian bands that are now defunct” (one other “breakup” that was as equally sad was when the Deadly Snakes called ‘er. Ugh. Wish they’d fix that mistake. Just fix it for me, guys. C’mon, now. Please?)

Now that the Cons will be doing the Shine a Light (hi, album in my “top 20 favourite albums of all time” list) anniversary tour/shows, I’m completely nuts about making it to one of the shows. I’ve heard rumblings of the tour beginning in the fall, and I don’t flinch when I say that I’m willing to travel great distances to see them play again. Stockpiling those WestJet points like it’s going out of style. It’s what you do when one of your favourite bands gets the fire going again. It’s what you do. (But just come to Saskatoon, guys. It’ll be fun.)

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— 3 months ago with 1 note
#constantines  #music  #just talking about music  #musicfirst  #you've changed  #shine a light 
"If you want your life to change, your choices and actions must change. Every day brings a chance to start over."
— 3 months ago with 80 notes
#mindset  #change  #get this through your head 
"People empty me. I have to get away to refill."
Charles Bukowski (via mymangotree)

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— 4 months ago with 2362 notes
"I’ve always wanted to not give a fuck. While crying into my pillow for no good reason, I would often fantasize that maybe someday I could be one of those stoic badasses whose emotions are mostly comprised of rock music and not being afraid of things."
Hyperbole and a Half | Allie Brosh
— 4 months ago with 14 notes
#hyperbole and a half  #allie brosh  #emotions  #ugh she gets me  #fear  #book quotes 
"The best thing that can happen to a human being is to find a problem, to fall in love with that problem, and to live trying to solve that problem, unless another problem even more lovable appears."
Karl Popper (via kyleschen)

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— 4 months ago with 65 notes