“Memory is identity….You are what you have done; what you have done is in your memory; what you remember defines who you are; when you forget your life you cease to be, even before your death.”—Julian Barnes, Nothing To Be Frightened Of (via gaws)
“There were always in me, two women at least, one woman desperate and bewildered, who felt she was drowning and another who would leap into a scene, as upon a stage, conceal her true emotions because they were weaknesses, helplessness, despair, and present to the world only a smile, an eagerness, curiosity, enthusiasm, interest.”—Anaïs Nin (via myrmidones)
“Remember, you cannot be both young and wise. Young people who pretend to be wise to the ways of the world are mostly just cynics. Cynicism masquerades as wisdom, but it is the farthest thing from it. Because cynics don’t learn anything. Because cynicism is a self-imposed blindness, a rejection of the world because we are afraid it will hurt us or disappoint us. Cynics always say no. But saying “yes” begins things. Saying “yes” is how things grow. Saying “yes” leads to knowledge. “Yes” is for young people. So for as long as you have the strength to, say yes. ”—
Gryffindor: The fire signs (Aries, Leo, Sag). Ravenclaw: The air signs (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius). Hufflepuff: The earth signs (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn). Slytherin: The water signs (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces).
“People will be picking up the Harry Potter books for generations to come, but we are the lucky few who can say, ‘We were there.’ We will remember the crazy, late-night madness of book releases and the teeming crowd of fans all over the world gathering in honor of Harry Potter. We will remember watching a book about a boy wizard seduce millions of kids away from their TV sets. We will remember spending countless hours arguing with our friends about Snape’s loyalties and whether Harry would survive the series.”—Emerson Spartz (founder of mugglenet.com)