"The difference between a democracy and a dictatorship is that in a democracy you vote first and take orders later; in a dictatorship you don’t have to waste your time voting"

Charles Bukowski

"Maybe all one can do is hope to end up with the right regrets."

Arthur Miller, The Ride Down Mt. Morgan (via booksquoteslove)

(via stinkyspice)

"All these things happen in one second and last for ever."

Virginia Woolf, The Waves (via hollowstimulation)

(Source: larmoyante, via kirathekiwi)

"When men say that they “love to see the woman underneath the makeup,” they’re not saying they want to see your leg stubble and greasy bangs—they’re saying they want you to be better at hiding your maintenance routine. Because the maintenance spoils the fantasy."

Lindy West  (via jolinxo)

(Source: harlotbeauty, via kirathekiwi)

a few words a few years a few rogue neurotransmitters in my brain a few words a few years

I am terrified

of the littlest glint in your eye that implies boredom,

dissatisfaction, the longing to be in the company of

anyone less pitiful, anyone less mundane,

anyone with the slightest wear and tear of a person worth speaking with

I am terrified so I live behind downward turned eyes,

I shield myself with a barricade of inauthenticity

of feigned apathy,

of “no thank you” “I’m good thank you” “haha no” “have a nice day” “you too”

I dare not enter the realm of vulnerability and truth by telling him I think he’s beautiful and I want to see him because I’m 18 and can do that now

I swallow what is a torn rag of confidence and shun my desire to smile coyly and say “something flirtatious and daring and sarcastic” before it reaches my frame of thought, much less my vocal cords

I am not a participant in life, I am a spectator because spectators don’t get hurt.