1. There are certain things in which one is unable to believe for the simple reason that he never ceases to feel them. Things of this sort—things which are always inside of us and in fact are us and which consequently will not be pushed off or away where we can begin thinking about them—are no longer things; they, and the us which they are, equals A Verb; an IS.
    — e.e. cummings, from six nonlectures (1953)

    (Source: violentwavesofemotion)

     


  2. You are tired,
    (I think)
    Of the always puzzle of living and doing;
    And so am I.

    Come with me, then,
    And we’ll leave it far and far away—
    (Only you and I, understand!)

    You have played,
    (I think)
    And broke the toys you were fondest of,
    And are a little tired now;
    Tired of things that break, and—
    Just tired.
    So am I.

    But I come with a dream in my eyes tonight,
    And knock with a rose at the hopeless gate of your heart—
    Open to me!
    For I will show you the places Nobody knows,
    And, if you like,
    The perfect places of Sleep.

    Ah, come with me!
    I’ll blow you that wonderful bubble, the moon,
    That floats forever and a day;
    I’ll sing you the jacinth song
    Of the probable stars;
    I will attempt the unstartled steppes of dream,
    Until I find the Only Flower,
    Which shall keep (I think) your little heart
    While the moon comes out of the sea.

    — e.e. cummings (via theunquotables)
     


  3. somewhere i have never travelled,gladly beyond
    any experience,your eyes have their silence:
    in your most frail gesture are things which enclose me,
    or which i cannot touch because they are too near

    your slightest look easily will unclose me
    though i have closed myself as fingers,
    you open always petal by petal myself as Spring opens
    (touching skilfully,mysteriously)her first rose

    or if your wish be to close me, i and
    my life will shut very beautifully ,suddenly,
    as when the heart of this flower imagines
    the snow carefully everywhere descending;

    nothing which we are to perceive in this world equals
    the power of your intense fragility:whose texture
    compels me with the color of its countries,
    rendering death and forever with each breathing

    (i do not know what it is about you that closes
    and opens;only something in me understands
    the voice of your eyes is deeper than all roses)
    nobody,not even the rain,has such small hands

    — somewhere i have never travelled,gladly beyond by e.e. cummings (via oldfilmsflicker)
     


  4. Simple people, people who don’t exist, prefer things which don’t exist,simple things.
    "Good" and "bad" are simple things. You bomb me = “bad.” I bomb you = “good.” Simple people (who,incidentally,run this socalled world)know this(they know everything)whereas complex people—people who feel something—are very,very ignorant and really don’t know anything.
    Nothing, for simple knowing people, is more dangerous than ignorance. Why?
    Because to feel something is to be alive.
    — e.e. cummings, from nonlecture four (via violentwavesofemotion)
     


  5. suedetaxi:

    “her lips drink water
    but her heart drinks wine” 

    ― E.E. Cummings

     


  6. And now you are and I am and we’re a mystery which will never happen again.
    — e.e. cummings (via observando)
     


  7. A bouquet of clumsy words: you know that place between sleep and awake where you’re still dreaming but it’s slowly slipping? I wish we could feel like that more often. I also wish I could click my fingers three times and be transported to anywhere I like. I wish that people didn’t always say ‘just wondering’ when you both know there was a real reason behind them asking. And I wish I could get lost in the stars. Listen, there’s a hell of a good universe next door, let’s go.
    — E.E. Cummings (via paige—-elizabeth)
     


  8. A kind of light spread out from her. And everything changed color. And the world opened out. And a day was good to awaken to. And there were no limits to anything. And the people of the world were good and handsome. And I was not afraid anymore.
    — John Steinbeck, East of Eden (via lifting-quotes)
     


  9. And this I believe: that the free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world. And this I would fight for: the freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected. And this I must fight against: any idea, religion, or government which limits or destroys the individual. This is what I am and what I am about.
    — John Steinbeck, East of Eden (via theunquotables)
     


  10. What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.
    —  John Steinbeck (via fuckyeahrhodeisland)
     


  11. It’s so much darker when a light goes out than it would have been if it had never shone.
    — John Steinbeck (via man-of-prose)
     

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  13. When two people meet, each one is changed by the other so you’ve got two new people.
    — John Steinbeck

    (via thedustdancestoo)
     

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  15. If it is right, it happens — The main thing is not to hurry. Nothing good gets away.
    — John Steinbeck, born on this day in 1902, on falling in love in a magnificent letter of advice to his teenage son. (via h-o-r-n-g-r-y)

    (Source: explore-blog, via eletheowl)