L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

You know what’s sad about reading books? It’s that you fall in love with the characters. They grow on you. And as you read, you start to feel what they feel - all of them - you become them. And when you’re done, you’re never the same. Sure you’re still you, you look the same, talk in the same manner, but something in you has changed. Something in the way you think, the way you choose, sometimes, even the things you say may differ. But it all comes down to the state you go to after a nice novel. The after-feeling. It’s amazing, but somehow, you feel left alone by that world you were once in. It’s overwhelming. But it makes you sad. Cause for once you were this, this otherworldly being in… Neverwhere, and then you suddenly have to say goodbye after a few weeks from when you read the last page. When you’ve recovered from that state it’s just… quite sad.
Suzanne Collins 

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Zadie Smith, White Teeth

I feel it, you know. I can’t help feeling it.
Fyodor Dostoevsky, from The Brothers Karamazov    (via seulray)

Finally, try not to worry if all signs suggest that your introverted child is not the most popular kid at school. It’s critically important for his emotional and social development that he have one or two solid friendships, child development experts tell us, but being popular isn’t necessary. Many introverted kids grow up to have excellent social skills, although they tend to join groups in their own way‑ waiting a while before they plunge in, or participating only for short periods. That’s OK. Your child needs to acquire social skills and make friends, not turn into the more gregarious student in school. This doesn’t mean that popularity isn’t a lot of fun. You’ll probably wish it for him, just as you might wish that he have good looks, a quick wit, or athletic talent. But make sure you’re not imposing your own longings, and remember that there are many paths to a satisfying life.
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

The other thing Aron found about sensitive people is that sometimes they’re highly empathic. It’s as if they have thinner boundaries separating them from other people’s emotions and from the tragedies and cruelties of the world. They tend to have unusually strong consciences. They avoid violent movies and TV shows; they’re acutely aware of the consequences of a lapse in their own behavior. In social settings they often focus on subjects like personal problems, which other consider “too heavy.”
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain



Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (07.21.2007)

U.S. libraries become front line in fight against homelessness


This reminds me of quincywalters' documentary Quiet Please

Don’t miss it and please support libraries.


Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch


Toni Morrison, Beloved


Penguin beauties. <3

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