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learned_soul: (want to live)

Tilt Your Head To The Side

(it makes everything make sense)

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Created on 2010-09-03 02:01:07 (#573445), last updated 2011-04-05 (324 weeks ago)

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Name:learned_soul
Birthdate:May 26
Location:Michigan, United States of America
Some quotes:

I find it best to be just religious enough to to take God seriously, and also, to be just enough an atheist to laugh at it all. - Anonymous

The pen is mightier than the sword, and considerably easier to write with. – Marty Fieldman

If a little dreaming is dangerous, than the cure is to dream not less but to dream more, to dream all the time. – Marcel Proust

“Unlike other religious people who drive her nuts, when Helen mentions God, Alma just does an instantaneous translation in her head – God as a metaphor for the stunning, baffling, painful, beautiful spirit of the universe – bypassing the whole thorny question of whether God even exists, and instead dealing directly with the little quandaries that really are the places people get stuck in for life.” - Saving the World, Julia Alvarez

"Joe finds it extremely amusing that this makes me believe in truth, this memory I have for words. But I do. I do believe in a universal right to truth. And, when I'm out in the world, I know that I am a passenger, not a customer; a patient, not a client; a man, not a consumer. And I don't want to be informed, I want to be educated, and I don't want to be enabled, I want to be helped, and I don't want something new, I want something better, and I don't want to be offered choices, I want to be free. I have spent a great deal of my life learning to love what words mean. Especially the bad ones, the ones that need careful watching. Assassination, removal, termination, problem-solving, taking out, euthanasia, cleansing, special handling, natural wastage, merciful release, killing, murder--I do understand that these are all very much the same thing. Offer me a euphemism, a circumlocution, a truth economy, a fucking lie, and I will be moved to pulp your brain, to lop off your hands, to draw out your fucking tongue with pincers and roast it before your eyes--because you are not using what you've been given properly." He glowered at his own hands. "So. That's the way I am, at heart. Joe is a man who has spiritual aims, mine are a matter of principle, or just of anger. I like to recall, now and then, that language belongs to me, to the individual, to each and every individual--that anyone who wants to own it is trying to own me." - from Everything You Need by A.L. Kennedy

"I am only responsible for my own heart, you offered yours up for the smashing my darling. Only a fool would give out such a vital organ." -Anais Nin

I don't love you as if you were a rose of salt, topaz,
Or arrow of carnations that propagate fire
I love you as love loves certain dark things,
secretly, between the shadow and the soul.

I love you as the plant that doesn't bloom and carries
the light of those flowers, hidden, within itself,
and thanks to your love the tight aroma that rose
from the earth lives in my body in darkness.

I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where
I love you directly without problems or pride
I love you like this because I don't know any other way to love

except in this form in which I am not nor are you
so close that your hand upon my chest is mine
so close that your eyes close with my dreams.

- pablo neruda, sonnet xvii
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