What are the most important traits for an artist to have?
Humility. And drive. I feel like the intersection of confidence and humility. An artist who’s situated between the two, that’s the ticket for me. Feeling like you know everything but you also don’t know anything. That humility-I want it to always be there, but I also want to have confidence that’s rooted within. Confidence that isn’t dependent on anything external. And when it’s not there, it’s because I didn’t place it there, not because something didn’t happen on the outside. I’m learning that.
— Kelela, Wax Poetics Issue 59 ‘Aaliyah’
"The truth is, I pretend to be a cynic, but I am really a dreamer who is terrified of wanting something she may never get."
— Joanna Hoffman (via closedforprayer)
(Source: wordsthat-speak, via faineemae)
"In actuality, women are complicated, women are multifaceted. Not because women are crazy, but because people are crazy, and women happen to be people"
— Tavi Gevinson (via dirty-shirley) (via dirty-shirley)
This x infinity.
"I’m not good. I don’t know why people have to pretend to be good, nobody’s good."
— Tennessee Williams, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (via larmoyante)
"My basic message is: believe in what you do, and put your heart and soul into it, and then be willing to fight for it."
— Joe Eszterhas
"Whatever you fear most has no power… it is your fear that has the power."
— Oprah Winfrey (via unconditionedconsciousness)
"Loneliness does not come from having no people around you, but from being unable to communicate the things that seem important to you."
— Carl Jung (via perfect)
(Source: 13neighbors, via faineemae)
"Writers don’t write from experience, though many are resistant to admit that they don’t. I want to be clear about this. If you wrote from experience, you’d get maybe one book, maybe three poems. Writers write from empathy."
— Nikki Giovanni (via amandaonwriting)
"The best sex and the most satisfying sex are not the same. I have had great sex with men who were intimate terrorists."
— bell hooks (via athousandhouseslong)