If you want to be happy, be.
—Leo Tolstoy (via larmoyante)
When you love someone, you love them as they are. Not as you’d like them to be.
Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina.
Under the influence of music I really seem to feel what I do not feel, to understand what I do not understand, to have powers which I cannot have. Music seems to me to act like yawning or laughter; I have no desire to sleep, but I yawn when I see others yawn; with no reason to laugh, I laugh when I hear others laugh. And music transports me immediately into the condition of soul in which he who wrote the music found himself at that time.
—Leo Tolstoy (via sullenmoons)
You’re not the same as you were before,” he said. “You were much more… muchier… you’ve lost your muchness.
—Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass
Cheshire Cat, Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
How many Sundays – how many hundreds of Sundays like this – lay ahead of me?
“Quiet, peaceful and lonely,” I said aloud to myself. On Sundays i didn’t wind my spring.
—Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood