London is a city of commuting. As testing as the long hours in transit can be, I often find solace in breaking the bridge of a book and getting lost in the story at hand. And so sweet friends, on this Monday morning I thought I’d share some of my favourite bookmarked pieces - snippets from novels, poems and a film - with the hope that they might find their way into your favourites too.
Wishing you a wonderful week ahead! xx
“Pooh?” whispered Piglet
“Yes, Piglet?” answered Pooh
“Oh nothing”, said Piglet
“I just wanted to be sure of you”. -Winnie the Pooh
“I believe that creature is a changeling: she is a perfect cabinet of oddities; but I should be dull without her.” -Villette, Charlotte Bronte
Truly, we live with mysteries too marvelous to be understood.
How grass can be nourishing in the mouths of lambs.
How rivers and stones are forever in allegiance with gravity,
while we ourselves dream of rising.
How two hands touch and the bonds will never be broken.
How people come, from delight or the scars of damage,
to the comfort of a poem.
Let me keep my distance, always, from those who think they have the answers.
Let me keep company, always, with those who say “Look!” and laugh in astonishment, and bow their heads.”
“When you come to one of the many moments in life where you must give an account of yourself, provide a ledger of what you have been, and done, and meant to the world, do not, I pray, discount that you filled a dying man’s days with a sated joy, a joy unknown to me in all my prior years, a joy that does not hunger for more and more but rests, satisfied. In this time, right now, that is an enormous thing .” – Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air
“Sometimes I can hear my bones straining under the weight of all the lives I’m not living.”
-Jonathan Safran Foer
“She discovered with great delight that one does not love one’s children just because they are one’s children but because of the friendship formed while raising them.” - Gabriel García Márquez, Love in the Time of Cholera
“My mission, should I choose to accept it, is to find peace with exactly who and what I am. To take pride in my thoughts, my appearance, my talents, my flaws, and to stop this incessant worrying that I can’t be loved as I am.” -Anais Nin
“You have been my friend. That in itself is a tremendous thing”
-E.B White, Charlotte’s Web
“We need a witness to our lives. There’s a billion people on the planet; what does any one life really mean? But in a marriage, you’re promising to care about everything. The good things, the bad things, the terrible things, the mundane things, all of it, all of the time, every day. You’re saying, “Your life will not go unnoticed because I will notice it. Your life will not go unwitnessed because I will be your witness.” -Susan Sarandon, Shall We Dance
What are your favourites? The ones you’ve bookmarked, underlined, highlighted or saved somewhere. I’d love to know :)