Why did he love her? Curious fool, be still!
Is human love the fruit of human will?
              BYRON.

spideysass:

i’m tired of people saying lesbians hate men. that’s such bullshit. you don’t have to be a lesbian to hate men. everyone hates men

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lightexpo:

TOKYO by __UG__
livingpursuit:

Sarah Jessica Parker’s Home for sale at Eklund Stockholm New York

The painting is titled The Hall of Mirrors. It was painted in Iran in 1896. The man sitting on the chair, in the lower third of the frame, is King Naser al-Din, who ruled Iran for nearly half a century. Here, at about the age of 64, he is not far from the bloody final act of his tumultuous reign. His life would come to an end at the point of a lonely cleric’s pistol. The painter has not exaggerated Naser al-Din’s self-confidence, which was ample. And although mirrors in Iranian culture do not connote vanity as they do in Europe, the image nonetheless is an exhibition of kingly wealth: the grand carpet, the furniture (made in France), the chandeliers, the great garden beyond the lofty windows.
At the same time, the painting is more than a conventional portrayal of grandeur. How often was a living king portrayed this way? He is almost dwarfed by the room — which in reality is much smaller than it seems here. The strange perspective that has achieved the illusion of size also places the king away from the main focal point (the lines merge at a nondescript place on the left). Our gaze rushes to this point, led away from the man. His own gaze, in turn, is directed away from us — it’s not meant to capture our attention. He is unaccompanied by subjects or servants. Of the many mirrors, none reflect his image. He is quite alone.
more on kamal al-molk’s painting the hall of mirrors (1896) here.
I am overwhelmed with things I ought to have written about and never found the proper words.
Virginia Woolf, Diaries Volume One 1915-1919 (via larmoyante)
The mistake is to keep arrogantly after discovering the truth. The mistake is to close the windows and loosen the curtains and to insist that the sun didn’t rise.
Ghada al-Samman (via nizariat)

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The only lasting beauty is the beauty of the heart.
Rumi (via wisdomofrumi)
Deafened by the voice of desire you are unaware the Beloved lives in the core of your heart. Stop the noise and you will hear His voice in the silence.
Rumi (via yeshecholwa)

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eatsleepdraw:

Illustrations from Stephane Lauzon
You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.
Marcus Aurelius (via thecalminside)
jet1282:

My daughter loves her chickens.