“Do stuff. Be clenched, curious. Not waiting for inspiration’s shove or society’s kiss on your forehead. Pay attention. It’s all about paying attention. Attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. Stay eager.”

– Susan Sontag (via thischarmlessgirl)

“All photographs are memento mori. To take a photograph is to participate in another person’s (or thing’s) mortality, vulnerability, mutability. Precisely by slicing out this moment and freezing it, all photographs testify to time’s relentless melt.”

– Susan Sontag (via museoleum)

“Jerking off is perhaps what all philosophy, all abstract thought is about: an intense, and not very sociable pleasure, which has to be repeated again and again.”

– Susan Sontag on Sartre on Genet (via tianareid)

“There is no escape. You can’t be a vagabond and an artist and still be a solid citizen, a wholesome, upstanding man. You want to get drunk, so you have to accept the hangover. You say yes to the sunlight and pure fantasies, so you have to say yes to the filth and the nausea. Everything is within you, gold and mud, happiness and pain, the laughter of childhood and the apprehension of death. Say yes to everything, shirk nothing. Don’t try to lie to yourself. You are not a solid citizen. You are not a Greek. You are not harmonious, or the master of yourself. You are a bird in the storm.”

– Jean-Paul Sartre, Nausea (via writingwillows)

“The fact that we obsess over questions about existence and meaning reveal to us the universal and inevitable sense of loneliness and fear we all feel when we stare down the barrel of these harsh truths: that there are no real answers; that we emerge to die with no origin and no destination; that every individual is a victim of her own birth, blessed with the opportunity to have experiences, and cursed with the burden of every ramification and the tease of life’s brevity.”

– (via stickydrosera)