Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.
William Shakespeare (via his play “Twelfth Night”),  who on this day in 1564 is believed to have been born in the English parish of Stratford-upon-Avon. Happy 450th Birthday, Bard of Avon! (via nypl)
There are two main perils when it comes to writing from personal experience: what it will do to your work, and what it will do to your life.

Leslie Jamison (author of The Empathy Exams)

KEEP READING: Is It O.K. to Mine Real Relationships for Literary Material?

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disheartens:

I hope you fall in love with a man with good music taste and a jawline stronger than your wifi connection

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suisfarouche:

i feel like ppl dont appreciate how hard ive worked to strike the perfect balance between self deprecating humour and very exaggerated vanity 

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Perhaps you can write better if you leave the mistakes.
Jorge Luis Borges (via theparisreview)

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simonschusterca:

For the legions of Great Gatsby fans and scholars, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s early version of his masterpiece provides a new understanding of Fitzgerald’s working methods, fresh insight into his characters, and renewed appreciation of his genius. It is like listening to a familiar musical composition played in a different key. It is the same work and yet a different work. Trimalchio is now available in ebook for the first time.
Read an excerpt. 
I’m not used to being loved. I wouldn’t know what to do; I never got the trick of it.
F. Scott Fitzgerald (via bloodychaos)

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languagethatiuse:

Mr. LeRoy Grannis.
thecollegeprepster:

Officially swapping out my closet today. Out with the dark, in with the #lillypulitzer!