Commonplace

“Even broken in spirit as he is, no one can feel more deeply than he does the beauties of nature. The starry sky, the sea, and every sight afforded by these wonderful regions, seems still to have the power of elevating his soul from earth. Such a man has a double existence: he may suffer misery, and be overwhelmed by disappointments; yet, when he has retired into himself, he will be like a celestial spirit that has a halo around him, within whose circle no grief or folly ventures.”

― Mary Shelley, Frankenstein

“I wish I’d a knowed more people. I would of loved ‘em all. If I’d a knowed more, I would a loved more”

― Toni Morrison, Song of Solomon

“The sky was black and strewn with stars. I felt alone on the planet. I was so scared I could hardly breathe. I didn’t know where I was headed. I didn’t know what to do with my life. I strained to look into my future, trying to picture the road ahead of me, searching for a glimpse of who I would become.

All I could see was the night sky and the stars above me.”

― Leslie Feinberg, Stone Butch Blues

“To be human, said Rosa—I can’t teach you that.”

— Adrienne Rich, To The Days