“ The thoughts that come often unsought, and, as it were, drop into the mind, are commonly the most valuable of any we have, and therefore should be secured, because they seldom return again. ”
John Locke, letter to Samuel Bold, May 16, 1699 (via historical-nonfiction)
“ Some say that ever ‘gainst that season comes wherein our Saviour’s birth is celebrated, the bird of dawning singeth all night long. And then, they say, no spirit dare stir abroad. The nights are wholesome. Then no planets strike, no fairy takes, nor witch hath power to charm, so hallowed and so gracious is that time. ”
Hamlet (1.1.157-164), William Shakespeare (via gaws)
David Sedaris: A Big Family, at the Beach : published in The New Yorker
Alternating between dark humor and heart-wrenching sadness, Sedaris is at his best here. A poignant piece from a personal favorite of mine.