Aug 26, 2013

Words Are Loaded Pistols

      When I was a kid, we used to take these long family holidays were we were stuck together for an entire month in the middle of nowhere with nothing to do just my family. It was really fun. If you're a bit masochistic that is (and judging by the amount of ink under my skin and rings piercing my flesh that's my middle name). My brother and mother are both book worms, so the armed themselves with backpacks of books and that's how they spent most of their days. I was by far the youngest of the bunch and wasn't much of a reader, but after turning over every rock and inspecting every nook and cranny of the place, I had nothing left to do with the rest of 28 days, so I was forced to read.
      Of course, I read Lassie Come Home and The Famous Five series, but I was quickly over that and was curious to see what other people were so occupied with, so I was soon leafing through "grown-up" books. I still remember reading Sartre's Nausea. Think about it, a 8-year-old reading Jean Paul Sartre. No wonder there's something wrong with my brain. I didn't quite understand what I was reading, but I read it. And I liked it, so I read a bunch of his other works as well. Years later when I had to re-read Behind Closed Doors in high school, I was in heaven - Sartre's the man! That's one of my all time favorite boo... No, strike that, that is without a shadow of a doubt my favorite book, period. No, strike that too - exclamation point. When I read somewhere that he got the Nobel Prize in literature in 1964 and refused it, I knew it: Sartre is indisputably a cool cat. Why did he decline the award? Sartre himself can answer that question: "My refusal is not an impulsive gesture, I have always declined official honors. A writer who adopts political, social or literary positions must act only with the means that are his own - that is, the written word. The writer must therefore refuse to let himself be transformed into an institution, even if this occurs under the most honorable circumstances." In short, he doesn't want to be bought and in this day and age, everyone hates (or at least should hate) a sell-out.
      To add to the just mentioned Sartre quote, here are a bunch of other brainy ones as well.

  • When the rich wage war, it's the poor who die.
  • Everything has been figured out, except how to live.
  • Three o'clock is always too late or too early for anything you want to do.
  • Words are loaded pistols.
  • Those who see me rarely trust my word: I must look too intelligent to keep it.
  • A lost battle is a battle one thinks one has lost.
  • Life has no meaning the moment you lose the illusion of being eternal.
  • To eat is to appropriate by destruction.
  • No finite point has meaning without an infinite reference point.
  • All human actions are equivalent and all are on principle doomed to failure.
  • Hell is other people.
  • If you are lonely when you are alone, you are in bad company.

Wearing: blazer - eBay, shorts - don't know, top - Newyorker, sneakers - Deichmann,
rings - eBay, sunglasses - Müller, earrings - DIY

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  1. Great shirt/dress, so funny!

  2. Sounds like a great holiday you used to have with your family - oh and I never heard of that author! Need to read a book though, as the quotes sound really good! :) And wow, love your combination and location and everything you wore! :D

    1. Thanks, doll. You really should check him out if you're into literature!

  3. you have an amazing style in everything!

  4. Your dog shirt is silly :) I love the "3 o'clock" quote. I heard it years ago and think about it every time I'm running late.

    xo Ashley

  5. Thanks for sharing - Ive never read any of his works but he seems like my kind of writer. It's so funny when you read something when youre young and then read it again once your an adult and wonder what the hell you must have thought about it when you were a kid!!

    ♥ Paula Shoe Fiend.

    1. It's pretty trippy to re-read some stuff, I agree, because some things just make me go: "How the hell nobody stopped me from reading this??":D

  6. I love your earrings, and the last quote about being alone is my absolute favorite!
    Deejay Speaks

    1. Thanks, babe, I made them myself.:) And yes, the last one is my favorite too!!!

  7. Sartre is one of my outstanding authors. I love reading, but I have many titles in the list and little time = (

    I guess I have said to you once or thousand times but I love the blazer.

  8. He is the best... (I would totally be the author of "hell is the other people" if he wasn't born before =P) Reading him at 8 though.. I'm not even sure I got half when I was 16... I mean... I still thought the world was full of flowers and rainbows at the time =)

  9. Every one of those Sartre quotes is great! Sartre was obviously much more the exception than the rule, as many writers employed by large corporate media have sold out.

    I love the colour combinations you chose for your outfit. The colour of your nail polish contrasts with and complements your blazer very nicely.


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