The Pale Queen's Literary Quotes


"I wanted to do whatever Amazing Thing I was

expected to do... and be done with it.

Go to sleep.

Go to a heaven where there was nothing but

bathtubs and books."

— Marya Hornbacher


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05:18 pm, by palequeenliteraryquotes27 notes

“It’s hard to really look at somebody and go: “Hey, maybe something nice will happen.” You just don’t— I know too much about life to have any optimism, because I know even if it’s nice, it’s going to lead to shit. I know that if you smile at somebody and they smile back, you’ve just decided that something shitty is going to happen.”
-Louis C.K.
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"A lot of people lacked that gift: knowing when to fuck off.”

 -Gillian Flynn

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“He knows that the only way he can accept losing her is if he can continue to hold her or be held by her. If they can somehow nurse each other out of this. Not with a wall.” 

-Michael Ondaatje

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At the age of five I used sometimes to weep silently in the night—I did not know why. It was that I felt my aloneness, my foreignness to all things. I felt the heavy, heavy weight of life—and I was only five.

—Mary MacLane

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When I fall into the abyss, I go straight into it, head down and heels up, and I’m even pleased that I’m falling in just such a humiliating position, and for me I find it beautiful. And so in that very shame I suddenly begin a hymn.
-Fyodor Dostoevsky (via headfullofgold)

(Source: threedaysofrain)

“Out of all the things you could not have there were some things that you could have and one of those was to know when you were happy and to enjoy all of it while it was there and it was good.”
-Ernest Hemingway
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04:15 pm, by palequeenliteraryquotes

"The subjects of her talk didn’t matter; he knew what she was really saying. Helpless and gentle, small and tired and anxious to please, she was asking him to agree that her life was not a failure.”

-Richard Yates


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