Excerpt | We can still do things

it's like when my doctor told me the story of these two brothers whose dad was a bad alcoholic. one brother grew up to be a successful carpenter and never drank. the other brother ended up being a drinker as bad as his dad was. when they asked the first brother why he didn't drink, he said that after he saw what it did to his father, he could never bring himself to even try it. when they asked the other brother, he said that he guessed he learned how to drink on his father's knee. so, i guess we are who we are for a lot of reasons. and maybe we'll never know most of them. but even if we don't have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there. we can still do things. and we can try to feel okay about them.

chbosky, s. (1999) the perks of being a wallflower

Et Cetera | Arthur Leipzig
The ideal laundry, 1946

The ideal laundry, 1946

Excerpt | Expatriate

you are an expatriate, you've lost touch with the soil. you get precious. fake european standards have ruined you. you drink yourself to death. you become obsessed with sex. you spend all your time talking, not working. you are an expatriate, see? you hang around cafes.

hemingway, e. (1926) the sun also rises

Excerpt | Modesty

you have a good many little gifts and virtues, but there is no need of parading them, for conceit spoils the finest genius. there is not much danger that real talent or goodness will be overlooked long; even if it is, the consciousness of possessing and using it well should satisfy one, and the great charm of all power is modesty.

alcott, l.m. (1868) little women

Et Cetera | Lounge Chairs
Elevation sketches, by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, 1931-1932

Elevation sketches, by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, 1931-1932

Excerpt | Tea And Honey

"i don't feel very much like pooh today," said pooh.

"there there," said piglet. "i'll bring you tea and honey until you do."

milne, a.a. (1926) winnie-the-pooh

Excerpt | Masks

she had blue skin,
and so did he.
he kept it hid
and so did she.
they searched for blue
their whole life through,
then passed right by -
and never knew.

silverstein, s. (2011) everything on it

Fundamentals | Don't be a snob

we must never confuse elegance with snobbery.
without elegance of the heart, there is no elegance.

yves saint-laurent

Excerpt | Victor Hugo

Nothing makes a man so adventurous as an empty pocket.

hugo, v. (1833) notre-dame de paris

Excerpt | Only A Girl

'build a house?' exclaimed john.
'for the wendy,' said curly.
'for wendy?' john said, aghast. 'why, she is only a girl!'
'that,' explained curly, 'is why we are her servants.'


barrie, j.m. (1911) peter pan