"People get inspired to write, paint, draw, sing, sculpt, dance in many different ways. And there are many types of art. But the one thing that they all have in common is that they are all a sort of magic. Sometimes the magic flows from one’s fingers, other times it is transferred to the person who experiences the result. Magic has always worked in mysterious ways."

— Nnedi Okorafor. The Girl With the Magic Hands (Kindle Locations 712-715).

"Mama Ugo shrugged, “Things change. Habits die out, even good ones. The world continues to turn, though.”"

— Nnedi Okorafor. The Girl With the Magic Hands (Kindle Location 556).

"There is considerable difference between a wit making a fool of himself and a fool making a wit of himself."

G. K. Chesterton. Alarms and Discursions (Kindle Locations 1567-1568).


— 谷川俊太郎 「死んだ男の残したものは」
all that a solidier left when he died
was a broken rifle and the deformed earth
he coundn’t left anything else;
even peace he couldn’t leave (via waiyanjpn)

just a reminder that if you’re following this blog because it followed you, the one you actually want & should follow is twinkle-night! this blog is just for passages from random books I’ve been reading and isn’t updated much. (this happened because I didn’t originally intend to have a general-purpose tumblr but got sucked in, however, tumblr doesn’t allow you to change which blog is your main and I didn’t want to delete it or change the URL)

if however you are following because you like book quotations and that is what you’re after, carry on!

"It’s a beautiful clear night, we’ve got a nice warm breeze going, the threat of death has temporarily subsided, I’ve still got a little granola, and, last but not least, we’re magic unicorn ponies. From where I’m standing, that puts us in a happy place."

Observatory Hill (Skywriter).

"There is witchcraft in science and a science to witchcraft. Both will conspire against you eventually."

Hello, Moto (Nnedi Okorafor).



When you have plenty
Give often
When you have enough
Give what you can spare
When you have little
Give little
When you have none
Give an emotion
For that is true giving and can change the world


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"Most of the post-midnight experimental selections never make it into prime time, but there’s this one with penne pasta and Alfredo sauce on it that has lately been seen on the lunch menu, so it just goes to show that anybody can make it big, even if you’re a pizza with fucking macaroni on it."

Tales of the Starbuck Avenger! (Jeffrey Channing Wells)

"N—no,” said Mebby. “We are Mercy because we admit that we do not know and can not know all the reasons. And we withhold punishment anyway."

Tales of the Starbuck Avenger! (Jeffrey Channing Wells)

"God,” I said, my coolness huddled up in one corner of my brain like I had just kicked it. “I’m about to go look up superheroes on the Internet."

Tales of the Starbuck Avenger! (Jeffrey Channing Wells)


“Hey, Trish,” said Justin from his position near the sink. “How’d’juh sleep?”


Justin pondered.

“I’m pretty sure I would’ve noticed that,” said Justin.


Tales of the Starbuck Avenger! (Jeffrey Channing Wells).

"Because people can fly. I do it all the time, it’s just, in very short bursts, is all. Okay, now you’re looking at me funny and saying, uh, Trish, we had stuff like that in the old country, and back there we call it “jumping”."

Tales of the Starbuck Avenger! (Jeffrey Channing Wells).

"I’ve been caught, so to speak—like someone who was given something wonderful when he was a child, and he’s always looking for it again. I’m always looking, like a child, for the wonders I know I’m going to find—maybe not every time, but every once in a while."

What Do You Care What Other People Think?: Further Adventures of a Curious Character (Richard P. Feynman).

"It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of a wholly just man."

Fire Time (Poul Anderson).