Sometimes the course of our lives depends on what we do or don’t do in a few seconds, a heartbeat, when we either seize the opportunity, or just miss it. Miss the moment and you never get a chance again.
I think that redemption, or enlightenment, or some sort of truth is found very close to destruction. It’s in the most extreme situations where you find this, where you get this abandon that allows you to understand yourself or understand other people. It’s part of what fascinates me about Louisiana. There’s just some sort of internal and external freedom that exists there that I don’t feel anywhere else in America. When I leave and go somewhere else I feel myself being judged in ways that I never am there. There’s some kind of enlightenment that exists in Louisiana. There’s a fearlessness in the culture down there that has everything to do with how close to death it is. To be there, you have to be brave. It’s not for timid hearted people to live down there because it’s dangerous, and it’s scary, and it threatens your life, and it threatens your children’s lives. I’m trying to make the connection between that and what makes people also so openhearted. And I think the ends of both movies have to do with exploring that territory.
What is it about living close to death that benefits your soul as a person? It reminds me of like being at a crazy concert or something, like in a mosh pit, and you come out and your nose is broken and you’re all fucked up but you’re like, “Wow I just accessed some incredibly important, ecstatic moment.” [Werner] Herzog’s work is a lot about that. You can’t timidly find this ecstatic truth; you have to really push yourself to get there. In both movies I think we try to do that in the production and the films are about going there. It’s like a religious experience.
Another Benh Zeitlin quote (via momobertz)
I am obsessed with this quote. Obsessed.
I love this. #Buffy
The average pencil is seven inches long, with just a half-inch eraser — in case you thought optimism was dead.
The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.
He’s not perfect. You aren’t either, and the two of you will never be perfect. But if he can make you laugh at least once, causes you to think twice, and if he admits to being human and making mistakes, hold onto him and give him the most you can. He isn’t going to quote poetry, he’s not thinking about you every moment, but he will give you a part of him that he knows you could break. Don’t hurt him, don’t change him, and don’t expect for more than he can give. Don’t analyze. Smile when he makes you happy, yell when he makes you mad, and miss him when he’s not there. Love hard when there is love to be had. Because perfect guys don’t exist, but there’s always one guy that is perfect for you.
Bob Marley (via myquotelibrary)
This gives me all the feels.
You get ideas from daydreaming. You get ideas from being bored. You get ideas all the time. The only difference between writers and other people is we notice when we’re doing it.
We sit silently and watch the world around us. This has taken a lifetime to learn. It seems only the old are able to sit next to one another and not say anything and still feel content. The young, brash and impatient, must always break the silence. It is a waste, for silence is pure. Silence is holy. It draws people together because only those who are comfortable with each other can sit without speaking. This is the great paradox.
Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook
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