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There is something in October sets the gypsy blood astir; / We must rise and follow her, / When from every hill of flame / She calls and calls each vagabond by name.

Bliss Carman, “A Vagabond Song” (1896)


start sculpting

Look at who you want to be, and start sculpting yourself into that person. You may not get exactly where you thought you’d be, but you will be doing things that suit you in a profession you believe in. Don’t let life randomly kick you into the adult you don’t want to become.

Chris Hadfield, interview on Reddit’s Ask Me Anything (2013)


all right with me

If I am out of my mind, it’s all right with me thought Moses Herzog.

Saul Bellow, Herzog (1964)



Just coloring inside the lines won’t help you succeed. More esoteric character strengths like optimism and zest are things that can be taught and are also predictive of success.

Paul Tough, quoted in “Your IQ Doesn’t Matter & Other Lessons About Creativity From Children” (2012)


to obtain love

To obtain [love]…a man must give up his rib.

Anne Fortier, Juliet (2010)



Time is not a line but a dimension, like the dimensions of space.

Margaret Atwood, Cat’s Eye (1988)


a november space

But there is always a November space after the leaves have fallen when she felt it was almost indecent to intrude on the woods…for their glory terrestrial had departed and their glory celestial of spirit and purity and whiteness had not yet come upon them.

L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Windy Poplars (1936)



I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.

L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables (1908)



I believe that everyone else my age is an adult, whereas I am merely in disguise.

Margaret Atwood, Cat’s Eye (1988)

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