Things we lose have a way of coming back to us in the end, if not always in the way we expect.
—J.K. Rowling (via observando)
Mind led body
to the edge of the precipice.
They stared in desire
at the naked abyss.
If you love me, said mind,
take that step into silence.
If you love me, said body,
turn and exist.
—Anne Stevenson (via observando)
We stand now where two roads diverge. But unlike the roads in Robert Frost’s familiar poem, they are not equally fair. The road we have long been traveling is deceptively easy, a smooth superhighway on which we progress with great speed, but at its end lies disaster. The other fork of the road — the one less traveled by — offers our last, our only chance to reach a destination that assures the preservation of the earth.
—Rachel Carson, Silent Spring (via observando)
My disappointment in Movie-Hermione comes from the fact that Jo literally handed the film writers a wonderfully written, multi-faceted, and incredibly interesting character on a silver platter and they completely rebuffed her. Hermione in the books is bossy, she nit-picks, she’s protective, she’s studious to the point of being obsessive, she is spiteful, she is sneaky, and she is terrified of rejection. Hermione in the films is basically supergirl who skates by on other character’s lines and is portrayed as the sole reason Harry made it to the end (“We wouldn’t last two days without her”. Awesome, except I was under the impression it was literally a group effort, not just Hermione carrying all the weight around on her super muscly Schwarzenegger shoulders.) They took her and polished her until she was nearly unrecognizable to me. Except they didn’t need to! Hermione was already great the way she was written! Give me tattletale Hermione who gets Harry’s Firebolt confiscated because she’s worried it could be dangerous. Give me activist Hermione who starts S.P.E.W because she has a saviour complex. Give me underhanded Hermione who bewitches a piece of parchment to permanently scar anyone who snitches about the DA. Give me trembling Hermione who sits in Ron’s room and cries while explaining she modified her parents’ memories and may never see them again. Because THAT Hermione-that Hermione is important. Because she was proof you can be flawed and still be considered valuable and a good person who deserves the world. And I don’t get that from the Hermione in the films. At all.
When you are living the best version of yourself, you inspire others to live the best versions of themselves.
—Steve Maraboli (via observando)