The fall

– How can you be alive? I saw you die. Why aren’t you dead?
– Because it’s not the fall that kills you, Sherlock.
Of all people, you should know that, it’s not the fall, it’s never the fall.
It’s the landing!

(Sherlock s03e04 The abominable bride)

Like a windowpane

«All writers are vain, selfish, and lazy, and at the very bottom of their motives there lies a mystery. Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand. For all one knows that demon is simply the same instinct that makes a baby squall for attention. And yet it is also true that one can write nothing readable unless one constantly struggles to efface one’s own personality. Good prose is like a windowpane. I cannot say with certainty which of my motives are the strongest, but I know which of them deserve to be followed. And looking back through my work, I see that it is invariably where I lacked a political purpose that I wrote lifeless books and was betrayed into purple passages, sentences without meaning, decorative adjectives and humbug generally.»

– George Orwell, Why I Write (via tarts)

Photo by jon madison

Some people

Some people can read War and Peace and come away thinking it was a simple adventure story. Others can read the ingredients on a chewing gum wrapper and unlock the secret of the universe.

[Hay quienes pueden leer Guerra y Paz y terminar pensando que era una simple historia de aventuras. Otros leen los ingredientes en el envoltorio de un chicle y descubren el secreto del universo.]

Lex Luthor, Superman (vía)