I’m always inspired by characters in books.
As a child growing up, I was inspired by Atticus Finch for his dedication to morality, and his refusal to deviate away from it.
Then, as a teenager, I was inspired by Katniss Everdeen, for being the epitome of strength I admired to hold within myself.
Soon after, I was inspired by Jay Gatsby, to chase after the one you love no matter how long and strenuous the journey might be. To relentlessly devote yourself to someone, and forgive all their imperfections.
I am a strong believer in the fact that books have the ability to change you, but only if you let it.
“May you not rest as long as I am living. You said I killed you – haunt me then.”
“Don’t tell me that. I’ve lived in hell for the past thousand years. I spent a thousand years wishing I’d never been born. She’s the only thing that’s made my life worth living and if that’s all I get, a few months with her- a few days, it’s more than I’ve ever hoped for. Do you really think God would forgive me for the blood on my hands, even if my soul was free? I’m going to hell no matter what happens. Let me have my pathetic hopeless love while I can. Just- let me pretend it will turn out alright.”
For you, a thousand times over.
THE KITE RUNNER
A poem is a house you haunt with your own ghosts.
Making love to words on paper compensates for everything I cannot have with you.
Writers are the exorcists of their own demons
“He was like a song I’d heard once in fragments but had been singing in my mind ever since.”
Memoirs of a Geisha
Things are sweeter when they’re lost. I know – because once I wanted something and got it. It was the only thing I ever wanted badly, Dot, and when I got it, it turned to dust in my hand.
The Beautiful and the Damned