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Floating down to Camelot...

chanting loudly, chanting lowly/as her blood is frozen slowly

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Revamping the profile because the old one is not entirely accurate. Since discovering Virginia Woolf, my stance on modernism has changed significantly. William Faulkner still sucks though.



Favourite Quotes-
"Yeah, I was a postcard / I was a record / I was a camera / Until I went blind. / And now I'm riding / All over this island / Looking for something / To open my eyes." -'Train Under Water', I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning



"The nearest my mother ever got to telling me the facts of life was the day she called me to her room and said she had something important to tell me. After a good deal of embarassed coughing she spluttered, 'Don't ever sit down on a strange lavatory seat'." -Hermione Gingold

"America had often been discovered before Columbus, but it had always been hushed up." -Oscar Wilde

"Marriage is a great institution. I'm not ready for an institution." -Mae West

"I think on the seventh day, God was running around, going, 'Oh, my God! What haven’t I…? Rwanda! I better create Rwanda! Sorry, haven’t quite done that… The Tower of Pisa! Oh, it’s leaning… Oh, shi… done! Toilets in French camping sites… there we go. English football hooligans… there we go, whatever that is… Mrs. Thatcher’s heart… there we go… oh, fuck that! I know, I’ll put a stone in, that’ll work! There we go…' The next week, I think, people are coming back, going, 'Rwanda doesn’t work very well; infrastructure’s fucked.'" -Eddie Izzard

"I have been uncompromising, peppery, infractable, monomaniacal, tactless, volatile and offtimes disagreeable. I suppose I'm larger than life." -Bette Davis

"Modernism in the early twentieth century: When, in the art world, the untalented became the fashionable." -Unknown

"Everybody asks for personnel changes. So the White House has personnel changes. Then you write they’re just rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. First of all, that is a terrible metaphor. This administration is not sinking; this administration is soaring! If anything, they are rearranging the deck chairs on the Hindenburg." -Stephen Colbert

"What are the odds of a mutant-tracking system and a virtual-reality training room both become sentient of their own accord despite possessing no AI components and then seeking out their creator? Next we'll [see] Xavier's TiVo rise up and try to wreak vengeance on him." -Some dude on a message board

"Your old tutor did you a great disservice, Mr. Kynaston. He taught you how to speak, and swoon, and toss your head but he never taught you how to suffer like a woman, or love like a woman. He trapped a man in a woman's form and left you there to die! I always hated you as Desdemona. You never fought! You just died, beautifully. No woman would die like that, no matter how much she loved him. A woman would fight!" -Maria, Stage Beauty

"Good people, you are mistaken; I am the Protestant whore." -Nell Gwynne

"Ah, God! What trances of torments does that man endure who is consumed with one unachieved desire. He sleeps with clenched hands; and wakes with his own bloody nails in his palms." -Herman Melville

"You forget that most men with nothing would rather protect the possibility of becoming rich, than face the reality of being poor." -John Dickinson, 1776

"I get this sometimes, this 'cheer up, luv.' And I think, f*** off, I'm perfectly OK, thank you, why do I have to walk around with a grin on my face? My face is my face: why should I arrange it into some expression for your comfort?" -Helen Mirren

"Why is our fancy to be appalled by terrific perspective of a hell beyond the grave?- Hell stalks abroad; -the lash resounds on the slave's naked sides; and the sick wretch, who can no longer earn the sour bread of unremitting labour, steals to a ditch to bid the world a long goodnight- or, neglected in some ostentatious hospital, breathes his last amidst the laugh of mercenary attendants." -Mary Wollstonecraft, "A Vindication of the Rights of Men"

"She had reached the age of seventeen, without having seen one amiable youth who could call forth her sensibility; without having inspired one real passion, and without having excited even any admiration but what was moderate and transient. This was strange indeed! But strange things may be generally accounted for if their cause be fairly searched out. There was not one lord in the neighbourhood; no - not even a baronet. There was not one family among their acquaintance who had reared and supported a boy accidentally found at their door - not one young man whose origin was unknkown. Her father had no ward, and the squire of the parish no children.
But when a young lady is to be a heroine, the peverseness of forty surrounding families cannot prevent her. Something must and will happen to throw a hero in her way." -Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

"If the world wants a monster...I will give them a monster. And they will choke on their words with my hands around their throats." -Unknown

"He would argue with her about killing themselves; and explain how wicked people were; how he could see them making up lies as they passed in the street. He knew all their thoughts, he said; he knew everything. He knew the meaning of the world, he said." -Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway

"I know nothing of God or the Devil. I have never seen a vision, nor learned a secret, that would damn or save my soul." -Armand Interview with the Vampire (film)

"Beneath this mask there is more than flesh. There is an idea; and ideas are bulletproof." -V, V for Vendetta

"Folklore, legends, myths and fairy tales have followed childhood through the ages, for every healthy youngster has a wholesome and instinctive love for stories fantastic, marvelous and manifestly unreal. The winged fairies of Grimm and Andersen have brought more happiness to childish hearts than all other human creations.

Yet the old time fairy tale, having served for generations, may now be classed as 'historical' in the children's library; for the time has come for a series of newer 'wonder tales' in which the stereotyped genie, dwarf and fairy are eliminated, together with all the horrible and blood-curdling incidents devised by their authors to point a fearsome moral to each tale. Modern education includes morality; therefore the modern child seeks only entertainment in its wonder tales and gladly dispenses with all disagreeable incidents.

Having this thought in mind, the story of 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz' was written solely to please children of today. It aspires to being a modernized fairy tale, in which the wonderment and joy are retained and the heartaches and nightmares are left out."
-L. Frank Baum

i'm in slytherin!

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