“If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face - forever.”
1984, by George Orwell.
(Source: dark-mother, via formerlyindecisive)
Pain and suffering are always inevitable for a large intelligence and a deep heart.
All the hardest, coldest people you meet were once as soft as water. And that’s the tragedy of living.
A man is only as good
as what he says to a dog
when he has to get up out of bed
in the middle of a wintry night
because some damned dog has been barking;
and he goes and opens the door
in his vest and boxer shorts
and there on the pock-marked wasteground
called a playing field out front
he finds the mutt with one paw
raised in expectation
and an expression that says Thank God
for a minute there I thought
there was no one awake but me
in this goddamned town.
Children begin by loving their parents; as they grow older they judge them; sometimes they forgive them.
It’s moments like this
when the barman goes through the back
and leaves me alone
a radio whispering
somewhere amongst the glasses
- I’m through with love -
the way the traffic slows
how all of a sudden
at three in the afternoon
the evening’s already begun
By ten I’ll be walking away
on Union Street
or crossing Commercial Road
in a gust of rain
and everyone who passes
will be you
or almost you
before it’s someone else.
Malays in traditional dress dance for guests at the Raffles Hotel in Singapore, August 1966.
Photograph by Winfield Parks, National Geographic