teachingliteracy:

misswallflower:

But around me the preference for light skin prevailed, to the beholders that I thought mattered I was still unbeautiful. And my mother again would say to me you can’t eat beauty, it doesn’t feed you and these words plagued and bothered me; I didn’t really understand them until finally I realized that beauty was not a thing that I could acquire or consume, it was something that I just had to be. And what my mother meant when she said you can’t eat beauty was that you can’t rely on how you look to sustain you. What actually sustains us, what is fundamentally beautiful is compassion for yourself and for those around you. That kind of beauty enflames the heart and enchants the soul.”

"And so I hope that my presence on your screens and in the magazines may lead you, young girl, on a similar journey. That you will feel the validation of your external beauty but also get to the deeper business of being beautiful inside,

that there is no shade in that beauty.”

Lupita Nyong’o

amandapalmer:

"beauty standards come and go…it’s as if woman play genetic roulette ever 20 years or so. i for one am tired of spinning the wheel."
(thanks @lindsaykatt’s twitter feed.)

amandapalmer:

"beauty standards come and go…it’s as if woman play genetic roulette ever 20 years or so. i for one am tired of spinning the wheel."

(thanks @lindsaykatt’s twitter feed.)

(via neil-gaiman)

nofatnowhip:

Agreed
"Rather than fighting for every woman’s right to feel beautiful, I would like to see the return of a kind of feminism that tells women and girls everywhere that maybe it’s all right not to be pretty and perfectly well behaved. That maybe women who are plain, or large, or old, or differently abled, or who simply don’t give a damn what they look like because they’re too busy saving the world or rearranging their sock drawer, have as much right to take up space as anyone else.

I think if we want to take care of the next generation of girls we should reassure them that power, strength and character are more important than beauty and always will be, and that even if they aren’t thin and pretty, they are still worthy of respect. That feeling is the birthright of men everywhere. It’s about time we claimed it for ourselves."

I don’t want to be told I’m pretty as I am - I want to live in a world where that’s irrelevant (via brute-reason)

(via squeakgirl)

doctorwho:

Beautiful.

(Source: expelliarmus)

(Source: bookporn)

100 favorite Doctor Who quotes [35/100] 
 → Well. Um, big question, um, but to me, Van Gogh is the finest painter of them all. Certainly the most popular great painter of all time. The most beloved. His command of color, the most magnificent. He transformed the pain of his tormented life into ecstatic beauty. Pain is easy to portray but to use your passion and pain to portray the ecstasy and joy and magnificence of our world. No one had ever done it before. Perhaps no one ever will again. To my mind, that strange wild man who roamed the fields of Provence, was not only the world’s greatest artist but also one of the greatest men who ever lived. 

(Source: stupidape, via atmosphere-of-the-marvelous)