“You read something which you thought only happened to you, and you discover that it happened 100 years ago to Dostoyevsky. This is a very great liberation for the suffering, struggling person, who always thinks that he is alone. This is why art is important. Art would not be important if life were not important, and life is important.”—James Baldwin, Conversations with James Baldwin (via bookshavepores)
“When you do something noble and beautiful and nobody notices, do not be sad. For the sun every morning is a beautiful spectacle and yet most of the audience still sleeps.”— John Lennon (via psych-facts)
Sometimes I get on the train in the evening and notice I’m sitting across from the same person I sat across from on the way here. The world is small sometimes… And it blows my mind that strangers seem so strange until you realize you’re on the exact same schedule. We are on the same train.
“The real challenge in my life, the real hardship is me. It’s always been me. As long as I can remember I’ve never not been afraid. Afraid of failure, of letting people down, hurting people, getting hurt. I thought if I kept my guard up and focused on other things, other people, if I couldn’t even feel it, well then no harm would come to me. I screwed up. When I shut out the pain, I shut out everything. The good and the bad. Until there was nothing. It’s fine to just live in the now, but the best part about ‘now’ is there’s another one tomorrow. And I’m gonna start making them count.”—The Spectacular Now (via wordsthat-speak)
"Harvey and I sit in the bars… have a drink or two… play the juke box. And soon the faces of all the other people they turn toward mine and they smile. And they’re saying, "We don’t know your name, mister, but you’re a very nice fella." Harvey and I warm ourselves in all these golden moments. We’ve entered as strangers - soon we have friends. And they come over… and they sit with us… and they drink with us… and they talk to us. They tell about the big terrible things they’ve done and the big wonderful things they’ll do. Their hopes, and their regrets, and their loves, and their hates. All very large, because nobody ever brings anything small into a bar. And then I introduce them to Harvey… and he’s bigger and grander than anything they offer me. And when they leave, they leave impressed."
"Years ago my mother used to say to me, she’d say, "In this world, Elwood, you must be" - she always called me Elwood - "In this world, Elwood, you must be oh so smart or oh so pleasant." Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant. You may quote me."
This movie/play and specifically the above quotes have been on my mind for some reason today. The play has a special place in my heart. It carries nostalgia of my theatre days and it’s just an all around heartwarming story. A giant invisible rabbit and a man become friends, and though everyone around him thinks he’s crazy, he ends up being the one teaching them lessons about themselves.
The two parts of the quote above- how Elwood and Harvey come in to a bar as strangers and leave as friends, or that people share with them their biggest fears and hopes because no one brings anything small into a bar. Those are my favorite. And I also think about the pleasant quote quite a bit.
I’m not sure I can accurately describe how these two pieces of dialogue really hit me, but they do. I find them to be comforting and beautiful. In a life that’s filled with stress and unknowns, a play about a giant “Pooka”, as Harvey is described, brings me a lot of comfort. I hope you read these and find some sort of connection to them. And if you haven’t already, I highly recommend watching the movie.