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Field Notes From Mediocrity

Ask me anything   Submit   Morbid pseudo-Socrates/literary darling/petty revolutionary  with a verbosity problem,possibly a mood disorder,and some miserable expectations and wild hopes thrown in too. My name's Maham. I'm from Pakistan. I like politics,history,lit,art and being happy.

1st Gent : An ancient land in ancient oracles
Is called ‘law-thirsty’ : all struggle there
Was after order and perfect rule
Pray, where lie such lands now ?
2nd Gent: Why, where they lay of old - in human souls

— 1 month ago
#george eliot  #middlemarch  #literature  #law 
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Many Theresas have been born who found for themselves no epic life wherein there was a constant unfolding of far-resonant action ; perhaps only a life of mistakes , the offspring of a certain spiritual grandeur ill-matched with the meanness of opportunity ; perhaps a tragic failure which found no sacred poet and sank unwept into oblivion . With dim lights and tangled circumstance they tried to shape their thought and deed in noble agreement ; but after all, to common eyes their struggles seemed mere inconsistency and formlessness ; for these later born Theresas were helped by no coherent social faith and order which could perform the function of knowledge for the ardently willing soul. Their ardour alternated between a vague ideal and the common yearning of womanhood ; so that the one was disapproved as extravagance , and the other condemned as a lapse.

Some have felt that these blundering lives are due to the inconvenient indefiniteness with which the supreme power has fashioned the natures of women: if there were one level of feminine incompetence as strict as the ability to count three and no more , the social lot of women might be treated with scientific certitude. Meanwhile the indefiniteness remains , and the limits of variation are really much wider than anyone would imagine from the sameness of women’s coiffure and the favourite love stories in prose and verse. Here and there a cygnet is reared uneasily among the ducklings in the brown pond, and never finds the living stream in fellowship with its own oary-footed kind. Here and there is born a Saint Theresa , foundress of nothing , whose loving heart beats and sobs after an unattained goodness tremble off and are dispersed among hindrances, instead of centring in some long recognisable deed.

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George Eliot ; Middlemarch
— 1 month ago with 1 note
#george eliot  #middlemarch  #literature  #women 
"The public is despotic in its temper ; it is capable of denying common justice , when too strenuously demanded as a right ; but quite as frequently it awards more than justice , when the appeal is made , as despots love to have it made, entirely to its generosity"
The Scarlet Letter , Nathaniel Hawthorne
— 1 month ago with 1 note
#the scarlet letter  #nathaniel hawthorne  #literature  #quote  #justice  #despot 

So self preservation has finally kicked in and I’ve decided to abandon my strategy of reading through two Tennessee Williams plays in the space of twelve hours. One is enough to turn you into a complete raving lunatic but bloody hell could he write.

— 8 months ago with 4 notes
#tennesse williams  #literature  #drama  #a streetcar named desire  #the glass menagerie  #madness 

“There is something sustaining in the very agitation that accompanies the first shocks of trouble, just as an acute pain is often a stimulus, and produces an excitement which is transient strength. It is in the slow, changed life that follows—in the time when sorrow has become stale, and has no longer an emotive intensity that counteracts its pain—in the time when day follows day in dull unexpectant sameness, and trial is a dreary routine—it is then that despair threatens; it is then that the peremptory hunger of the soul is felt, and eye and ear are strained after some unlearned secret of our existence, which shall give to endurance the nature of satisfaction.” 

― George EliotThe Mill on the Floss

— 1 year ago with 2 notes
#george eliot  #lit  #literature 
"The major problem - ONE of the major problems,for there are several - one of the many major problems with governing people is that of whom you get to do it ; or rather of who manages to get people to let them do it to them.
To summarize; it is a well-known fact that those people who must WANT to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it. To summarize the summary: anyone who is capable of getting themselves made president should on no account be allowed to do the job. To summarize the summary of the summary; people are a problem.
And so this is the situation we find: a succession of Galactic Presidents who so much enjoy the fun and palaver of being in power that they very rarely notice that they’re not.
And somewhere in the shadows behind them - who ?
Who can possibly rule if no one who wants do it can be allowed it ?"
Douglas Adams (maham is crying with laughter this man is a genius)
— 1 year ago with 2 notes
#douglas adams  #politics  #literature  #presidents  #omgyes 
"The characters in my novels are my own unrealized possibilities. That is why i am equally fond of them all and equally horrified by them. Each one has crossed a border that I myself have circumvented. It is that crossed border (the border beyond which my own ‘I’ ends) which attracts me most. for beyond that border begins the secret the novel asks about. The novel is not the author’s confession ; it is an investigation of human life in the rap the world has become"
Milan Kundera 
— 1 year ago with 16 notes
#the unbearable lightness of being  #milan kundera  #literature 

We can never establish with certainty what part of our relations with others is the result of our emotions - love,antipathy,charity or malice - and what part is predetermined by the constant power play among individuals. True human goodness , in all its purity and freedom, can come to the fore only when its recipient has no power. Mankind’s true moral test,it’s fundamental test (which lies deeply buried from view), consists of its attitude towards those who are it its mercy

- Milan Kundera (The Unbearable Lightness of Being)

— 1 year ago
#the unbearable lightness of being  #milan kundera  #literature 
"Kitsch is the absolute denial of shit,in both the literal and figurative senses of the word ; kitsch excludes everything from its purview which is essentially unacceptable in human existence…"
Milan Kundera - The Unbearable Lightness of Being 
— 1 year ago with 2 notes
#milan kundera  #literature  #the unbearable lightness of being 

one reviewer calls infinite jest a ‘quagmire of pretentiousness’ HAHAHAHA. A tad over board , the dude can craft beautiful sentences and im not much of a whinger when it comes to ‘being told a story’ , i think the most accurate literature is just something, anything CONVEYED. but there’s just no context like i do not have a clue not even a pretentious metaphor or anything. i never write about what im reading on here but i NEVER leave a book unfinished like that so BEAR WITH ME OKAY this is how i deal with guilt. 

— 1 year ago with 1 note
#infinite jest  #dfw  #david foster wallace  #literature