"The fact that it happened in this country…160 years ago. I know who [Holocaust victim] Anne Frank is, but I don’t know who Solomon Northup is: Why?" asked12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen during a Q&A session at L.A.’s Museum of Tolerance last year. That question led him on a quest to get his Oscar-winning film — which tells the real-life story of a free black man who is kidnapped and sold into slavery — into high-school classrooms around the country.
“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.”—John Lubbock, The Use Of Life (via currentsinbiology)
“Every introvert alive knows the exquisite pleasure of stepping from the clamor of a party into the bathroom and closing the door.”—Sophia Dembling - The Introvert’s Way: Living a Quiet Life in a Noisy World (via dianekrugers)
“I have never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude. We are for the most part more lonely when we go abroad among men than when we stay in our chambers.”—Henry David Thoreau (via taufiq)