"You don’t know anyone at the party, so you don’t want to go. You don’t like cottage cheese, so you haven’t eaten it in years. This is your choice, of course, but don’t kid yourself: it’s also the flinch.

Your personality is not set in stone. You may think a morning coffee is the most enjoyable thing in the world, but it’s really just a habit. Thirty days without it, and you would be fine. You think you have a soul mate, but in fact you could have had any number of spouses. You would have evolved differently, but been just as happy.

You can change what you want about yourself at any time. You see yourself as someone who can’t write or play an instrument, who gives in to temptation or makes bad decisions, but that’s really not you. It’s not ingrained. It’s not your personality. Your personality is something else, something deeper than just preferences, and these details on the surface, you can change anytime you like.

If it is useful to do so, you must abandon your identity and start again. Sometimes, it’s the only way.

Set fire to your old self. It’s not needed here. It’s too busy shopping, gossiping about others, and watching days go by and asking why you haven’t gotten as far as you’d like. This old self will die and be forgotten by all but family, and replaced by someone who makes a difference.

Your new self is not like that. Your new self is the Great Chicago Fire—overwhelming, overpowering, and destroying everything that isn’t necessary.

"

Julien Smith (via thisnostalgicheart)
  • *aggressively tries to sing the beginning of nearly witches even though it is quite obviously in french*
  • percy: you wanna go??
  • ares: im a god you absolute walnut
  • percy: i’ll kick anyone’s ass. i’ll kick your ass. i’ll kick your dog’s ass. i’ll kick my own ass

"You can tell so much about a person by the way they leave you"

Redvers Bailey (via guntoyourhead)
sixpenceee:
THE WORKS OF EDGAR ALLEN POE: Here’s a link to all his stories and poems. His macabre and dark approach to writing has touched many across the globe
THE WORKS OF H.P LOVECRAFT: Another gothic writer whose style is both suspenseful and vivid
THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW: Another classic, beware of the headless horseman 
THE TURN OF THE SCREW: A tale about a governess who becomes convinced that she and her charges are being stalked by ghosts.
THE MONKEY’S PAW: You probably have heard of this one. Be careful what you wish for. 
THE LOTTERY: It might not seem like a horror story, but once you realize what’s happening you will definitly be horrified. If you don’t understand here’s a site that will clear some things up
WHERE ARE YOU GOING, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN: About a 15 year old girl’s encounter with a threatening but charismatic stranger. A popular dark tale.
THE SIGNAL MAN: By Charles Dickon’s, a railroad worker tells the story of a ghost that seems to appear to him as a premonition of some horrible railway tragedy
THE MORTAL IMMORTAL: Mary Shelley may have been known for Frankenstein, but here’s another dark tale by her. It’s the story of a man who wants to play God, but finds his sanity is the price
THE WOMAN IN BLACK: You probably have heard of the movie, but read the classic story behind it. Whenever she is seen, a child dies. 
BONUS: Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier: I read this for my Gothic Literature class in high school. I loved it. A dark novel with plenty of twists to keep you on the edge. 
YOU MAY ALSO LIKE: Masterpost of Gothic Novels

sixpenceee:

  1. THE WORKS OF EDGAR ALLEN POEHere’s a link to all his stories and poems. His macabre and dark approach to writing has touched many across the globe
  2. THE WORKS OF H.P LOVECRAFTAnother gothic writer whose style is both suspenseful and vivid
  3. THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOWAnother classic, beware of the headless horseman 
  4. THE TURN OF THE SCREW: tale about a governess who becomes convinced that she and her charges are being stalked by ghosts.
  5. THE MONKEY’S PAWYou probably have heard of this one. Be careful what you wish for. 
  6. THE LOTTERY: It might not seem like a horror story, but once you realize what’s happening you will definitly be horrified. If you don’t understand here’s a site that will clear some things up
  7. WHERE ARE YOU GOING, WHERE HAVE YOU BEENAbout a 15 year old girl’s encounter with a threatening but charismatic stranger. A popular dark tale.
  8. THE SIGNAL MANBy Charles Dickon’s, a railroad worker tells the story of a ghost that seems to appear to him as a premonition of some horrible railway tragedy
  9. THE MORTAL IMMORTALMary Shelley may have been known for Frankenstein, but here’s another dark tale by her. It’s the story of a man who wants to play God, but finds his sanity is the price
  10. THE WOMAN IN BLACKYou probably have heard of the movie, but read the classic story behind it. Whenever she is seen, a child dies. 

BONUS: Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier: I read this for my Gothic Literature class in high school. I loved it. A dark novel with plenty of twists to keep you on the edge. 

YOU MAY ALSO LIKE: Masterpost of Gothic Novels

Just waiting ‘til the shine wears off…