Nicole Trilivas

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Miranda July Quote

“Do you have doubts about life? Are you unsure if it’s worth the trouble? Look at the sky: that is for you. Look at each person’s face as you pass on the street: those faces are for you. And the street itself, and the ground under the street and the ball of fire underneath the ground: all these things are for you. They are as much for you as they are for other people. Remember this when you wake up in the morning and think you have nothing. Stand up and face the east. Now praise the sky and praise the light within each person under the sky. It’s okay to be unsure. But praise, praise, praise.”

-From Miranda July’s collection of stories No One Belongs Here More Than You.

It's all for you.

It’s all for you.

How To Know What To Write

“When an idea keeps haunting you, a story keeps coming back to you, and things keep sticking to it, then that’s how you know you have enough to say. And you need to write it.”

Celeste Ng, author of Everything I Never Told You (Penguin, June 2014)

How will I know?

How will I know?

Hermann Hesse Quote

“It is not our purpose to become each other; it is to recognize each other, to learn to see the other and honor him for what he is.”

-Hermann Hesse, from Narcissus and Goldmund

You do you. I'll do me.

You do you. I’ll do me.

On Scent & Travel

“I’m not advocating for the purchase of an expensive bottle [of perfume] every time you go to a cousin’s wedding. But for me, the act of dignifying a journey with its own scent can be enough to elevate a humble getaway to vacation status. It’s nice to find something that has a connection to wherever you are, but the actual perfume is secondary. The point is to create a sense memory for the experience that has, for you, no precedent. I’ve worn the same perfume since my twenty-third birthday, when I treated myself to my first bottle of En Passant, but from the moment I get in the cab to the airport, I like to wear something different, unfamiliar.”

-Sadie Stein in The Paris Review “A Travel Trip”

Yes! I do this too. The best side effect is that years later, your'll get a whiff of fragrance and it will take you right back.

Yes! I do this too. The best side effect is that years later, your’ll get a whiff of fragrance and it will take you right back.

Sylvia Plath Quote

“How we need another soul to cling to, another body to keep us warm. To rest and trust; to give your soul in confidence: I need this, I need someone to pour myself into.”

– The Unabridged Journals, Sylvia Plath


Catherine Lacey Quote

“If I could somehow disappear for a while without making any loved ones anxious, I would. Even for only a few months — which is something I’ve actually approximated several times over the years in New Zealand, Japan, Europe, and Central America. (Though everyone has always known where I was going, dampening the thrill.) While gone I’ve tended to eschew calls home or internet or even speaking to locals when I can help it. Instead, I relish the temporary permission to vanish.”

-Catherine Lacey in the Buzzfeed article, A Need to Disapear


Rainer Maria Rilke Quote

“God speaks to each of us as he makes us,
then walks with us silently out of the night.

These are the words we dimly hear:

You, sent out beyond your recall,
go to the limits of your longing.
Embody me.

Flare up like a flame
and make big shadows I can move in.

Let everything happen to you: beauty and terror.
Just keep going. No feeling is final.
Don’t let yourself lose me.

Nearby is the country they call life.
You will know it by its seriousness.

Give me your hand.”

-“Go to the Limits of Your Longing” by Rainer Maria Rilke. Book of Hours, I 59


Fitzgerald Quote

“That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you’re not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong.”

– F. Scott Fitzgerald


Roxana Robinson Quote

“We’re doing what fiction writers have always done: trying to investigate the world, explore human experience, render precisely what it means to be alive. We’re trying to give voice to everyone on the planet.”

-Roxana Robinson, in the  New York Times


Thoreau Quote

“Wealth is the ability to fully experience life.”

-Henry David Thoreau



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