Abdullah Syed

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"The man who makes no mistakes does not usually make anything." - Edward Phelps

The weirdest idea anyone ever had about the future is that we should expect it to look like the past.
This is one more piece of advice I have for you: don’t get impatient. Even if things are so tangled up you can’t do anything, don’t get desperate or blow a fuse and start yanking on one particular thread before it’s ready to come undone. You have to figure it’s going to be a long process and that you’ll work on things slowly, one at a time.
Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood (via tayelchapo)

(via our-prosperity)

Don’t try to steer the river.
Deepak Chopra (via thecalminside)

(via our-prosperity)

Who has not asked himself at some time or other: am I a monster or is this what it means to be a person?
Clarice Lispector, A Hora Da Estrela  (via 5000letters)

(via our-prosperity)

i’ve never been to Disneyland

But he has a shit ton of leverage. Never forget what the right pair of eyes can do for your project/work/country in this case.

Also read Show Your Work. 




I saw people on fb ranting about how HONY did not mention if they will be visiting Pakistan and how they should be visiting Pakistan and Kashmir after India. And I am sitting here thinking why do we need HONY to project us. Why do you need…


our train is delayed and i am late for lunch
with a boy i like because he makes me feel
less lonely and that seems like a sufficient
definition for love these days
in this city where it is possible to be surrounded
by the warmth of millions of apartment lights and
still feel cold


You can’t stop letting the rain get to you; you are tired. You feel 30 when you are 22. Life is caving in, but a few caves had to fall to build volcanoes’ molten middle. You are 7,000 years of repression. The world will hear your thoughts all at once in all it’s might.

And when life gives you lemons, plant a tree, baby. No one ever made changes without passing lessons on. Sow your trials into the ground and you won’t just find your roots - you will make them.

If you happen to get up on the wrong side of the bed, give a small whisper of thanks for being able to get up at all today. Remember the universe is vast, remember we are all finite. You will breathe with less entitlement.

And if you get the ax, consider yourself free, child. You are fuel. You are flammable, baby. Without you there is no fire during winters and fall.

If it so happens that you bite the bullet, remember you are not a target. You are a weapon. They have armed you. Aim and fire.

And don’t believe them, darling. You are never at the end of your rope. Life is not series of mass hangings but be careful who you choose into your life. Either they make a noose or attach a booey.

Romila Barryman // And If You Are Lucky Enough, Life Will Let You Fail. (via daydreamsonlooseleafpaper)

(via lonelyscribbles)




I just read that the odds
of us being born are
1 in 400 trillion, which
just goes to prove what
an incredible feat of
biological engineering
we are glitches.

The more you travel, the more you lose sight of who you are. People always say travel will help you “discover yourself” or redefine who you are- I think what travel really does is just let you get over defining yourself altogether.

You’re in a flux, constantly changing and evolving. After a while, you lose track and don’t even know if you miss your friends back home or you love the idea of missing them so much that you’re inducing sadness upon yourself. The constant change brings uncertainty in your life, which consequently brings growth, open-ness and willingness.

Travel will help you lose sight of who you are. And that’s a definitely a good thing.

true story

true story

vaah vaah