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And all becomes clear. Wish I could make you see this brightness. Don’t worry, all is well. All is so perfectly, damnably well. I understand now, that boundaries between noise and sound are conventions. All boundaries are conventions, waiting to be transcended. One may transcend any convention, if only one can first conceive of doing so. Moments like this, I can feel your heart beating as clearly as I feel my own, and I know that separation is an illusion. My life extends far beyond the limitations of me.


There is a natural order to this world, and those who try to upend it do not fare well. This movement will never survive; if you join them, you and your entire family will be shunned. At best, you will exist a pariah to be spat at and beaten-at worst, to be lynched or crucified. And for what? For what? No matter what you do it will never amount to anything more than a single drop in a limitless ocean.

     W h a t  i s  a n  o c e a n  b u t  a  m u l t i t u d e  o f  d r o p s ? (Cloud Atlas dir. Tom Tykwer, Lana & Andy Wachowski)

Cloud Atlas starters
  • “A half-read book is a half-finished love affair.”
  • "Our lives are not our own."
  • "Yesterday, my life was headed in one direction. Today, it is headed in another."
  • “Books don't offer real escape, but they can stop a mind scratching itself raw.”
  • “Travel far enough, you meet yourself.”
  • “Power, time, gravity, love. The forces that really kick ass are all invisible.”
  • "It doesn't mean you're defective - it just means you're human.”
  • "No, what's selfish is to demand another to endure an intolerable existence, just to spare families, friends, and enemies a bit of soul-searching.”
  • “Unlimited power in the hands of limited people always leads to cruelty.”
  • “We are only what we know, and I wished to be so much more than I was, sorely.”
  • “Fantasy. Lunacy. All revolutions are, until they happen, then they are historical inevitabilities.”
  • "...there ain't no journey what don't change you some.”
  • “Belief, like fear or love, is a force to be understood as we understand the theory of relativity and principals of uncertainty."
  • “Truth is singular. Its 'versions' are mistruths.”
  • “Time is what stops history happening at once; time is the speed at which the past disappears.”
  • "What wouldn't I give now for a never-changing map of the ever-constant ineffable? To possess, as it were, an atlas of clouds.”
  • “What is any ocean but a multitude of drops?”
  • “ I'm a spent firework; but at least I've been a firework.”
  • “History admits no rules; only outcomes.”
  • "At best, you will exist a pariah to be spat at and beaten-at worst, to be lynched or crucified."
  • "All boundaries are conventions, waiting to be transcended."
  • "What if no one believes you?"
  • "Someone already does."
  • "I believe there is a another world waiting for us, Sixsmith. A better world. And I'll be waiting for you there."
  • "There is only one rule that binds all people. One governing principle that defines every relationship on God's green earth: The weak are meat, and the strong do eat."
  • "I believe we do not stay dead long. Find me beneath the Corsican stars where we first kissed."
  • "This world spins from the same unseen forces that twist our hearts."
  • "I will not be subjected to criminal abuse."
  • "Fear, belief, love phenomena that determined the course of our lives. These forces begin long before we are born and continue after we perish."
  • "Two sprained ankles, one cracked rib. Official cause of accident listed on the hospital form: Pussy."
  • "You have to do whatever you can't not do."
  • "I know, I know!"
  • "Blood has always trumped water."
  • "Don't leave me here!"
  • "If I had remained invisible, the truth would stay hidden. I couldn't allow that."
To be is to be perceived. And so to know thyself is only possible through the eyes of the other. The nature of our immortal lives is in the consequences of our words and deeds that go on apportioning themselves throughout all time. Our lives are not our own; from womb to tomb, we are bound to others, past and present, and by each crime and every kindness we birth our future.
—  Somni-451 - Cloud Atlas (2012)

why aren’t more people in love with the film cloud atlas when it:

  • has kickass female characters
  • has diversity in characters/actors
  • tackles big issues (slavery, revolution etc)
  • has some beautiful gay love
  • is basically about soulmates and reincarnation and how lives are connected through the ages
  • has stories from the past, present and future
  • has kickass cinematography 
  • has amazing underlying messages
  • has a beautiful soundtrack holy shit
  • has tom hanks
  • has ben whishaw
  • has halle berry
  • has some incredible makeup and costume work
  • is basically just a thoroughly beautiful and awesome movie
  • why isn’t this raved about more seriously

Get to know me meme[3/05] favourite movies: Cloud Atlas.

Our lives are not our own. From womb to tomb, we are bound to others. Past and present. And by each crime and every kindness, we birth our future.