Posted in Literature, Motivational Quotational

Dark Academia Quotes

As a Classical Art and Archaeology MA Graduate, Gothic fiction reader, Opera lover, regular haunter of museums, and vintage fashion wearer… Dark Academia calls to me.

Today I’m sharing some quotes that fit with the dark academia aesthetic (or lifestyle if you’re like me!). These range from Classic fiction novels, to melancholy poetry, to Latin.

I hope you find something here that makes you want to sip some tea in the library, and read while you hear the sounds of rain and the ticking of a grandfather clock.

Or maybe you’ll simply find a quote to include in your Instagram captions.

Dark Academia Quotes


I studied Latin during the first year of my undergraduate degree in Ancient History. I didn’t fare well to be candid. I found myself overwhelmed with Latin study, alongside Modern Greek and all of my other classes. I didn’t pursue Latin any further, but through the study of Roman Archaeology and Literature, I learned quite a few phrases.

Here are some of my favourites, and others I found online.

  • “per aspera ad astra” – through hardships to the stars. (If you’ve read Pierce Brown’s Red Rising, you’ll recognise this!)
  • ars longa, vita brevis” – art is long, life is short.
  • littera scripta manet” – the written letter lasts.
  • “dum spiro spero” – while I breathe, I hope.
  • “trahimir omnes laudis studio” – we are led on by our eagerness for praise.
  • “amor vincit omnia” – love conquers all.
  • “in perpetuum et unum diem” – forever and one day.
  • abyssus abyssum invocat – hell calls hell.
  • bibere venenum in auro – drink poison from a cup of gold.
  • tempus edax rerum – time is the devourer of things.

Classic & Gothic Fiction

“When you consider things like the stars, our affairs don’t seem to matter very much, do they?” Virginia Woolf.

“Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before.” Edgar Allan Poe.

“It does not do to trust people too much.” Charlotte Perkins Gilman, The Yellow Wallpaper.

“Ask no questions, and you’ll be told no lies.” Charles Dickens, Great Expectations.

“Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change.” Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Frankenstein.

“He decided in favor of life out of sheer spite and malice.” Patrick Süskind, Perfume: The Story of a Murderer.

“Life, although it may only be an accumulation of anguish, is dear to me, and I will defend it.” Mary Shelley, Frankenstein

“The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.” Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray.

“He had a heart that could have held the entire empire of the world; and, in the end, he had to content himself with a cellar.” Gaston LerouxThe Phantom of the Opera.

“If all else perished, and he remained, I should still continue to be; and if all else remained, and he were annihilated, the universe would turn to a mighty stranger.” Emily Jane Brontë, Wuthering Heights.

“I am longing to be with you, and by the sea, where we can talk together freely and build our castles in the air.” Bram Stoker, Dracula

“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.” Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre.


“I am terrified by this dark thing that sleeps in me.” Sylvia Plath.

“I hate and I love. And if you ask me how, I do not know: I only feel it, and I’m torn in two.” Catullus, I Hate and I Love

“When they were tired, night rained her thick dark sleep.” Sappho.

“Hateful to me as the gates of Hades is that man who hides one thing in his heart and speaks another.” Homer, The Iliad

“One need not be a chamber to be haunted.” Emily Dickinson

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Dark Academia Quotes
The photographs featured in this blog posts were taken by myself in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Posted in Feminism, Motivational Quotational

Top 10 Inspiring Quotes from Michelle Obama

If you knew me in real life, you’d know that I’m a huge fan of former First Lady Michelle Obama. She’s one of my biggest inspirations, and exudes a level of confidence I strive to attain.

I’m here for female empowerment, and I’m particularly keen to support Black Women.

Michelle’s book Becoming is the best book I’ve read in a long time. Well, I opted for the Audible version because it’s read aloud by her!

You can find my top Audible recommendations here, and join me on Goodreads here if you’d like.

Today I’m feeling inspired. Empowered. Strong. Confident.

I want to share that energy with you, through the insightful words of Michelle Obama.

So keep reading to find out my top 10 inspiring quotes from Michelle Obama. These quotes range from Michelle’s book Becoming, her speeches, and interviews over the years.

Top 10 Inspiring Quotes from Michelle Obama

I’ve also created some graphics to go along with several of Michelle’s quotes. Feel free to use them on your social media if you like! At the end of this post, you will find three phone wallpapers / Instagram Story Graphics.

The Difference Between A Broken Community and a Thriving One is the Presence of Women who are valued. Michelle Obama

“The difference between a broken community and a thriving one is the presence of women who are valued”

Michelle Obama

“I am coming down from the mountaintop to tell every young person that is poor and working class, and has been told regardless of the color of your skin that you don’t belong, don’t listen to them. They don’t even know how they got at those seats”

Michelle Obama. [Becoming Documentary]

“Whether you come from a council estate or a country estate, your success will be determined by your own confidence and fortitude”

Michelle Obama. [2009 G20 Summit]

“Success is only meaningful and enjoyable if it feels like your own”

Michelle Obama. [2012 Oregon State University commencement speech]

“We need to do a better job of putting ourselves higher on our own ‘to do’ list”

Michelle Obama. [Vogue Interview, 2016]

“Your story is what you have, what you will always have. It is something to own”

Michelle Obama. [Becoming Book Quote]

“You cannot take your freedoms for granted. Just like generations who have come before you, you have to do your part to preserve and protect those freedoms”

Michelle Obama. [Final Speech as First Lady, 2017]

“Strong men, strong men, men who are truly role models, don’t need to put down women to make themselves feel powerful”

Michelle Obama. [2016 Speech in New Hampshire]

“Failure is an important part of your growth and developing resilience. Don’t be afraid to fail”

Michelle Obama. [The Power of an Educated Girl panel, 2015.]

“Don’t ever make decisions based on fear. Make decisions based on hope and possibility. Make decisions based on what should happen, not what shouldn’t”

Michelle Obama. [Becoming Book Quote]

I hope you enjoyed reading my Top 10 inspiring quotes from Michelle Obama. Here’s to the empowerment of women!

Always Be Curious,
Classical Archaeologist.

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Posted in Motivational Quotational


Hello and welcome.

I’m always inspired by other people’s perceptions and observations of the world. I’ve decided to set up this blog to curate all of my favourite quotes, and share the graphics and phone wallpapers I’ve made.

Wake Up With Determination. Go To Bed With Satisfaction.

quote of the day. unknown author.

This blog will be a place for:

  • Sharing curated motivational quotes based around various categories, e.g. for women, for mindfulness, for social justice, for success.
  • Shareable graphics featuring quotes for your social media and blog posts.
  • A little escape from the world to help you feel inspired!

If you have any topic requests or questions, feel free to get in touch via the contact page!

For more inspiration, have a read of my main blog, join me on Instagram, and check out my Pinterest boards.

Always Be Curious,
Classical Archaeologist.

Phone Wallpaper of the Day:

Wake Up With Determination. Go To Bed With Satisfaction.