We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.
The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.
A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it.
Some people care too much. I think it’s called love.
what matters most is how well you walk through the fire
We’re all going to die, all of us, what a circus! That alone should make us love each other but it doesn’t. We are terrorized and flattened by trivialities, we are eaten up by nothing.
But luxury has never appealed to me, I like simple things, books, being alone, or with somebody who understands.
-Daphne du Maurier
Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet.
My ambition is handicapped by laziness
You have to die a few times before you can really
None of us really changes over time. We only become more fully what we are.
Sometimes you make choices in life and sometimes choices make you.
Pain and suffering are always inevitable for a large intelligence and a deep heart. The really great men must, I think, have great sadness on earth.
Everything is possible. The impossible just takes longer.
I read so I can live more than one life in more than one place.
The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts, while the stupid ones are full of confidence.
Angry, and half in love with her, and tremendously sorry, I turned away.
-F. Scott Fitzgerald
Weeds are flowers, too, once you get to know them.
People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for.
You know, one of the tragedies of real life is that there is no background music.
Books. Cats. Life is Good.
I wanted the whole world or nothing.
Sometimes people don’t want to hear the truth because they don’t want their illusions destroyed.
My life amounts to no more than one drop in a limitless ocean. Yet what is any ocean, but a multitude of drops?
Everybody is identical in their secret unspoken belief that way deep down they are different from everyone else.
-David Foster Wallace
there is a loneliness in this world so great
that you can see it in the slow movement of
the hands of a clock.
people so tired
either by love or no love.
people just are not good to each other
one on one.
the rich are not good to the rich
the poor are not good to the poor.
we are afraid.
our educational system tells us
that we can all be
it hasn’t told us
about the gutters
or the suicides.
or the terror of one person
aching in one place
watering a plant.
We all have our time machines, don’t we. Those that take us back are memories…And those that carry us forward, are dreams.
No, I’m just a very naughty boy. I do all sorts of bad things. I kick kittens. I make rude gestures at nuns.
An intellectual says a simple thing in a hard way. An artist says a hard thing in a simple way.
there are worse things
than being alone
but it often takes
decades to realize this
and most often when you do
it’s too late
and there’s nothing worse
than too late
There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.
Money can’t buy happiness, but it can make you awfully comfortable while you’re being miserable.
-Clare Boothe Luce
If you’re losing your soul and you know it, then you’ve still got a soul left to lose
I realize now that dying is easy. Living is hard.
If you don’t like someone’s story, write your own.
Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t.
The world breaks everyone, and afterward, many are strong at the broken places.
I knew when I met you an adventure was going to happen.
Sometimes,’ said Pooh, ‘the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.
I wanted a perfect ending. Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle, and end.
You’re alive only once, as far as we know, and what could be worse than getting to the end of your life and realizing you hadn’t lived it?
Some lose all mind and become soul,insane.
some lose all soul and become mind, intellectual.
some lose both and become accepted
Where there is love, there is often also hate. They can exist side by side.
The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman is seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides. True beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It’s the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows & the beauty of a woman only grows with passing years.
And thus the heart will break, yet brokenly live on.
-George Gordon Byron
Maybe some people just aren’t meant to be in our lives forever. Maybe some people are just passing through. It’s like some people just come through our lives to bring us something: a gift, a blessing, a lesson we need to learn. And that’s why they’re here. You’ll have that gift forever.
The helpful thought for which you look
Is written somewhere in a book.
We’ve got to live, no matter how many skies have fallen.
Creativity is intelligence having fun.
Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue, and the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true.
Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth.
-Alan W. Watts
Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future.
Time is the coin of your life. You spend it. Do not allow others to spend it for you.
You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you mad.
Let us learn to show our friendship for a man when he is alive and not after he is dead.
-F. Scott Fitzgerald
If you work really hard, and you’re kind, amazing things will happen.
Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.
No book can be appreciated until it has been slept with and dreamed over.
Whatever you’re meant to do, do it now. The conditions are always impossible.
The world is indeed comic, but the joke is on mankind.
Even the strongest and bravest must sometimes weep. It shows they have a great heart, one that can feel compassion for others.
Remember if people talk behind your back, it only means you are two steps ahead.
It is never too late to be wise.
Do not read as children do to enjoy themselves, or, as the ambitious do to educate themselves. No, read to live.
Sometimes, I feel the past and the future pressing so hard on either side that there’s no room for the present at all.
I get a warm feeling among my books.
When you play a game of thrones you win or you die.
-George R.R. Martin
I will remember the kisses
our lips raw with love
and how you gave me
everything you had
and how I
offered you what was left of
and I will remember your small room
the feel of you
the light in the window
our morning coffee
our noons our nights
our bodies spilled together
the tiny flowing currents
immediate and forever
your leg my leg
your arm my arm
your smile and the warmth
who made me laugh
A library is infinity under a roof.
-Gail Carson Levine
As it has been said:
Love and a cough
cannot be concealed.
Even a small cough.
Even a small love.
I felt like crying but nothing came out. it was just a sort of sad sickness, sick sad, when you can’t feel any worse. I think you know it. I think everybody knows it now and then. but I think I have known it pretty often, too often.
Nothing great in the world was accomplished without passion.
-Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
No one can construct for you the bridge upon which precisely you must cross the stream of life, no one but you yourself alone.
Open a book this minute and start reading. Donât move until youâve reached page fifty. Until youâve buried your thoughts in print. Cover yourself with words. Wash yourself away. Dissolve.
Either you deal with what is the reality, or you can be sure that the reality is going to deal with you.
The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.
If everybody is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.
-George S. Patton Jr.
Boring damned people. All over the earth. Propagating more boring damned people. What a horror show. The earth swarmed with them.
No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.
You see I usually find myself among strangers because I drift here and there trying to forget the sad things that happened to me.
-F. Scott Fitzgerald
I am only responsible for my own heart, you offered yours up for the smashing my darling. Only a fool would give out such a vital organ
My life has a superb cast, but I cannot figure out the plot.
the free soul is rare, but you know it when you see it – basically because you feel good, very good, when you are near or with them.
Very few of us are what we seem.
those who escape hell
never talk about
and nothing much
Nobody gets everything in this life. You decide your priorities and you make your choices. I’d decided long ago that any cake I had would be eaten.
-Donald E. Westlake
Only you can control your future.
I wish I were a girl again, half-savage and hardy, and free.
For to know a man’s library is, in some measure, to know his mind.
Youâll miss the best things if you keep your eyes shut.
There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls.
In the world I am
Always a stranger
I do not understand its language
It does not understand my silence
Be glad. Be good. Be brave.
-Eleanor H. Porter
There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that receives it.
I have for the first time found what I can truly loveâI have found you. You are my sympathyâmy better selfâmy good angelâI am bound to you with a strong attachment. I think you good, gifted, lovely: a fervent, a solemn passion is conceived in my heart; it leans to you, draws you to my centre and spring of life, wrap my existence about youâand, kindling in pure, powerful flame, fuses you and me in one.
To die, it’s easy. But you have to struggle for life.
The unfed mind devours itself.
You have everything needed for the extravagant journey that is your life.
She looked at nice young men as if she could smell their stupidity.
At the end of the day, we can endure much more than we think we can.
A love like that was a serious illness, an illness from which you never entirely recover.
One must dare to be happy.
Beauty is terror. Whatever we call beautiful, we quiver before it.
There are three questions every woman should be able to answer yes to before they commit to a man. If you answer no to any of the three questions, run like hell.”
“Does he treat you with respect at all times? That’s the first question. The second question is, if he is the exact same person twenty years from now that he is today, would you still want to marry him? And finally, does he inspire to be a better person? You find someone you can answer yes to all three, then you’ve found a good man.
May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view.
We are surrounded by story.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s this: We all want everything to be okay. We don’t even wish so much for fantastic or marvelous or outstanding. We will happily settle for okay, because most of the time, okay is enough.
Ignorance killed the cat; curiosity was framed!
I’m afraid that sometimes you’ll play lonely games too. Games you can’t win ’cause you’ll play against you.
What is right is not always popular and what is popular is not always right.
Every day is a new day. It is better to be lucky. But I would rather be exact. Then when luck comes you are ready.
Life is a beautiful magnificent thing, even to a jellyfish.
People do not change, they are merely revealed.
Remember this: Nothing is written in the stars. Not these stars, nor any others. No one controls your destiny.
I think you should be a child for as long as you can. I have been successful for 74 years being able to do that.
Love the world and yourself in it, move through it as though it offers no resistance, as though the world is your natural element.
Our lives are not our own. We are bound to others, past and present, and by each crime and every kindness, we birth our future.
The finest of pleasures are always the unexpected ones.
If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can ever warm me, I know that is poetry.
Whenever you think or you believe or you know, you’re a lot of other people: but the moment you feel, you’re nobody-but-yourself.
You will hear thunder and remember me,
and think: she wanted storms…
I will take the sun in my mouth
and leap into the ripe air
with closed eyes
to dash against darkness
There’s a bluebird in my heart that wants to get out
but I’m too tough for him,
I say, stay in there, I’m not going to let anybody see you.
I don’t think there is any truth. There are only points of view.
I am not interested in being original. I am interested in being true.
-Agostinho da Silva
When I look at my life and its secret colours, I feel like bursting into tears.
That was enterprising,” Will sounded nearly impressed.
Nate smiled. Tess shot him a furious look. “Don’t look pleased with yourself. When Will says ‘enterprising’ he means ‘morally deficient.'”
“No, I mean enterprising,” said Will. “When I mean morally deficient, I say, ‘Now, that’s something I would have done’.
I suspect the most we can hope for, and it’s no small hope, is that we never give up, that we never stop giving ourselves permission to try to love and receive love.
If the person you are talking to doesn’t appear to be listening, be patient. It may simply be that he has a small piece of fluff in his ear.
I was born with an enormous need for affection, and a terrible need to give it.
Not that I want to be a god or a hero. Just to change into a tree, grow for ages, not hurt anyone.
You forget what you want to remember, and you remember what you want to forget.
Question everything. Your love, your religion, your passion. If you don’t have questions, you’ll never find answers.
Please believe that one single positive dream is more important than a thousand negative realities.
-Adeline Yen Mah
And O there are days in this life, worth life and worth death.
Even when you have doubts, take that step. Take chances. Mistakes are never a failureâthey can be turned into wisdom.
In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.
And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, thereâs something stronger â something better, pushing right back.
In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity
There were always in me, two women at least, one woman desperate and bewildered, who felt she was drowning and another who would leap into a scene, as upon a stage, conceal her true emotions because they were weaknesses, helplessness, despair, and present to the world only a smile, an eagerness, curiosity, enthusiasm, interest.
Laugh all you want and cry all you want and whistle at pretty men in the street and to hell with anybody who thinks you’re a damned fool!
In secret we met
In silence I grieve,
That thy heart could forget,
Thy spirit deceive.
-George Gordon Byron
Laugh loudly, laugh often, and most important, laugh at yourself.
I’m not lost for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.
What I’ve come to learn is that the world is never saved in grand messianic gestures, but in the simple accumulation of gentle, soft, almost invisible acts of compassion.
Books fall open, you fall in.
-David T.W. McCord
Iâm glad we had the times together just to laugh and sing a song, seems like we just got started and then before you know it, the times we had together were gone.
There’s something ugly about the flawless.
Adventure is worthwhile in itself.
I used to believe in forever, but forever’s too good to be true
I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve (or save) the world and a desire to enjoy (or savor) the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.
How marvelous books are, crossing worlds and centuries, defeating ignorance and, finally, cruel time itself.