"Some days you must learn a great deal. But you should also have days when you allow what is already in you to swell up and touch everything. If you never let that happen, then you just accumulate facts, and they begin to rattle around inside of you."
- E.L. Konigsburg (via emotional-algebra)
"We cannot selectively numb emotions, when we numb the painful emotions, we also numb the positive emotions."
- Brené Brown (via aestheticintrovert)
(Source: psych-facts, via aestheticintrovert)
"You can plan for things, work towards them for years, and yet they never materialize. Or you can just happen to be in the right place at the right moment, and everything falls into place."
- John Ajvide Lindqvist, Little Star (via susanbae)
(Source: simply-quotes.net, via 1001arabianights)
"How many times do we lose an occasion for soul work by leaping ahead to final solutions without pausing to savor the undertones? We are a radically bottom-line society, eager to act and to end tension, and thus we lose opportunities to know ourselves for our motives and our secrets."
- Thomas Moore (via emotional-algebra)
"I don’t believe in charity. I believe in solidarity. Charity is vertical, so it’s humiliating. It goes from the top to the bottom. Solidarity is horizontal. It respects the other and learns from the other. I have a lot to learn from other people."
- Eduardo Galeano (via mexiroccan)
"So here’s my advice: Study broadly and without fear. Learn a language if you can, because that will make your life more interesting. Read a little bit every day. But more importantly, surround yourself with people who you like and make cool stuff with them. In the end, what you do isn’t going to be nearly as interesting or important as who you do it with."
- John Green (via sketchmedesire)
(Source: h-o-r-n-g-r-y, via raindropsandsunspots)
"The Problem with going away for an extended period - you mentally packed the people you knew in bubble wrap and stored them in some boxroom in your mind, expecting them to be just as you left them when you returned. the world didn’t work that way, though; they just went on having lives without you."
- Maybe Amanda (via kaoskakisimataempat)
“There is nothing beyond God that deserves to be sought and nothing finds its conclusion with other than Him.” — Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah
"The bad news is, people are crueler, meaner and more evil than you’ve ever imagined. The good news is, people are kinder, gentler and more loving than you’ve ever dreamed."
- Iain Thomas (via erraticintrovert)
(Source: fingersxxcrossed, via myownpresence)
"I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain."
- Frank Herbert, Dune (via wordsarelikeoxygen)
"Writing and reading decrease our sense of isolation. They deepen and widen and expand our sense of life: they feed the soul. When writers make us shake our heads with the exactness of their prose and their truths, and even make us laugh about ourselves or life, our buoyancy is restored. We are given a shot at dancing with, or at least clapping along with, the absurdity of life, instead of being squashed by it over and over again. It’s like singing on a boat during a terrible storm at sea. You can’t stop the raging storm, but singing can change the hearts and spirits of the people who are together on that ship."
- Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life (via excessivebookshelf)
“The universe is always speaking to us. … Sending us little messages, causing coincidences and serendipities, reminding us to stop, to look around, to believe in something else, something more”
— Nancy Thayer