“I believe that we are put here in human form to decipher the hieroglyphs of love and suffering. And, there is no degree of love or intensity of feeling that does not bring with it the possibility of a crippling hurt. But, it is a duty to take that risk and love without reserve or defense.”—Allen Ginsberg (via yeshecholwa)
“Forces beyond your control can take away everything you possess except one thing, your freedom to choose how you will respond to the situation. You cannot control what happens to you in life, but you can always control what you feel and do about what happens to you.”—Viktor E. Frankl - Man’s Search For Meaning
“I’m not frightened. I’m not frightened of anything. The more I suffer, the more I love. Danger will only increase my love. It will sharpen it, it will give it spice. I will be the only angel you need. You will leave life even more beautiful than you entered it. Heaven will take you back and look at you and say: Only one thing can make a soul complete, and that thing is love.”—The Reader (2008) dir. by Stephen Daldry (via violentwavesofemotion)
One of the most powerful tools for personal growth is our own personal history.
No matter what we have done and no matter what has happened to us, our past is meant to make us better, not bitter. When you learn from it, you can grow from it.
“Teach only by example, never preach, never lecture, never castigate. But in order to teach by example one must have Being. And Being cannot be faked. One can fake knowledge. One can lay down a smoke screen of words and confuse all but the discerning few. But one can never fake Being. We show our level of being by our reactions, especially our reactions to insults, disappointments, disasters. You can’t fake a reaction.”—Robert S. De Ropp (Warrior’s Way)
“If today one were to find a remedy for death, I would not take it. My pain (the death of his father and his mother) my happiness (his love) has meaning only if I myself must also go there.”—Albert Camus, Notebooks 1951-1959. (via acknowledgetheabsurd)
“I know now, after fifty years, that the finding/losing, forgetting/remembering, leaving/returning, never stops. The whole of life is about another chance, and while we are alive, till the very end, there is always another chance.”—Jeanette Winterson, from Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? (via floreses)
“I feel alone. I don’t mean I feel lonely; I mean I feel alone, the same way I feel the blanket resting on my body, or the feathers of my pillow under my head, or the tight string of my sleep pants twisted up around my waist. I feel alone as if it were an actual thing, seeping throughout this whole level like mist blanketing a field, reaching into all the hidden corners of my room and finding nothing living but me. It’s a cold sort of feeling, this.”—Beth Revis, A Million Suns (via quotestuff)
“I have had to experience so much stupidity, so many vices, so much error, so much nausea, disillusionment and sorrow, just in order to become a child again and begin anew. I had to experience despair, I had to sink to the greatest mental depths, to thoughts of suicide, in order to experience grace.”—Siddhartha (via gogh-wilde)
“You don’t need to be the peaceful one, the awakened one, the strong one, the highly evolved one, the one immune to suffering. All are false limitations on your limitless nature. Simply be what you are, not ‘this’ one or ‘that’ one, but The One, the space for all of it.”—Jeff Foster : Nic Higham | Nic Higham (via oceanandwave)