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“Somebody just gave me a shower radio. Thanks a lot. Do you really want music in the shower? I guess there’s no better place to dance than a slick surface next to a glass door.”

― Jerry Seinfeld

“After all, you can’t truly be happy if you’ve never known pain. You can’t truly feel joy if you’ve never felt heartbreak. You can’t know what it’s like to be filled unless you’ve been empty.”

― Kelly Cutrone, If You Have to Cry, Go Outside: And Other Things Your Mother Never Told You

 

“This is an important lesson to remember when you’re having a bad day, a bad month, or a shitty year. Things will change: you won’t feel this way forever. And anyway, sometimes the hardest lessons to learn are the ones your soul needs most. I believe you can’t feel real joy unless you’ve felt heartache. You can’t have a sense of victory unless you know what it means to fail. You can’t know what it’s like to feel holy until you know what it’s like to feel really fucking evil. And you can’t be birthed again until you’ve died.”

― Kelly Cutrone, If You Have to Cry, Go Outside: And Other Things Your Mother Never Told You

 

“Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.”

― Henry James

Writing is a concentrated form of thinking…a young writer sees that with words he can place himself more clearly into the world. Words on a page, that’s all it takes to help him separate himself from the forces around him, streets and people and pressures and feelings. He learns to think about these things, to ride his own sentences into new perceptions.”

Don Delillo

“There is only one page left to write on. I will fill it with words of only one syllable. I love. I have loved. I will love.”

― Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler’s Wife

 

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”

― Dr. Seuss

 

“Under the seams runs the pain.”

― Anne Carson, Autobiography of Red

 

“For Attractive lips, speak words of kindness.

For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.

For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.

For beautiful hair, let a child run their fingers through it once a day.

For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone.

-Audrey Hepburn

 

People, more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed. Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of each of your arms.

As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself and the other for helping others.”

― Sam Levenson

 

“Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option.”

― Maya Angelou

 

“Sometimes our light goes out, but is blown again into instant flame by an encounter with another human being.”

― Albert Schweitzer

 

“To be nobody butyourself in a world which is doing its best day and night to make you like everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight and never stop fighting.”

― E.E. Cummings

 

“If you reveal everything, bare every feeling, ask for understanding, you lose something crucial to your sense of yourself. You need to know things that others don’t know. It’s what no one knows about you that allows you to know yourself.”

― Don DeLillo, Point Omega

 

“Sometimes I see something so moving I know I’m not supposed to linger. See it and leave. If you stay too long, you wear out the wordless shock. Love it and trust it and leave.”

― Don DeLillo, Underworld

 

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”

― Anne Frank

 

“listen: there’s a hell of a good universe next door; let’s go”

― E.E. Cummings

 

“Love heals scars love left”

― Henry Rollins, The Portable Henry Rollins

 

“In the end, though, maybe we must all give up trying to pay back the people in this world who sustain our lives. In the end, maybe it’s wiser to surrender before the miraculous scope of human generosity and to just keep saying thank you, forever and sincerely, for as long as we have voices.”

― Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia

 

 

“I’ve been making a list of the things they don’t teach you at school. They don’t teach you how to love somebody. They don’t teach you how to be famous. They don’t teach you how to be rich or how to be poor. They don’t teach you how to walk away from someone you don’t love any longer. They don’t teach you how to know what’s going on in someone else’s mind. They don’t teach you what to say to someone who’s dying. They don’t teach you anything worth knowing.”

― Neil Gaiman, The Sandman, Vol. 9: The Kindly Ones

 

And a woman spoke, saying, “Tell us of Pain.”

And he said: Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.

Even as the stone of the fruit must break, that its heart may stand in the sun, so must you know pain.

And could you keep your heart in wonder at the daily miracles of your life, your pain would not seem less wondrous than your joy;

And you would accept the seasons of your heart, even as you have always accepted the seasons that pass over your fields.

“And you would watch with serenity through the winters of your grief.

Much of your pain is self-chosen.

It is the bitter potion by which the physician within you heals your sick self.

Therefore trust the physician, and drink his remedy in silence and tranquility:

For his hand, though heavy and hard, is guided by the tender hand of the Unseen,

And the cup he brings, though it burn your lips, has been fashioned of the clay which the

Potter has moistened with His own sacred tears.”

― Khalil Gibran, The Prophet

“But what is the way forward? I know what it isn’t. It’s not, as we once believed, plenty to eat and a home with all the modern conveniences. It’s not a 2,000-mile-long wall to keep Mexicans out or more accurate weapons to kill them. It’s not a better low-fat meal or a faster computer speed. It’s not a deodorant, a car, a soft drink, a skin cream. The way forward is found on a path through the wilderness of the head and heart—reason and emotion. Thinking, knowing, understanding.”

― Laurence Gonzales, Everyday Survival: Why Smart People Do Stupid Things

 

“To be unbroken, what would that be?

If words that were spoken, had not shattered me”

― ZOEgirl, ZOEgirl – Different Kind of Free

 

“People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.

“If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.

If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway.

If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway.

The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway.

For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.”

― Mother Teresa

 

“Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn’t it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up.”

― Neil Gaiman, The Sandman, Vol. 9: The Kindly Ones

 

“One love, one heart, one destiny.”

― Bob Marley

 

“The only way out of the labyrinth of suffering is to forgive.”

― John Green, Looking for Alaska

 

“Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world…would do this, it would change the earth. ”

― William Faulkner

 

“Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.”

― Albert Schweitzer

“Whether or not you believe in God, you must believe this: when we as a species abandon our trust in a power greater than us, we abandon our sense of accountability. Faiths … all faiths … are admonitions that there is something we cannot understand, something to which we are accountable. With faith we are accountable to each other, to ourselves, and to a higher truth. Religion is flawed, but only because man is flawed. The church consists of a brotherhood of imperfect, simple souls wanting only to be a voice of compassion in a world spinning out of control.”

― Dan Brown, Angels and Demons

 

“for there is nothing heavier than compassion. Not even one’s own pain weighs so heavy as the pain one feels with someone, for someone, a pain intensified by the imagination and prolonged by a hundred echoes.”

― Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

 

“Words bounce. Words, if you let them, will do what they want to do and what they have to do.”

― Anne Carson, Autobiography of Red

 

“I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.”

― Marilyn Monroe

 

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.”

― Maya Angelou

 

 

“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.”

― John Lennon

 

“I do not care so much what I am to others as I care what I am to myself.”

― Michel de Montaigne

 

“It is better to lose your pride with someone you love rather than to lose that someone you love with your useless pride.”

― John Ruskin

 

“Too many people spend money they earned..to buy things they don’t want..to impress people that they don’t like.”

― Will Rogers

 

“Greed, envy, sloth, pride and gluttony: these are not vices anymore. No, these are marketing tools. Lust is our way of life. Envy is just a nudge towards another sale. Even in our relationships we consume each other, each of us looking for what we can get out of the other. Our appetites are often satisfied at the expense of those around us. In a dog-eat-dog world we lose part of our humanity.”

― Jon Foreman

 

“Swallow your pride occasionally, it’s not fattening.”

― Frank Tyger

 

“Learning to live on less pride has been a great investment in my future.”

― Katerina Stoykova Klemer

 

“Don’t accept your dog’s admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful.”

― Ann Landers

 

“You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.”

― Ray Bradbury

 

“We read to know that we are not alone.”

― C.S. Lewis

 

“You get a little moody sometimes but I think that’s because you like to read. People that like to read are always a little fucked up.”

― Pat Conroy, The Prince of Tides

 

“Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.”

― Voltaire

 

“No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.”― Robert Frost

“Books to the ceiling,

Books to the sky,

My pile of books is a mile high.

How I love them! How I need them!

I’ll have a long beard by the time I read them.”

― Arnold Lobel

 

“Books are a uniquely portable magic.”

― Stephen King

 

“Many people, myself among them, feel better at the mere sight of a book.”

― Jane Smiley, Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Novel

 

“I cannot remember the books I’ve read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

“What makes lovemaking and reading resemble each other most is that within both of them times and spaces open, different from measurable time and space.”

― Italo Calvino

 

 

“Desire is no light thing.”

― Anne Carson, Autobiography of Red

 

“Here we go mother on the shipless ocean.

Pity us, pity the ocean, here we go.”

― Anne Carson, Decreation

 

“You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us. And the world will live as one.”

― John Lennon

 

“Love is a good place to situate our distrust of fake women.”

― Anne Carson

 

“An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind.”

― Mahatma Gandhi, The Story of My Experiments With Truth

 

“You talk when you cease to be at peace with your thoughts.”

― Khalil Gibran

 

“The joy of life consists in the exercise of one’s energies, continual growth, constant change, the enjoyment of every new experience. To stop means simply to die. The eternal mistake of mankind is to set up an attainable ideal.”

― Aleister Crowley, The Confessions of Aleister Crowley : An Autohagiography

 

“I love reading another reader’s list of favorites. Even when I find I do not share their tastes or predilections, I am provoked to compare, contrast, and contradict. It is a most healthy exercise, and one altogether fruitful.”

― T.S. Eliot

 

“I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.”

― Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

 

“Sometimes the road less traveled is less traveled for a reason”

― Jerry Seinfeld

 

“When I was a child, adults would tell me not to make things up, warning me of what would happen if I did. As far as I can tell so far, it seems to involve lots of foreign travel and not having to get up too early in the morning.”

― Neil Gaiman, Smoke and Mirrors

 

“Each night about this time he puts on sadness like a garment and goes on writing.”

― Anne Carson

 

“Creativity takes courage. ”

― Henri Matisse

 

“To err is human; to forgive, divine.”

― Alexander Pope

 

“Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?”

― L.M. Montgomery

 

“The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.”

― Elbert Hubbard

 

“Mistakes are the growing pains of wisdom.”

― William Jordan

 

“We all make mistakes, have struggles, and even regret things in our past. But you are not your mistakes, you are not your struggles, and you are here NOW with the power to shape your day and your future.”

― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

“If you seek creative ideas go walking.

Angels whisper to a man when he goes for a walk.”

― Raymond I. Myers

 

“All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.”

― Friedrich Nietzsche

 

“But the beauty is in the walking — we are betrayed by destinations.”

― Gwyn Thomas

 

“Walking in the morning takes you to beautiful places where light and shade make love.”

― Prof. Mohamed Shareef

 

“The stones were sharp,

The wind came at my back;

Walking along the highway,

Mincing like a cat.”

― Theodore Roethke

 

“I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

 

“Forbidden to remember, terrified to forget; it was a hard line to walk.”

― Stephenie Meyer, New Moon

 

“Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart”

― Eleanor Roosevelt

 

“Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.”

― Haruki Murakami, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

 

“The unexamined life is not worth living.”

― Socrates

 

“Trees are poems the earth writes upon the sky, We fell them down and turn them into paper, that we may record our emptiness.”

― Khalil Gibran

 

“I am not eccentric. It’s just that I am more alive than most people. I am an unpopular electric eel set in a pond of goldfish.”

― Edith Sitwell

 

“With time and perspective we recognize that such problems in life do come for a purpose, if only to allow the one who faces such despair to be convinced that he really does need divine strength beyond himself, that she really does need the offer of heaven’s hand. Those who feel no need for mercy usually never seek it and almost never bestow it. Those who have never had a heartache or a weakness or felt lonely or forsaken never have had to cry unto heaven for relief of such personal pain. Surely it is better to find the goodness of God and the grace of Christ, even at the price of despair, than to risk living our lives in a moral or material complacency that has never felt any need for faith or forgiveness, any need for redemption or relief.”

― Jeffery R. Holland

 

“Well-timed silence hath more eloquence than speech.”

― Martin F. Tupper

 

“Forgiving and being reconciled to our enemies or our loved ones are not about pretending that things are other than they are. It is not about patting one another on the back and turning a blind eye to the wrong. True reconciliation exposes the awfulness, the abuse, the hurt, the truth. It could even sometimes make things worse. It is a risky undertaking but in the end it is worthwhile, because in the end only an honest confrontation with reality can bring real healing. Superficial reconciliation can bring only superficial healing.”

― Desmond Tutu

 

“People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered: Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives: Be kind anyway. If you are successful you will win some false friends and true enemies: Succeed anyway. If you are honest and frank people will try to cheat you: Be honest anyway. What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight: Build anyway. If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous of you: Be happy anyway. The good you do today, will often be forgotten by tomorrow: Do good anyway. Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough: Give your best anyway. You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.”

― Mother Teresa

 

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

― Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of “A Course in Miracles”

 

“I cannot live without my life! I cannot die without my soul!”

― Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights

 

“An intelligent lady, a little too mature for recklessness, a little too young for caution.”

― Connie Brockway, My Pleasure

 

“No one ever fell in love gracefully.”

― Connie Brockway, The Bridal Season

 

“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”

― Leo Tolstoy

 

“It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness.”

― Leo Tolstoy, The Kreutzer Sonata

“When you love someone, you love the person as they are, and not as you’d like them to be.”

― Leo Tolstoy

 

“True life is lived when tiny changes occur.”

― Leo Tolstoy

 

“Yet you look at your child and you just know from the beginning that she’s going to break your heart. You just know it. You know she’s going to steal your credit card and your cell phone and lie to you and call you a bitch because she has a crush on some guy you don’t like. But you love her and want for her anyway, and it’s the most beautiful, selfless love; you instinctively know you’d do anything for her, regardless of what she does to you.”

― Kelly Cutrone, If You Have to Cry, Go Outside: And Other Things Your Mother Never Told You

 

“If you look for perfection, you’ll never be content.”

― Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

 

“Boredom: the desire for desires.”

― Leo Tolstoy

 

“If so many men, so many minds, certainly so many hearts, so many kinds of love.”

― Leo Tolstoy

 

“What counts in making a happy marriage is not so much how compatible you are but how you deal with incompatibility.”

― Leo Tolstoy

 

“I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life. I’ve learned that making a “living” is not the same thing as making a “life.” I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back. I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one. I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn. I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

― Maya Angelou

 

“Tell me I’m clever,

Tell me I’m kind,

Tell me I’m talented,

Tell me I’m cute,

Tell me I’m sensitive,

Graceful and Wise

Tell me I’m perfect–

But tell me the TRUTH.”

― Shel Silverstein, Falling Up

 

“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.

I love thee to the depth and breadth and height

My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight

For the ends of being and ideal grace.

I love thee to the level of every day’s

Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.

I love thee freely, as men strive for right.

I love thee purely, as they turn from praise.

I love thee with the passion put to use

In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.

I love thee with a love I seemed to lose

With my lost saints. I love thee with the breath,

Smiles, tears, of all my life; and, if God choose,

I shall but love thee better after death.”

― Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Sonnets from the Portuguese: A Celebration of Love

 

“You know, I would date, if I could find a man worth shaving my legs for. (Grace)”

― Sherrilyn Kenyon, Fantasy Lover

 

“When I say… “I am a Christian”

I’m not shouting “I’m clean livin’.”

I’m whispering “I was lost,

Now I’m found and forgiven.”

When I say… “I am a Christian”

I don’t speak of this with pride.

I’m confessing that I stumble

and need Christ to be my guide.

When I say… “I am a Christian”

I’m not trying to be strong.

I’m professing that I’m weak

And need His strength to carry on.

When I say. “I am a Christian”

I’m not bragging of success.

I’m admitting I have failed

And need God to clean my mess.

When I say… “I am a Christian”

I’m not claiming to be perfect,

My flaws are far too visible

But, God believes I am worth it.

When I say… “I am a Christian”

I still feel the sting of pain.

I have my share of heartaches

So I call upon His name.

When I say… “I am a Christian”

I’m not holier than thou,

I’m just a simple sinner

Who received God’s good grace, somehow.”

― Maya Angelou

 

“Be like the sun for grace and mercy. Be like the night to cover others’ faults. Be like running water for generosity. Be like death for rage and anger. Be like the Earth for modesty. Appear as you are. Be as you appear.”

― Rumi

 

“You can get the monkey off your back, but the circus never leaves town”

― Anne Lamott, Grace [Eventually]: Thoughts on Faith

 

“Man is born broken. He lives by mending. The grace of God is glue.”

― Eugene O’Neill

 

“Grace was in all her steps,

heaven in her eye,

in every gesture dignity and love.

Paradise Lost”

― John Milton

 

“Although my memory’s fading, I remember two things very clearly: I am a great sinner and Christ is a great Savior.”

― John Newton, Amazing Grace

 

“I wanted her to see that the only life worth living is a life full of love; that loss is always part of the equation; that love and loss conjoined are the best opportunity we get to live fully, to be our strongest, our most compassionate, our most graceful selves. ”

― Pam Houston

 

“Thank you…for gracing my life with your lovely presence, for adding the sweet measure of your soul to my existence.”

― Richard Matheson, What Dreams May Come

 

“Beauty without grace is the hook without the bait.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

“Even so, I must admire your skill.

You are so gracefully insane.”

― Anne Sexton

 

“You can have the other words-chance, luck, coincidence, serendipity. I’ll take grace. I don’t know what it is exactly, but I’ll take it. ”

― Mary Oliver

“Count your blessings. Once you realize how valuable you are and how much you have going for you, the smiles will return, the sun will break out, the music will play, and you will finally be able to move forward the life that God intended for you with grace, strength, courage, and confidence.”

― Og Mandino

 

“Grace is the light or electricity or juice or breeze that takes you from that isolated place and puts you with others who are as startled and embarrassed and eventually grateful as you are to be there.”

― Anne Lamott

 

“Courage and grace is a formidable mixture.”

― Marlene Dietrich

 

“To offer no resistance to life is to be in a state of grace, ease, and lightness. This state is then no longer dependent upon things being in a certain way, good or bad. It seems almost paradoxical, yet when your inner dependency on form is gone, the general conditions of your life, the outer forms, tend to improve greatly. Things, people, or conditions that you thought you needed for your happiness now come to you with no struggle or effort on your part, and you are free to enjoy and appreciate them – while they last. All those things, of course, will still pass away, cycles will come and go, but with dependency gone there is no fear of loss anymore. Life flows with ease.”

― Eckhart Tolle

 

“In today’s disposable culture, we throw away people like we do razors, always assuming there’s someone better out there to hang out with, or to work for- people who will never embarrass us, let us down or offend us.”

― Kelly Cutrone, Normal Gets You Nowhere

 

“Human existence is so fragile a thing and exposed to such dangers that I cannot love without trembling. ”

― Simone Weil, Gravity and Grace

 

“To be grateful is to recognize the Love of God in everything He has given us – and He has given us everything. Every breath we draw is a gift of His love, every moment of existence is a grace, for it brings with it immense graces from Him.

Gratitude therefore takes nothing for granted, is never unresponsive, is constantly awakening to new wonder and to praise of the goodness of God. For the grateful person knows that God is good, not by hearsay but by experience. And that is what makes all the difference.”

― Thomas Merton

“It is better to beg forgiveness, than ask permission.”

― Grace Murray Hopper

 

“The more you can let go of the sadness, the more room there will be for light.”

― Megan Shull, Amazing Grace

 

“I hate jealousy. At least it’s its own punishment; it makes me feel like hell.”

― Patricia Gaffney, The Saving Graces

 

 

“… laughter is cathartic and cleansing, that it’s good for the body and the soul, and when it’s real it’s better than sex.”

― Patricia Gaffney, The Saving Graces

 

“Passion. It lies in all of us. Sleeping… waiting… and though unwanted, unbidden, it will stir… open its jaws and howl. It speaks to us… guides us. Passion rules us all. And we obey. What other choice do we have? Passion is the source of our finest moments. The joy of love… the clarity of hatred… the ecstasy of grief. It hurts sometimes more than we can bear. If we could live without passion, maybe we’d know some kind of peace. But we would be hollow. Empty rooms, shuttered and dank. Without passion, we’d be truly dead.”

― Joss Whedon

 

“we are imperfect mortal beings, aware of that mortality even as we push it away, failed by our very complication, so wired that when we mourn our losses we also mourn, for better or for worse, ourselves. as we were. as we are no longer. as we will one day not be at all.”

― Joan Didion, The Year of Magical Thinking

 

“I know that it’s easier to look at death than it is to look at pain, because while death is irrevocable, and the grief will lessen in time, pain is too often merely relentless and irreversible.”

― Robert Goolrick, The End of the World as We Know It: Scenes from a Life

 

 

“Life Lesson 3: You can’t rush grief. It has its own timetable. All you can do is make sure there are lots of soft places around — beds, pillows, arms, laps.

― Patti Davis, Two Cats and the Woman They Own: or Lessons I Learned from My Cats

 

“Someone may have stolen your dream when it was young and fresh and you were innocent. Anger is natural. Grief is appropriate. Healing is mandatory. Restoration is possible.”

― Jane Rubietta

 

“Everyone grieves in different ways. For some, it could take longer or shorter. I do know it never disappears. An ember still smolders inside me. Most days, I don’t notice it, but, out of the blue, it’ll flare to life.”

― Maria V. Snyder, Storm Glass

 

“You may not be her first, her last, or her only. She loved before she may love again. But if she loves you now, what else matters? She’s not perfect – you aren’t either, and the two of you may never be perfect together but if she can make you laugh, cause you to think twice, and admit to being human and making mistakes, hold onto her and give her the most you can. She may not be thinking about you every second of the day, but she will give you a part of her that she knows you can break – her heart. So don’t hurt her, don’t change her, don’t analyze and don’t expect more than she can give. Smile when she makes you happy, let her know when she makes you mad, and miss her when she’s not there.”

― Bob Marley

Seven Deadly Sins

Wealth without work

Pleasure without conscience

Science without humanity

Knowledge without character

Politics without principle

Commerce without morality

Worship without sacrifice.”

Mahatma Gandhi ―

 

“We are all alone, born alone, die alone, and — in spite of True Romance magazines — we shall all someday look back on our lives and see that, in spite of our company, we were alone the whole way. I do not say lonely — at least, not all the time — but essentially, and finally, alone. This is what makes your self-respect so important, and I don’t see how you can respect yourself if you must look in the hearts and minds of others for your happiness.”

― Hunter S. Thompson, The Proud Highway: Saga of a Desperate Southern Gentleman, 1955-1967

 

“Those who are not looking for happiness are the most likely to find it, because those who are searching forget that the surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others.”

― Martin Luther King Jr.

 

“I am very happy

Because I have conquered myself

And not the world.

I am very happy

Because I have loved the world

And not myself.”

― Sri Chinmoy

 

“I’m not upset that you lied to me, I’m upset that from now on I can’t believe you.”

― Friedrich Nietzsche

 

“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.”

― Ayn Rand

 

“I’m the one that’s got to die when it’s time for me to die, so let me live my life the way I want to.”

― Jimi Hendrix

 

“Kiss me, and you will see how important I am.”

― Sylvia Plath

 

“What I want is to be needed. What I need is to be indispensable to somebody. Who I need is somebody that will eat up all my free time, my ego, my attention. Somebody addicted to me. A mutual addiction.”

― Chuck Palahniuk, Choke

 

“I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.”

― Maya Angelou

 

“You will always be fond of me. I represent to you all the sins you never had the courage to commit.”

― Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

 

“Nothing of me is original. I am the combined effort of everyone I’ve ever known.”

― Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters

 

“I’m killing time while I wait for life to shower me with meaning and happiness.”

― Bill Watterson

 

“You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who had ever been alive.”

― James Baldwin

 

“Usually I’m remarkably good natured. Try me on a day that doesn’t end in y.”

― Cassandra Clare

“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

 

“I pray because I can’t help myself. I pray because I’m helpless. I pray because the need flows out of me all the time- waking and sleeping. It doesn’t change God- it changes me.”

― C.S. Lewis

 

“Nobody can hurt me without my permission.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

 

“Luxury is not a necessity to me, but beautiful and good things are.”

― Anaïs Nin

 

“If there is no love in the world, we will make a new world, and

 

“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me.”

― Erma Bombeck

 

“I can live alone, if self-respect, and circumstances require me so to do. I need not sell my soul to buy bliss. I have an inward treasure born with me, which can keep me alive if all extraneous delights should be withheld, or offered only at a price I cannot afford to give.”

― Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

 

“This is how it works. I love the people in my life, and I do for my friends whatever they need me to do for them, again and again, as many times as is necessary. For example, in your case you always forgot who you are and how much you’re loved. So what I do for you as your friend is remind you who you are and tell you how much I love you. And this isn’t any kind of burden for me, because I love who you are very much. Every time I remind you, I get to remember with you, which is my pleasure.”

― James Lecesne

 

“I used to think as I looked out on the Hollywood night — there must be thousands of girls sitting alone like me, dreaming of becoming a movie star. But I’m not going to worry about them. I’m dreaming the hardest.”

― Marilyn Monroe

 

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do

with your one wild and precious life?”

― Mary Oliver, New and Selected Poems

 

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

― Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

 

“Pick the day. Enjoy it – to the hilt. The day as it comes. People as they come… The past, I think, has helped me appreciate the present, and I don’t want to spoil any of it by fretting about the future.”

― Audrey Hepburn

 

“With great power… comes great need to take a nap. Wake me up later.”

― Rick Riordan, The Last Olympian

 

“Sometimes I lie awake at night, and I ask, ‘Where have I gone wrong’.

Then a voice says to me, ‘This is going to take more than one night.”

― Charles M. Schulz

 

“Time passes. Even when it seems impossible. Even when each tick of the second hand aches like the pulse of blood behind a bruise. It passes unevenly, in strange lurches and dragging lulls, but pass it does. Even for me.”

― Stephenie Meyer, New Moon

 

“The things that make me different are the things that make me.”

― A.A. Milne

 

“I know how devastated you must be to miss me, but leave a message, and I’ll try to ease your agony”

― Richelle Mead, Blood Promise

 

“I was dead until you found me, though I breathed. I was sightless, though I could see. And then you came…and I was awakened.”

― J.R. Ward, Lover Awakened

 

“If I am not good to myself, how can I expect anyone else to be good to me?”

― Maya Angelou

 

“Be with me always – take any form – drive me mad! only do not leave me in this abyss, where I cannot find you! Oh, God! it is unutterable! I can not live without my life! I can not live without my soul!”

― Emily Brontë

 

“Damn me to hell or take me to heaven, but for Gods sake, do it now….”

― Nora Roberts, The Stanislaski Brothers: Mikhail and Alex

 

“If you look in the mirror and don’t like what you see, you can find out first hand what it’s like to be me.”

― Gerard Way

 

“Life is too short, or too long, for me to allow myself the luxury of living it so badly.”

― Paulo Coelho

 

“I accept chaos, I’m not sure whether it accepts me.”

― Bob Dylan

 

“When a girl says she wants to be friends with benefits, I always ask if that includes dental insurance.”

― Jarod Kintz, It Occurred To Me

 

“A photo says, you were happy, and I wanted to catch that. A photo says, you were so important to me that I put down everything else to come watch.”

― Jodi Picoult

 

“The mouth is made for communication, and nothing is more articulate than a kiss.”

― Jarod Kintz, It Occurred To Me

 

“I have little left in myself — I must have you. The world may laugh — may call me absurd, selfish — but it does not signify. My very soul demands you: it will be satisfied, or it will take deadly vengeance on its frame.”

― Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

 

“Is ‘fat’ really the worst thing a human being can be? Is ‘fat’ worse than ‘vindictive’, ‘jealous’, ‘shallow’, ‘vain’, ‘boring’ or ‘cruel’? Not to me.”

― J.K. Rowling

 

“Ok. You fuck me, then snub me. You love me, you hate me. You show me a sensitive side, then you turn into a total asshole. Is this a pretty accurate description of our relationship.”

― Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club

 

“What is that you express in your eyes? It seems to me more than all the print I have read in my life.”

― Walt Whitman

 

“They say when you are missing someone that they are probably feeling the same, but I don’t think it’s possible for you to miss me as much as I’m missing you right now.”

― Edna St. Vincent Millay

 

“Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity or registering wrongs.”

― Charlotte Brontë

 

“Whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong.”

― Oscar Wilde

 

“If we listened to our intellect we’d never have a love affair. We’d never have a friendship. We’d never go in business because we’d be cynical: “It’s gonna go wrong.” Or “She’s going to hurt me.” Or,”I’ve had a couple of bad love affairs, so therefore . . .” Well, that’s nonsense. You’re going to miss life. You’ve got to jump off the cliff all the time and build your wings on the way down.”

― Ray Bradbury

 

“Love is blind, they say; sex is impervious to reason and mocks the power of all philosophers. But, in fact, a person’s sexual choice is the result and sum of their fundamental convictions. Tell me what a person finds sexually attractive and I will tell you their entire philosophy of life. Show me the person they sleep with and I will tell you their valuation of themselves. No matter what corruption they’re taught about the virtue of selflessness, sex is the most profoundly selfish of all acts, an act which they cannot perform for any motive but their own enjoyment – just try to think of performing it in a spirit of selfless charity! – an act which is not possible in self-abasement, only in self-exultation, only on the confidence of being desired and being worthy of desire. It is an act that forces them to stand naked in spirit, as well as in body, and accept their real ego as their standard of value. They will always be attracted to the person who reflects their deepest vision of themselves, the person whose surrender permits them to experience – or to fake – a sense of self-esteem .. Love is our response to our highest values – and can be nothing else.”

― Ayn Rand

 

“I am lonely, yet not everybody will do. I don’t know why, some people fill the gaps and others emphasize my loneliness. In reality those who satisfy me are those who simply allow me to live with my ”idea of them.”

― Anaïs Nin

 

“B*tch: a reflection of people’s lack of creativity & inability to acknowledge & embrace a powerful woman; a woman who won’t comply.”

― Kelly Cutrone, If You Have to Cry, Go Outside: And Other Things Your Mother Never Told You

 
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7 thoughts on “Quote Library

  1. I have yet to come across this quote on your blog, so I will leave it here. I hope you will pick it up. I you already have one just like it maybe someone else can use it.

    “And such is the supreme folly of man: that he labours so as to labour no more, and life flies from him while he forever hopes to enjoy the goods which he has acquired at the price of great labour.” -Emerson

    • angelasoelzerragosa says:

      I really like this quote! Thanks for offering it; I will add it to my list…

      Thanks so very MUCH! 🙂

      Angela

  2. “All the great men of the world are dead . . . . and I feel ill.”

    My father (at least once a week)

  3. Wonderful wonderful, I like this post!

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