"He allowed himself to be swayed by his conviction that human beings are not born once and for all on the day their mothers give birth to them, but that life obliges them over and over again to give birth to themselves."
— Gabriel García Márquez, Love in the Time of Cholera (via fuckyeahexistentialism)
"We need so much less than we think, and think so much more than we need."
— William Chapman. (via blindthoughts)
"How could I have been so ignorant? she thinks. So stupid, so unseeing, so given over to carelessness. But without such ignorance, such carelessness, how could we live? If you knew what was going to happen, if you knew everything that was going to happen next—if you knew in advance the consequences of your own actions—you’d be doomed. You’d be as ruined as God. You’d be a stone. You’d never eat or drink or laugh or get out of bed in the morning. You’d never love anyone, ever again. You’d never dare to."
— Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin (via quotes-shape-us)
"It was a strange winter and nothing and everything happened."
— Gertrude Stein, The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas (via mythologyofblue)
"What do I think of you — what do you think of me? Who are you? Who am I? — that quivers again its uneasy air over us, and the pulse quickens and the eye brightens and all the insanity of personal existence without which life would fall flat and die, begins again."
— Virginia Woolf, from The Waves (via violentwavesofemotion)
"People who believe they’ll be happy if they go and live somewhere else, learn it doesn’t work that way. Wherever you go, you take yourself with you."
— Neil Gaiman (via hellanne)
"You don’t have to disrespect and insult others simply to hold your own ground. If you do, that shows how shaky your own position is."
— ― Red Haircrow (via psych-quotes)
It is a two-way traffic,
the language of the unsaid.
— Anne Carson, from The Glass Essay (via violentwavesofemotion)
"It was his subconscious which told him this—-that infuriating part of a person’s brain which never responds to interrogation, merely gives little meaningful nudges and then sits humming quietly to itself, saying nothing."
— ― Douglas Adams (via psych-quotes)
"Put your ear down close to your soul and listen hard."
— Anne Sexton (via quotes-shape-us)
"Mental pain is less dramatic than physical pain, but it is more common and also more hard to bear. The frequent attempt to conceal mental pain increases the burden: it is easier to say “My tooth is aching” than to say “My heart is broken.”"
— C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain (via quotes-shape-us)
"We see the world, not as it is, but as we are — or, as we are conditioned to see it. When we open our mouths to describe what we see, we in effect describe ourselves, our perceptions, our paradigms."
— ― Stephen R. Covey (via psych-quotes)
"To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you."
— Lewis B. Smedes (via shebreathesmusic)
""I do not trust people who don’t love themselves and yet tell me, ‘I love you.’ There is an African saying which is: Be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt." - Maya Angelou"
— (via the-random-quotes)
"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)