Archive for ‘Quotes’

2014, March 3

Just offer people a glimpse into your soul and hope that they can see and feel what you see and feel

For today, a quote from one of Cristian Mihai’s blog posts which really got me thinking. It got me thinking, and then striving to follow the message within the line I’ve used here in my blog post as my title.

 

“Don’t you feel sometimes that certain human experiences can’t really be expressed? Certain depths of the soul can’t be put into words, no matter how much we try? Yes, it feels at times that words are simply bleeding out of our hearts, and, yes, we do come close to revealing the essence of the human spirit, yet we fail. Time and time again.

Time and time again we come close to finding the answer to all of life’s profound questions, and yet… the answer finds its way to our ears as a soft whisper, only to dissipate into meaninglessness right before we capture it.

We want to say more than we can, more than we are capable of saying. Words are our greatest achievement. Language has made all our dreams possible. Without the ability to express certain emotions in the way that we do, without the ability to pass them on, to instruct future generations, to leave something behind, we would have never achieved such technological breakthroughs.

Yet, sometimes, words fail to express what our heart so desperately wants to say. We feel in such a way; the fire that burns bright inside our chests is threatening to shatter the world. We are powerful, yet we feel weak, because we want to be able to contain what we are feeling within punctuation marks. We want to string a few sentences together and define who we are and what we want.

But what if we just let it go? What if we simply chose to accept this as a fact? Just offer people a glimpse into your soul and hope that they can see and feel what you see and feel? Why wouldn’t that be enough? We are all similar in nature. We all express universal truths and longings.

That’s it, actually. Art, all of it. That’s the meaning of life. We are alike, you and I. We share dreams and ideals, and we love with the same passion, and we feel just as lonely on cold nights.

Words make us feel less alone, and let us know there is someone out there who’s just like us. Who thinks and acts and feels like us. There’s great comfort in that, in knowing that you are not unique.”

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2014, January 22

The knowledge of “sonder”…

The knowledge of “sonder” is something we all (secretly) already understand.

 

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Word’s definition from the The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows;
Photo taken by urban explorer jST., found on Flickr, here.

 

PS: making this collage also made me realize just how many abandoned typewriters exist out there. I wonder why.

2013, July 8

Wanting to share the beauty

How very natural for us to take photos on Instagram or whatever medium of what we see and want to share?

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Today, a passage. “Divine Beauty” by John O’ Donohue.

“There is poignancy in beholding the beauty of landscape: often it feels as though it has been waiting for centuries for the recognition and witness of the human eye. In the ninth Duino Elegy, Rilke says:

Perhaps we are here in order to say: house
bridge, fountain, gate, pitcher, fruit-tree, window…
To say them more intensely than the Things themselves
Ever dreamed of existing.

How can we ever know the difference we make to the soul of the earth? Where the infinite stillness of the earth meets the passion of the human eye, invisible depths strain towards the mirror of the name. In the word, the earth breaks silence. It has waited a long time for the word. Concealed beneath familiarity and silence, the earth holds back and it never occurs to us to wonder how the earth sees us. Is it not possible that a place could have huge affection for those who dwell there? Perhaps your place loves having you there. It misses you when you are away and in its secret way rejoices when you return. Could it be possible that a landscape might have a deep friendship with you? […] During its millions of years of presence perhaps it was also waiting for us, for our eyes and our words. Each of us is a secret envoi of the earth.

[…]

Our neon times have neglected and evaded the depth-kingdoms of interiority in favor of the ghost realms of cyberspace. Our world becomes reduced to intense but transient foreground. We have unlearned the patience and attention of lingering at the thresholds where the unknown awaits us.”

2009, June 8

J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter – Quotes

Quotes from Joanne Kathleen Rowling’s,

Harry Potter book series

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” There is a room in the Department of Mysteries (your heart) that is kept locked at all times. It contains a force that is at once more wonderful and more terrible than death, than human intelligence, than the forces of nature. It is also, perhaps, the most mysterious of the many subjects for study that reside there.
It is the power held within that room that you possess in such quantities and which Voldemort has not at all. (Love)”

” You are protected, in short, by your ability to love! The only protection that can possibly work against the lure of power like Voldemort’s (evil’s)! In spite of all the temptation you have endured, all the suffering, you remain pure of heart…”

” It was because of your mother. She sacrificed herself for you. And that kind of act leaves a mark… This kind of mark cannot be seen. It lives in your very skin. (Love)”

” The consequences of our actions are so complicated, so diverse, that predicting the future is a very difficult business indeed.”

“It’s the unknown we fear when we look upon death and darkness, nothing more.”

” It is our choices…that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”

” It takes a great deal of courage to stand up to your enemies, but even more to stand up to your friends.”

” It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be.”

” Do not pity the dead. Pity the living, and, above all, those who live without love.”

” Indifference and neglect often do much more damage than outright dislike.”

” The truth. It is a beautiful and terrible thing, and must therefore be treated with great caution.”

” If you want to see the true measure of a man, watch how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.”

” Dark and difficult times lie ahead. Soon we must all face the choice between what is right and what is easy.”

” We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided. We can fight it only by showing an equally strong bond of friendship and trust. Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open.”

” It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”

” To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.”

” Destiny is a name often given in retrospect to choices that had dramatic consequences.”

” When you have seen as much of life as I have, you will not underestimate the power of obsessive love.”

” Age is foolish and forgetful when it underestimates youth.”

” Ah, music. A magic beyond all we do here!”

” Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can’t see where it keeps its brain.”

” The best of us must sometimes eat our words.”

” Numbing the pain for a while will make it worse when you finally feel it.”

” …people find it far easier to forgive others for being wrong than being right.”

” Youth cannot know how age thinks and feels. But old men are guilty if they forget what it was to be young.”

” There is no good or evil: only power and those too weak to seek it.”

” Fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself.”

” Humans have a knack for choosing precisely the things that are worst for them.”

” Never be ashamed! There’s some who’ll hold it against you, but they’re not worth bothering with.”

Spoiler alert!!!

“ ‘Tell me one last thing,’ said Harry. ‘Is this real? Or has this been happening inside my head?’
’Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?’ “

 

2008, June 20

Quotes

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I love quotes…

Let’s face it: there are many people brighter, whittier and cooler than/besides us, who said/say many things that we can learn from, and a lot of times they can make us think about all sort of things, and even find a solution for our questions.
And I always have a pretty little notebook handy so I can write any particularly noteworthy passages from books I’m reading.
These are just a few quotes I like, I have more books and notebooks filled with them.
Maybe I’ll type them all here one day :)

Check out the subpages for quotes from:

One-liners and/or Noteworthy Thoughts by Estrella Azul

Joanne Kathleen Rowling’s Harry Potter

Candace Bushnell’s Sex and the City

 

 

” A snowflake’s simple perfection is much like life; even the simplest life can change history exactly the way one snowflake piled on another can give winter its beauty.” – Estrella Azul

” And the truth is that this lovely thing happens all the time. Life makes unexpected demands and we respond. We improvise. We work with what we have, and when we’re lucky, what we have turns out to be just what we need.” – Judy Clement Wall

 

” Of all the sad words
of tongue or pen,
the saddest are these:
it could have been…”

” We have eyes to see the beauty in nature, and hearts, to see the beauty in each other.”

” It’s not always the gifts that are wrapped which are the best,
but simply those that are shared…
Gifts of time, love, and laughter…
Happy memories that warm the heart at Christmas time and always.”

” Life is not measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away!”

” Sometimes people put up walls not to keep others out, but to see who cares enough to break them!”

” To serve people takes dignity and intelligence. But remember, they are only people with money. And although we serve them, we are not their servants. What we do, does not define who we are. What defines us is how well we rise after falling.”

” Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game!”

” All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players:
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages. At first the infant,
Mewling and puking in the nurse’s arms.
And then the whining school-boy, with his satchel
And shining morning face, creeping like snail
Unwillingly to school. And then the lover,
Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad
Made to his mistress’ eyebrow. Then a soldier,
Full of strange oaths and bearded like the pard,
Jealous in honor, sudden and quick in quarrel,
Seeking the bubble reputation
Even in the cannon’s mouth. And then the justice,
In fair round belly with good capon lined,
With eyes severe and beard of formal cut,
Full of wise saws and modern instances;
And so he plays his part. The sixth age shifts
Into the lean and slipper’d pantaloon,
With spectacles on nose and pouch on side,
His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide
For his shrunk shank; and his big manly voice,
Turning again toward childish treble, pipes
And whistles in his sound. Last scene of all,
That ends this strange eventful history,
Is second childishness and mere oblivion,
Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.”

” Life is like a play – we merely go through the stages of our life acting it out.”

” – ‘Tell me, yesterday, did you happen to send me… a love that’s true and steady?’
– ‘Well only you can answer that, my dear. But I can tell you this: souls meant to be together cross paths when the two hearts are ready… but if you fail to recognize the magic of that moment, it will pass.’ “

” In the game of romance what women say and what women mean rarely coincides. But if the prize is winning their hearts, it’s a game well worth playing.”

” Love puts the fun in together, the sad in apart, the hope in tomorrow, and the joy in the heart.”

” Love isn’t finding someone you can live with; it’s finding someone you can’t live without!”

” Love doesn’t make the world go round. Love is what makes the ride worth while.”

” The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even heard, touched. They must be felt with the heart!”

” Love wasn’t put in your heart to stay. Love isn’t love, until you give it away.”

” Touching someone’s heart for a mere second, can touch their soul for a lifetime.”

” Always be proud of yourself and understand that it’s your individuality that makes you beautiful!”

” True love can’t be found where it doesn’t exist, nor can it be hidden where it truly does!”

” –Courage
-Friendship
-Faith
-Love:
they cannot be seen,
but they mean everything!”

” Hope is a risk that we have to take.”

” You can close your eyes to things you don’t want to see… But you can’t close your heart to things you don’t want to feel…”

” Do what makes you happy…
Be with who makes you smile…
Laugh as much as you breathe…
Love as long as you live…”

” True genius comes from what’s in your heart, not from what a piece of paper hanging on the wall tells you.
The people who love you the most, tell you this every day.”

” The eyes are the windows of the soul, but true vision comes from the heart!”

” You can never change the past, but you can change your future!”

” Knowledge doesn’t make a man happy… LOVE does!”

” True love is invisible to the naked eye!”

” Try again:
never stop believing;
Try again:
don’t give up on your love;
So when you fall down:
-just try again!”

” Words can’t make two hearts stick together if their not coming from the heart…”

” You can only see the truth if you open your eyes!”

” Let the things you love lead the way!”

” There is no right or wrong. Only the consequences of your actions.”

” The only things you regret in this life are:
the risks you didn’t take!”

” Love lasts forever!”

” You can’t lose what you never had!”

” You never miss something until it’s gone…”

” There are a lot of reasons not to love someone, but only one to do love him-
and that’s the one that matters!”

” A lot of things inside
I’d like to tell you
and all I have is a letter
just a lie, just a short lie:
I learned to live without you!”

” Life is what happens while you’re making big plans…”

” That’s how we know we care about something:
we’re afraid of losing it!”

” Nothing comes from nothing, nothing ever could
sometime in my youth or childhood… I must have done something very good…”

” Forbidden love is eternal love.”

” Climb every mountain, pass each valley,
cross any river: till’ you’ll find your dream!”

” Ain’t no mountain high enough
ain’t no valley low enough
ain’t no river wide enough
that’s keepin’ me from getting to you!”

” Being willing to feel foolish from time to time is a good way of learning something.”

” Enthusiasm is a vital need to a good life.”

” Everything happens for a reason. We just can’t figure them out sometimes.”

” You can’t always protect the people you love…”

” Being able of loving someone is a gift!”

” If you can do three things every day:
-think
-laugh
-cry,
then you’re living a fulfilled life.”

” In life you can’t loose and you can’t win. But you have to try!”

” Hope dies last!”

” If you don’t like yourself, others won’t like you either.”

” Grab hold of what you have coming to you: because you never know if they’ll ever come your way again!”

” It doesn’t matter where the train is going.
What matters is deciding to get on the train.”

” Anticipation is the purest and most reliable form of passion.”

” Life is a risk!”

” You don’t know what you’ve got
-until it’s gone!”

” All good poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feeling: it takes it’s origin from emotion recollected
in tranquility.”

” Love isn’t always fireworks; sometimes love just comes softly.”

” Every solution contains it’s own problems…”

” Life isn’t fair…”

” All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts!”

” Man did not wave the web of life. He is merely a stand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.”

” There is a risk in everything we do.”

” Friendship is like a light in the window on a dark night!”

” Imagination is a powerful thing.”

” Things aren’t always what they seem!”

” You don’t know what you’re capable of, until you push the limits!”

” Always trying to do the right things is the only way of living without regrets.”

” Truth is what you choose to believe!”

” Sometimes the very thing that looks like a curse, turns out to be a blessing.”

” Love is a happy feeling; a celebration of being one.”

” True love has true flavor!”

” Home is where your heart is!”

” Sometimes keeping quiet is worse then screaming!”

” Courage is character and character is destiny.”

” People have different ways of being close.”

” Interpretation is all…”

” Sometimes we needn’t just go gently into the night.
We should fight for what we want!”

” Freedom is the length of strength between reality and imagination.”

” You can never know what will happen…”

” There never is as much time as we think.”

” Everyone deserves a chance for true love.”

” Sometimes love just needs a little encouragement.”

” Your love is the best part of my life, the most important thing in my world!”

” There are no coincidences.”

” Without justice there is no peace!”

” The best gift you can give someone is: HOPE!”

” You need to give your child two important things:
roots and wings.”

” The most important things in your life are things you never planned and you have no control of!”

” You can’t win every battle.”

” A wish can often be a prayer. And a prayer that comes form the heart is often listened to.”

” Someone’s love for you gives you strength; and your love for someone gives you courage!”

” Splendor is in the memories:
The beauteous yesterday is fading away
like a blushed twilight;
Though nothing can bring back
the hours of sweet treasured past,
I will grieve not but rather find
splendor in the memories.”

” Life is worth nothing if you don’t take risks.”

” Sometimes you don’t have a choice with love.”

” The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”

” Impossible is something possible, that just hasn’t been reached yet.”

” We came to love not by finding a perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly.”

” Meeting you was fate, becoming your friend was a choice, but falling in love with you was beyond my control.”

” Reciprocal love is the most ideal but how many actually achieve that?”

” Keep in mind that life isn’t about the height of the mountain you’re climbing — it’s all about the journey you choose to take to get there.”

“Life is short;  live to work not work to live.”

” The workplace can sometimes feel like a battlefield – focus on the common goal. You are all on the same team, so when conflict arises, help everyone keep your shared interests in mind.”

” Harmony doesn’t happen when all notes are the same, it happens when different notes come together and create a beautiful sound.”

” Every moment we share together is even better
than the moment before.
If every day was as good as today was,
I can’t wait ‘till tomorrow comes.”

” Smile, tho’ your heart is aching,
Smile, even tho’ its breaking,
When there are clouds in the sky,
you’ll get by, if you smile,
Through your fears and sorrows,
Smile and maybe tomorrow,
You’ll see the sun come shinning through, for you
Light up your face with gladness,
Hide every trace of sadness,
Although a tear, maybe ever so near,
that’s the time you must keep on trying,
Smile what’s the use of crying,
You’ll find that life is still worthwhile,
If you just smile.”

” Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass,
its about learning to dance in the rain.”

” All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think, we become.”

” An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea.”

” You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments when you really lived are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love.”

” Respect is love in plain clothes.”

” Whenever you have the truth it must be given with love or the message and the messenger will be rejected.”

” Love one another and you will be happy! It’s as simple and as difficult as that.”

” When love and skill work together expect a masterpiece.”

” To love deeply in one direction makes us more loving in all others.”

” Love doesn’t just sit there like a stone; it has to be made like bread and remade all the time made new.”

” We used to think that if we knew ‘one’ we knew ‘two’ because one and one are two. We are finding that we must learn a great deal more about ‘and’.”

” Love is like a knife, it can stab the heart or it can carve wonderful images into the soul that will last a lifetime!”

” Love is as much of an object as an obsession, everybody wants it, everybody seeks it, but few ever achieve it, those who do will cherish it, be lost in it and among all… never ever forget it.”

” Let us be about setting high standards for life, love, creativity and wisdom. If our expectations in these areas are low, we are not likely to experience wellness. Setting high standards makes every day and every decade worth looking forward to.”

” Love is not single, except in syllable.”

 

” People who have no weaknesses are terrible; there is no way of taking advantage of them.”

“To live a pure unselfish life, one must count nothing as one’s own in the midst of abundance.”

” Love is the extremely difficult realization that something other than oneself is real.”

” Love is Love – if it feels like love, then no doubt it is love. Simple.”

”  When we seek out the best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves.”

” You must do the thing you think you can not do.”

” Do your work with all your heart and you will succeed. There is so little competition.”

” Loving someone is giving them the power to hurt you, but trusting them not to.”

” The greatest pleasure is love.”

” The only abnormality is the incapacity to love.”

” The art of love diplomacy is not mastered through the maps of war.”

” To be conscious that we are perceiving or thinking is to be conscious of our own existence.”

” Love is a snowmobile racing across the tundra and then suddenly it flips over, pinning you underneath. At night, the ice weasels come.”

” Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”

” Love is something more stern and splendid than mere kindness.”

” Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities.
They vary in their desires to reach their potential.”

” We can cure physical diseases with medicine, but the only cure for loneliness, despair, and hopelessness is love. There are many in the world who are dying for a piece of bread, but there are many more dying for a little love.”

” It’s never too late to become the person you might have been.”

” Because you lie beside me now, I dream of kites and carousels. And sleep at peace within myself, And fear the night no more…”

” Love concentrates so intently on another that you forget yourself at that moment. Attention says, ‘I value you enough to give you my most precious asset – my time.”

” A friend knows the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails.”

” The more sand that has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it.”

” We are at the very beginning of time for the human race. It is not unreasonable that we grapple with problems. But there are tens of thousands of years in the future. Our responsibility is to do what we can, learn what we can, improve the solutions, and pass them on.”

” Don’t miss the donut by looking through the hole.”

” We waste a lot of time running after people we could have caught by just standing still.”

” If I accept you as you are, I will make you worse; however, if I treat you as though you are what you are capable of becoming, I help you become that.”

” How bold one gets when one is sure of being loved.”

” Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strength.
When you go through hardship and decide not to surrender, that is strength.”

” Time itself is an individual gift. It is wise to cherish it carefully and give it away generously.”

” It is a paradoxical but profoundly true and important principle of life that the most likely way to reach a goal is to be aiming not at that goal itself but at some more ambitious goal beyond it.”

” Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.”

” The grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.”

” As it is the characteristic of great wits to say much in few words, so small wits seem to have the gift of speaking much and saying nothing.”

” We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”

” Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you.”

” Some people grin and bear it. Others smile and do it.”

” We must add in a complete life. One swallow does not make a summer, nor does one day;
and so too one day, or a short time, does not make a man blessed and happy.”

” People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost.”

” Learning sleeps and snores in libraries, but wisdom is everywhere, wide awake, on tiptoe.”

” People are not your problem, they are your purpose.”

” There is a wisdom of the head, and a wisdom of the heart.”

” Tomorrow is uncertain but forever is for sure!”

” The soul wants, the soul waits. And I could never take a chance of losing love to find romance.”

” The greatest mystery is not that we have been flung at random between the profusion of matter and of the stars, but that within this prison we can draw from ourselves images powerful enough to deny our nothingness.”

” Everyone who got to where they are had to begin where they were.”

” No love, no friendship, can cross the path of our destiny without leaving some mark on it forever.”

” Almost every wise saying has an opposite one, no less wise, to balance it.”

” The indispensable first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: decide what you want.”

” The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.”

” There’s more to the truth than just the facts.”

” Real love stories never have endings.”

” Blessed are they who have the gift of making friends, for it is one of God’s best gifts. It involves many things, but above all, the power of going out of one’s self and appreciating whatever is noble and loving in another.”

” A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.”

” Distance between two hearts is not an obstacle…rather a beautiful reminder of just how strong true love can be.”

” If we are growing, we will always going to be out of our comfort zone.”

” Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.”

” With regard to excellence, it is not enough to know, but we must try to have and use it.”

” Some like to understand what they believe in. Others like to believe in what they understand.”

” Make the most of today. translate your good intentions into actual deeds.”

” All this worldly wisdom was once the unamiable heresy of some wise man.”

” Education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity.”

” Love is the expression of simplicity in emotion, the unattainable longing that comes so unexpectedly, with great subtlety and bliss.”

” One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.”

” Better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing flawlessly.”

” Fear is pain arising from the anticipation of evil.”

” It is often better not to see an insult than to avenge it.”

” Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities.
They vary in their desires to reach their potential.”

” A prudent question is one-half of wisdom.”

” Never stand begging for that which you have the power to earn.”

” If you look inside a girl’s heart… you’ll see how much she really cries,
you`ll find secrets hidden, best friends, and lies,
but what you`ll see the most is how hard it is to stay strong
when nothing’s right and everything’s wrong…”

” Good preparation for tomorrow includes good use of today.”

” Be courageous and bold. When you look back on your life, you’ll regret the things you didn’t do more than the ones you did.”

” Equality consists in the same treatment of similar persons.”

” Wisdom is the power to put our time and our knowledge to the proper use.”

” Love allows many incredible things to happen and harm those who cannot love.”

” Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means for going backwards.”

“ The passage of time imprisons us not in a cell of brick and mortar but in one of hopes dashed and tragedies unadverted; how precious then the chance to go back. Only you discover that in facing the past you must face up to yourself and exiting the prison of time doesn’t free you from the prison of your own character, one from which there is no escape.”

” Love is a light that shines from heart to heart.”

” When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.”

“ Life shrinks and expands in proportion to one’s courage.”

“ One friend in a lifetime is much; two are many; three are hardly possible. Friendship needs a certain parallelism of life, a community of thought, a rivalry of aim.”

“ The highest reward for a man’s toil is not what he gets out of it but what he becomes by it.”

“ Love people and use things instead of using people and loving things.”

“ Each time I told my story, I lost a bit, the smallest drop of pain. It was that day that I knew I wanted to tell the story of my family. Because horror on Earth is real and it is every day. It is like the flower or like the sun; it cannot be contained.”

“ For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.”

“ These were the lovely bones that had grown around my absence: the connections — sometimes tenuous, sometimes made at great cost, but often magnificent — that happened after I was gone. And I began to see things in a way that let me hold the world without me in it. The events my death brought were merely the bones of a body that would become whole at some unpredictable time in the future. The price of what I came to see as this miraculous lifeless body had been my life.”

” Forgiveness is the fragrance the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.”

” Achievement seems to be connected
with action. Successful men and
women keep moving. They make
mistakes, but they don’t quit.”

” Loving can cost a lot but not loving always costs more, and those who fear to love often find that want of love is an emptiness that robs the joy from life.”

“ So there are cakes and pillows and colors galore, but underneath this more obvious patchwork quilt are places like a quiet room where you can go and hold someone’s hand and not have to say anything. Give no story. Make no claim. Where you can live at the edge of your skin for as long as you wish. This wide wide Heaven is about flathead nails and the soft down of new leaves, wild rollercoaster rides and escaped marbles that fall then hang then take you somewhere you could never have imagined in your small-heaven dreams.”

” There is the same difference in a person before and after he is in love as there is in an unlighted lamp and one that is burning.”

“ Admiration and familiarity are strangers.”

“ People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.”

“ Nothing is ever certain.”

“ I had rescued the moment by using my camera and in that way had found how to stop time and hold it. No one could take that image away from me because I owned it.”

“ We want to stand upon our own feet and look fair and square at the world — its good facts, its bad facts, its beauties, and its ugliness; see the world as it is and be not afraid of it. Conquer the world by intelligence and not merely by being slavishly subdued by the terror that comes from it.”

” Energy is the essence of life. Every day you decide how you’re going to use it by
knowing what you want and what it takes to reach that goal, and by maintaining focus.”

“ Eccentricity is not, as dull people would have us believe, a form of madness. It is often a kind of innocent pride, and the man of genius and the aristocrat are frequently regarded as eccentrics because genius and aristocrat are entirely unafraid of and uninfluenced by the opinions and vagaries of the crowd.”

” Sometimes in Life there really are bonds formed that can never be broken;
sometimes you really can find that one person who will stand by you no matter what.
Maybe you’ll find it in a spouse and celebrate it with your dream wedding;
but there’s also the chance, that the one person you can count on for a lifetime, the one person who knows you, sometimes better than you know yourself –
is the same person who’s been standing beside you all along.”

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