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  • #1
    Anaïs Nin
    “We are like sculptors, constantly carving out of others the image we long for, need, love or desire, often against reality, against their benefit, and always, in the end, a disappointment, because it does not fit them.”
    Anaïs Nin

  • #2
    Michel de Montaigne
    “I quote others only in order the better to express myself.”
    Michel de Montaigne, The Complete Essays

  • #3
    Elizabeth Gilbert
    “I’m here. I love you. I don’t care if you need to stay up crying all night long, I will stay with you. There’s nothing you can ever do to lose my love. I will protect you until you die, and after your death I will still protect you. I am stronger than Depression and I am braver than Loneliness and nothing will ever exhaust me.”
    Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

  • #4
    Mahatma Gandhi
    “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
    Mahatma Gandhi

  • #5
    Steve Jobs
    “Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”
    Steve Jobs

  • #6
    Stephen Jay Gould
    “We pass through this world but once. Few tragedies can be more extensive than the stunting of life, few injustices deeper than the denial of an opportunity to strive or even to hope, by a limit imposed from without, but falsely identified as lying within.”
    Stephen Jay Gould, The Mismeasure of Man

  • #7
    Trenton Lee Stewart
    “You must remember, family is often born of blood, but it doesn't depend on blood. Nor is it exclusive of friendship. Family members can be your best friends, you know. And best friends, whether or not they are related to you, can be your family.”
    Trenton Lee Stewart, The Mysterious Benedict Society

  • #8
    Edna O'Brien
    “She said the reason that love is so painful is that it always amounts to two people wanting more than two people can give.”
    Edna O'Brien, Saints and Sinners: Stories

  • #9
    Anaïs Nin
    “You live like this, sheltered, in a delicate world, and you believe you are living. Then you read a book… or you take a trip… and you discover that you are not living, that you are hibernating. The symptoms of hibernating are easily detectable: first, restlessness. The second symptom (when hibernating becomes dangerous and might degenerate into death): absence of pleasure. That is all. It appears like an innocuous illness. Monotony, boredom, death. Millions live like this (or die like this) without knowing it. They work in offices. They drive a car. They picnic with their families. They raise children. And then some shock treatment takes place, a person, a book, a song, and it awakens them and saves them from death. Some never awaken.”
    Anaïs Nin, The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 1: 1931-1934

  • #10
    Nicholas Sparks
    “I love you. I am who I am because of you. You are every reason, every hope, and every dream I've ever had, and no matter what happens to us in the future, everyday we are together is the greatest day of my life. I will always be yours. ”
    Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook

  • #11
    “To be brave is to love someone unconditionally, without expecting anything in return. To just give. That takes courage, because we don't want to fall on our faces or leave ourselves open to hurt.”

  • #12
    Albert Einstein
    “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”
    Albert Einstein

  • #13
    Stephen Schwartz
    “I've heard it said that people come into our lives for a reason
    Bringing something we must learn
    And we are led to those who help us most to grow
    If we let them and we help them in return.”
    Stephen Schwartz

  • #14
    Nicholas Sparks
    “The best love is the kind that awakens the soul and makes us reach for more, that plants a fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds. And that's what you've given me. That's what I'd hoped to give you forever”
    Nicholas Sparks

  • #15
    C. JoyBell C.
    “There is a relationship between the eye contacts we make and the perceptions that we create in our heads, a relationship between the sound of another's voice and the emotions that we feel in our hearts, a relationship between our movements in space all around us and the magnetic pulls we can create between others and ourselves. All of these things (and more) make up the magic of every ordinary day and if we are able to live in this magic, to feel and to dwell in it, we will find ourselves living with magic every day. These are the white spaces in life, the spaces in between the written lines, the cracks in which the sunlight filters into. Some of us swim in the overflowing of the wine glass of life, we stand and blink our eyes in the sunlight reaching unseen places, we know where to find the white spaces, we live in magic.”
    C. JoyBell C.

  • #16
    “There is a desire within each of us,
    in the deep center of ourselves
    that we call our heart.
    We were born with it,
    it is never completely satisfied,
    and it never dies.
    We are often unaware of it,
    but it is always awake.

    It is the Human desire for Love.
    Every person in this Earth yearns to love,
    to be loved, to know love.
    Our true identity, our reason for being
    is to be found in this desire.

    Love is the "why" of life,
    why we are functioning at all.
    I am convinced
    it is the fundamental energy
    of the human spirit.
    the fuel on which we run,
    the wellspring of our vitality.

    And grace,
    which is the flowing,
    creative activity, of love itself,
    is what makes all goodness possible.

    Love should come first,
    it should be the beginning of,
    and the reason for everything.”
    Gerald G. May, Living in Love

  • #17
    Thomas à Kempis
    “Love is a great thing, yea, a great and thorough good.
    By itself it makes that which is heavy light;
    and it bears evenly all that is uneven.
    It carries a burden which is no burden;
    it will not be kept back by anything low and mean;
    It desires to be free from all wordly affections,
    and not to be entangled by any outward prosperity,
    or by any adversity subdued.
    Love feels no burden, thinks nothing of trouble,
    attempts what is above its strength,
    pleads no excuse of impossibility.
    It is therefore able to undertake all things,
    and it completes many things and warrants them to take effect,
    where he who does not love would faint and lie down.
    Though weary, it is not tired;
    though pressed it is not straightened;
    though alarmed, it is not confounded;
    but as a living flame it forces itself upwards and securely passes through all.
    Love is active and sincere, courageous, patient, faithful, prudent, and manly.”
    Thomas à Kempis
    tags: love

  • #18
    C. JoyBell C.
    “If I am to be fallen into love, I will. And if as a result I will appear to be stupid, disillusioned, and of poor judgment, I will. And I would be damned if I cared what other people think. For I would rather be thought of as all of these things, than not love. If in loving, I become the naked woman on the horse, I will ride that horse with my head held high. This is my spirit. I am unbreakable.”
    C. JoyBell C.

  • #19
    Jodi Picoult
    “When you're different, sometimes you don't see the millions of people who accept you for what you are. All you notice is the person who doesn't.”
    Jodi Picoult, Change of Heart

  • #20
    Lauren Oliver
    “It's so strange how life works: You want something and you wait and wait and feel like it's taking forever to come. Then it happens and it's over and all you want to do is curl back up in that moment before things changed.”
    Lauren Oliver, Delirium

  • #21
    “Life is too short to wake up with regrets. So love the people who treat you
    right. Forget about those who don’t. Believe everything happens for a reason. If you get a chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it. Nobody said life would be easy, they just promised it would most likely be worth it.”
    Harvey MacKay

  • #22
    Friedrich Nietzsche
    “One ought to hold on to one's heart; for if one lets it go, one soon loses control of the head too.”
    Friedrich Nietzsche

  • #23
    Juliet Marillier
    “If a man truly loves,....He does not consider the obstacles, the restrictions, the reasons why his choice may be flawed or impratical. He gives no heed to what others may think. His heart has no room for that, for it is filled to the brim with the unutterable truth of his feelings.”
    Juliet Marillier, Cybele's Secret

  • #24
    Erich Fried
    “What it is

    It is madness
    says reason
    It is what it is
    says love
    It is unhappiness
    says caution
    It is nothing but pain
    says fear
    It has no future
    says insight
    It is what it is
    says love
    It is ridiculous
    says pride
    It is foolish
    says caution
    It is impossible
    says experience
    It is what it is
    says love.”
    Erich Fried, Es ist was es ist. Liebesgedichte, Angstgedichte, Zorngedichte

  • #25
    Leopold von Sacher-Masoch
    “Love knows no virtue, no merit; it loves and forgives and tolerates everything because it must. We are not guided by reason...”
    Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, Venus in Furs

  • #26
    Ayn Rand
    “Love is blind, they say; sex is impervious to reason and mocks the power of all philosophers. But, in fact, a man's sexual choice is the result and the sum of his fundamental convictions. Tell me what a man finds sexually attractive and I will tell you his entire philosophy of life. Show me the woman he sleeps with and I will tell you his valuation of himself.”
    Ayn Rand

  • #27
    Khalil Gibran
    “Your soul is oftentimes a battlefield, upon which your reason and your judgment wage war against your passion and your appetite.
    Would that I could be the peacemaker in your soul, that I might turn the discord and the rivalry of your elements into oneness and melody.
    But how shall I, unless you yourselves be also the peacemakers, nay, the lovers of all your elements?

    Your reason and your passion are the rudder and the sails of your seafaring soul. If either your sails or your rudder be broken, you can but toss and drift, or else be held at a standstill in mid-seas.
    For reason, ruling alone, is a force confining; and passion, unattended, is a flame that burns to its own destruction.
    Therefore let your soul exalt your reason to the height of passion, that it may sing;
    And let it direct your passion with reason, that your passion may live through its own daily resurrection, and like the phoenix rise above its own ashes.

    I would have you consider your judgment and your appetite even as you would two loved guests in your house.
    Surely you would not honour one guest above the other; for he who is more mindful of one loses the love and the faith of both.

    Among the hills, when you sit in the cool shade of the white poplars, sharing the peace and serenity of distant fields and meadows -- then let your heart say in silence, "God rests in reason."
    And when the storm comes, and the mighty wind shakes the forest, and thunder and lightning proclaim the majesty of the sky -- then let your heart say in awe, "God moves in passion."
    And since you are a breath in God's sphere, and a leaf in God's forest, you too should rest in reason and move in passion.”
    Khalil Gibran

  • #28
    David Levithan
    “there was a time before you
    but I can't remember it now
    a time before your beauty and I
    were formally introduced
    I'm sure I lived without you
    but I don't remember how
    can't imagine living without
    these feelings you've produced

    just one glance
    and my life was redrawn
    just one word
    and my vocabulary changed
    I asked the time
    and you said 'what's the hurry?'
    you asked my name
    and I almost forgot”
    David Levithan, The Realm of Possibility

  • #29
    Albert Einstein
    “We experience ourselves our thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest. A kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us.”
    Albert Einstein

  • #30
    Lauren Oliver
    “Sometimes I feel as though there are two me's, one coasting directly on top of the other: the superficial me, who nods when she's supposed to nod and says what she's supposed to say, and some other, deeper part, the part that worries and dreams... Most of the time they move along in sync and I hardly notice the split, but sometimes it feels as though I'm two whole different people and I could rip apart at any second.”
    Lauren Oliver, Delirium

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