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  • #1
    Khalil Gibran
    “Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolution.”
    Khalil Gibran


  • #2
    Joan Didion
    “To have that sense of one's intrinsic worth which constitutes self-respect is potentially to have everything: the ability to discriminate, to love and to remain indifferent. To lack it is to be locked within oneself, paradoxically incapable of either love or indifference. If we do not respect ourselves, we are on the one hand forced to despise those who have so few resources as to consort with us, so little perception as to remain blind to our fatal weaknesses. On the other, we are pecularily in thrall to everyone we see, curiously determined to live out - since our self-image is untenable - their false notions of us... ”
    Joan Didion


  • #3
    Rumi
    “Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”
    Rumi


  • #4
    Paulo Coelho
    “Don’t bother trying to explain your emotions. Live everything as intensely as you can and keep whatever you felt as a gift from God. The best way to destroy the bridge between the visible and invisible is by trying to explain your emotions.”
    Paulo Coelho, Brida


  • #5
    Paulo Coelho
    “Choosing a path meant having to miss out on others. She had a whole life to live, and she was always thinking that, in the future, she might regret the choices she made now. “I’m afraid of committing myself,” she thought to herself. She wanted to follow all possible paths and so ended up following none. Even in that most important area of her life, love, she had failed to commit herself. After her first romantic disappointment, she had never again given herself entirely. She feared pan, loss, and separation. These things were inevitable on the path to love, and the only way of avoiding them was by deciding not to take that path at all. In order not to suffer, you had to renounce love. It was like putting out your own eyes not to see the bad things in life.”
    Paulo Coelho, Brida


  • #6
    Paulo Coelho
    “You must be the person you have never had the courage to be. Gradually, you will discover that you are that person, but until you can see this clearly, you must pretend and invent.”
    Paulo Coelho


  • #7
    Paulo Coelho
    “Don't listen to the malicious comments of those friends who, never taking any risks themselves, can only see other people's failures.”
    Paulo Coelho, Eleven Minutes


  • #8
    Paulo Coelho
    “Intuition is really a sudden immersion of the soul into the universal current of life.”
    Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist


  • #9
    Paulo Coelho
    “Profound desire, true desire is the desire to be close to someone.”
    Paulo Coelho, Eleven Minutes


  • #10
    Paulo Coelho
    “Don't think about what you've left behind" The alchemist said to the boy as they began to ride across the sands of the desert. "If what one finds is made of pure matter, it will never spoil. And one can always come back. If what you had found was only a moment of light, like the explosion of a star, you would find nothing on your return.”
    Paulo Coelho, Alchemist


  • #11
    Paulo Coelho
    “Lord, protect our decisions, because making Decision is a way of praying. Give us the courage after our doubts, to be able to choose between one road and another. May our YES always be a YES and our NO always be a NO. Once we have chosen our road, may we never look back nor allow our soul to be eaten away by remorse. And in order for this to be possible.”
    Paulo Coelho, Like the Flowing River


  • #12
    Paulo Coelho
    “Every blessing ignored becomes a curse.”
    Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist


  • #13
    Paulo Coelho
    “There is always a gap between intention and action..”
    Paulo Coelho


  • #14
    Paulo Coelho
    “Borges said there are only four stories to tell: a love story between two people, a love story between three people, the struggle for power and the voyage. All of us writers rewrite these same stories ad infinitum.”
    Paulo Coelho


  • #15
    Paulo Coelho
    “Haters are confused admirers who can’t understand why everybody else likes you”
    Paulo Coelho


  • #16
    Paulo Coelho
    “If I must fall, may it be from a high place.”
    Paulo Coelho, By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept


  • #17
    Paulo Coelho
    “In the first place, you shouldn't believe in promises. The world is full of them: the promises of riches, of eternal salvation, of infinite love. Some people think they can promise anything, others accept whatever seems to guarantee better days ahead, as, I suspect is your case. Those who make promises they don't keep end up powerless and frustrated, and exactly the fate awaits those who believe promises.”
    Paulo Coelho, The Devil and Miss Prym


  • #18
    Paulo Coelho
    “Haven't you learned anything, not even with the approach of death? Stop thinking all the time that you're in the way, that you're bothering the person next to you. If people don't like it, they can complain. And if they don't have the courage to complain, that's their problem”
    Paulo Coelho, Veronika Decides to Die


  • #19
    Paulo Coelho
    “Really important meetings are planned by the souls long before the bodies see each other.

    Generally speaking, these meetings occur when we reach a limit, when we need to die and be reborn emotionally. These meetings are waiting for us, but more often than not, we avoid them happening. If we are desperate, though, if we have nothing to lose, or if we are full of enthusiasm for life, then the unknown reveals itself, and our universe changes direction.”
    Paulo Coelho, Eleven Minutes


  • #20
    Paulo Coelho
    “No one places her dreams in the hands of those who might destroy them.”
    Paulo Coelho, The Witch Of Portobello


  • #21
    Paulo Coelho
    “Before a dream is realized, the Soul of the World tests everything that was learned along the way. It does this not because it is evil, but so that we can, in addition to realizing our dreams, master the lessons we’ve learned as we’ve moved toward that dream. That’s the point at which most people give up. It’s the point at which, as we say in the language of the desert, one 'dies of thirst just when the palm trees have appeared on the horizon.”
    Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist


  • #22
    Paulo Coelho
    “You are someone who is different, but who wants to be the same as everyone else. And that in my view is a serious illness. God chose you to be different. Why are you disappointing God with this kind of attitude?”
    Paulo Coelho, Veronika Decides to Die


  • #23
    Paulo Coelho
    “Warriors of light always have a certain gleam in their eyes.

    They are of this world, they are part of the lives of others, and they set out on their journey with no saddlebags and no sandals. They are often cowardly. They do not always make the right decisions.

    They suffer over the most trivial things, they have mean thoughts, and sometimes believe that they are incapable of growing. They frequently deem themselves unworthy of any blessing or miracle.

    They are not always quite sure what they are doing here. They spend many sleepless nights, believing that their lives have no meaning.

    That is why they are warriors of light. Because they make mistakes. Because they ask themselves questions. Because they are looking for a reason - and are sure to find it.”
    Paulo Coelho


  • #24
    Joan Didion
    “I'm not telling you to make the world better, because I don't think that progress is necessarily part of the package. I'm just telling you to live in it. Not just to endure it, not just to suffer it, not just to pass through it, but to live in it. To look at it. To try to get the picture. To live recklessly. To take chances. To make your own work and take pride in it. To seize the moment. And if you ask me why you should bother to do that, I could tell you that the grave's a fine and private place, but none I think do there embrace. Nor do they sing there, or write, or argue, or see the tidal bore on the Amazon, or touch their children. And that's what there is to do and get it while you can and good luck at it.”
    Joan Didion


  • #25
    Joan Didion
    “People with self-respect exhibit a certain toughness, a kind of moral nerve; they display what was once called *character,* a quality which, although approved in the abstract, sometimes loses ground to the other, more instantly negotiable virtues.... character--the willingness to accept responsibility for one's own life--is the source from which self-respect springs.”
    Joan Didion, Slouching Towards Bethlehem


  • #26
    Joan Didion
    “Of course we would all like to "believe" in something, like to assuage our private guilts in public causes, like to lose our tiresome selves; like, perhaps, to transform the white flag of defeat at home into the brave white banner of battle away from home. And of course it is all right to do that; that is how, immemorially, thing have gotten done. But I think it is all right only so long as we do not delude ourselves about what we are doing, and why. It is all right only so long as we remember that all the ad hoc committees, all the picket lines, all the brave signatures in The New York Times, all the tools of agitprop straight across the spectrum, do not confer upon anyone any ipso facto virtue. It is all right only so long as we recognize that the end may or may not be expedient, may or may not be a good idea, but in any case has nothing to do with "morality." Because when we start deceiving ourselves into thinking not that we want something or need something, not that it is a pragmatic necessity for us to have it, but that it is a moral imperative that we have it, then is when we join the fashionable madmen, and then is when the thin whine of hysteria is heard in the land, and then is when we are in bad trouble. And I suspect we are already there.”
    Joan Didion, Slouching Towards Bethlehem


  • #27
    Pablo Neruda
    “If we were not so single-minded
    about keeping our lives moving
    and for once could do nothing,
    perhaps a huge silence
    might interrupt this sadness
    of never understanding ourselves
    and of threatening ourselves with death
    Perhaps the world can teach us
    as when everything seems dead
    but later proves to be alive.”
    Pablo Neruda


  • #28
    Pablo Neruda
    “I don't want to go on being a root in the dark,
    vacillating, stretched out, shivering with sleep,
    downward, in the soaked guts of the earth,
    absorbing and thinking, eating each day.”
    Pablo Neruda


  • #29
    Bell Hooks
    “I will not have my life narrowed down. I will not bow down to somebody else's whim or to someone else's ignorance.”
    Bell Hooks


  • #30
    Bell Hooks
    “As all advocates of feminist politics know most people do not understand sexism or if they do they think it is not a problem. Masses of people think that feminism is always and only about women seeking to be equal to men. And a huge majority of these folks think feminism is anti-male. Their misunderstanding of feminist politics reflects the reality that most folks learn about feminism from patriarchal mass media.”
    Bell Hooks




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