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  • #1
    “What you seek is seeking you.”
    Mawlana Jalal-al-Din Rumi

  • #2
    Gertrude Stein
    “One must dare to be happy. ”
    Gertrude Stein

  • #3
    Patti Smith
    “Make your interactions with people transformational, not just transactional.”
    Patti Smith

  • #4
    “Let yourself be drawn by the stronger pull of that which you truly love.”

  • #5
    “Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.”

  • #6
    Salman Rushdie
    “When you know what you're against you have taken the first step to discovering what you're for.”
    Salman Rushdie, The Ground Beneath Her Feet

  • #7
    Salman Rushdie
    “...for those who value stability, who fear transience, uncertainty, change, have erected a powerful system of stigmas and taboos against rootlessness, that disruptive, anti-social force, so that we mostly conform, we pretend to be motivated by loyalties and solidarities we do not really feel, we hide our secret identities beneath the false skins of those identities which bear the belongers' seal of approval. But the truth leaks out in our dreams; alone in our beds (because we are all alone at night, even if we do not sleep by ourselves), we soar, we fly, we flee. And in the waking dreams our societies permit, in our myths, our arts, our songs, we celbrate the non-belongers, the different ones, the outlaws, the freaks. What we forbid ourselves we pay good money to watch, in a playhouse or movie theatre, or to read about between the secret covers of a book. Our libraries, our palaces of entertainment tell the truth. The tramp, the assassin, the rebel, the thief, the mutant, the outcast, the delinquent, the devil, the sinner, the traveller, the gangster, the runner, the mask: if we did not recognize in them our least-fulfilled needs, we would not invent them over and over again, in every place, in every language, in every time.”
    Salman Rushdie, The Ground Beneath Her Feet

  • #8
    Salman Rushdie
    “Vertigo is the conflict between the fear of falling and the desire to fall.”
    Salman Rushdie

  • #9
    Gautama Buddha
    “if the selflessness of phenomena is analyzed and if this analysis is cultivated, it causes the effect of attaining nirvana. through no other cause does one come to peace.”
    Siddhārtha Gautama

  • #10
    Douglas Adams
    “There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable.

    There is another theory which states that this has already happened.”
    Douglas Adams, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

  • #11
    Russell Brand
    “For me happiness occurs arbitrarily: a moment of eye contact on a bus, where all at once you fall in love; or a frozen second in a park where it's enough that there are trees in the world.”
    Russell Brand

  • #12
    C.S. Lewis
    “Love is not affectionate feeling, but a steady wish for the loved person's ultimate good as far as it can be obtained.”
    C.S. Lewis

  • #13
    Gustave Flaubert
    “Be steady and well-ordered in your life so that you can be fierce and original in your work.”
    Gustave Flaubert

  • #14
    Bruce Lee
    “Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one”
    Bruce Lee

  • #15
    “I want to see you.

    Know your voice.

    Recognize you when you
    first come 'round the corner.

    Sense your scent when I come
    into a room you've just left.

    Know the lift of your heel,
    the glide of your foot.

    Become familiar with the way
    you purse your lips
    then let them part,
    just the slightest bit,
    when I lean in to your space
    and kiss you.

    I want to know the joy
    of how you whisper
    Mawlana Jalal-al-Din Rumi

  • #16
    Ben Okri
    “The most authentic thing about us is our capacity to create, to overcome, to endure, to transform, to love and to be greater than our suffering.”
    Ben Okri

  • #17
    Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
    “I was born free, and that I might live in freedom I chose the solitude of the fields; in the trees of the mountains I find society, the clear waters of the brooks are my mirrors, and to the trees and waters I make known my thoughts and charms. I am a fire afar off, a sword laid aside. Those whom I have inspired with love by letting them see me, I have by words undeceived, and if their longings live on hope—and I have given none to Chrysostom or to any other—it cannot justly be said that the death of any is my doing, for it was rather his own obstinacy than my cruelty that killed him; and if it be made a charge against me that his wishes were honourable, and that therefore I was bound to yield to them, I answer that when on this very spot where now his grave is made he declared to me his purity of purpose, I told him that mine was to live in perpetual solitude, and that the earth alone should enjoy the fruits of my retirement and the spoils of my beauty; and if, after this open avowal, he chose to persist against hope and steer against the wind, what wonder is it that he should sink in the depths of his infatuation? If I had encouraged him, I should be false; if I had gratified him, I should have acted against my own better resolution and purpose. He was persistent in spite of warning, he despaired without being hated. Bethink you now if it be reasonable that his suffering should be laid to my charge. Let him who has been deceived complain, let him give way to despair whose encouraged hopes have proved vain, let him flatter himself whom I shall entice, let him boast whom I shall receive; but let not him call me cruel or homicide to whom I make no promise, upon whom I practise no deception, whom I neither entice nor receive. It has not been so far the will of Heaven that I should love by fate, and to expect me to love by choice is idle. Let this general declaration serve for each of my suitors on his own account, and let it be understood from this time forth that if anyone dies for me it is not of jealousy or misery he dies, for she who loves no one can give no cause for jealousy to any, and candour is not to be confounded with scorn. Let him who calls me wild beast and basilisk, leave me alone as something noxious and evil; let him who calls me ungrateful, withhold his service; who calls me wayward, seek not my acquaintance; who calls me cruel, pursue me not; for this wild beast, this basilisk, this ungrateful, cruel, wayward being has no kind of desire to seek, serve, know, or follow them. If Chrysostom's impatience and violent passion killed him, why should my modest behaviour and circumspection be blamed? If I preserve my purity in the society of the trees, why should he who would have me preserve it among men, seek to rob me of it? I have, as you know, wealth of my own, and I covet not that of others; my taste is for freedom, and I have no relish for constraint; I neither love nor hate anyone; I do not deceive this one or court that, or trifle with one or play with another. The modest converse of the shepherd girls of these hamlets and the care of my goats are my recreations; my desires are bounded by these mountains, and if they ever wander hence it is to contemplate the beauty of the heavens, steps by which the soul travels to its primeval abode.”
    Cervantes, Don Quixote

  • #18
    Kahlil Gibran
    “Your children are not your children.
    They are sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.
    They come through you but not from you.
    And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.

    You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
    For they have their own thoughts.
    You may house their bodies but not their souls,
    For thir souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
    You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.
    For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.
    You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.
    The archer sees the make upon the path of the infinite, and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far.
    Let your bending in the archer's hand be for gladness.
    For even as He loves the arrow that flies, so He also loves the bow that is stable.”
    Kahlil Gibran

  • #19
    C.G. Jung
    “No tree, it is said, can grow to heaven unless its roots reach down to hell.”
    Carl Jung

  • #20
    Virginia Woolf
    “And all the lives we ever lived and all the lives to be are full of trees
    and changing leaves.”
    Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse

  • #21
    Kahlil Gibran
    “Trees are poems that the earth writes upon the sky.”
    Khalil Gibran, Sand and Foam

  • #22
    Gautama Buddha
    “Praise and blame, gain and loss, pleasure and sorrow come and go like the wind. To be happy, rest like a giant tree in the midst of them all”

  • #23
    Mark Z. Danielewski
    “What miracle is this? This giant tree.
    It stands ten thousand feet high
    But doesn't reach the ground. Still it stands.
    Its roots must hold the sky.”
    Mark Z. Danielewski, House of Leaves

  • #24
    W.B. Yeats
    “Come away, O human child!
    To the waters and the wild
    With a faery, hand in hand,
    For the world's more full of weeping than you can understand.”
    William Butler Yeats, The Collected Poems of W.B. Yeats

  • #25
    Lao Tzu
    “Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.”
    Lao Tzu

  • #26
    Anatole France
    “If the path be beautiful, let us not ask where it leads.”
    Anatole France

  • #27
    William Blake
    “In the universe, there are things that are known, and things that are unknown, and in between, there are doors.”
    William Blake

  • #28
    William Blake
    “Every Night and every Morn
    Some to Misery are born.
    Every Morn and every Night
    Some are born to Sweet Delight,
    Some are born to Endless Night. ”
    William Blake, Songs of Experience

  • #29
    William Blake
    “Love seeketh not itself to please, nor for itself hath any care, but for another gives its ease, and builds a Heaven in Hell's despair.”
    William Blake, Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience
    tags: love

  • #30
    Charles Dickens
    “Heaven knows we need never be ashamed of our tears, for they are rain upon the blinding dust of earth, overlying our hard hearts. I was better after I had cried, than before--more sorry, more aware of my own ingratitude, more gentle.”
    Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

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