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  • #1
    Oriah Mountain Dreamer
    “It doesn't interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for, and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart's longing.
    It doesn't interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, for your dream, for the adventure of being alive.
    It doesn't interest me what planets are squaring your moon. I want to know if you have touched the center of your own sorrow, if you have been opened by life's betrayals or have become shriveled and closed from fear of further pain!I want to know if you can sit with pain, mine or your own, without moving to hide it or fade it, or fix it.
    I want to know if you can be with joy, mine or your own, if you can dance with wildness and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes without cautioning us to be careful, to be realistic, to remember the limitations of being human.
    It doesn't interest me if the story you are telling me is true. I want to know if you can disappoint another to be true to yourself; if you can bear the accusation of betrayal and not betray your own soul; if you can be faithlessand therefore trustworthy.
    I want to know if you can see beauty even when it's not pretty, every day,and if you can source your own life from its presence.
    I want to know if you can live with failure, yours and mine, and still stand on the edge of the lake and shout to the silver of the full moon, “Yes!”
    It doesn't interest me to know where you live or how much money you have. I want to know if you can get up, after the night of grief and despair, weary and bruised to the bone, and do what needs to be done to feed the children.
    It doesn't interest me who you know or how you came to be here. I want to know if you will stand in the center of the fire with me and not shrink back.
    It doesn't interest me where or what or with whom you have studied. I want to know what sustains you, from the inside, when all else falls away.
    I want to know if you can be alone with yourself and if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments.”
    Oriah Mountain Dreamer

  • #2
    George Carlin
    “I don't like ass kissers, flag wavers or team players. I like people who buck the system. Individualists. I often warn people: "Somewhere along the way, someone is going to tell you, 'There is no "I" in team.' What you should tell them is, 'Maybe not. But there is an "I" in independence, individuality and integrity.'" Avoid teams at all cost. Keep your circle small. Never join a group that has a name. If they say, "We're the So-and-Sos," take a walk. And if, somehow, you must join, if it's unavoidable, such as a union or a trade association, go ahead and join. But don't participate; it will be your death. And if they tell you you're not a team player, congratulate them on being observant.”
    George Carlin

  • #3
    Rob Sheffield
    “Tonight, I feel like my whole body is made out of memories. I'm a mix-tape, a cassette that's been rewound so many times you can hear the fingerprints smudged on the tape.”
    Rob Sheffield, Love Is a Mix Tape

  • #4
    Jonathan Safran Foer
    “Or perhaps a widow found him and took him in: brought him an easy chair, changed his sweater every morning, shaved his face until the hair stopped growing, took him faithfully to bed with her every night, whispered sweet nothings into what was left of his ear, laughed with him over black coffee, cried with him over yellowing pictures, talked greenly about having kids of her own, began to miss him before she became sick, left him everything in her will, thought of only him as she died, always knew he was fiction but believed in him anyway.”
    Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything Is Illuminated

  • #5
    Rob Sheffield
    “Our lives were just beginning, our favorite moment was right now, our favorite songs were unwritten.”
    Rob Sheffield, Love Is a Mix Tape

  • #6
    H. Jackson Brown Jr.
    “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
    H. Jackson Brown Jr., P.S. I Love You

  • #7
    Pete Wentz
    “Here's to the kids.

    The kids who would rather spend their night with a bottle of coke & Patrick or Sonny playing on their headphones than go to some vomit-stained high school party.
    Here's to the kids whose 11:11 wish was wasted on one person who will never be there for them.
    Here's to the kids whose idea of a good night is sitting on the hood of a car, watching the stars.
    Here's to the kids who never were too good at life, but still were wicked cool.
    Here's to the kids who listened to Fall Out boy and Hawthorne Heights before they were on MTV...and blame MTV for ruining their life.
    Here's to the kids who care more about the music than the haircuts.
    Here's to the kids who have crushes on a stupid lush.
    Here's to the kids who hum "A Little Less 16 Candles, A Little More Touch Me" when they're stuck home, dateless, on a Saturday night.
    Here's to the kids who have ever had a broken heart from someone who didn't even know they existed.
    Here's to the kids who have read The Perks of Being a Wallflower & didn't feel so alone after doing so.
    Here's to the kids who spend their days in photobooths with their best friend(s).
    Here's to the kids who are straight up smartasses & just don't care.
    Here's to the kids who speak their mind.
    Here's to the kids who consider screamo their lullaby for going to sleep.
    Here's to the kids who second guess themselves on everything they do.
    Here's to the kids who will never have 100 percent confidence in anything they do, and to the kids who are okay with that.
    Here's to the kids.
    This one's not for the kids,
    who always get what they want,
    But for the ones who never had it at all.
    It's not for the ones who never got caught,
    But for the ones who always try and fall.
    This one's for the kids who didnt make it,
    We were the kids who never made it.
    The Overcast girls and the Underdog Boys.
    Not for the kids who had all their joys.
    This one's for the kids who never faked it.
    We're the kids who didn't make it.
    They say "Breaking hearts is what we do best,"
    And, "We'll make your heart be ripped of your chest"
    The only heart that I broke was mine,
    When I got My Hopes up too too high.
    We were the kids who didnt make it.
    We are the kids who never made it.”
    Pete Wentz

  • #8
    Bette Davis
    “It's better to be hated for who you are, than to be loved for someone you're not. It's a sign of your worth sometimes, if you're hated by the right people.”
    Bette Davis

  • #9
    Mark Twain
    “Never tell the truth to people who are not worthy of it.”
    Mark Twain

  • #10
    Bette Davis
    “I'd like ta kiss ya, but I just washed my hair.”
    Bette Davis

  • #11
    J.R.R. Tolkien
    “Good Morning!" said Bilbo, and he meant it. The sun was shining, and the grass was very green. But Gandalf looked at him from under long bushy eyebrows that stuck out further than the brim of his shady hat.

    "What do you mean?" he said. "Do you wish me a good morning, or mean that it is a good morning whether I want it or not; or that you feel good this morning; or that it is a morning to be good on?"

    "All of them at once," said Bilbo. "And a very fine morning for a pipe of tobacco out of doors, into the bargain.

    ...

    "Good morning!" he said at last. "We don't want any adventures here, thank you! You might try over The Hill or across The Water." By this he meant that the conversation was at an end.
    "What a lot of things you do use Good morning for!" said Gandalf. "Now you mean that you want to get rid of me, and that it won't be good till I move off.”
    J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

  • #12
    Henrik Ibsen
    “It's not only what we have inherited from our father and mother that walks in us. It's all sorts of dead ideas, and lifeless old beliefs, and so forth. They have no vitality, but they cling to us all the same, and we can't get rid of them.”
    Ibsen Henrik 1828-1906, Ghosts

  • #13
    Maya Angelou
    “Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option.”
    Maya Angelou

  • #14
    G.K. Chesterton
    “Because children have abounding vitality, because they are in spirit fierce and free, therefore they want things repeated and unchanged. They always say, "Do it again"; and the grown-up person does it again until he is nearly dead. For grown-up people are not strong enough to exult in monotony. But perhaps God is strong enough to exult in monotony. It is possible that God says every morning, "Do it again" to the sun; and every evening, "Do it again" to the moon. It may not be automatic necessity that makes all daisies alike; it may be that God makes every daisy separately, but has never got tired of making them. It may be that He has the eternal appetite of infancy; for we have sinned and grown old, and our Father is younger than we.”
    G. K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy

  • #15
    Jiddu Krishnamurti
    “You must understand the whole of life, not just one little part of it. That is why you must read, that is why you must look at the skies, that is why you must sing, and dance, and write poems, and suffer, and understand, for all that is life.”
    Jiddu Krishnamurti

  • #16
    Mark Twain
    “Wrinkles should merely indicate where the smiles have been.”
    Mark Twain
    tags: age

  • #17
    J.R.R. Tolkien
    “Do not go to the elves for council for they will say both yes and no.”
    J.R.R. Tolkien

  • #18
    Shel Silverstein
    “The Voice

    There is a voice inside of you
    That whispers all day long,
    "I feel this is right for me,
    I know that this is wrong."
    No teacher, preacher, parent, friend
    Or wise man can decide
    What's right for you--just listen to
    The voice that speaks inside.”
    Shel Silverstein

  • #19
    Agatha Christie
    “My remarks are, as always, apt, sound, and to the point. (Hercule Poirot)”
    Agatha Christie, The Labours of Hercules

  • #20
    Maya Angelou
    “Live as though life was created for you.”
    Maya Angelou

  • #21
    Vincent van Gogh
    “Close friends are truly life's treasures. Sometimes they know us better than we know ourselves. With gentle honesty, they are there to guide and support us, to share our laughter and our tears. Their presence reminds us that we are never really alone.”
    Vincent van Gogh

  • #22
    Anaïs Nin
    “Question: I am interested in so many things, and I have a terrible fear because my mother keeps telling me that I'm just going to be exploring the rest of my life and never get anything done. But I find it really hard to set my ways and say, "Well, do I want to do this, or should I try to exploit that, or should I escape and completely do one thing?"

    Anaïs Nin: One word I would banish from the dictionary is 'escape.' Just banish that and you'll be fine. Because that word has been misused regarding anybody who wanted to move away from a certain spot and wanted to grow. He was an escapist. You know if you forget that word you will have a much easier time. Also you're in the prime, the beginning of your life; you should experiment with everything, try everything.... We are taught all these dichotomies, and I only learned later that they could work in harmony. We have created false dichotomies; we create false ambivalences, and very painful one's sometimes -the feeling that we have to choose. But I think at one point we finally realize, sometimes subconsciously, whether or not we are really fitted for what we try and if it's what we want to do.

    You have a right to experiment with your life. You will make mistakes. And they are right too. No, I think there was too rigid a pattern. You came out of an education and are supposed to know your vocation. Your vocation is fixed, and maybe ten years later you find you are not a teacher anymore or you're not a painter anymore. It may happen. It has happened. I mean Gauguin decided at a certain point he wasn't a banker anymore; he was a painter. And so he walked away from banking. I think we have a right to change course. But society is the one that keeps demanding that we fit in and not disturb things. They would like you to fit in right away so that things work now.”
    Anais Nin

  • #23
    Truman Capote
    “There were hints of sunrise on the rim of the sky, yet it was still dark, and the traces of morning color were like goldfish swimming in ink.”
    Truman Capote, The Muses Are Heard

  • #24
    Mark Twain
    “I must have a prodigious amount of mind; it takes me as much as a week, sometimes, to make it up!”
    Mark Twain

  • #25
    Truman Capote
    “Most of life is so dull it is not worth discussing, and it is dull at all ages. When we change our brand of cigarette, move to a new neighborhood, subscribe to a different newspaper, fall in and out of love, we are protesting in ways both frivolous and deep against the not to be diluted dullness of day-to-day living.”
    Truman Capote, Summer Crossing
    tags: life

  • #26
    Jack Kerouac
    “I have lots of things to teach you now, in case we ever meet, concerning the message that was transmitted to me under a pine tree in North Carolina on a cold winter moonlit night. It said that Nothing Ever Happened, so don't worry. It's all like a dream. Everything is ecstasy, inside. We just don't know it because of our thinking-minds. But in our true blissful essence of mind is known that everything is alright forever and forever and forever. Close your eyes, let your hands and nerve-ends drop, stop breathing for 3 seconds, listen to the silence inside the illusion of the world, and you will remember the lesson you forgot, which was taught in immense milky way soft cloud innumerable worlds long ago and not even at all. It is all one vast awakened thing. I call it the golden eternity. It is perfect. We were never really born, we will never really die. It has nothing to do with the imaginary idea of a personal self, other selves, many selves everywhere: Self is only an idea, a mortal idea. That which passes into everything is one thing. It's a dream already ended. There's nothing to be afraid of and nothing to be glad about. I know this from staring at mountains months on end. They never show any expression, they are like empty space. Do you think the emptiness of space will ever crumble away? Mountains will crumble, but the emptiness of space, which is the one universal essence of mind, the vast awakenerhood, empty and awake, will never crumble away because it was never born.”
    Jack Kerouac, The Portable Jack Kerouac

  • #27
    Truman Capote
    “Leave it to me: I'm always top banana in the shock department.”
    Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany's

  • #28
    Mark Twain
    “You believe in a book that has talking animals, wizards, witches, demons, sticks turning into snakes, burning bushes, food falling from the sky, people walking on water, and all sorts of magical, absurd and primitive stories, and you say that we are the ones that need help?”
    Mark Twain

  • #29
    Therese Doucet
    “I want to see the world without explaining away its mystery by calling things wicked, righteous, sinful, and good. I want to erase in myself the easy explanations, the always mendacious explanations about why things happen the way they do, and in this way, come to know the mystery of being–-not by any approximation in thought, but by being. I want to be and not be ashamed of being.”
    Therese Doucet, A Lost Argument

  • #30
    There is no happiness like that of being loved by your fellow creatures, and feeling
    “There is no happiness like that of being loved by your fellow creatures, and feeling that your presence is an addition to their comfort.”
    Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre



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