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  • #1
    Albert Camus
    “But the heart has its own memory and I have forgotten nothing.”
    Albert Camus, The Fall
    tags: heart

  • #2
    Søren Kierkegaard
    “There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn't true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.”
    Soren Kierkegaard

  • #3
    Emily Brontë
    “If you ever looked at me once with what I know is in you, I would be your slave.”
    Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights

  • #4
    Frederick Douglass
    “I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence.”
    Frederick Douglass

  • #5
    Aubrey Dark
    “I’m just more honest than everyone else. I don’t wait for the damage to come to me. I go out and find it.”
    Aubrey Dark, His

  • #6
    Craig Silvey
    Sorry.

    Sorry means you feel the pulse of other people's pain as well as your own, and saying it means you take a share of it. And so it binds us together, makes us trodden and sodden as one another. Sorry is a lot of things. It's a hole refilled. A debt repaid. Sorry is the wake of misdeed. It's the crippling ripple of consequence. Sorry is sadness, just as knowing is sadness. Sorry is sometimes self-pity. But Sorry, really, is not about you. It's theirs to take or leave.

    Sorry means you leave yourself open, to embrace or to ridicule or to revenge. Sorry is a question that begs forgiveness, because the metronome of a good heart won't settle until things are set right and true. Sorry doesn't take things back, but it pushes things forward. It bridges the gap. Sorry is a sacrament. It's an offering. A gift.”
    Craig Silvey, Jasper Jones

  • #7
    Anne Frank
    “I have one outstanding trait in my character, which must strike anyone who knows me for any length of time, and that is my knowledge of myself. I can watch myself and my actions, just like an outsider. The Anne of every day I can face entirely without prejudice, without making excuses for her, and watch what's good and what's bad about her. This 'self-consciousness' haunts me, and every time I open my mouth I know as soon as I've spoken whether 'that ought to have been different' or 'that was right as it was.' There are so many things about myself that I condemn; I couldn't begin to name them all. I understand more and more how true Daddy's words were when he said: 'All children must look after their own upbringing.' Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands.”
    Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl

  • #8
    June Ahern
    “How hurtful it can be to deny one's true self and live a life of lies just to appease others.”
    June Ahern

  • #9
    Hermann Hesse
    “I wanted only to live in accord with the promptings which came from my true self. Why was that so very difficult?”
    Hermann Hesse, Demian. Die Geschichte von Emil Sinclairs Jugend
    tags: self

  • #10
    Henry Kissinger
    “Facts are rarely self-explanatory; their significance, analysis, and interpretation—at least in the foreign policy world—depend on context and relevance.”
    Henry Kissinger, World Order

  • #11
    Stephen Fry
    “Certainly the most destructive vice if you like, that a person can have. More than pride, which is supposedly the number one of the cardinal sins - is self pity. Self pity is the worst possible emotion anyone can have. And the most destructive. It is, to slightly paraphrase what Wilde said about hatred, and I think actually hatred's a subset of self pity and not the other way around - ' It destroys everything around it, except itself '.

    Self pity will destroy relationships, it'll destroy anything that's good, it will fulfill all the prophecies it makes and leave only itself. And it's so simple to imagine that one is hard done by, and that things are unfair, and that one is underappreciated, and that if only one had had a chance at this, only one had had a chance at that, things would have gone better, you would be happier if only this, that one is unlucky. All those things. And some of them may well even be true. But, to pity oneself as a result of them is to do oneself an enormous disservice.

    I think it's one of things we find unattractive about the american culture, a culture which I find mostly, extremely attractive, and I like americans and I love being in america. But, just occasionally there will be some example of the absolutely ravening self pity that they are capable of, and you see it in their talk shows. It's an appalling spectacle, and it's so self destructive. I almost once wanted to publish a self help book saying 'How To Be Happy by Stephen Fry : Guaranteed success'. And people buy this huge book and it's all blank pages, and the first page would just say - ' Stop Feeling Sorry For Yourself - And you will be happy '. Use the rest of the book to write down your interesting thoughts and drawings, and that's what the book would be, and it would be true. And it sounds like 'Oh that's so simple', because it's not simple to stop feeling sorry for yourself, it's bloody hard. Because we do feel sorry for ourselves, it's what Genesis is all about.”
    Stephen Fry

  • #12
    Andrew Solomon
    “My goal is to stay safely in between self-analysis and self-destruction.”
    Andrew Solomon, The Noonday Demon

  • #13
    “A brutal, relentless self-analysis lies at the heart of all despair.”
    Marty Rubin

  • #14
    Benjamin Constant
    “I detest that fatuity of mind which believes that what is explained is also excused; I hate that vanity which finds it interesting to describe the harm that it has done, and asks to be pitied at the end of its recital, and, as it patrols with impunity among the ruins for which it is responsible, gives to self-analysis the time which should be given to repentance.”
    Benjamin Constant, Adolphe

  • #15
    Nathaniel Branden
    “Most people do not erode their self-esteem over big issues but over small ones, little acts of betrayal and hypocrisy forgotten (repressed) very quickly. But the computer in your subconscious mind forgets nothing. It records your spiritual profit and loss. The balance sheet reflects your present level of self-esteem--and sends you the information via your emotions.”
    Nathaniel Branden

  • #16
    John F. Kennedy
    “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.

    [Thanksgiving Day Proclamation, 1963]
    John F. Kennedy

  • #17
    Sylvia Plath
    “Perhaps when we find ourselves wanting everything, it is because we are dangerously close to wanting nothing.”
    sylvia plath

  • #18
    Milan Kundera
    “Anyone whose goal is 'something higher' must expect someday to suffer vertigo. What is vertigo? Fear of falling? No, Vertigo is something other than fear of falling. It is the voice of the emptiness below us which tempts and lures us, it is the desire to fall, against which, terrified, we defend ourselves.”
    Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

  • #19
    Jeff Lindsay
    “It was such an unexpected and genuine smile that if I only had a soul I'm sure I would have felt quite guilty.”
    Jeff Lindsay, Darkly Dreaming Dexter

  • #20
    Aubrey Dark
    “Pain and pleasure aren’t really different, are they?” he asked. “Like flipping your pillow over in the middle of the night. One side warm, one cold. You must have one before the other feels good again.”
    Aubrey Dark, Mine

  • #21
    Suzanne Collins
    “Aim higher in case you fall short.”
    Suzanne Collins, Catching Fire

  • #22
    Jordan Belfort
    “The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bullshit story you keep telling yourself as to why you can't achieve it.”
    Jordan Belfort

  • #23
    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
    “A goal without a plan is just a wish.”
    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

  • #24
    Henry David Thoreau
    “If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.”
    Henry David Thoreau, Walden

  • #25
    Mandy Hale
    “A busy, vibrant, goal-oriented woman is so much more attractive than a woman who waits around for a man to validate her existence.”
    Mandy Hale, The Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass

  • #26
    Erin Morgenstern
    “Stories have changed, my dear boy,” the man in the grey suit says, his voice almost imperceptibly sad. “There are no more battles between good and evil, no monsters to slay, no maidens in need of rescue. Most maidens are perfectly capable of rescuing themselves in my experience, at least the ones worth something, in any case. There are no longer simple tales with quests and beasts and happy endings. The quests lack clarity of goal or path. The beasts take different forms and are difficult to recognize for what they are. And there are never really endings, happy or otherwise. Things keep overlapping and blur, your story is part of your sister’s story is part of many other stories, and there in no telling where any of them may lead. Good and evil are a great deal more complex than a princess and a dragon, or a wolf and a scarlet-clad little girl. And is not the dragon the hero of his own story? Is not the wolf simply acting as a wolf should act? Though perhaps it is a singular wolf who goes to such lengths as to dress as a grandmother to toy with its prey.”
    Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus

  • #27
    Rabindranath Tagore
    “You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.”
    Rabindranath Tagore

  • #28
    Randy Pausch
    “Complaining does not work as a strategy. We all have finite time and energy. Any time we spend whining is unlikely to help us achieve our goals. And it won't make us happier.”
    Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture

  • #29
    Roopleen
    “If you have a dream, don’t just sit there. Gather courage to believe that you can succeed and leave no stone unturned to make it a reality.”
    Dr Roopleen

  • #31
    Eric Roth
    “I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.”
    Eric Roth, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Screenplay



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