Compassion hurts. When you feel connected to everything, you also feel responsible for everything. And you cannot turn away. Your destiny is bound with the destinies of others. You must either learn to carry the Universe or be crushed by it. You must grow strong enough to love the world, yet empty enough to sit down at the same table with its worst horrors.–
For a star to be born, there is one thing that must happen: a nebula must collapse.
This is not your destruction.
This is your birth.
Oh, my friend, it’s not what they take away from you that counts. It’s what you do with what you have left.– Hubert Humphrey (via picsandquotes)
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Some names will always taste bitter.– 6 Word Poem About Love, by Devyn Springer (via fawun) Via standing on the fringes of life.
… to read, we need a certain kind of silence, an ability to filter out the noise. That seems increasingly elusive in our overnetworked society, where every buzz and rumor is instantly blogged and tweeted, and it is not contemplation we desire but an odd sort of distraction, distraction masquerading as being in the know. In such a landscape, knowledge can’t help but fall prey to illusion, albeit an illusion that is deeply seductive, with its promise that speed can lead us to more illumination, that it is more important to react than to think deeply, that something must be attached to every bit of time. Here, we have my reading problem in a nutshell, for books insist we take the opposite position, that we immerse, slow down.– David L. Ulin, The Lost Art of Reading (via litverve) Via Booklover
If you are content with being nobody in particular, content not to stand out, you align yourself with the power of the universe. What looks like weakness to the ego is in fact the only true strength.– Eckhart Tolle (via thecalminside) Via Booklover
The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.– Steven Furtick (via nathanielstuart) Via Booklover
The whole culture is telling you to hurry, while the art tells you to take your time. Always listen to the art.– Junot Díaz (via kamara) Via Booklover
I once had to say this on a show many years ago, and I truly believe it: Loneliness is a choice. I like to be alone; I’m more comfortable alone. But I do recognise that I take it too far sometimes and so I try to force myself to keep up with being sociable. I just am a bit of a lone ranger; I always have been. But I don’t believe that necessarily has to translate to being lonely. You can be lonely in a crowd of a thousand people. I can be in a hotel room on my own, and not feel lonely. It all comes down to how comfortable you are with who you are in the silence.– Gillian Anderson (via cyberqueer)
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There’s the story, then there’s the real story, then there’s the story of how the story came to be told. Then there’s what you leave out of the story. Which is part of the story too.– Maddaddam, Margaret Atwood (via novelwisdom) Via Booklover