"He played an alien so well because he was an alien in his own mind, permanently auditioning to be one of us. Suicide is a crime of loneliness, and adulated people can be frighteningly alone. Intelligence does not help in these circumstances; brilliance is almost always profoundly isolating."
Suicide, a Crime of Loneliness
Andrew Solomon on Robin Williams
"One of my oldest crusades is against the distinction between thought and feeling, which is really the basis of all anti-intellectual views: the heart and the head, thinking and feeling, fantasy and judgment… . I have the impression that thinking is a form of feeling and that feeling is a form of thinking."
Susan Sontag (via icancauseaconstellation)
"My God, tongues fall short of attaining praise of You proper to Your majesty,
intellects are incapable of grasping the core of Your beauty,
eyes fail before gazing upon the glories of Your face,"
The Whispered Prayer of the Knowers (via volaream)
How about God does give us more than we can handle. Seriously I dare some of you to walk up to someone who has been bereaved, or diagnosed with a terminal illness, or abused, or bullied horrifically or some such thing and say “God never gives you more than you can handle.” Shut up, of course He gives you more than you can handle, why? So that His strength can be made perfect in your weakness, so that you can learn to rely on Him.
"People who say that suicide is selfish always reference the survivors. It’s selfish to leave children, spouses and other family members behind, so they say. They’re not thinking about the survivors, or so they would have us believe. What they don’t know is that those very loved ones are the reason many people hang on for just one more day. They do think about the survivors, probably up until the very last moment in many cases. But the soul-crushing depression that envelops them leaves them feeling like there is no alternative. Like the only way to get out is to opt out. And that is a devastating thought to endure.
Until you’ve stared down that level of depression, until you’ve lost your soul to a sea of emptiness and darkness… you don’t get to make those judgments. You might not understand it, and you are certainly entitled to your own feelings, but making those judgments and spreading that kind of negativity won’t help the next person. In fact, it will only hurt others."
The most beautiful 5 hour hike leading to a tea house in the mountains