"No single event can awaken within us a stranger whose existence we had never suspected. To live is to be slowly born."
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (via apoetreflects)
"People aren’t overcome by situations or outside forces. Defeat comes from within."
Banana Yoshimoto (Kitchen)
"To the extent that I had come to understand that despair does not necessarily result in annihilation, that one can go on as usual in spite of it, I had become hardened. Was that what it meant to be an adult, to live with ugly ambiguities? I didn’t like it, but it made it easier to go on."
Kitchen - Banana Yoshimoto (1988)
"For me, inspiration comes from a bunch of places: desperation, deadlines… A lot of times ideas will turn up when you’re doing something else. And, most of all, ideas come from confluence — they come from two things flowing together. They come, essentially, from daydreaming."
I know The Lord isn’t putting this quiet oppression on me, but it sure is humbling me.
I have never been so frustrated with myself.
"When someone tells you, “I love you,” and then you feel, “Oh, I must be worthy after all,” that’s an illusion. That’s not true. Or someone says, “I hate you,” and you think, “Oh, God, I knew it; I’m not very worthy,” that’s not true either. Neither one of these thoughts hold any intrinsic reality. They are an overlay. When someone says, “I love you,” he is telling you about himself, not you. When someone says, “I hate you,” she is telling you about herself, not you. World views are self views—literally."
Adyashanti (via larmoyante)
"When I was done, they shook their heads in unison and looked at me with pity. She leaned toward me and said, “Oh, my God, that’s so horrible. I can’t imagine doing that. I’m so sorry.” Their sympathy slapped me across the face. Like all sympathy, it said, ‘while I’m sorry that happened to you, let’s be clear: I’m over here … and you are over there.’"
brene brown (via jujutsu-with-zizek)
A harsh softness
"Compassion is an unstable emotion. It needs to be translated into action, or it withers. The question of what to do with the feelings that have been aroused, the knowledge that has been communicated. If one feels that there is nothing ‘we’ can do — but who is that ‘we’? — and nothing ‘they’ can do either — and who are ‘they’ — then one starts to get bored, cynical, apathetic."
Susan Sontag, Regarding the Pain of Others (via stubbornlines)