“Do not despair. To be friendless is indeed to be unfortunate; but the hearts of men, when unprejudiced by any obvious self-interest, are full of brotherly love and charity. Rely, therefore, on your hopes; and if these friends are good and amiable, do not despair.”—Frankenstein (via long-live-lemons)
“I do however believe that we all need to teach our kids to have some comfort in being alone with their thoughts, and provide time for them to just make connections in their learning, like many of us have learned and have the freedom to do. When we give them time to do that, won’t they be able to come back to that group and give something back that is much deeper?”—Reflective Solitude
“Loving-kindness and compassion are the basis for wise, powerful, sometimes gentle, and sometimes fierce actions that can really make a difference—in our own lives and those of others.”—Sharon Salzberg (via thelittlephilosopher)
“Equality is not a concept. It’s not something we should be striving for. It’s a necessity. Equality is like gravity. We need it to stand on this earth as men and women, and the misogyny that is in every culture is not a true part of the human condition. It is life out of balance, and that imbalance is sucking something out of the soul of every man and woman who’s confronted with it. We need equality.”—Joss Whedon (via thelittlephilosopher)
“To live every day as if it had been stolen from death, that is how I would like to live. To feel the joy of life… To separate oneself from the burden, the angst, the anguish that we all encounter every day. To say I am alive, I am wonderful, I am. I am. That is something to aspire to.”—The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein (via petalsquotesandthorns)
“Let there be kindness in your face, in your eyes, in your smile, in the warmth of your greeting. Always have a cheerful smile. Don’t only give your care, but give your heart as well.”—Mother Teresa (via thelittlephilosopher)
“In the world of the dreamer there was solitude: all the exaltations and joys came in the moment of preparation for living. They took place in solitude. But with action came anxiety, and the sense of insuperable effort made to match the dream, and with it came weariness, discouragement, and the flight into solitude again. And then in solitude, in the opium den of remembrance, the possibility of pleasure again.”—Anaïs Nin (via misswallflower)
“He thinks I suffer from depression. But I’m just quiet. Solitude and depression are like swimming and drowning. In school many years ago, I learned that flowers sometimes unfold inside themselves.”—Simon Van Booy (via misswallflower)
“To awaken each morning with a smile brightening my face; to greet the day with reverence for the opportunities it contains; to approach my work with a clean mind; to hold ever before me, even in the doing of little things, the ultimate purpose toward which I am working; to meet men and women with laughter on my lips and love in my heart; to be gentle, kind, and courteous through all the hours; to approach the night with weariness that ever woos sleep and the joy that comes from work well done - this is how I desire to waste wisely my days.”—Thomas Dekker (via middlenameconfused)
“The ordinary man is living a very abnormal life, because his values are upside down. Money is more important than meditation; logic is more important than love; mind is more important than heart; power over others is more important than power over one’s own being. Mundane things are more important than finding some treasures which death cannot destroy.”—Osho
“Float past tension and fear
Float past unwelcome suggestions.
Float, don’t fight.
Go through the peak of experience with utter acceptance.
Let more time pass.”—Dr. Claire Weekes (via thelittlephilosopher)
“I fell in love with her courage, her sincerity, and her flaming self respect. And it’s these things I’d believe in, even if the whole world indulged in wild suspicions that she wasn’t all she should be. I loved her and that was the beginning of everything.”—F. Scott Fitzgerald (via goldenwandering)
“People who didn’t live pre-Internet can’t grasp how devoid of ideas life in my hometown was. The only bookstores sold Bibles the size of coffee tables and dashboard Virgin Marys that glowed in the dark. I stopped in the middle of the SAT to memorize a poem, because I thought, This is a great work of art and I’ll never see it again.”—Mary Karr (via thebronzemedal)
“Seek a purchaser who will pay you gold. Where will you find one more liberal than God? He buys the worthless rubbish which is your wealth, and pays you the light that illuminates your heart. He accepts the frozen and lifeless body of yours, and gives you a kingdom beyond what you have ever dreamed of. He takes a few drops of tears, and gives you a divine fountain sweeter than sugar.”—Rumi. (via thelittlephilosopher)