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“I need a life that isn’t just about needing to escape my life.” Robert Polito "We have to create, it is the only thing louder than the sound of destruction." Andrea Gibson "i promise to love you as if its the only thing ive done correctly." Rudy Francisco "But every step is worth it. Those broken people you see every day? Their brokenness is a ladder and they have to start climbing it. Rung by rung, hand over hand, until the very top. But don’t haul them up with a pulley; let them do it by themselves. And when they reach the top, hand them a nice cold glass of water and slap them on the back, say, Glad you could make it." Writings for winter “Who sees the human face correctly: the photographer, the mirror, or the painter?” Pablo Picasso “You are my favorite poem, And I’d read you every night knowing I might never understand every word but that was okay. Cause the lines of you were the closest thing to holy I’d ever heard.” Andrea Gibson "Stop wishing on stars and start believing in ourselves again..." Lacey Roop Don't jump off a bridge if you're sad, build a bridge to wholeness. "one student said that happiness is what happens when you go to bed on the hottest night of the summer, a night so hot you can’t even wear a tee-shirt and you sleep on top of the sheets instead of under them, although try to sleep is probably more accurate. And then at some point late, late, late at night, say just a bit before dawn, the heat finally breaks and the night turns into cool and when you briefly wake up, you notice that you’re almost chilly, and in your groggy, half-consciousness, you reach over and pull the sheet around you and just that flimsy sheet makes it warm enough and you drift back off into a deep sleep. And it’s that reaching, that gesture, that reflex we have to pull what’s warm - whether it’s something or someone - toward us, that feeling we get when we do that, that feeling of being sad in the world and ready for sleep, that’s happiness.” Paul Schmidtberger, Design Flaws of the Human Condition "Listen, I know there were days you wanted to die when the sky was so clear you’d stand obnoxious underneath it begging for stars to shoot you just so you could feel at home. I know about the ways you misplaced all the right words, stockpiled every important social cue you ever missed from the first time you learned you were wrong, waited to make it right once everyone stopped watching. ...I know the parts of your past that haunt you the most are the days you weren’t being yourself, and I know that’s why most of your past haunts you." Buddy Wakefield "If you could execute me two times and if I could be reborn another two times, I would live again to do what I have done already" Bartolomeo Vanzetti "Hannah, can you hear me? Wherever you are, look up, Hannah. The clouds are lifting. The sun is breaking through. We are coming out of the darkness into the light. We are coming into a new world, a kindlier world, where men will rise above their hate, their greed and brutality. Look up, Hannah. The soul of man has been given wings, and at last he is beginning to fly. He is flying into the rainbow — into the light of hope, into the future, the glorious future that belongs to you, to me and to all of us. Look up, Hannah. Look up." Charlie Chaplin "Everything is beautiful if we give it the chance to be." IWTFY "Set your life on fire, seek those who fan your flames." Rumi "Your naked body should only belong to those who fall in love with your naked soul." Charlie Chaplin in a letter to his daughter, Geraldine “So plant your own gardens and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.” Jorge Luis Borges "Sometimes people ask us the wrong questions so we cannot give them the right answers but the worst part is when we become those people and we ask ourselves the wrong questions because we are terrified of hearing the right answers." -Unknown "If you can't see anything beautiful about yourself get a better mirror, look a little closer, stare a little longer..." Shane Koyczan “In the end there doesn’t have to be anyone who understands you. There just has to be someone who wants to.” Robert Brault "It’s so interesting thinking about who you find attractive and who you are attracted to. how you can appreciate the aesthetics of a human being and find them beautiful under certain lights and how you are intimidated at first at their stark and raw symmetry and their colors and their curves and feel intimidated by them. and then you get to know them and their soft parts and suddenly everything else falls away. you get to know what’s beneath the skin and what they are made out of and suddenly you stop seeing what they look like altogether and just think of them in colors and in words and in smaller and smaller bits. you start to love them for the way they hold themselves in their own pockets. you start to love them for the way you can tell they’ll have laugh lines when they’re older. their two crooked front teeth. the way someone looks when they forget they’re a body for a second, when they’re blissfully happy, when they love you." Commovente.t “Everything tells me that I am about to make a wrong decision, but making mistakes is just part of life. What does the world want of me? Does it want me to take no risks, to go back to where I came from because I didn't have the courage to say "yes" to life?” Paulo Coelho, Eleven Minutes "If you're brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello." Paulo Coelho "Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring." Marilyn Monroe Do you think God ever gets sad like “what do you mean you don’t love yourself I worked so hard on you….” Unknown Even after all this time the sun never says to the Earth "You owe me." Look what happens with a love like that. It lights the whole sky. Unknown "And it’s hard to hate someone once you understand them.” Lucy Christopher “How long has it been since someone touched part of you other than your body?” Laurel Hoodwrit “She loved the guy. She did it for him. She would’ve done anything for him. Some people are like that. Some loves are like that. Most loves are like that, from what I can see. Your heart starts to feel like an overcrowded lifeboat. You throw your pride out to keep it afloat, and your self-respect and your independence. After a while you start throwing people out—your friends, everyone you used to know. And it’s still not enough. The lifeboat is still sinking, and you know it’s going to take you down with it. I’ve seen that happen to a lot of people here. I think that’s why I’m sick of love.” Gregory David Roberts ""Is", "is." "is"—the idiocy of the word haunts me. If it were abolished, human thought might begin to make sense. I don't know what anything "is"; I only know how it seems to me at this moment. Robert Anton Wilson "Tell me why there are ugly things in the world when everything is supposed to be beautiful. Everything I don't love makes me hate myself. I don't seem to love anything. Love is in the air and I am underwater surrounded by the things that make others die. I am sorry that I am not living up to the expectations that were given to me. I am sorry that I am not grateful. I will try harder. I will try to be beautiful until my existence explodes into microscopic pieces of dust. I just want you to breathe me in." Y "Hold still so I can paint your aura around me because its the kind that seeps into my pores and lights up my organs. It travels through my past until everything that came before you becomes a bad dream written in the diary I lost months ago. Dust and cold, the way I would feel if you were not in my thoughts but you are and for that I am glad. The universe has never felt so warm..." Y "I would paint your body on my wall but I'm too fond of you to smother your blood on something that won't last" J "You cannot save people, you can only love them." Anais Nin There is a shipwreck between your ribs. You are a box with fragile written on it, and so many people have not handled you with care. And for the first time, I understand that I will never know how to apologize for being one of them. “What It Took To Understand,” Shinji Moon "The cruelest thing you can do to a person is pretend they mean more to you than they actually do." Unknown "The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you figure out why." --Mark Twain I didn't want to be a slave to the way I feel about you. Noemi (Skins) You can learn without reading and you can live without writing...the state of ignorance may be a happy one; but when you die you leave a world which you have never really discovered, you depart from a life which you have never shared in, and you abandon forever a wealth of beauty which has never been revealed to you." John Trevena "One's first love is always perfect until one meets one's second love." Elizabeth Aston, The Exploits & Adventures of Miss Alethea Darcy "I'm gonna die, and I'm gonna become dirt, and that's it and I need to accept that" Alex Ebert "Life becomes easier when you learn to accept an apology you never got." Robert Brault "Travel is little beds and cramped bathrooms. It’s old television sets and slow Internet connections. Travel is extraordinary conversations with ordinary people. It’s waiters, gas station attendants, and housekeepers becoming the most interesting people in the world. It’s churches that are compelling enough to enter. It’s McDonald’s being a luxury. It’s the realization that you may have been born in the wrong country. Travel is a smile that leads to a conversation in broken English. It’s the epiphany that pretty girls smile the same way all over the world. Travel is tipping 10% and being embraced for it. Travel is the same white T-shirt again tomorrow. Travel is accented sex after good wine and too many unfiltered cigarettes. Travel is flowing in the back of a bus with giggly strangers. It’s a street full of bearded backpackers looking down at maps. Travel is wishing for one more bite of whatever that just was. It’s the rediscovery of walking somewhere. It’s sharing a bottle of liquor on an overnight train with a new friend. Travel is “Maybe I don’t have to do it that way when I get back home." Nick Miller, Isn’t It Pretty To Think So? "You start to feel your soul wither if you don’t have love around you. It’s a subtle decay but it’s there. People have so much of it to give and if they aren’t given an outlet, it becomes locked inside of you and suffocates the heart. You need a release. You need to put this love away somewhere. I can feel it aging me, making me bitter. Please someone take it from me. Quick." Sari Moon, I Want To Be Somebody’s Number One "A heart is not judged by how much you love; but by how much you are loved by others." Wizard of Oz "Time does not exist, clocks do." Anonymous "If I showed you scripts from my first few movies, the descriptions of my characters all said 'the ugly girl'" Winona Ryder “I think I’m in love with missing you more than I’m in love with you.” Seeker Lover Keeper "Live life knowing what you want, but never expecting it." Luanlegacy "It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live" Dumbledore "I would die for you. But I won't live for you." Stephen Chbosky "I am in love with the presence of your words and the feel of your existence. But I am not in love with you." A.G. "No wifi in the forest but I promise you will find a better connection." T.L. "My memory is fading and I only feel present half the time." Elbow-toe "I'm sorry, but I don't want to be an emperor. That's not my business. I don't want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone if possible; Jew, Gentile, black man, white. We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each other's happiness, not by each other's misery. We don't want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone, and the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone. The way of life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way. Greed has poisoned men's souls, has barricaded the world with hate, has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed. We have developed speed, but we have shut ourselves in. Machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical; our cleverness, hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery, we need humanity. More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost. The airplane and the radio have brought us closer together. The very nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness in men; cries out for universal brotherhood; for the unity of us all. Even now my voice is reaching millions throughout the world, millions of despairing men, women, and little children, victims of a system that makes men torture and imprison innocent people. To those who can hear me, I say, do not despair. The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of greed, the bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress. The hate of men will pass, and dictators die, and the power they took from the people will return to the people. And so long as men die, liberty will never perish. Soldiers! Don't give yourselves to brutes, men who despise you, enslave you; who regiment your lives, tell you what to do, what to think and what to feel! Who drill you, diet you, treat you like cattle, use you as cannon fodder. Don't give yourselves to these unnatural men - machine men with machine minds and machine hearts! You are not machines, you are not cattle, you are men! You have the love of humanity in your hearts! You don't hate! Only the unloved hate; the unloved and the unnatural." The Great Dictator “So many people are shut up tight inside themselves like boxes, yet they would open up, unfolding quite wonderfully, if only you were interested in them." Sylvia Plath “I think a lot, but I don't say much.” Anne Frank "How do you pick up the threads of an old life? How do you go on, when in your heart, you begin to understand, there is no going back? There are some things that time cannot mend." J.R.R Tolkien Sonder n. the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own—populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness—an epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with elaborate passageways to thousands of other lives that you’ll never know existed, in which you might appear only once, as an extra sipping coffee in the background, as a blur of traffic passing on the highway, as a lighted window at dusk. "Our insanity is not that we see people who aren’t there. It’s that we ignore the ones who are." Andrea Gibson "Let us not wallow in the valley of despair." Martin Luther King Jr. "And when at last you find someone to whom you feel you can pour out your soul, you stop in shock at the words you utter— they are so rusty, so ugly, so meaningless and feeble from being kept in the small cramped dark inside you so long.” Sylvia Plath “And then I felt sad because I realized that once people are broken in certain ways, they can't ever be fixed, and this is something nobody ever tells you when you are young and it never fails to surprise you as you grow older as you see the people in your life break one by one. You wonder when your turn is going to be, or if it's already happened.” Douglas Coupland "It's less about what you do and more about who you are doing it with." Joseph Gordon-Levitt “We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” Joseph Campbell "Sometimes you win the battle and lose the war." Unknown "What's the point of living if you don't at least try to do something remarkable?" John Green “He was gone, and I did not have time to tell him what I had just now realized: that I forgave him, and that she forgave us, and that we had to forgive to survive in the labyrinth. There were so many of us who would have to live with things done and things left undone that day. Things that did not go right, things that seemed okay at the time because we could not see the future. If only we could see the endless string of consequences that result from our smallest actions. But we can’t know better until knowing better is useless. " John Green "Sometimes on the way to your dream you get lost and find a better one." Lisa Hammond "Their days are too long and their lives are too short." Game of Thrones "I'm afraid that some times you'll play lonely games too. Games you can't win 'cause you'll play against you." Dr. Seuss "I sit and I stare. It is not nearly enough for me not to wonder how you are. And you, and another. I care far too much. Yet I am clumsy with my heart, with my words, with a knife. Words. They cut like knives. I don’t know how to bare my soul in a single whisper, or in a whisper at all. How does one talk, how does one try not to stalk? I follow them around corners. Ex lovers, friends, foes. I try to talk, try to understand, why they left. Why I am to leave. Why my heart has turned into a butterfly. Why my butterfly heart is far too clumsy to even be a butterfly. I care too much. I want a home, but all I ever get is a cocoon. I want to be enough, for people to swoon over my writing. For me to truly express. But since I cannot, they can’t either. I want to give and give, but then. When all has been given they strip. They strip me of my little cocoon where I have tried to take up residence, they want and they take. I just want them to be happy. My little clumsy butterfly heart." Anonymous "Saying someone cant be sad because someone else may have it worse is just like saying someone can't be happy because someone else may have it better" Shannon Sophia “The feelings that hurt most, the emotions that sting most, are those that are absurd; the longing for impossible things, precisely because they are impossible; nostalgia for what never was; the desire for what could have been; regret over not being someone else; dissatisfaction with the world’s existence. All these half-tones of the soul’s consciousness create in us a painful landscape, an eternal sunset of what we are.” Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet "If I'm not with somebody who really excites or inspires me, then I'd rather be by myself." Blake Lively "She was so lovely, she was so small. But in her hands she had the world, she had it all. She had his lips, his eyes, his perfect jaw. She told him to smile but he couldn't. She asked him, "Is is something so bad that you'll remember it for the rest of your life?" And he said, "No." She told him to paint her a picture of his thoughts into words so that she could nail it to her wall. He said "Why would you want me to remember what made me frown?" And then she told him, "Why would you frown over something you won't remember?" ∞ "Isn't it funny how day by day nothing changes but when you look back everything is different...?" C.S.Lewis “Sir, if you were my husband, I would poison your drink." "Madam, if you were my wife, I would drink it." Exchange between Lady Astor and Winston Churchill One day I'll ride my cruiser down 391 South Hill Street in the city of angels and I'll sit with you in the winter. We'll stare out into the sky and I'll outline buildings with my white mittens. We'll listen to the soundtrack of my life. I will sing the spur of the moment, the songs in my head. I'll speak what needs to be said. I will forget the people. I will not care what they do or do not say. I will roller blade to places and play the most crazies of games in public places in which we bear no names. Maybe we'll depart for a year, but without you, I am broken, dear. I'll skate away into photographs of my life. We'll watch the classics and the movies of our childhood spirits in our home sweet home, Ikea. I'll go camping in my Doc's and we'll sleep under the dome and count the stars. One day I'll return back to my sweet city in my saltwater drenched sweater. I'll lay with you in a sea of grass and have a picnic listening to PB&J. We'll sit and sip like Princes in Seoul. We'll skinny dip with Boiling Crabs. We'll bake sweets and film ourselves Dancing in the Sun. It doesn't matter where we reside, I'll pull out my white, your lady I'll be. We'll tour Italy back at home because we've got an eternity to travel anyways. We can dance in the rain and warm up by the fire in our Johns. Gelato, crepes, funnel cakes, I will not make anymore mistakes. Its not the way they look. It's the comments YOU make about thin, average, or large bodies that kills. I'm sure you're not perfect. Some people are naturally thin, while others are not. I hate it when people say everyone's beautiful and then they turn around and put someone down for being too much of this or too little of that. Hypocrites. ∞ If that's what beauty is then I am a beast. ∞ "There are people who've said that I'm being brave for being openly supportive of gay marriage, gay adoption...with all due respect, I humbly dissent. I'm not being brave, I'm being a decent human being... Anne Hathaway "Love is a human experience, not a political statement." Anne Hathaway "Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion." Muhammad Ali “The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman is seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides. True beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It’s the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows & the beauty of a woman only grows with passing years.” Audrey Hepburn "Do you think you're pretty? -No Why not? -If I was pretty then people wouldn't ignore me, they'd like me." ∞ "Reality man, it sucks!" Laci Green -----"I am going to take this bucket of water and pour it on the flames of hell, and then I am going to use this torch to burn down the gates of paradise so that people will not love God for want of heaven or fear of hell, but because He is God."- Change of Heart----- "The thing about makeup is that it defeats its intended purpose. They say when you wear it, it will boost your self esteem and make you feel "beautiful." But what about when it all comes off and it's just you, face to face with your mirror?" ∞ "There comes a time when we realize that our parents cannot save themselves or save us, that everyone who wades through time eventually gets dragged out to sea by the undertow--that, in short, we are all going." Looking for Alaska "You spend your whole life stuck in the labyrinth, thinking about how you'll escape it one day, and how awesome it will be, and imagining that future keeps you going, but you never do it. You just use the future to escape the present." Looking for Alaska "How many times had I let myself connect with someone only to have it thrown back in my face?" Thirteen Reasons Why "A man’s face is his autobiography. A woman’s face is her work of fiction." Oscar Wilde ❝But because they didn’t see each other very often, their relationship had more ups and downs than either of them had experienced before. Since everything felt right when they were together, everything felt wrong when they weren’t.❞ Nicholas Sparks "Boys fall in love with what they see and girls fall in love with what they hear that's why boys lie and girls wear make up." Wiz Khalifa "Sometimes, I let the panic crawl up into my throat and choke me. panic. this is the only place I will ever know, this constant state of yearning and the ever present pressure inside my head, waiting for answers. it makes me sad that the only bit of solace i’ve found is that of books, of others writing, words arranged delicately, precisely. it’s interesting, really, how much i want to find myself through words. but for now, all i have is the pressure in my head and the panic in my throat." Breath of a whisperer "I want to keep you around forever. I want to tuck you into the folds of my notes and journals and scraps of paper and keep you alive with ink. I want to slip you into paints and pigments and splay you out on canvas under the cover of a disguise only I will know. Sometimes I just think about your name. It comes to mind in a sing-songy tune. Then I start thinking of new ways to tuck you away and keep you around, plot out the next words and notes that you will become, the next shape you will take. You linger. I don’t mind anymore. You’ve become a part of me." Breath of a whisperer "You could read all the books and watch all the programs about it but you would never really understand. It’s like trying to grab a falling leaf from the sky; only the lucky ones will get it. It’s like a sailor who’s got his ship ready and his heart set on the treasure but forgets his map at home. It is not a choice we can control, it just happens, somehow, out of thin air. It’s like not taking a risk on something that could have took you so much further. But it truly is a fantasy world we build with the leftovers of our imagination, one that we built so big we have forgotten how to find our way back to reality. It seems to impact those who seek to be greater but are limited by life and time." ∞ "Don't give up. Swim, swim, swim and enjoy the water, run through the sand. Do not regret because at one point in your life, it was all you wished for." ∞ "What’s worse than wanting something you can’t have? It’s not knowing what you want. Wishing on all the stars in the sky for the answers to your questions, for something to believe in, someone to hold. Having absolutely no control over yourself, being caught up in a place you wish you were miles away from. Being stuck somewhere between the past and the future, nowhere near where you should be - in the present. Stuck in yesterdays and tomorrows, so far from home, far from everything you know and love. The uncertainty could just tear you to bits." Unknown "If you love to people at the same time, choose the second one; if you really loved the first then you wouldn't have fallen for the second." Johnny Depp "You can close you eyes to the things you do not want to see but you cannot close your heart to the things you do not want to feel." Unknown "They say nobody's perfect, But i say that saying's dumb; Because even with all your imperfections, You're as perfect as they come." Traphik "According to parents we’re too young for love, too old for fun, too smart to play dumb and too immature for grown ups." Unknown "We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves." The Buddha

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