Category: quoteoftheday

If you’re really listening, if you’re awake to…

If you’re really listening, if you’re awake to the poignant beauty of the world, your heart breaks regularly. In fact, your heart is made to break; its purpose is to burst open again and again so that it can hold evermore wonders.

Trust me to know my own feelings. Don’t assume…

Trust me to know my own feelings. Don’t assume you know what’s best for me.

Keep reading. It’s one of the most marvelous a…

Keep reading. It’s one of the most marvelous adventures that anyone can have.

So if people ever look down upon you for cryin…

So if people ever look down upon you for crying for fictional characters, you should give them a gentle, pitying look and feel bad for them. If they’ve never cried for a fictional character, then they’ve never loved one (and what a joy that is). If they’ve never cried at a book, a movie, a piece of music, then they’ve missed one of the great pleasures life has to offer. Just because fiction does not contain things that are real doesn’t mean it doesn’t contain truth, and we find it through the alchemy of our tears.

You can’t get much done in life if you only wo…

You can’t get much done in life if you only work on days when you feel good.

We like to be out in nature so much because it…

We like to be out in nature so much because it has no opinion about us.

It takes great deal of courage to see the worl…

It takes great deal of courage to see the world in all its tainted glory, and still learn to love it.

…Everyone tries to make his life a work of art…

…Everyone tries to make his life a work of art. We want love to last and we know that it does not last; even if, by some miracle, it were to last a whole lifetime, it would still be incomplete. Perhaps, in this insatiable need for perpetuation, we should better understand human suffering, if we knew that it was eternal. It appears that great minds are, sometimes, less horrified by suffering than by the fact that it does not endure. In default of inexhaustible happiness, eternal suffering would at least give us a destiny. But we do not even have that consolation, and our worst agonies come to an end one day. One morning, after many dark nights of despair, an irrepressible longing to live will announce to us the fact that all is finished and that suffering has no more meaning than happiness.

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#NOTE TO SELF

You must be prepared to work always without ap…

You must be prepared to work always without applause.