The deepest cuts come from those we love the most.
~Mario Escobar, The Teacher of Warsaw
Knowing is better than wondering, waking is better than sleeping, and even the biggest failure—even the worst—beats the hell out of not trying.
~Meredith Grey, Grey’s Anatomy
The best use of life is love. The best expression of love is time. The best time to love is now.
Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.
You make mistakes, mistakes don’t make you.
It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.
Life is short. Focus on what really matters most. You have to change your priorities over time.
~Roy T. Bennett
It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.
~Vincent Van Gogh
Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.
The best index to a person’s character is how he treats people who can’t do him any good, and how he treats people who can’t fight back.
~Abigail Van Buren
When you get to the end of all the light you know and it’s time to step into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing that one of two things shall happen: either you will be given something solid to stand on, or you will be taught how to fly.
Most times, even if giving your heart away ends in heartbreak, the risk was still worth it. Sometimes, that risk gives you little miracles. and sometimes, that risk gives you life lessons that allow you to grow and learn more about yourself.
There are three things you can do with your life: You can waste it, you can spend it, or you can invest it. The best use of your life is to invest it in something that will last longer than your time on Earth.
When people don’t express themselves, they die one piece at a time.
~Laurie Halse Anderson
Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.
Love is an untamed force. When we try to control it, it destroys us. When we try to imprison it, it enslaves us. When we try to understand it, it leaves us feeling lost and confused.
Not everything is supposed to become something beautiful and long-lasting. Sometimes people come into your life to show you what is right and what is wrong, to show you who you can be, to teach you to love yourself, to make you feel better for a little while, or to just be someone to walk with at night and spill your life to. Not everyone is going to stay forever, and we still have to keep on going and thank them for what they’ve given us.
Learn to light a candle in the darkest moments of someone’s life. Be the light that helps others see; it is what gives life its deepest significance.
Roy. T. Bennett
You can get away from envy by enjoying the pleasures that come your way, by doing the work that you have to do, and by avoiding comparisons with those whom you imagine, perhaps quite falsely, to be more fortunate than yourself.
There are wounds that never show on the body that are deeper and more hurtful than anything that bleeds.
Laurell K. Hamilton
No matter what, nobody can take away the dances you’ve already had.
~Gabriel Garcia Marquez
How satisfying it is to leave a mark on a blank surface. To make a map of my movement – no matter how temporary.
Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what is right.
Perhaps home is not a place but simply an irrevocable condition.
The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.
But who can say what’s best? That’s why you need to grab whatever chance you have of happiness where you find it, and not worry about other people too much. My experience tells me that we get no more than two or three such chances in a life time, and if we let them go, we regret it for the rest of our lives.
To lose balance sometimes for love is part of living a balanced life.
You know how they say you only hurt the ones you love? Well, it works both ways.
Make sure, as often as possible, you are doing something you’d be happy to die doing.
“It’s true: lives do drift apart for no obvious reason. We’re all busy people,we can’t spend our time simply trying to stay in touch. The test of a friendship is if it can weather these inevitable gaps.”
Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.
Life consists of two days, one for you one against you. So when it’s for you don’t be proud or reckless, and when it’s against you be patient, for both days are test for you.
~Hazrat Ali Ibn Abu-Talib A.S
Better never means better for everyone… It always means worse, for some.
I keep telling you the future isn’t set in stone. It’s not all decided yet. The future is just what’s down the road we decided to walk on today. You can change roads anytime. And that changes where you end up.
~Catherine Ryan Hyde
Better a cruel truth than a comfortable delusion.
There comes a day in every man’s life when he stops looking
forward and starts looking back.
Time is a gift, given to you, given to give you the time you need, the time you need to have the time of your life.
Scars have the strange power to remind us that our past is real.
Death’s greatest power is not that it can make people die, but that it can make people want to stop living.
The soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts.
It’s amazing how a little tomorrow can make up for a whole lot of yesterday.
Some steps need to be taken alone. It’s the only way to really figure out where you need to go and who you need to be.
Sometimes being offered tenderness feels like the very proof that you’ve been ruined.
Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.
Self-care is not selfish or self-indulgent. We cannot nurture others from a dry well. We need to take care of our own needs first.
Wherever your life ends, it is all there. The advantage of living is not measured by length, but by use; some men have lived long, and lived little; attend to it while you are in it.
~Michel de Montaigne
It’s so much darker when a light goes out than it would have been if it had never shone.
The best revenge is to be unlike him who performed the injury.
Your value does not decrease based on someone’s inability to see your worth.
Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could.