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The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.

~Helen Keller

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There is no greater journey than the one that you must take to discover all of the mysteries that lie within you.

~Michelle Sandlin

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Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darkness of other people.

~Carl Jung

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Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.

~Epicurus

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Everyone needs a place where they can go to just ponder for a while. Silence is important; it’s the only time you can hear the whispering of truth.

~Glenn Beck

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Your story is what you have, what you will always have. It is something to own.

~Michelle Obama

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Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.

~Oscar Wilde

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Once the game is over, the King and the pawn go back in the same box.

~Italian proverb

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Life is too deep for words, so don’t try to describe it, just live it.

~C.S. Lewis

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Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.

~Lao Tzu

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You can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will.

~Stephen King

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You can always give somethingeven if it is only kindness.

~Anne Frank

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Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no help at all.

~Dale Carnegie

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The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty.

~Winston Churchill

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You don’t love because: you love despite; not for the virtues, but despite the faults.

~William Faulkner

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Keep your face always toward the sunshine, and shadows will fall behind you.

~Walt Whitman

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Do not let arrogance go to your head and despair to your heart; do not let compliments go to your head and criticisms to your heart; do not let success go to your head and failure to your heart.

~Roy T. Bennett

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There is so much stubborn hope in the human heart.

~Albert Camus

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If one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces, never be afraid to pick one of those pieces up and to begin again.

~Flavia Weedn

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Don’t worry about failures, worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try.

~Jack Canfield

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Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking.

~Steve Jobs

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Your story is what you have, what you will always have. It is something to own.

~Michelle Obama

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If you have wonderful moments, don’t second guess them. Just enjoy them.

~Martin Short

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Be a bush if you can’t be a tree. If you can’t be a highway, just be a trail. If you can’t be a sun, be a star. For it isn’t by size that you win or fail. Be the best of whatever you are.

~Martin Luther King Jr.

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Being happy never goes out of style.

~Lilly Pulitzer

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When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.

~Franklin D. Roosevelt

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Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself.

~Harvey Fierstein

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Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching.

~C.S. Lewis

My First Kiss Went A Little Like This

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Do you remember your first kiss? Yes, the very first! How nice was it? Or how terrible? Ideally, specially as teenagers, we expect our first kiss to be sweet and romantic! Or hot and wild! Intense! Oh dear! Locking lips with someone we like should send tingles up our spine and leave us feeling incoherent after.

Contrary to the perfect romantic first kisses I’ve either read, watched, imagined or hoped for, mine was a turn-off. Let me walk you down memory lane because my first kiss went a little like this…

My first kiss happened many moons ago, I was fourteen, he was sixteen. His name’s Andrew. He was my ultimate crush then and little did I know that he’s got a crush on me, too. We attended the same high school and we were both athletes. We’ve known each other by face and was only formally introduced to each other in a party after almost a year of smiles and hellos during training/practice or in the corridors.

We were dating for more than a month already when it happened. Since I belong to the science classes, he has to wait for me for about an hour until I finish my last class. After class that day, we went to the small garden just at the back of his classroom so he can help me with my homework. (I remember I suck in Biology and Chemistry then!) Once we’re done, we started walking while holding hands as he led me to his classroom door.

The touch: We were holding hands then he pulled me to him and pushed me gently against the classroom door then placed his left arm around my waist while his right hand caressed my face. (I liked that part!)

The ambiance: I never thought that my first kiss would be in the most romantic place in the world — in school, outside his classroom door! I mean, come on, I’ve imagined a kind of romantic setting, too. But definitely not in school!

The kiss: Well, our noses bumped at first and I was about to laugh but he kissed me right away and the first few tender brushes of his lips against mine was magic, it did really sent tingles up my spine and made all my body cells come to life until…

The tongue situation: Eeeewww! Just eeeewww! Oh boy! Was the tongue even supposed to be there??? It’s just wet! And sloppy! I was shocked! I wanted to punch him in the face!

The aftermath: Absolutely awkward. Confusing. Disappointing. In my mind, I’m trying to figure out what just happened. Funny thing is, I ended up having a very high fever that night and wasn’t able to go to school the next day!

So my first kiss didn’t happen according to plan but well, life isn’t a movie set. But in between homework and practice, the kisses got better, more quality kissing took over for the next two years.

So how was your first kiss? Was is sweet? Or was it terrible? How old were you then? Did it turn out the way you’ve imagined it to be? I’d love to hear, after all, what better time to delurk if not during first-kiss-story sharing time, right?

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Quote of the Week

Your heart is a vast and tender thing; you cannot keep trying to shrink it into what someone else needs. You cannot keep pouring your love into a vessel that cannot contain it. You cannot keep pouring your love into a heart that is closed off to it. It will only leave you empty.

~Bianca Sparacino

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The deepest cuts come from those we love the most.

~Mario Escobar, The Teacher of Warsaw

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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

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Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.

~Mother Teresa

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You make mistakes, mistakes don’t make you.

~Maxwell Maltz

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It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.

~Marcus Aurelius

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Life is short. Focus on what really matters most. You have to change your priorities over time.

~Roy T. Bennett

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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

Top 5 Tuesday – Drinks for Reading

Happy Tuesday, Homo sapiens! Welcome to this week’s Top 5 Tuesday!

Top 5 Tuesday was originally hosted by Shanah at Bionic Bookworm and now found its home with Meeghan at Meeghan Reads.

Drinks for Reading

Coffee serves its own purpose while reading so this definitely is my top choice while reading. And I want my coffee black, no sugar (with the exception of Vietnamese egg coffee). Hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows is my preferred drink while reading before going to sleep. A cold can or bottle beer is my choice of drink when I read the works of Milan Kundera, Jose Saramago or Sam Harris and the like. Thai iced tea is another choice whenever available. And lastly, human blood. Oh no, wait! I was just kidding. Ha! I mean, bubble tea.

Let’s compare notes, what are your favorite reading sips?

Quote of the Week

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.

~Lao Tzu

Top 5 Tuesday – Snacks for Reading

Happy Tuesday, Homo sapiens! Welcome to this week’s Top 5 Tuesday!

Top 5 Tuesday was originally hosted by Shanah at Bionic Bookworm and now found its home with Meeghan at Meeghan Reads.

Snacks for Reading

I usually don’t eat while reading because it gets messy, whether I’m using my Kindle or reading paperbacks, I know you know what I mean. Haha! Plus I really get easily distracted with food regardless of what I’m doing. So, yeah! However, I usually snack while reading when I travel. Why? No particular reason, I just do. So today, let me share with you five of my favorite snacks while reading.

I love pumpkin pie and the best I’ve tasted was from a small, cozy cafe in Tbilisi. I also enjoy salty popcorn sometimes and cookies whenever available. When I’m really hungry but I want to read, I opt for pizza, the lesser toppings, the better. And lastly, french fries!

What are your favorite reading snacks?

Quote of the Week

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

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It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.

~Aristotle

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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.

~Edward Teller

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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.

~Max Monroe

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There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true. The other is to refuse to believe what is true.

~Søren Kierkegaard

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You’re nobody’s doorway but your own and the only one who gets to tell you how your story ends is you.

~Seanan McGuire

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Above all, don’t lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love.

~Fyodor Dostoevsky

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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.

~Rick Warren

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When people don’t express themselves, they die one piece at a time.

~Laurie Halse Anderson

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Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.

~Lao Tzu

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