Love isn’t a state of perfect caring. It is an active noun like “struggle.” To love someone is to strive to accept that person exactly the way he or she is, right here and now - and to go on caring even through times that may bring us pain.
Look at everything always as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time.
Betty Smith - A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
We are our own dragons as well as our own heroes, and we have to rescue ourselves from ourselves.
Embrace what makes you unique, even if it makes others uncomfortable.
I am not trapped in my body. I am trapped in other people’s perceptions of my body.
Ollie Renee Schminkey (x)
I am not sure that I exist, actually. I am all the writers that I have read, all the people that I have met, all the women that I have loved; all the cities that I have visited, all my ancestors.
Jorge Luis Borges
The most painful thing is losing yourself in the process of loving someone too much, and forgetting that you are special too.
Ernest Hemingway - Men Without Women
I have ruined relationships for fear of ruining those relationships.
You’re only young once, they say, but doesn’t it go on for a long time? More years than you can bear.
Hilary Mantel, An Experiment in Love
Compassion hurts. When you feel connected to everything, you also feel responsible for everything. And you cannot turn away. Your destiny is bound with the destinies of others. You must either learn to carry the Universe or be crushed by it. You must grow strong enough to love the world, yet empty enough to sit down at the same table with its worst horrors.
Andrew Boyd, Daily Afflictions: The Agony of Being Connected to Everything in the Universe
It’s the good girls who keep the diaries; the bad girls never have the time.
Decide whether or not the goal is worth the risks involved. If it is, stop worrying.
Sometimes people try to destroy you, precisely because they recognize your power — not because they don’t see it, but because they see it and they don’t want it to exist.
A gentleman is a person who gives the positive vibes to other women and knows to make her feel comfortable by calling and treating her like a sister.
The world breaks every one and afterward many are strong at the broken places.
Ernest Hemingway - A Farewell to Arms