“Raise your expectations. Elongate your process. Lay on your death bed with a to-do list a mile long and smile at the infinite opportunity granted to you. Create ridiculous standards for yourself and then savor the inevitable failure. Learn from it. Live it. Let the ground crack and rocks crumble around you because that’s how something amazing grows, through the cracks.”—Mark Manson - ‘Stop Trying to be Happy.’
“It was autumn, the springtime of death. Rain spattered the rotting leaves, and a wild wind wailed. Death was singing in the shower. Death was happy to be alive.”—Tom Robbins, from Still Life with Woodpecker (Bantam Books, 1980)
“'In the beginning of their relationship, both proceeded as if they had entered a very dark room and were sliding their hands hesitantly up and down all the walls, feeling for a light switch while at the same time afraid that they might touch something sharp or dangerous. But from the minute they met, there was absolutely no game playing between them because they had had enough of that in their lives. They were eager to get to the heart of this matter. Both wanted to reach the point as soon as possible where sharing silence was just as good as sharing their life stories.”—Jonathan Carroll
“What is my worth, if I cannot be attractive? What is my worth, if I cannot attract attention? What is my worth if I am not dainty? What is my worth, if I am not skilled in the kitchen? What is my worth if I am not soft-spoken? The language of feminism was meant to answer those question by reminding women, and men who live outside the self-prescribed boxes of gender, that your worth is inherent, it arrived when you were born, it stays with you long after you die.”—Chinwe Ohanele; "Afromentality-Shame"
And she thought then, that perhaps all relationships were just a case of who gave up first. And her pride couldn’t decide which was worse: giving up when you had promised them not to, or waking up to find that they had given up on you.”
falling’s not so bad you know. because you can always stand up a little wiser. You can look back, briefly and learn not to step right in the bullshit, because it makes the landing much messier. step around the shit, move forward.
falling’s not bad, because you get to take a breath then get up.
falling’s only bad when you know that you could break this time. shatter.
fallings only bad when you expect someone to catch you. trust fall. don’t look for the person who will break your fall, look for the person who fell next to you, as you can get up together.
fall only for the chance to stand up taller, straighter, stronger.
“Part of the function of memory is to forget. The omni-retentive mind will break down and produce at best an idiot savant who can recite a telephone book, and at worst a person to whom every grudge and slight is as yesterday’s.”—Christopher Hitchens