Quotes

Some people collect rocks, some collect books, some collect little mementos, what have you. I collect quotes. They are such a beautiful thing. I am always in awe of people that can find that needle in the haystack to press in to your heart. And that too, with only a sentence or two. It’s wisdom, meets efficiency.

BE LIKE THE FLOWER WHO EVEN GIVES ITS FRAGRANCE TO THE HAND THAT CRUSHES IT – Imam Ali (a.s.)

ART AND LOVE ARE THE SAME THING: IT’S THE PROCESS OF SEEING YOURSELF IN THINGS THAT ARE NOT YOU – Chuck Klosterman

HOW BEAUTIFUL TO FIND A HEART THAT LOVES YOU, WITHOUT ASKING YOU FOR ANYTHING, BUT TO BE OKAY – Gibran Khalil Gibran

NORMALITY IS AN ILLUSION. WHAT IS NORMAL FOR THE SPIDER IS CHAOS FOR THE FLY – Morticia Addams

I HAVE PRETENDED TO GO MAD IN ORDER TO TELL YOU THE THINGS I NEED TO. I CALL IT ART. BECAUSE ART IS THE WORD WE GIVE TO OUR FEELINGS MADE PUBLIC. AND ART DOESN’T WORRY ANYONE – Iain Thomas, I Wrote This For You

LIFE SHRINKS OR EXPANDS IN PROPORTION TO ONE’S COURAGE – Anais Nin

WHATEVER IT IS YOU’RE SEEKING WON’T COME IN THE FORM YOU’RE EXPECTING – Haruki Murakami

SOMETIMES I’M CERTAIN
THOSE WHO ARE HAPPY
KNOW ONE THING MORE THAN US…
OR ONE THING LESS
 Anne Michaels, from “The Weight of Oranges”

WHO HASN’T ASKED HIMSELF, AM I A MONSTER OR IS THIS WHAT IT MEANS TO BE HUMAN? – Clarice Lispector, The Hour of the Star

I LOVE CHILDREN. THEY ARE CONTENT WITH THE LEAST OF THINGS, AND GOLD AND MUD ARE THE SAME IN THEIR EYES – Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)

A BOOK CAN TEACH YOU, A CONVERSATION CAN ASSURE YOU, A POEM CAN SEDUCE YOU, A GENIUS CAN INSPIRE YOU BUT ONLY YOU CAN SAVE YOURSELF – Anthony Anaxagorou

AM I A GOOD PERSON? DEEP DOWN, DO I EVEN REALLY WANT TO BE A GOOD PERSON, OR DO I ONLY WANT TO SEEM LIKE A GOOD PERSON SO THAT PEOPLE (INCLUDING MYSELF) WILL APPROVE OF ME? IS THERE A DIFFERENCE? HOW DO I EVER ACTUALLY KNOW WHETHER I’M BULLSHITTING MYSELF, MORALLY SPEAKING? – David Foster Wallace, Consider the Lobster and Other Essays

MAYBE YOU ARE SEARCHING AMONG THE BRANCHES, FOR WHAT ONLY APPEARS IN THE ROOTS – Rumi

EVERY SAINT HAS A PAST AND EVERY SINNER HAS A FUTURE – Oscar Wilde

NO MATTER HOW MUCH YOU THINK YOU LOVE SOMEBODY, YOU’LL STEP BACK WHEN THE POOL OF THEIR BLOOD EDGES UP TOO CLOSE – Chuck Palahniuk

I WOULD LIKE TO BE KNOWN AS AN INTELLIGENT WOMAN, A COURAGEOUS WOMAN, A LOVING WOMAN, A WOMAN WHO TEACHES BY BEING – Maya Angelou

PEOPLE THINK OF EDUCATION AS SOMETHING THEY CAN FINISH – Isaak Asimov

LET EVERYTHING HAPPEN TO YOU. BEAUTY AND TERROR. JUST KEEP GOING. NO FEELING IS FINAL – Rainer Maria Rilke

I WANNA KNOW WHAT YOU SEE WHEN YOU LOOK IN THE MIRROR ON A DAY YOU’RE FEELING GOOD. I WANNA KNOW WHAT YOU SEE IN THE MIRROR ON A DAY YOU’RE FEELING BAD. I WANNA KNOW THE FIRST PERSON WHO EVER TAUGHT YOU YOUR BEAUTY COULD EVER BE REFLECTED ON A LOUSY PIECE OF GLASS – Andrea Gibson, Asking Too Much

HE WAS POINTING AT THE MOON, BUT I WAS LOOKING AT HIS HAND – Richard Siken, Anyway

MY SOUL IS IMPATIENT WITH ITSELF, AS WITH A BOTHERSOME CHILD; ITS RESTLESSNESS KEEPS GROWING AND IS FOREVER THE SAME. EVERYTHING INTERESTS ME, BUT NOTHING HOLDS ME. I ATTEND TO EVERYTHING, DREAMING ALL THE WHILE – Fernando Pessoa

I DON’T UNDERSTAND A THING ABOUT THIS WORLD: ABOUT PEOPLE, AND WHY THEY DO THE THINGS THEY DO. THE MORE I FIND OUT, THE MORE I UNCOVER, THE MORE I KNOW, THE LESS I UNDERSTAND – Craig Silvey, Jasper Jones

THE AXE FORGETS; THE TREE REMEMBERS – African Proverb

YOU CAN’T DRIVE A KNIFE INTO A MAN’S BACK NINE INCHES, PULL IT OUT SIX INCHES, AND CALL IT PROGRESS – Malcolm X

ART SHOULD COMFORT THE DISTURBED AND DISTURB THE COMFORTABLE – Banksy

YOU HAVE TO KEEP BREAKING YOUR HEART UNTIL IT OPENS – Rumi

PATIENCE DOES NOT MEAN TO PASSIVELY ENDURE. IT MEANS TO BE FAR SIGHTED ENOUGH TO TRUST THE END RESULT OF A PROCESS. WHAT DOES PATIENCE MEAN? IT MEANS TO LOOK AT THE THORN AND SEE THE ROSE, TO LOOK AT THE NIGHT AND SEE THE DAWN. IMPATIENCE MEANS TO BE SHORTSIGHTED AS TO NOT BE ABLE TO SEE THE OUTCOME. THE LOVERS OF GOD NEVER RUNS OUT OF PATIENCE, FOR THEY KNOW THAT TIME IS NEEDED FOR THE CRESCENT MOON TO BECOME FULL – Rumi

YOU MUST LOVE IN SUCH A WAY THAT THE PERSON YOU LOVE FEELS FREE – Thich Nhat Hanh

I WISH I COULD SHOW YOU, WHEN YOU ARE LONELY OR IN DARKNESS, THE ASTONISHING LIGHT OF YOUR OWN BEING – Hafiz

DECIDE YOU WANT IT MORE THAN YOU ARE AFRAID OF IT – Bill Cosby

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