On the nights
when you are lonely,
remember the light
we shared, look up
at the stars and see
the darkness between
them and know that I
broke my light in two
so I could shine for you
even in the spaces
you cannot see.
Anxiety is practising failure in advance. Anxiety is needless and imaginary. It’s fear about fear, fear that means nothing.
It’s not hard to decide what you want your life to be about. What’s hard, she said, is figuring out what you’re willing to give up in order to do the things you really care about.
You get a strange feeling when you’re about to leave a place. Like you’ll not only miss the people you love but you’ll miss the person you are now at this time and this place, because you’ll never be this way ever again.
, Reading Lolita in Tehran
Crying is all right in its way while it lasts. But you have to stop sooner or later, and then you still have to decide what to do.
There are some things about myself that I can’t explain to anyone. There are some things I don’t understand at all. I can’t tell what I think about things or what I’m after. I don’t know what my strengths are or what I’m supposed to do about them. But if I start thinking about these things in too much detail, the whole thing gets scary. And if I get scared, I can only think about myself. I become really self-centered, and without meaning to, I hurt people. So I’m not such a wonderful human being.
I am not good. I am not virtuous. I am not sympathetic. I am not generous. I am merely and above all a creature of intense passionate feeling. I feel—everything. It is my genius. It burns me like fire.
Mary MacLane, I Await The Devil’s Coming
Your flaws are perfect for the heart that is meant to love you.
I’m not sure which is worse: intense feeling, or the absence of it.
The longest distance
is between two people
who loved each other once.
Do not think that love in order to be genuine has to be extraordinary. What we need is to love without getting tired. Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.
The one thing we can never get enough of is love. And the one thing we never give enough of is love.
There are no happy endings.
Endings are the saddest part,
So just give me a happy middle
And a very happy start.
Shel Silverstein, Every Thing on It