QUOTEoftheDay

Saturday
Jul222017

Kenneth Grahame

Spring was moving in the air above and in the earth below and around him, penetrating even his dark and lowly little house with its spirit of divine discontent and longing.

Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.

All this he saw, for one moment breathless and intense, vivid on the morning sky; and still, as he looked, he lived; and still, as he lived, he wondered.”

After all, the best part of a holiday is perhaps not so much to be resting yourself, as to see all the other fellows busy working.

Here today, up and off to somewhere else tomorrow! Travel, change, interest, excitement! The whole world before you, and a horizon that's always changing!

Home! That was what they meant, those caressing appeals, Those soft touches wafted through the air, those invisible little hands pulling and tugging, all one way.


Friday
Jul212017

Jandy Nelson

Maybe some people are just meant to be in the same story.

My sister will die over and over again for the rest of my life. Grief is forever. It doesn't go away; it becomes a part of you, step for step, breath for breath. I will never stop grieving Bailey because I will never stop loving her. That's just how it is. Grief and love are conjoined, you don't get one without the other. All I can do is love her, and love the world, emulate her by living with daring and spirit and joy.

Meeting your soul mate is like walking into a house you've been in before - you will recognize the furniture, the pictures on the wall, the books on the shelves, the contents of drawers: You could find your way around in the dark if you had to.

The sky is everywhere, it begins at your feet.

I didn’t know you could get buried in your own silence.

Each time someone dies, a library burns.

You have to see the miracles for there to be miracles.


Thursday
Jul202017

Brené Brown

Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.

You are imperfect, you are wired for struggle, but you are worthy of love and belonging.

Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. It's about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen.

Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change.

I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.

Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen.

Because true belonging only happens when we present our authentic, imperfect selves to the world, our sense of belonging can never be greater than our level of self-acceptance.


Wednesday
Jul192017

Edna O'Brien

In our deepest moments we say the most inadequate things.

Darkness is drawn to light, but light does not know it; light must absorb the darkness and therefore meet its own extinguishment.

When anyone asks me about the Irish character, I say look at the trees. Maimed, stark and misshapen, but ferociously tenacious.

We all leave one another. We die, we change - it's mostly change - we outgrow our best friends; but even if I do leave you, I will have passed on to you something of myself; you will be a different person because of knowing me; it's inescapable...

She said the reason that love is so painful is that it always amounts to two people wanting more than two people can give.

Love . . . is like nature, but in reverse; first it fruits, then it flowers, then it seems to wither, then it goes deep, deep down into its burrow, where no one sees it, where it is lost from sight, and ultimately people die with that secret buried inside their souls.


Tuesday
Jul182017

Marie Lu

Each day means a new twenty-four hours. Each day means everything's possible again. You live in the moment, you die in the moment, you take it all one day at a time.

He is beauty, inside and out.
He is the silver lining in a world of darkness.
He is my light.”

What a joke! Poor little rich girl's fallen in love with the Republic's most famous criminal.

Sometimes, the sun sets earlier. Days don’t last forever, you know. But I’ll fight as hard as I can. I can promise you that.

If you want to rebel, rebel from inside the system.That's much more powerful than rebelling outside the system.

I’ve been searching a long time for something I think I lost.
I felt like I found something when I saw you back there.

Be true to yourself. But that's something everyone says and no one means. No one wants you to be yourself. They want you to be the version of yourself that they like.

Love is illogical, love had consequences--I did this to myself, and I should be able to take it.


Sunday
Jul162017

Warsan Shire

My alone feels so good, I'll only have you if you're sweeter than my solitude.

It's not my responsibility to be beautiful. I'm not alive for that purpose. My existence is not about how desirable you find me.

You want me to be a tragic backdrop so that you can appear to be illuminated, so that people can say ‘Wow, isn’t he so terribly brave to love a girl who is so obviously sad?’ You think I’ll be the dark sky so you can be the star? I’ll swallow you whole.

You are terrifying and strange and beautiful, someone not everyone knows how to love.

At the end of the day, it isn’t where I came from. Maybe home is somewhere I’m going and never have been before.

With you, intimacy colours my voice.
even ‘hello’ sounds like ‘come here'.

Don't assume, ask. Be kind. Tell the truth. Don't say anything you can't stand behind fully. Have integrity. Tell people how you feel.


Thursday
Jul132017

R. A. Salvatore

It is better, I think, to grab at the stars than to sit flustered because you know you cannot reach them.

Sane is boring.

Joy multiplies when it is shared among friends, but grief diminishes with every division. That is life.

No, I would not want to live in a world without dragons, as I would not want to live in a world without magic, for that is a world without mystery, and that is a world without faith.

We are all dying, every moment that passes of every day. That is the inescapable truth of this existence. It is a truth that can paralyze us with fear, or one that can energize us with impatience, with the desire to explore and experience, with the hope- nay, the iron-will!- to find a memory in every action. To be alive, under sunshine, or starlight, in weather fair or stormy. To dance with every step, be they through gardens of flowers or through deep snows.

How many people long for that "past, simpler, and better world," I wonder, without ever recognizing the truth that perhaps it was they who were simpler and better, and not the world about them?

Nostalgia is a necessary thing, I believe, and a way for all of us to find peace in that which we have accomplished, or even failed to accomplish. At the same time, if nostalgia precipitates actions to return to that fabled, rosy-painted time, particularly in one who believes his life to be a failure, then it is an empty thing, doomed to produce nothing but frustration and an even greater sense of failure.


Wednesday
Jul122017

Robert Bloch

Despite my ghoulish reputation, I really have the heart of a small boy. I keep it in a jar on my desk.

The man who smiles when things go wrong has thought of someone to blame it on.

Despite my ghoulish reputation, I really have the heart of a small boy. I keep it in a jar on my desk.

I think perhaps all of us go a little crazy at times.

Funny how we take it for granted that we know all there is to know about another person, just because we see them frequently or because of some strong emotional tie.

Friendship is like peeing on yourself: everyone can see it, but only you get the warm feeling that it brings.

Horror is the removal of masks.

So I had this problem -- work or starve. So I thought I'd combine the two and decided to become a writer.


Tuesday
Jul112017

Madeleine L'Engle

You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.

A book, too, can be a star, a living fire to lighten the darkness, leading out into the expanding universe.

A self is not something static, tied up in a pretty parcel and handed to the child, finished and complete. A self is always becoming.

When we were children, we used to think that when we were grown-up we would no longer be vulnerable. But to grow up is to accept vulnerability... To be alive is to be vulnerable.

If we commit ourselves to one person for life, this is not, as many people think, a rejection of freedom; rather, it demands the courage to move into all the risks of freedom, and the risk of love which is permanent; into that love which is not possession but participation.

Some things have to be believed to be seen.

Life, with its rules, its obligations, and its freedoms, is like a sonnet: You're given the form, but you have to write the sonnet yourself.

Maybe you have to know the darkness before you can appreciate the light.

Believing takes practice.

Just because we don't understand doesn't mean that the explanation doesn't exist.


Monday
Jul102017

Roy T. Bennett

If you want to be happy, do not dwell in the past, do not worry about the future, focus on living fully in the present.

Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely.

We are all different. Don’t judge, understand instead.

Respect other people's feelings. It might mean nothing to you, but it could mean everything to them.

Life is too short to waste your time on people who don’t respect, appreciate, and value you.

A random act of kindness, no matter how small, can make a tremendous impact on someone else's life.

It’s only after you’ve stepped outside your comfort zone that you begin to change, grow, and transform.

Instead of worrying about what you cannot control, shift your energy to what you can create.

More smiling, less worrying. More compassion, less judgment. More blessed, less stressed. More love, less hate.

Don't be pushed around by the fears in your mind. Be led by the dreams in your heart.

Be mindful. Be grateful. Be positive. Be true. Be kind.