Where you come from is gone, where you thought you were going to was never there, and where you are is no good unless you can get away from it. Where is there a place for you to be? No place… Nothing outside you can give you any place… In yourself right now is all the place you’ve got.
|—||Flannery O’Connor (via observando)|
Mostly, I could tell, I made him feel uncomfortable. He didn’t understand me, and he was sort of holding it against me. I felt the urge to reassure him that I was like everybody else, just like everybody else. But really there wasn’t much point, and I gave up the idea out of laziness.
|—||Albert Camus, L’Étranger (via observando)|
That is the hardest thing of all. It is much harder to judge yourself than to judge others. If you succeed in judging yourself, it’s because you’re truly a wise man.
|—||Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (via observando)|
I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.
When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound, rebuild those plans, and set sail once more toward your coveted goal.
|—||Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich (via observando)|
Cynics are simply thwarted romantics.
|—||William Goldman, The Princess Bride (via observando)|
If others tell us something we make assumptions, and if they don’t tell us something we make assumptions to fulfill our need to know and to replace the need to communicate. Even if we hear something and we don’t understand we make assumptions about what it means and then believe the assumptions. We make all sorts of assumptions because we don’t have the courage to ask questions.
|—||Miguel Ruiz (via observando)|
I believe when life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade…and try to find someone whose life has given them vodka, and have a party.
|—||Ron White (via observando)|
Sharing tales of those we’ve lost is how we keep from really losing them.
|—||Mitch Albom, For One More Day (via observando)|
Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts… perhaps the fear of a loss of power.
|—||John Steinbeck (via observando)|