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It’s not your life, it’s life. Life is bigger than you. Life isn’t something that you possess, it’s something that you take part in and you witness.
— Louis C.K.

I wondered why it was that places are so much lovelier when one is alone.
— Daphne du Maurier

Remember: the time you feel lonely is the time you most need to be by yourself. Life’s cruelest irony.
— Douglas Coupland

You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness.
— Jonathan Safran Foer

Nothing other people do is because of you. It is because of themselves. All people live in their own dream, in their own mind; they are in a completely different world from the one we live in. When we take something personally, we make the assumption that they know what is in our world, and we try to impose our world on their world.
— Don Miguel Ruiz

Happiness in this world, when it comes, comes incidentally. Make it the object of pursuit, and it leads us a wild-goose chase, and is never attained. Follow some other object, and very possibly we may find that we have caught happiness without dreaming of it.
— Nathaniel Hawthorne

Find what you’re afraid of most and go live there.
— Chuck Palahniuk

I bet you could sometimes find all the mysteries of the universe in someone’s hand.
— Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Maybe none of us really understand what we’ve lived through, or feel we’ve had enough time.
— Kazuo Ishiguro

Let me tell you this: if you meet a loner, no matter what they tell you, it’s not because they enjoy solitude. It’s because they have tried to blend into the world before, and people continue to disappoint them.
— Jodi Picoult

Learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else.
— Leonardo da Vinci

Perhaps, somewhere, some day, at a less miserable time, we may see each other again.
— Vladimir Nabokov

Let my enemies devour each other.
— Salvador Dali

The most exhausting thing in life, I have discovered, is being insincere. That is why so much of social life is exhausting; one is wearing a mask.
— Anne Morrow Lindberg

The competitor to be feared is one who never bothers about you at all, but goes on making his own business better all the time.
— Henry Ford

When you’re good at something, you’ll tell everyone. When you’re great at something, they’ll tell you.
— Walter Payton

So, what if, instead of thinking about solving your whole life, you just think about adding additional good things. One at a time. Just let your pile of good things grow.
— Rainbow Rowell

Live the full life of the mind, exhilarated by new ideas, intoxicated by the romance of the unusual.
— Ernest Hemingway

People don’t notice whether it’s winter or summer when they’re happy.
— Anton Chekhov

To control the breathing is to control the mind. With different patterns of breathing, you can fall in love, you can hate someone, you can feel the whole spectrum of feelings by changing your breathing.
— Marina Abramovic

A person should set his goals as early as he can and devote all his energy and talent to getting there. With enough effort, he may achieve it. Or he may find something that is even more rewarding. But in the end, no matter what the outcome, he will know he has been alive.
— Walt Disney
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The more intelligent, the less sane.
— George Orwell

You will be stupid. You will worry your parents. You will question your own choices, your relationships, your jobs, your friends, where you live, what you studied in college, that you went to college at all… If that happens, you’re doing it right.
— Ira Glass

Something else is hurting you - that’s why you need pot or whiskey, or whips and rubber suits, or screaming music turned so fucking loud you can’t think.
— Charles Bukowski

What sordid misery there is in the condition of a man who works and in a civilization based on men who work.
— Albert Camus, Notebooks

Let someone love you just the way you are – as flawed as you might be, as unattractive as you sometimes feel, and as unaccomplished as you think you are. To believe that you must hide all the parts of you that are broken, out of fear that someone else is incapable of loving what is less than perfect, is to believe that sunlight is incapable of entering a broken window and illuminating a dark room.
— Marc Hack

Learning lessons is a little like reaching maturity. You’re not suddenly more happy, wealthy, or powerful - but you understand the world around you better, and you’re at peace with yourself. Learning life’s lessons is not about making your life perfect, but about seeing life as it was meant to be.
— Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

I don’t owe people anything, and I don’t have to talk to them any more than I feel I need to.
— Ned Vizzini

You either like me or you don’t. It took me twenty-something years to learn how to love myself, I don’t have that kinda time to convince somebody else.
— Daniel Franzese

There are a few things in life so beautiful they hurt: swimming in the ocean while it rains, reading alone in empty libraries, the sea of stars that appear when you’re miles away from the neon lights of the city, bars after 2am, walking in the wilderness, all the phases of the moon, the things we do not know about the universe, and you.
— Beau Taplin

I am homesick for a place I am not sure even exists. One where my heart is full. My body loved. And my soul understood.
— Unknown

The whole of life is just like watching a film. Only it’s as though you always get in ten minutes after the big picture has started, and no-one will tell you the plot, so you have to work it out all yourself from the clues.
— Terry Pratchett

You were hurt badly, and those scars will be with you for ever. I feel sorry for you, I really do. But think of it like this: it’s not too late to recover. You’re young, you’re tough. You’re adaptable. You can patch up your wounds, lift up your head and move on.
— Haruki Murakami

Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.
— Henry David Thoreau

Not all love is gentle. Sometimes it’s gritty and dirty and possessive, sometimes it’s not supposed to be careful or soft at all. Sometimes it feels like teeth.
— Azra T.

Be a scar. Do not be ashamed of living through something.
— Nayyirah Waheed

I have insecurities of course, but I don’t hang out with anyone who points them out to me.
— Adele

Don’t be in such a hurry to condemn a person because he doesn’t do what you do, or think as you think. There was a time when you didn’t know what you know today.
— Malcolm X

Listen, are you breathing just a little, and calling it a life?
— Mary Oliver

I will not adjust myself to the world. I am adjusted to myself.
— Anaïs Nin

Your limitations make you the wonderful disaster you most probably are.
— Nick Cave, qtd in 20,000 Days on Earth

But my favorite thing of all: I like you ‘cause you like me. I don’t know - I think that says a lot about how great you are as a person.
— Comet (2014)

All the gods, all the heavens, all the hells, are within you.
— Joseph Campbell

I would like damn well to hear your voice again.
— F. Scott Fitzgerald

There is a candle in your heart, ready to be kindled. There is a void in your soul, ready to be filled. You feel it, don’t you?
— Rumi
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Pain and suffering are always inevitable for a large intelligence and a deep heart. The really great men must, I think, have great sadness on earth.
— Fyodor Dostoyevsky

When you don’t manage your life well, you become angry and frustrated as things don’t go as intended, and our bad mood is a sign showing we were not able to resolve the conflict.
— Jorge Bucay

Deep in the human unconscious is a pervasive need for a logical universe that makes sense. But the real universe is always one step beyond logic.
— Frank Herbert

Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.
— Wayne W. Dyer

Why do you want to shut out of your life any uneasiness, any misery, any depression, since after all you don’t know what work these conditions are doing inside you?
— Rainer Maria Rilke

Your relationship with yourself sets the tone for every other relationship you have.
— Robert Holden

Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.
— Cesar A. Cruz

Those who are able to see beyond the shadows and lies of their culture will never be understood, let alone believed, by the masses.
— Plato

Bertolt Brecht, “Motto”
This, then, is all. It’s not enough, I know.
At least I’m still alive, as you may see.
I’m like the man who took a brick to show
How beautiful this house used once to be.

I do believe there are things that we desire that are not in the cards. But more often than not, when people have a desire for a relationship and it’s not happening, there are probably issues to be resolved and issues people could work on that would ultimately end in that desire being fulfilled.
— Henry Cloud

If ever my life can be of any use to you, come and claim it.
— Anton Chekhov

What did you do as a child that made the hours pass like minutes? Herein lies the key to your earthly pursuits.
— Carl Jung
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When my absence doesn’t alter your life, then my presence has no meaning in it.
— Unknown

Love is an attempt to change a piece of a dream world into reality.
— Theodor Reik

Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.
— Dalai Lama

No excellent soul is exempt from a mixture of madness.
— Aristotle

People who believe they have the power to exercise some measure of control over their lives are healthier, more effective and more successful than those who lack faith in their ability to effect changes in their lives.
— Albert Bandura

Being taken for granted can be a compliment. It means that you’ve become a comfortable, trusted element in another person’s life.
— Joyce Brothers

A loser doesn’t know what he’ll do if he loses, but talks about what he’ll do if he wins, and a winner doesn’t talk about what he’ll do if he wins, but knows what he’ll do if he loses.
— Eric Berne

Nothing beautiful without struggle.

Plato, The Republic
original: “χαλεπὰ τὰ καλά” (Xalepa ta kala)

You ought first to learn the art of this-worldly consolation – you should learn to laugh, my young friends, if you are determined to remain pessimists; perhaps as laughers you will consign all metaphysical consolations to the devil – and metaphysics in front of all the rest!
— Nietzsche, “Attempt at Self-Criticism,” from The Birth of Tragedy

Struggle creates greatness.
— Expherience

People who are easily distracted tend to be more creative because their mind are constantly wandering.

Stop thinking that you have been wronged, and with it will go the feeling. Reject your sense of injury, and the injury itself disappears.
— Marcus Aurelius, Meditations (via wordsnquotes)

Admit it. You aren’t like them. You’re not even close. You may occasionally dress yourself up as one of them, watch the same mindless television shows as they do, maybe even eat the same fast food sometimes. But it seems that the more you try to fit in, the more you feel like an outsider, watching the “normal people” as they go about their automatic existences. For every time you say club passwords like “Have a nice day” and “Weather’s awful today, eh?”, you yearn inside to say forbidden things like “Tell me something that makes you cry” or “What do you think deja vu is for?”. Face it, you even want to talk to that girl in the elevator. But what if that girl in the elevator (and the balding man who walks past your cubicle at work) are thinking the same thing? Who knows what you might learn from taking a chance on conversation with a stranger? Everyone carries a piece of the puzzle. Nobody comes into your life by mere coincidence. Trust your instincts. Do the unexpected. Find the others.

Timothy Leary

If you care about something enough, it’s going to make you cry. But you have to use it. Use your tears. Use your pain. Use your fear. Get mad.
— Sherman Alexie

When people say, ‘I’m the kind of person who,’ my heart always sinks.
These are formulas, we’ve all got about ten formulas about who we are, what we like, the kind of people we like, all that stuff. The disparity between these phrases and how one experiences oneself minute by minute is ludicrous.

It’s like the caption under a painting. You think, Well, yeah, I can see it’s called that. But you need to look at the picture.
— Adam Phillips, interviewed by Paul Holdengräber, featured in the Paris Review

You can’t calm the storm…so stop trying. What you can do is calm yourself. The storm will pass.
— Timber Hawkeye

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
— Lao Tzu

He who fears he will suffer, already suffers because he fears.
— Michel De Montaigne

The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.
— John Muir

Practice isn’t the thing you do once you’re good. It’s the thing you do that makes you good.
— Malcolm Gladwell, Outliers: The Story of Success

What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination will affect everything. It will decide what will get you out of bed in the mornings, what you will do with your evenings, how you spend your weekends, what you read, who you know, what breaks your heart, and what amazes you with joy and gratitude. Fall in love, stay in love, and it will decide everything.
— Pedro Arrupe
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May my heart be kind, my mind fierce, and my spirit brave.
— Kate Forsyth

Don’t compare your progress with that of others. We all need our own time to travel our own distance.
— Jerry Corstens

Smile, breathe and go slowly.
— Thich Nhat Hanh

One of the things psychologists used to say was that if you are depressed, anxious or angry, you couldn’t be happy. Those were at opposite ends of a continuum. I believe that you can be suffering or have a mental illness and be happy - just not in the same moment that you’re sad.
— Martin Seligman

Love is many things, none of them logical.
— William Goldman

I will live for love and the rest will take care of itself.
— Marina Keegan

I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence but it comes from within. It is there all the time.
— Anna Freud

I want enough time to be in love with everything.
— Marina Keegan

But the heart has its own memory and I have forgotten nothing.
— Albert Camus

They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for.
— Tom Bodett

The desire to reach for the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise.
— Maya Angelou

You must make a decision that you are going to move on. It wont happen automatically. You will have to rise up and say, I don’t care how hard this is, I don’t care how disappointed I am, I’m not going to let this get the best of me. I’m moving on with my life.
— Joel Osteen

I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness because it shows me the stars.
— Og Mandino

Music makes things hurt less.
— Tyler Joseph

Live to the point of tears.
— Albert Camus

Words don’t hurt you. Which is one of the hugest criminal lies perpetrated by adults against children in this world. Because words hurt more than any physical pain.
— Neal Shusterman

The only way to find true happiness is to risk being completely cut open.
— Chuck Palahniuk

My past has not defined me, destroyed me, deterred me, or defeated me; it has only strengthened me.
— Steve Maraboli

But there was no need to be ashamed of tears, for tears bore witness that a man had the greatest of courage, the courage to suffer.
— Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning

Our current mental-hygiene philosophy stresses the idea that people ought to be happy, that unhappiness is a symptom of maladjustment. Such a value system might be responsible for the fact that the burden of unavoidable unhappiness is increased by unhappiness about being unhappy.
— Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning

You’re too good for this world, and because of that the world will eventually crush you.
— Paul Auster

What is to give light must endure burning.
— Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search For Meaning

Being heard is so close to being loved that for the average person, they are almost indistinguishable.
— David Augsburger

It was a strange winter and nothing and everything happened.
— Gertrude Stein

Do not look for happiness outside yourself. The awakened seek happiness inside.
— Peter Deunov

If you love a flower, don’t pick it up.
Because if you pick it up it dies and it ceases to be what you love. So if you love a flower, let it be.
Love is not about possession.
Love is about appreciation.
— Osho

Through our willingness to help others we can learn to be happy rather than depressed.
— Gerald Jampolsky

The further inside you hide the hurt, the more it hurts inside. All wounds need air to heal.
— Iain Thomas

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.
— Thomas A. Edison
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Any person capable of angering you becomes your master;
he can anger you only when you permit yourself to be disturbed by him.
— Epictetus

Speak in extremes, it’ll save you time.
— David Bowie

He who despairs is wrong.
— Victor Hugo

Thinking of the key, each confirms a prison.
— T.S. Eliot

And all I loved, I loved alone.
— Edgar Allan Poe

Let this be your honour: always to love more than you are loved and never to be second in this.
— Friedrich Nietzsche

How can I be substantial if I do not cast a shadow? I must have a dark side if I am to be whole.
— C.G. Jung

I remained too much inside my head and ended up losing my mind.
— Edgar Allan Poe

You have two choices. you can keep running and hiding and blaming the world for your problems, or you can stand up for yourself and decide to be somebody important.
— Sidney Sheldon

This was what he was born for. This was what made sense. The only thing.
— T.C. Boyle

Don’t be intimidated by other people’s opinions. Only mediocrity is sure of itself, so take risks and do what you really want to do.
— Paulo Coelho

Time only moves in one direction. Remember that. Things always change.
— Mohsin Hamid

Stop looking for happiness in the same place you lost it.

People need to be made more aware of the need to work at learning how to live because life is so quick and sometimes it goes away too quickly.
— Andy Warhol

The only way out of the labyrinth of suffering is to forgive.
— John Green

I think it’s foolish for people to want to be happy. Happy is so momentary—you’re happy for an instant and then you start thinking again. Interest is the most important thing in life. Happiness is temporary, but interest is continuous.
— Georgia O’Keeffe

Expectations were like fine pottery. The harder you held them, the more likely they were to crack.
— Brandon Sanderson

The more uncertainty, the more pain.
— Fyodor Dostoevsky, Notes from Underground

It’s about the quality of the worry…I have happier worries now than I used to.
— David Gilmour

If you brought nothing but dishonesty and stress to my life then your absence is welcomed. Move on, no one misses you.

The opinion which other people have of you is their problem, not yours.
— Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

They always say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.
— Andy Warhol

Reality is ugly,
but life is beautiful.
— Epik High, “Life is Good”

Be proud of every scar on your heart, each one holds a lifetime’s worth of lessons.
— Wallace Stegner

I know you’re tired, I know you’re a little self conscious but take a deep breath, close your eyes and know that you’re going to kill it.
— Evan Taubenfeld

Have you ever sensed that our soul is immortal and never dies?
— Plato
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The Martian
The Death of the Heart

“I have a feeling that inside you somewhere, there’s somebody nobody knows about.”

Alfred Hitchcock.

I want to continue being crazy; living my life the way I dream it, and not the way the other people want it to be.
— Paulo Coelho

The Reality of The Other Person Lies Not In What He Reveals To You, But What He Cannot Reveal To You.
Therefore, If You Would Understand Him, Listen Not To What He Says, But Rather To What He Does Not Say.

Kahlil Gibran

I can normally tell how intelligent a man is by how stupid he thinks I am.
— Cormac McCarthy

The truth isn’t always beauty, but the hunger for it is.
— Nadine Gordimer

Perhaps the problem is not the intensity of your love, but the quality of the people you are loving.
— Warsan Shire

Never stop. Never stop fighting. Never stop dreaming. And don’t be afraid of wearing your heart on your sleeve …For myself, for a long time… maybe I felt inauthentic or something, I felt like my voice wasn’t worth hearing, and I think everyone’s voice is worth hearing. So if you’ve got something to say, say it from the rooftops.
— Tom Hiddleston

Invest in people who invest in you.
— Unknown

Once you figure out what respect tastes like, it tastes better than attention. But you have to get there.
— Pink

Trust yourself. You’ve survived a lot, and you’ll survive whatever is coming.
— Robert Tew

Be proud of your pain, for you are stronger than those with none.
— Lois Lowry

The person who doesn’t value you is blocking you from the one who will. Let them go.
— Robert Tew

Not everyone who started with you will finish with you. Be willing to go without them if you have to.
— Tony Gaskins

Forget how much it hurts and try again.
— Morley

Love yourself so much that when someone treats you wrong, you recognize it.
— Rena Rose

Don’t lie… unless you want them to question everything you have ever said.
— Charles Orlando

Sometimes I wish I could go back in life. Not to change things, just to feel a couple things twice.
— Drake

Go on with what your heart tells you, or you will lose all.
— Rick Riordan

Just because things hadn’t gone the way I had planned didn’t necessarily mean they had gone wrong.
— Ann Patchett

Most everything you think you know about me is nothing more than memories
— Haruki Murakami

When you’re alone you don’t do much laughing.
— P.G. Wodehouse

A lot of people who are artists don’t understand it themselves. Especially the young ones. They feel different, but they don’t know what it is. They feel more. Everything hurts. Everything. They’re super sensitive. They see things that other people don’t see.
— Rick Rubin

I give myself a good cry if I need it, but then I concentrate on all good things still in my life.
— Mitch Albom

The soul always knows what to do to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the mind.
— Caroline Myss

Find someone who has the life that you want and figure how they got it. Read books. Pick your role models wisely. Find out what they did and do it.
— Lana Del Rey

Sometimes when you finally find out, you realize that you were much better off not knowing.
— Audrey Niffenegger

I always wanted to ask people: Are you in love? What are you reading?
— Françoise Sagan

It is impossible to love and to be wise.
— Francis Bacon

Enjoy it. Because it’s happening.
— Stephen Chbosky

Smile, breathe and go slowly.
— Thich Nhat Hanh

We all build internal sea walls to keep at bay the sadnesses of life and the often overwhelming forces within our minds. In whatever way we do this—through love, work, family, faith, friends, denial, alcohol, drugs, or medication, we build these walls, stone by stone, over a lifetime.
— Kay Redfield Jamison, An Unquiet Mind

See the light in others, and treat them as if that is all you see.
— Wayne Dyer

Nobody knows what you feel inside unless you tell them.
— Banksy

What makes Heroic? To face simultaneously one’s greatest suffering and one’s highest hope.
— Friedrich Nietzsche

Overflow gently — don’t drown.
— Albert Camus

Beauty is terror. Whatever we call beautiful, we quiver before it.
— Donna Tartt

Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.
— Thich Nhat Hanh

I have no control over what people think of me but I have one-hundred percent control of what I think of myself.
— Beth Ditto

All this hoping for nothing-or someone-that’s maybe hopeless.
— Rachel Cohn

A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.
— Maya Angelou

Caring doesn’t sometimes lead to misery. It always does.
— John Green

Psychology is not just the study of weakness and damage; it is also the study of strength and virtue. Treatment is not just fixing what is broken; it is nurturing what is best within us.
— Martin Seligman

I now see how owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we will ever do.
— Brené Brown

I wish I could care what you do or where you go but I can’t..My dear, I don’t give a damn.
— Margaret Mitchell
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Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one.
— Stella Adler

Your destiny isn’t tied to the people who walked away.
— Joel Osteen

For everything was slipping from him without his being sure that it was not really himself who was abandoning everything.
— Hermann Hesse, Magister Ludi

Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.
— Edgar Degas

Anger, resentment and jealousy doesn’t change the heart of others— it only changes yours.
— Shannon L. Alder

I have no ideas, only obsessions. Anybody can have ideas. Ideas have never caused anybody’s downfall.
— Emil Cioran, On the Heights of Despair

You are not free until you have no need to impress anybody.
— Joyce Meyer

Human beings are such knotted, desperate pieces of work- it’s a rare thing to know one completely, to the core, and still love them.
— Dean Koontz

Here, in my solitude, I have the feeling that I contain too much humanity. It oozes out of me like a broken tube of toothpaste; it doesn’t want to stay within the confines of my body. A strange feeling of weight and volume. Soul volume perhaps, which rises like clouds of smoke and envelops my body.
— Ingmar Bergman

Heart always wins out over the mind. The heart, although reckless and suicidal and a masochist all on its own, always gets its way.
— J.A. Redmerski

Suffering is part of our training program for becoming wise.
— Ram Dass

Let everything happen to you
Beauty and terror
Just keep going
No feeling is final.
— Rainer Maria Rilke

There are three musts that hold us back: I must do well. You must treat me well. And the world must be easy.
— Albert Ellis

Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.
— Maya Angelou

You just keep pushing. You just keep pushing. I made every mistake that could be made. But I just kept pushing.
— Rene Descartes

Have you ever been depressed? What did you do to get out from ‘it’?
‘I realized that my sadness only means I have a heart.’
— Tablo

Don’t settle. Don’t finish crappy books. If you don’t like the menu, leave the restaurant. If you’re not on the right path, get off it.
— Chris Brogan

Someone you haven’t even met yet is wondering what it’d be like to know someone like you.
— Iain Thomas

I have a deeply hidden and inarticulate desire for something beyond the daily life.
— Virginia Woolf

The world will knock you down plenty. You don’t need to be doing it to yourself.
— Elizabeth Scott

Always remember that the crowd that applauds your coronation is the same crowd that will applaud your beheading. People like a show.
— Terry Pratchett

You must learn to let go. Release the stress. You were never in control anyway.
— Steve Maraboli

It takes time to live. Like any work of art, life needs to be thought about.
— Albert Camus

One must give value to their existence by behaving as if ones very existence were a work of art.
— Friedrich Nietzsche

The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny.
— Albert Ellis

Look, we don’t love like flowers, with only a single
season behind us; immemorial sap
mounts in our arms when we love.
— Rainer Maria Rilke, “The Third Elegy,” Duino Elegies

There are three Things extremely hard, Steel, a Diamond, and to know one’s self.
— Benjamin Franklin
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A child can teach an adult three things: to be happy for no reason, to always be busy with something, and to know how to demand with all his might that which he desires.
— Paulo Coelho

Anyone can hide. Facing up to things, working through them, that’s what makes you strong.
— Sarah Dessen

The misery and greatness of this world: it offers no truths, but only objects for love. Absurdity is king, but love saves us from it.
— Albert Camus, Notebooks

What feelings, understanding, and will a person has depends in the last resort upon what imagination he has—how he represents himself to himself, that is, upon imagination.
— Søren Kierkegaard, The Sickness Unto Death

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does
— William James

Beauty lay not in the thing, but in what the thing symbolized.
— Thomas Hardy

If you deliberately plan on being less than you are capable of being, then I warn you that you’ll be unhappy for the rest of your life.
— Abraham Maslow

Empathy isn’t just listening, it’s asking the questions whose answers need to be listened to. Empathy requires inquiry as much as imagination. Empathy requires knowing you know nothing. Empathy means acknowledging a horizon of context that extends perpetually beyond what you can see.
— Leslie Jamison

In truth you’re not vulnerable at all. Who you think you are is vulnerable.
— Ram Dass

One must not give in to emptiness. Try to conquer and ‘fulfill.’ Time—don’t waste it.
— Albert Camus, Notebooks

Learn all you can from the mistakes of others. You won’t have time to make them all yourself.
— Alfred Sheinwold

I used to worry about what life was for - now being alive seems sufficient reason.
— Marion Milner

To know what a person has done, and to know who a person is, are very different things.
— Hannah Kent

It is said that one rues ten times having spoken, for the one time one rues one’s silence. And why? Because the external fact of having spoken can involve one in disagreeable consequences, since it is something actual. But to have kept silent! Yet this is the most dangerous of all. For in staying silent a person is thrown wholly upon his own devices: here actuality does not come to his aid by punishing him, by heaping on him the consequences of his words. No, in this respect it is easy enough to keep silent. But for that very reason the person who knows the true object of dread fears more than anything any fault, any sin, that takes an inward turn and leaves no trace in the outside world. The world thinks it is dangerous to venture in this way, and why? Because one might lose; the prudent thing is not to venture. And yet by not venturing it is so dreadfully easy to lose what would be hard to lose by venturing and which, whatever you lost, you will in any case never lose in this way, so easily, so completely, as though it were nothing—oneself. For if I have ventured wrongly, very well, life then helps me with its penalty. But if I haven’t ventured at all, who helps me then?
— Søren Kierkegaard, The Sickness Unto Death

I’ve found that if I say what I’m really thinking and feeling, people are more likely to say what they really think and feel. The conversation becomes a real conversation.
— Carol Gilligan

Hope never abandons you, you abandon it.
— George Weinberg

To hell with them. Nothing hurts if you don’t let it.
— Ernest Hemingway
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