The snow goose need not bathe to make itself white. Neither need you do anything but be yourself. Lao Tzu


“Maybe you can afford to wait. Maybe for you there’s a tomorrow. Maybe for you there’s one thousand tomorrows, or three thousand, or ten, so much time you can bathe in it, roll around it, let it slide like coins through you fingers. So much time you can waste it.
But for some of us there’s only today. And the truth is, you never really know.”

Lauren Oliver, Before I Fall

The fact of the matter is that I wanted to hold a grudge in some funny kind of way. Against everybody.

Mario Puzo, Fools Die


The knowledge of the past stays with us. To let go is to
release the images and emotions, the grudges and fears, the
clingings and disappointments of the past that bind our

Jack Kornfield

She’s the sort of woman who lives for others – you can tell the others by their hunted expression.

C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters


“I ask people why they have deer heads on their walls. They always say because it’s such a beautiful animal. There you go. I think my mother is attractive, but I have photographs of her.”

Ellen DeGeneres

Like so many Americans, she was trying to construct a life that made sense from things she found in gift shops.

Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five


“God will not be used as a convenience. Men or nations who think they can revive the Faith in order to make a good society might just as well think they can use the stairs of heaven as a shortcut to the nearest chemist’s shop.”

C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters

Sometimes we can choose the paths we follow. Sometimes our choices are made for us. And sometimes we have no choice at all

Neil Gaiman, The Sandman, Vol. 4: Season of Mists



They were watching, out there past men’s knowing, where stars are drowning and whales ferry their vast souls through the black and seamless sea.”

Cormac McCarthy, Blood Meridian.

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Western Mail (Perth, WA : 1885 – 1954), Thursday 23 May 1940.

You fiddle lucker!’ she cried.

― Scott Westerfeld, So Yesterday


“When the fiddle had stopped singing Laura called out softly, "What are days of auld lang syne, Pa?"
"They are the days of a long time ago, Laura," Pa said. "Go to sleep, now."
But Laura lay awake a little while, listening to Pa’s fiddle softly playing and to the lonely sound of the wind in the Big Woods,…
She was glad that the cozy house, and Pa and Ma and the firelight and the music, were now. They could not be forgotten, she thought, because now is now. It can never be a long time ago.”

Laura Ingalls Wilder

Extraordinary things are always hiding in places people never think to look.

Jodi Picoult, My Sister’s Keeper


“You know how some people, when they’re together, they somehow make you feel more hopeful? Make you feel like the world is not the insane place it really is?”

Rebecca Wells, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood

There are two things that cannot be taken back- the sped arrow and the spoken word.

― Jane Casey, The Missing


“You are born with the yearning arrow, my Glynna, though you are not yet fully aware of it. It is not a happy thing to possess, for nothing on earth – no goal, no person how ever beloved – will answer it. It points to the sky and to the heavens and the stars and when it cannot reach them, it must fall back to pierce your heart.”

Isobelle Carmody, Darkfall

First you are young, then you are middle aged; then you are old; then you are wonderful

Lady Diana Cooper” ― Marcia Tucker, A Short Life of Trouble: Forty Years in the New York Art World


“She didn’t want to be one of those old ladies obsessed with death, hearing it in every tick of the clock and creak of the floorboards, as if it were prowling around the house like a burglar”

Stewart O’Nan, Emily, Alone

You’ve always been your own knight, riding to your rescue. I’m just the man who came along and saw how brightly your armour shone.

― Courtney Milan, Unclaimed


“…as your father, my instinct is to protect you … Other people will want to protect you too. But remember that you are not a damsel in distress, waiting for some prince to rescue you. Forget the prince. With your brain and your resourcefulness, you can rescue yourself.”

Brad Meltzer, Heroes for My Daughter

Ordinary people can do extraordinary things if given a chance. R. Limbaugh


“So there you have it: two things & I can’t bring them together & they are wrenching me apart. These two feelings, this knowledge of a world so awful, this sense of a life so extraordinary – how am I to resolve them? ”

Richard Flanagan

My whole being was seeking for something still unknown which might confer meaning upon the banality of life.

C.G. Jung, Memories, Dreams, Reflections

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“My therapist shared a theory she had come across, and I liked it. It held that before making your next journey in this life, your soul sits at a large, circular conference table and chooses the souls who are going to be a part of your life. As for which particular people would be chosen, I figured they would be individuals from previous lives with whom there was still unfinished business.”

Melissa Gilbert, Prairie Tale: A Memoir

Like it or not, we either add to the darkness of indifference and out-and-out evil which surrounds us or we light a candle to see by.

― Madeleine L’Engle


“People who claim that they’re evil are usually no worse than the rest of us… It’s people who claim that they’re good, or any way better than the rest of us, that you have to be wary of.”

Gregory Maguire, Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

Space flights are merely an escape, a fleeing away from oneself, because it is easier to go to Mars or to the moon than it is to penetrate one’s own being.

― C.G. Jung



“Identity is a prison you can never escape, but the way to redeem your past is not to run from it, but to try to understand it, and use it as a foundation to grow.”

Jay-Z, Decoded