The afternoon knows what the morning never suspected. ― Robert Frost


“Our goal should be to live life in radical amazement. ….get up in the morning and look at the world in a way that takes nothing for granted. Everything is phenomenal; everything is incredible; never treat life casually. To be spiritual is to be amazed.”

― Abraham Joshua Heschel

Foreigners are like you and me, they know what children need. All women anywhere have maternal instincts, we’re all like the Guan Yin inside.” ― Xin Ran


“Why Not You?
Today, many will awaken with a fresh sense of inspiration. Why not you?
Today, many will open their eyes to the beauty that surrounds them. Why not you?
Today, many will choose to leave the ghost of yesterday behind and seize the immeasurable power of today. Why not you?
Today, many will break through the barriers of the past by looking at the blessings of the present. Why not you?
Today, for many the burden of self doubt and insecurity will be lifted by the security and confidence of empowerment. Why not you?
Today, many will rise above their believed limitations and make contact with their powerful innate strength. Why not you?
Today, many will choose to live in such a manner that they will be a positive role model for their children. Why not you?
Today, many will choose to free themselves from the personal imprisonment of their bad habits. Why not you?
Today, many will choose to live free of conditions and rules governing their own happiness. Why not you?
Today, many will find abundance in simplicity. Why not you?
Today, many will be confronted by difficult moral choices and they will choose to do what is right instead of what is beneficial. Why not you?
Today, many will decide to no longer sit back with a victim mentality, but to take charge of their lives and make positive changes. Why not you?
Today, many will take the action necessary to make a difference. Why not you?
Today, many will make the commitment to be a better mother, father, son, daughter, student, teacher, worker, boss, brother, sister, & so much more. Why not you?
Today is a new day!
Many will seize this day.
Many will live it to the fullest.
Why not you?”

― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

He is a weapon, a killer. Do not forget it. You can use a spear as a walking stick, but that will not change its nature.

― Madeline Miller, The Song of Achilles


“He did not dare to console her, knowing that it would have been like consoling a tiger run thru by a spear.”

― Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez, Love in the Time of Cholera

I know now why I live And could not die, the days I wished me dead.

1893, Roberts Brothers


“That reminds me." I dug into my book bag and pulled out a white cardboard box tied with a string. "I brought these back for you."
He looked at the box, then at me, before slowly reaching out. "What are they?"
"Poisonous snakes. Open it."
Zachary untied the string. "They seem like very quiet snakes."
"They’re stealthy. Or maybe dead.”

― Jeri Smith-Ready, Shade

Poor Congo, barefoot bride of men who took her jewels and promised the Kingdom.

― Barbara Kingsolver, The Poisonwood Bible


" As free I freely poured my all, 
Enslaved I spurn, renounce my thrall, 
Its wages and its bitter bread." 
Thus whispered Love the day he fled 
Susan Coolidge1880

Here I am trying to live, or rather, I am trying to teach the death within me how to live. ― Jean Cocteau


“It’s probably weird to think about an addiction like it’s a sentient being, but that’s how it feels. Like it’s something living inside you. Something you can’t get rid of because killing it means killing you.”

― Ellen Hopkins, Identical

The days of my vanity are over and heaven knows they weren’t happy enough to regret.

― Emma Donoghue, Life Mask


It is less mortifying to believe one’s self unpopular than insignificant, and vanity prefers to assume that indifference is a latent form of unfriendliness.”
― Edith Wharton

What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise ― Oscar Wilde


“Sometimes we are blessed with being able to choose
the time, and the arena, and the manner of our revolution,
but more usually
we must do battle where we are standing.”

― Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches

I wish every one in the world was as warm and sheltered as we are tonight.

― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Windy Poplars

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Roused frae their cups the reeling wretches came 
And turn'd their steps to make a hell o' hame ; 
Save those wha lang by wanton folly led 
Kent o' nae shelter where to lay their head.