For ages you have run from the pain and forfeited the ecstasy. So come, return to the root of the root of your own soul.

Rumi

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“I am an excitable person who only understands life lyrically, musically, in whom feelings are much stronger as reason. I am so thirsty for the marvellous that only the marvellous has power over me. Anything I can not transform into something marvellous, I let go. Reality doesn’t impress me. I only believe in intoxication, in ecstasy, and when ordinary life shackles me, I escape, one way or another. No more walls.
― Anaïs Nin

I’m just trying to outrun a broken heart, which is nothing to sneeze at, for a broken heart breaks a person.”

― Sarah Hina, Plum Blossoms in Paris

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WHENEVER I WENT OUT TO PLAY, MY MOTHER WANTED TO KNOW EXACTLY WHERE I WAS GOING TO BE

When I’d come in, she’d call me into her bedroom, take me in her arms, and cover me with kisses. She’d stroke my hair and say, ‘I love you so much,’ and when I sneezed she’d say, ‘Bless you, you know how much I love you, don’t you?’ and when I got up for a tissue she’d say, ‘Let me get that for you I love you so much,’ and when I looked for a pen to do my homework she’d say, ‘Use mine, anything for you,’ and when I had an itch on my leg she’d say, ‘Is this the spot, let me hug you,’ and when I said I was going up to my room she’d call after me, ‘What can I do for you I love you so much,’ and I always wanted to say, but never said: Love me less.”

― Nicole Krauss, The History of Love

It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.”

― André Gide, Autumn Leaves

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A wind has blown the rain away and blown the sky away and all the leaves away, and the trees stand. I think, I too, have known autumn too long.

~E. E. Cummins

 

 

Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.

Warren Buffett

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“It was a fine country, or would be, different from any she had known. But if it was the promised land, it was not because of the trees or climate, but because, just getting here, they’d found something new inside themselves.”

― Karen Fisher, A Sudden Country

Whenever I dwell for any length of time on my own shortcomings, they gradually begin to seem mild, harmless, rather engaging little things, not at all like the staring defects in other people’s characters.”

― Margaret Halsey

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There’s nothing like rejection to make you do an inventory of yourself.

James Lee Burke

“Life is a stew, and pot is poop.If someone stirred even a teeny-bit of poop in the stew, would you really want to eat it?”

― Maria Semple, Where’d You Go, Bernadette

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Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity.  Voltaire

 

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