“Life, for the most part, inevitably becomes routine, the random confluence of timing and fortune that configures its components all but forgotten. But every so often, I catch a glimpse of my life out of the corner of my eye, and am rendered breathless by it.” —Jonathan Tropper, Everything Changes
Und der tröstendste Gedanke: I managed not to die.
Und der größte Wunsch: Lass mich gute Menschen treffen, nur noch gute Menschen ab jetzt.
“Advice? I don’t have advice. Stop aspiring and start writing. If you’re writing, you’re a writer. Write like you’re a goddamn death row inmate and the governor is out of the country and there’s no chance for a pardon. Write like you’re clinging to the edge of a cliff, white knuckles, on your last breath, and you’ve got just one last thing to say, like you’re a bird flying over us and you can see everything, and please, for God’s sake, tell us something that will save us from ourselves. Take a deep breath and tell us your deepest, darkest secret, so we can wipe our brow and know that we’re not alone. Write like you have a message from the king. Or don’t. Who knows, maybe you’re one of the lucky ones who doesn’t have to.” —Alan Watts (via neil-gaiman)
“Man reading should be man intensely alive. The book should be a ball of light in one’s hand.” —Ezra Pound
“Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.” —Buddha
“We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each other’s happiness, not by each other’s misery. We don’t want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone, and the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone. The way of life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way. Greed has poisoned men’s souls, has barricaded the world with hate, has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed. We have developed speed, but we have shut ourselves in. Machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical; our cleverness, hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery, we need humanity. More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost.” —Charlie Chaplin
“Remember, remember, this is now, and now, and now. Live it, feel it, cling to it. I want to become acutely aware of all I’ve taken for granted.” —Sylvia Plath
“The one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age, gender, religion, economic status, or ethnic background, is that, deep down inside, we all believe that we are above-average drivers.” —Dave Barry; Dave Barry Turns Fifty
“Honesty, without gentleness, is nothing but brutality … Gentleness, without honesty, is nothing but sentimentality.” —Fr. Emmerich Vogt
“I’m going to make everything around me beautiful- that will be my life.” —Elsie de Wolfe
“Go out and do something. It isn’t your room that’s a prison, it’s yourself.” —Sylvia Plath