All the lives I could live, all the people I will never know, never will be, they are everywhere. That is all that the world is.
If one has no sense of humor, one is in trouble.
You will never follow your own inner voice until you clear up the doubts in your mind.
Sacrifice is a part of life. It's supposed to be. It's not something to regret. It's something to aspire to.
There is something incredibly nostalgic and significant about the annual cascade of autumn leaves.
I don't want life to imitate art. I want life to be art.
Yes, I understand why things had to happen this way. I understand his reason for causing me pain. But mere understanding does not chase away the hurt. It does not call upon the sun when dark clouds have loomed over me. Let the rain come then if it must come! And let it wash away the dust that hurt my eyes!
Nobody likes being alone that much. I don't go out of my way to make friends, that's all. It just leads to disappointment.
Everything you can imagine is real.
Happiness is always a by-product. It is probably a matter of temperament, and for anything I know it may be glandular. But it is not something that can be demanded from life, and if you are not happy you had better stop worrying about it and see what treasures you can pluck from your own brand of unhappiness.
Life is not like water. Things in life don't necessarily flow over the shortest possible route.
If there is no love in the world, we will make a new world, and we will give it walls, and we will furnish it with soft, red interiors, from the inside out, and give it a knocker that resonates like a diamond falling to a jeweller's felt so that we should never hear it. Love me, because love doesn't exist, and I have tried everything that does.
A few years ago it dawned on me that everybody past a certain age ... pretty much constantly dreams of being able to escape from their lives. They don't want to be who they are any more. They want out. This list includes Thurston Howell the Third, Ann-Margret, the cat members of Rent, VÃ¡clav Havel, space shuttle astronauts and Snuffleupagus. It's universal.
When you're socially awkward, you're isolated more than usual, and when you're isolated more than usual, your creativity is less compromised by what has already been said and done. All your hope in life starts to depend on your craft, so you try to perfect it. One reason I stay isolated more than the average person is to keep my creativity as fierce as possible. Being the odd one out may have its temporary disadvantages, but more importantly, it has its permanent advantages.
If you don't like the road you're walking, start paving another one.
Just living is not enough," said the butterfly, "one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.
Life is nothing without a little chaos to make it interesting.
When it was over, she gathered him in her arms. And told him the terrible irony of her life.That she had wanted to be dead all those years while her brother had been alive. That had been her sin.And this was her penance.Wanting to live when everyone else seemed dead.
I would rather be ashes than dust!I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry-rot.I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet.The function of man is to live, not to exist.I shall not waste my days trying to prolong them.I shall use my time.
Slowly, with many lost days, I come back to life.
It is not worth the while to let our imperfections disturb us always.
Never stop smiling not even when you're sad, someone might fall in love with your smile.
Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life
It's no good trying to get rid of your own aloneness. You've got to stick to it all your life. Only at times, at times, the gap will be filled in. At times! But you have to wait for the times. Accept your own aloneness and stick to it, all your life. And then accept the times when the gap is filled in, when they come. But they've got to come. You can't force them.
One of the best ways to influence people is to make those around you feel important.
I think when you become a parent you go from being a star in the movie of your own life to the supporting player in the movie of someone else's.
But when it came right down to it, the skin of my wrist looked so white and defensless that I couldn't do it. It was as if what I wanted to kill wasn't in that skin or the thin blue pulse that jumped under my thumb, but somewhere else, deeper, more secret, and a whole lot harder to get.
Your heart's strength is measured by how hard it holds on. Your self worth and faith is measured by finally letting go. However, your peace is measured by how long you don't look back.
No matter how many people give me advice, I am going to do what my heart tells me to do
Pack a pillow and blanket and see as much of the world as you can.You will not regret it.
I have learned that you can go anywhere you want to go and do anything you want to do and buy all the things that you want to buy and meet all the people that you want to meet and learn all the things that you desire to learn and if you do all these things but are not madly in love: you have still not begun to live.
The problem, of course, was that [he] saw the world in black and white. And he got to decide what was black and what was white. You can't love a person who lives that way without fearing him too. Maybe even hating him a little.
Holding this soft, small living creature in my lap this way, though, and seeing how it slept with complete trust in me, I felt a warm rush in my chest. I put my hand on the cat's chest and felt his heart beating. The pulse was faint and fast, but his heart, like mine, was ticking off the time allotted to his small body with all the restless earnestness of my own.
Once your mindset changes, everything on the outside will change along with it.
I must talk, and you must listen, for we are engaged here in the most important pursuit in history: the search for meaning. What is the nature of being a person? What is the best way to go about being a person? How did we come to be, and what will become of us when we are no longer? In short: What are the rules of this game, and how might we best play it?
Here's to freedom, cheers to art. Here's to having an excellent adventure and may the stopping never start.
We may run, walk, stumble. drive, or fly, but let us never lose sight of the reason for the journey, or miss a chance to see a rainbow on the way.
Just remember that the things you put into your head are there forever, he said. You might want to think about that.You forget some things, dont you?Yes. You forget what you want to remember and you remember what you want to forget.
The act of taking the first step is what separates the winners from the losers.
I love you, even if there isn't any me, or any love, or even any life. I love you.
You're both the fire and the water that extinguishes it. You're the narrator, the protagonist, and the sidekick. You're the storyteller and the story told. You are somebody's something, but you are also your you.
There is love of course. And then there's life, its enemy.
When she is happy, she can't stop talking, when she is sad she doesn't say a word.
Learning the truth has become my life's love.
You don't get to pick where you're from, but you always have control of where you're going.