“Loneliness is the poverty of self; solitude is richness of self.” —May Sarton
Love. That was what she had that IT did not have.”
― Madeleine L’Engle, A Wrinkle in Time
I did not come to heal her, the monster said. I came to heal you.”
― Patrick Ness, A Monster Calls
“We are afraid of losing what we have,whether it’s our life or our possessions and property. But this fear evaporates when we understand that our life stories and the history of the world were written by the same hand.” The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
the world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong in the broken places.but those who will not break it kills. it kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. if you are none of these you can be sure it will kill you too, but there will be no special hurry. a farewell to arms
As long as you have life and breath, believe. Believe for those who cannot. Believe even if you have stopped believing. Believe for the sake of the dead, for love, to keep your heart beating, believe. Never give up, never despair, let no mystery confound you into the conclusion that mystery cannot be yours.”
Both from my favourite book of all time – A Soldier of the Great War by Mark Helprin.
After all tomorrow is another day. (Gone With the Wind)
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 Road, Cormac McCarthy
If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together.. there is something you must always remember. you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. but the most important thing is, even if we’re apart.. i’ll always be with you.” A.A. Milne, Winne-the-Pooh
Zen Soup: Too often we think of ourselves as weak candles that can be blown out by the slightest wind of frustration or disappointment. How much better to say: “I will become a bonfire and dare the world to put me out.”
learn something. That’s the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honour trampled in the sewers of baser minds. There is only one thing for it then — to learn.”
Merlin to Arthur, The Once and Future King.
It’s impossible to measure
Love but that doesn’t stop us from coming up with new ways to try. One
of the simplest is space. How much space am I prepared to give to the
person you are so that you can become the person that you want to
Us against you- Frederik Backman