"Compassion hurts. When you feel connected to everything, you also feel responsible for everything. And you cannot turn away. Your destiny is bound with the destinies of others. You must either learn to carry the universe or be crushed by it. You must grow strong enough to love the world, yet empty enough to sit down at the same table with its worst horrors."-
Andrew Boyd (via ohso-simplyme)
and somehow only Jesus can gives us such strength
"Blessed are the cracked, for they shall let in the light."-Groucho Marx (via withonefootinafairytale)
So, tell me, what’s on the horizon? Are you going to graduate school or straight into the working world? Do you have back up plans? Do you number them or are they ordered alphabetically? Do you have a plan at all? Something you can share with me, right now, cleanly deliver in three to six sentences? Do you have a place? A place with walls and a roof and a monthly charge for rent and electricity and heat, etc.? A place with a driveway maybe, or a nearby parking garage or a reserved spot on the block you can parallel park into? Do you have a man? Are you desirable? Have you worked hard enough, as hard as you worked toward your SATs, toward your MRS.; have you worked to reveal to the males in the world how entirely amazing and life-changing you are? Are you capable of that? Are you either of those things? What is your purpose? Is there a reason God dipped his brush in the dust, turned his strokes to make your shape and breathed into your mouth? Is there a reason on this turning world you haven’t fallen off yet? Why don’t you have a strange disease or loss of faculty, like sight or touch? Are you worth all you’ve been given? Are you and will you ever be meaningful, as in, will I remember you, as in, will I ever be reminded of you, as in, will anyone on the television ever say your name reminding me that you exist in twenty years when this fleeting moment of acquaintance is long behind us?
"Young writers should read books past bedtime and write things down in notebooks when they are supposed to be doing something else."-
-Lemony Snicket (via lemonysnicketblog)
"I was the shyest human ever invented, but I had a lion inside me that wouldn’t shut up."-Ingrid Bergman (via odetofemininity)
"It is better to be alone, she figures, than to be with someone who can’t see who you are. It is better to lead than to follow. It is better to speak up than stay silent. It is better to open doors than to shut them on people."-E. Lockhart (via shetakesflight)
"It doesn’t make sense to call ourselves ugly, because we don’t really see ourselves. We don’t watch ourselves sleeping in bed, curled up and silent with chests rising and falling with our own rhythm. We don’t see ourselves reading a book, eyes fluttering and glowing. You don’t see yourself looking at someone with love and care inside your heart. There’s no mirror in your way when you’re laughing and smiling and happiness is leaking out of you. You would know exactly how bright and beautiful you are if you saw yourself in the moments where you are truly yourself."-this is one of the most amazing things i’ve ever read (via thewastedgeneration)
i love this.
"She’s being kind. Which is much more a sign of character than mere niceness. Kindness connects to who you are, while niceness connects to how you want to be seen."-David Levithan, Every Day (via creatingaquietmind)