If you are unsure of a course of action, do not attempt it.
Your doubts and hesitations will infect your execution.
Timidity is dangerous: Better to enter with boldness.
Any mistakes you commit through audacity are easily corrected with more audacity.
Everyone admires the bold; no one honors the timid.
The 48 Laws of Power // Robert Greene
To lose balance sometimes for love is part of living a balanced life.
Eat, Pray, Love // Elizabeth Gilbert
A pain stabbed my heart, as it did every time I saw a girl I loved who was going the opposite direction in this too-big world.
On the Road // Jack Kerouac
You have been offered “the gift of crisis.” As Kathleen Norris reminds us, the Greek root of the word crisis is “to sift,” as in, to shake out the excesses and leave only what’s important. That’s what crises do. They shake things up until we are forced to hold on to only what matters most. The rest falls away.
Carry On, Warrior // Glennon Melton
The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it. Resist it, and your soul grows sick with longing for the things it has forbidden to itself, with desire for what its monstrous laws have made monstrous and unlawful.
The Picture of Dorian Gray // Oscar Wilde
Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical;
Don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion.
Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.
// Franz Kafka
Sometimes, we are so attached to our way of life that we turn down wonderful opportunities simply because we don’t know what to do with it.
Like the Flowing River // Paulo Coelho
It is not time or opportunity that is to determine intimacy; it is disposition alone. Seven years would be insufficient to make some people acquainted with each other, and seven days are more than enough for others.
Sense and Sensibility // Jane Austen
So as long as you can forget your body you are happy and the moment you begin to be aware of your body, you are wretched. So if civilization is any good, it has to help us forget our bodies, and then time passes happily without our knowing it. Help us get rid of our bodies altogether.
Lady Chatterley’s Lover // D.H. Lawrence
We never know what will happen next, what we will see, and what important person will come into our life, or what important person we will lose. Life is change, constant change, and unless we are lucky enough to find comedy in it, change is nearly always a drama, if not a tragedy.
But after everything, and even when the skies turn scarlet and threatening, I still believe that if we are lucky enough to be alive, we must give thanks for the miracle of every moment of every day, no matter how flawed.
Beneath a Scarlet Sky // Mark T. Sullivan