Healing Quotes 501-600

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“You can’t punish yourself into change. You can’t whip yourself into shape. But you can love yourself into well-being.”
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~ Susan Skye
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“Friendship is selfless love, care, respect, and honor not a profitable opportunity.”
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~ Santosh Kalwar
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“Real friendship or love is not manufactured or achieved by an act of will or intention. Friendship is always an act of recognition.”
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~ John O’Donohue, Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom
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“As long as there was coffee in the world, how bad could things be?”
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~ Cassandra Clare, City of Ashes
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“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; for they are the charming gardens who make our souls blossom.”

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~ Marcel Proust

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And I asked myself about the present: how wide it was, how deep it was, how much was mine to keep.” 

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~ Kurt Vonnegut

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“If you want to hold the beautiful, hold yourself to yourself.”

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~ Rumi

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“Of course I’ll hurt you. Of course you’ll hurt me. Of course we will hurt each other. But this is the very condition of existence. To become spring, means accepting the risk of winter. To become presence, means accepting the risk of absence.”

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~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince
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“Spring passes and one remembers one’s innocence. Summer passes and one remembers one’s exuberance. Autumn passes and one remembers one’s reverence. Winter passes and one remembers one’s perseverance.”
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~ Yoko Ono
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“Spring, which germinated in the earth, moved also
with a strange restlessness, in the hearts of… women.
As the weeks passed, inextinguishable hope, which
mounts with the rising sap, looked from their faces.”
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~ Ellen Glasgow
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“Never cut a tree down in the wintertime.
Never make a negative decision in the low time.
Never make your most important decisions
when you are in your worst moods.
Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass.
The spring will come.”

~ Robert H. Schuller

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“No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.

hooray for the arrival of spring!

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~ Hal Borland

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“They should teach self-love in school.”
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6-Word Story #94

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“Write hard and clear about what hurts.”

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~ Ernest Hemingway
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“Live long and prosper.”

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And in Gaelic:

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“Sláinte ‘gus saol leat.”

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“By being yourself you put something wonderful in the world that wasn’t there before.”
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~ Edwin Elliot
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“Eating is not a crime. It’s not a moral issue. It’s normal. It’s enjoyable. It just is.”

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~ Carrie Arnold
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“Bowties are cool!”
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~ Dr. Who, the 11th Doctor, played by Matt Smith

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“Life would be so much easier if we were all newts!”

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~ Gussie Fink-Nottle, Jeeves and Wooster, S1 E4

“That enchantment that I lightly took out of the lovely April is forever.”

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~ Leonie Adams

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“Nightingale. Did I wound you, mutilate. Take away your voice. Did I cut something from you. Leave you locked in silence? This is what you do: you sing. Every part of you. Your locks of hair sing, your eyes, your hands, your smile. If I listen closely I can even hear your blood. Was I the one that took that away? Go down to the water where we used to swim. Stand under the sky at dawn when the sky is streaked with blood. Open your mouth and shout our secret to the waves. The ocean will be your voice. You won’t have to carry anything alone. Little Sister, my Spring, April. Little nightingale. Sat at the edge of the water. Your voice will come back to you. Maybe. If I am silent.”
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~ Francesca Lia Block, Wasteland

“Make your own Bible. Select and collect all the words and sentences that in all your readings have been to you like the blast of a trumpet.”
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~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
“After all those years as a woman hearing ‘not thin enough, not pretty enough, not smart enough, not this enough, not that enough,’ almost overnight I woke up one morning and thought, ‘I’m enough.”
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~ Anna Quindlen
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“Whoever invented the bicycle deserves the thanks of humanity.”.

~ Lord Charles Beresford

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“Bicycling is the nearest approximation I know to the flight of birds.  The airplane simply carries a man on its back like an obedient Pegasus; it gives him no wings of his own.”
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~ Louis J. Helle, Jr., Spring in Washington
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“I am a bike enthusiast; there’s a certain amount of romance to bikes. They’re both beautiful and utilitarian.”

Dave Eggers

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“I feel that I am entitled to my share of lightheartedness and there is nothing wrong with enjoying one’s self simply, like a boy.”

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~ Leo Tolstoy, In response to criticism for learning to ride a bicycle at age 67
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“When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous, when hope hardly seems worth having, just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road, without thought on anything but the ride you are taking.”
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~ Arthur Conan Doyle
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“Exhibit B: Another photograph. What’s missing from this picture? It’s just me WITHOUT MY BIKE!”
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~ Pee Wee Herman, Pee-wee’s Big Adventure
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“Sorry, old girl,” I said to Gladys [my bicycle] in the gray dishwater light of early morning, “but I have to leave you at home.”
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I could see that she was disappointed, even though she managed to put on a brave face.
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“I need you to stay here as a decoy,” I whispered. “When they see you leaning against the greenhouse, they’ll think I’m still in bed.”
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Gladys brightened considerably at the thought of a conspiracy….
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At the corner of the garden, I turned, and mouthed the words, “Don’t do anything I wouldn’t do,” and Gladys signaled that she wouldn’t”
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~ Alan Bradley, A Red Herring Without Mustard
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“Your bike is discovery; your bike is freedom. It doesn’t matter where you are, when you’re on the saddle, you’re taken away.”
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~ Doug Donaldson
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“I call it “pedal magic” and only those who ride know the utter ecstasy of bicycling. Pressing a pedal toward Earth gives flight to my fancy. Every rotation powers my traveling machine toward yet another date with destiny. The breeze clears my senses. The wind blows away my troubles. The sun shines upon my future. Spinning spokes create flashing metal upon an endless path—cycling feels like an infinite spiritual rush. It cleanses my mind. All my troubles fade into joy.”
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~ Frosty Wooldridge
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“Next to a leisurely walk I enjoy a spin on my tandem bicycle. It is splendid to feel the wind blowing in my face and the springy motion of my iron steed. The rapid rush through the air gives me a delicious sense of strength and buoyancy, and the exercise makes my pulse dance and my heart sing.”

~ Helen Keller

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“Let me tell you what I think of bicycling. I think it has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. It gives women a feeling of freedom and self-reliance. I stand and rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a wheel…the picture of free, untrammeled womanhood.”

~ Susan B. Anthony

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“[T]he bicycle will accomplish more for women’s sensible dress than all the reform movements that have ever been waged.”
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~ Unknown, from Demerarest’s Family Magazine, 1895
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“After your first day of cycling, one dream is inevitable. A memory of motion lingers in the muscles of your legs, and round and round they seem to go. You ride through Dreamland on wonderful dream bicycles that change and grow.”
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~ H.G. Wells, The Wheels of Chance
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“Cycle tracks will abound in Utopia.”
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~ H.G. Well
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“Whenever I see an adult on a bicycle, I have hope for the human race.”
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~ H.G. Wells
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“When man invented the bicycle he reached the peak of his attainments.  Here was a machine of precision and balance for the convenience of man.  And (unlike subsequent inventions for man’s convenience) the more he used it, the fitter his body became.  Here, for once, was a product of man’s brain that was entirely beneficial to those who used it, and of no harm or irritation to others.  Progress should have stopped when man invented the bicycle.”
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~ Elizabeth West, Hovel in the Hills
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“It would not be at all strange if history came to the conclusion that the perfection of the bicycle was the greatest incident of the nineteenth century.”
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~ Unknown
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“The bicycle is the most civilized conveyance known to man.  Other forms of transport grow daily more nightmarish.  Only the bicycle remains pure in heart.”
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~ Iris Murdoch, The Red and the Green
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“Those who wish to control their own lives and move beyond existence as mere clients and consumers – those people ride a bike.”

~Wolfgang Sachs, of the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy and the former Chairman of Greenpeace, Germany.

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“My two favourite things in life are libraries and bicycles. They both move people forward without wasting anything. The perfect day: riding a bike to the library.”
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~ Peter Golkin
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“When I go biking, I repeat a mantra of the day’s sensations:  bright sun, blue sky, warm breeze, blue jay’s call, ice melting and so on.  This helps me transcend the traffic, ignore the clamorings of work, leave all the mind theaters behind and focus on nature instead.”
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 ~ Diane Ackerm
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“Rule #12: The correct number of bikes to own is N+1, where N is the number of bikes currently owned.”
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~ The Velominati, The Rules: The Way of the Cycling Disciple
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“A good quote is like a handle of the bicycle which has the power to take you onto the beautiful path of life.”
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~ Vikrant Parsai
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“For instance, the bicycle is the most efficient machine ever created:  Converting calories into gas, a bicycle gets the equivalent of three thousand miles per gallon.”
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~ Bill Strickland, The Quotable Cyclist
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“…he put his foot on one pedal, scooted a few yards and swung his other leg over the saddle. He soared left into the vertiginously sloping hillside road and sped, without touching his brakes …
The hedgerows and sky blurred; he imagined himself in a velodrome as the wind whipped his hair clean…”
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~ J.K. Rowling, The Casual Vacancy
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“Get a bicycle. You will not regret it, if you live.”
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~ Mark Twain
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“The bicycle, the bicycle surely, should always be the vehicle of novelists and poets.”
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~ Christopher Morley
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“And gears,” said Anathema. “My bike didn’t have gears. I’m sure my bike didn’t have gears.”
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Crowley leaned over to the angel. “Oh lord, heal this bike,” he whispered sarcastically.
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“I’m sorry, I just got carried away,” hissed Aziraphale.”
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~ Terry Pratchett, Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch
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“It’s been a while since I’ve had sex. I figured it was just like riding a bike, the only difference is that after a while, the bike doesn’t turn you over and ride you.”
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~ Beatrice Stark Girl Detective
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“I didn’t know if I still had it in me to be really dangerous, but I thought so. It’s like knocking someone off a bike with a baseball bat; you never really lose the knack.”
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~ Simon R. Green, Something from the Nightside
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“Some of my fondest childhood memories are of being age twelve, when I first had access to a bike, and repeatedly and purposely cruising downhill, the wind whipping my hair about my face, being overcome with the strongest feeling of freedom I have ever felt. That is still what I feel when I get on a bike, freedom.”
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~ Kate
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“I wonder what it would be like to live in a world where it was always June.”
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~ L.M. Montgomery
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“I think writing is, by definition, an optimistic act.”
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~ Michael Cunningham
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“In certain ways writing is a form of prayer.”
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~ Denise Levertov
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“It takes two to speak the truth. One to speak, and another to hear.”
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~ Henry David Thoreau
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“The poison leaves bit by bit, not all at once. Be patient. You are healing.”
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~ Yasmin Mogahed
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“Her beauty cannot be measured with standards of a colonized mind”

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~ Meshelle NdegeOcello

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“The easiest thing to be in the world is you. The most difficult thing to be is what other people want you to be.”
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~ Leo Buscaglia
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“I am pure light, not just a fistful of clay. The shell is not me, I came as the royal pearl within. Look at me not with outward eye but with inward vision of the heart; Follow me there and see how unencumbered we become.”
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~ Rumi
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“It is okay to want your own happiness. It’s okay to care about yourself the most. You are not obligated to sit there and smile and swallow every bit of shit everyone heaps on you. You are more than furniture, you’re more than window dressing, you’re not their shiny toy. You’re human, and you have the right to say “That was shitty of you”. You have a right to protest your own mistreatment and set boundaries for respectful interactions. The rest of the world doesn’t realize you have this right, and they will act offended and appalled when you exercise it, but it is yours.”
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~ Unknown
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“Here’s to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.”
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~ Unknown
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“You’ve seen my descent, now watch my rising.”
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~ Rumi
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“Just a reminder that while positivity is a great tool it is not healthy to

repress negative thoughts/feelings

feel guilty for having negative thoughts/feelings

feel that you can’t express negative thoughts/feelings

Negative emotions are a part of life, and a truly balanced cognitive strategy will accept this (while working to change the balance of good to bad and teaching you coping strategies/self care/distraction etc).”

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~ Unknown

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“Be what you are. This is the first step toward becoming better than you are.”

~ August W. Hare

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“Value your own opinion more, and other’s opinion less.”

~ Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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“What you are going through is important because you are important.”
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~ mhconsumer (via mhconsumer)
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“Around us, life bursts with miracles, a glass of water, a ray of sunshine, a leaf, a caterpillar, a flower, laughter, raindrops.”

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~ Thích Nhat Hạnh
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“Find yourself a cup of tea; the teapot is behind you. Now tell me about hundreds of things.”
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~ Saki
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“Sanctuary, on a personal level, is where we perform the job of taking care of our soul. ”
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~ Christopher Forrest McDowell
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“This strangely still pause between summer and autumn,

greenery and gold, and the heat and rising wind that is once again
readying itself to rush it all away in a climatic symphony of color and scent
is, in my opinion, one of the best parts about living on earth.”

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~ Victoria Erickson

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“October is a symphony of permanence and change.”

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~ B.W. Overstreet
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“I notice that Autumn is more the season of the soul than of nature.”
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~ Friedrich Nietzsche

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“There is a season for wildness and a season for settledness, and this is neither. This season is about becoming.”
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~ Shauna Niequist
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“He showed the words “chocolate cake” to a group of Americans and recorded their word associations. “Guilt” was the top response. If that strikes you as unexceptional, consider the response of French eaters to the same prompt: “celebration.”
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~ Michael Pollan, In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto
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“Now she and I sit together in her room and eat chocolate, and I tell her that in a very long time when we both to go heaven, we should try to get chairs next to each other, close to the dessert table.” .

~ Anne Lamott, Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith

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“Life without books, chocolate & coffee is just useless.”

~ Nadun Lokuliyanage

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“… and holy hell the chocolate is so intense and pure it should be named an element and given a spot on the periodic table. It would be Ch, which isn’t even taken.”
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~ Laini Taylor, Night of Cake & Puppets

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“What turns an honest, good-looking guy like you into a thief?”
Scott couldn’t help but smirk.
“I blame chocolate.”

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~ Geoffrey Knight, Scott Sapphire and the Emerald Orchid

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“Also, vampires don’t eat food. You never get to eat chocolate again. Ever. I’d rather die.”
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~ Sarah Rees Brennan, Team Human

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“And sometimes I have kept my feelings to myself, because I could find no language to describe them in.”
~ Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility
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“There is immeasurably more left inside than what comes out in words.”

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~ Fyodor Dostoevsky

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“I am overwhelmed with things I ought to have written about and never found the proper words.”

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~ Virginia Woolf, Diaries Volume One 1915-1919

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“In certain ways writing is a form of prayer.”
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~ Denise Levertov
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“You are letting the pumpkin own you; you need to own the pumpkin.”

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~ Sock, Reaper, S1 E6

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“i am mine.
before i am ever anyone else’s.”
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~ nayyirah waheed
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“Let people feel the weight of who you are and let them deal with it.”

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~ John Eldridge
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“My body isn’t here for your approval, if I say I’m hot, then I am. You don’t dictate who’s hot and who isn’t.”
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~ Annie Elainey
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 “Hating your body will never get you as far as loving it will.”
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~ Unknown
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“No matter what you look like, what color, what gender, sexual orientation, what size or however many ‘flaws,’ healthy, not healthy, working on it, abled, disabled, we are all human, we all deserve to be happy, we all deserve to love ourselves.”
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~ Stop Hating Your Body Tumblr.com
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“Fuck you perfectionism. Without you, I am brilliant.”
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~ Coco J. Ginger

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