Healing Quotes Teens 301-400

“Scared and sacred are spelled with the same letters. Awful proceeds from the same root word as awesome. Terrify and terrific. Every negative experience holds the seed of transformation.”
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~ Alan Cohen
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“[A]ll change, even very large and powerful change, begins when a few people start talking with one another about something they care about.”
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~ Margaret J. Wheatley
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“The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways: the point, however, is to change it.
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~ Karl Marx
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“Never doubt that you can change history. You already have.”
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~ Marge Piercy
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“On the girl’s brown legs there were many small white scars. I was thinking, Do those scars cover the whole of you, like the stars and the moons on your dress? I thought that would be pretty too, and I ask you right here please to agree with me that a scar is never ugly. That is what the scar makers want us to think. But you and I, we must make an agreement to defy them. We must see all scars as beauty. Okay? This will be our secret. Because take it from me, a scar does not form on the dying. A scar means, I survived.”
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~ Chris Cleave, Little Bee
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“Scars are not injuries, Tanner Sack. A scar is a healing. After injury, a scar is what makes you whole.”
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~ China Miéville, The Scar
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“Some people see scars, and it is wounding they remember. To me they are proof of the fact that there is healing.”
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~ Linda Hogan
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“Even when muddy your wings sparkle bright wonders that heal broken worlds.”
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~ Aberjhani, The River of Winged Dreams
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“In a futile attempt to erase our past, we deprive the community of our healing gift. If we conceal our wounds out of fear and shame, our inner darkness can neither be illuminated nor become a light for others.”
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~ Brennan Manning, Abba’s Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belon
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“I show my scars so that others know they can heal.”
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~ Rhachelle Nicol’, Sunday Mourning
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“You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.”
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~ Woodrow Wilson
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“Consider the holiness of your hands. They are how you do your work on this earth; they are a microcosm of the hands of the Goddess, and can change the world as easily as hers can.”
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~ Dianne Sylvan, The Body Sacred
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“The best way to teach people is by telling them a story.”
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~ Ken Blanchard
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“…stories that rise from deep suffering can provide the most potent remedies for past, present, and even future ills.”
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~ Clarissa Pinkola Estés, The Gift of Story: A Wise Tale About What is Enough
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“Like night dreams, stories often use symbolic language, therefore bypassing the ego and persona, and traveling straight to the spirit and soul who listen for the ancient and universal instructions imbedded there. Because of this process, stories can teach, correct errors, lighten the heart and the darkness, provide psychic shelter, assist transformation and heal wounds.”
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~ Clarissa Pinkola Estés, The Gift of Story: A Wise Tale About What is Enough
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“Seeing someone reading a book you love is seeing a book recommending a person.”
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~  Unknown
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“A guy on the train just finished his book and started a new one immediately. I think that is the sexiest thing I’ve ever seen.”
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~ Unknown
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” I cannot imagine life without books anymore than I can imagine life without breathing.”
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~ Terry Brooks
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“What on earth could be more luxurious than a sofa, a book, and a cup of coffee?”
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~ Anthony Trollope
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“Books: your reward for having an attention span.”
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~ Unknown
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“Books are the chocolate chips in the cookie of life.”
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~ Unknown
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“You can’t read all day. If you don’t start in the morning.”
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~ Unknown
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“The stories we love best live in us forever.”
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~ J. K. Rowlings
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“Read in order to live.”
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~ Gustave Flaubert
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“For something that doesn’t make any sound, a book speaks loud enough for it’s message to be etched in our hearts forever.”
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~ Thoughts from a Bookworm
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“Sleep is good, he said, And books are better.”
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~ George R. R. Martin
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“She reads books as one would breathe air, to fill up and to live.”
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~ Annie Dillard
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“Books let us into their souls and lay open to us the secrets of their own.”
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~ William Hazlitt
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“There are adventures of the spirit and one can travel in books and interest oneself in people and affairs. One need never be dull as long as one has friends to help, gardens to enjoy and books in the long winter evenings.”
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~ D.E. Stevenson, Listening Valley
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“We may sit in our library and be in all quarters of the earth.”
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~ John Lubbock
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“Every reader finds himself. The writer’s work is merely a kind of optical instrument that makes it possible for the reader to discern what, without this book, he would perhaps never see in himself.”
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~ Marcel Proust
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“I do things like get in a cab and say, the library, and step on it.”
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~ David Foster Wallace
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“You can be too rich and too thin, but never too well read or too curious about the world.”
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~ Tim Gunn
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“The love of books is the root of all happiness.”
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~ belcastroagency.com
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“Reading is my super power.”
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~ Uknown
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“Reading was not a fallback position for her but an ideal state of being.”
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~ Laura Lippman; What the Dead Know
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“Always choose the adventure … unless, it’s chilly outside and there’s a cup of warm coffee resting near a book and comfy sofa.”

~ Barbara Brooke

“In the winter she curls up around a good book and dreams away the cold.”

~ Ben Aaronovitch, Broken Homes
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“Books are both our luxuries and our daily bread.”
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~ Henry Stevens
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“I live in two worlds. One is a world of books.”
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~ Rory Gilmore
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“A book, too, can be a star, a living fire to lighten the darkness, leading out into the expanding universe.”
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~ Madeleine L’Engle
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“Literature is the question minus the answer.”
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~ Roland Barthes
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“Literature has been our salvation, literature has inspired and guided lovers, routed despair and can perhaps in this case save the world.”
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~ John Cheever
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“Fantasy is escapist, and that is its glory. If a soldier is imprisioned by the enemy, don’t we consider it his duty to escape?…If we value the freedom of mind and soul, if we’re partisans of liberty, then it’s our plain duty to escape, and to take as many people with us as we can!”
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~ J.R.R. Tolkien
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“All stories are about wolves. All worth repeating, that is. Anything else is sentimental drivel…. Think about it. There’s escaping from the wolves, fighting the wolves, capturing the wolves, taming the wolves. Being thrown to the wolves, or throwing others to the wolves so the wolves will eat them instead of you. Running with the wolf pack. Turning into a wolf. Best of all, turning into the head wolf. No other decent stories exist.”
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~ Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin
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“Always go to bed with a good book. Or with someone who has just read one.”
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~ Unknown
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“Joy is a mystery because it can happen anywhere, anytime, even under the most unpromising circumstances, even in the midst of suffering, with tears in its eyes.”
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~ Frederick Buechner
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“Where there is ruin, there is hope for a treasure.”
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~ Rumi
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“May what I do flow from me like a river, no forcing and no holding back, the way it is with children.”
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~ Rainer Maria Rilke
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“One of the tasks of true friendship is to listen compassionately and creatively to the hidden silences. Often secrets are not revealed in words, they lie concealed in the silence between the words or in the depth of what is unsayable between two people.”
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~ John O’Donohue
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“Don’t forget – no one else sees the world the way you do, so no one else can tell the stories that you have to tell.”
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~ Charles de Lint
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“Sometimes the past echoes into the present. That means sometimes you have to deal with those events in the present, so they don’t echo as much.”
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~ Anya Bast, Witch Blood
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“Sometimes, loving your body is not an option. Sometimes, the best we can do is accept our bodies as the changeable, beautiful, frustrating vessels they are. That’s OK. Expecting yourself to have a full-on love affair with your body at all times is asking too much. Bodies are occasionally annoying. What we can do is know them, and decide for ourselves when they feel good, and when they feel less good, and what we might do to make them feel better again. Even if we can’t love our bodies, we can make sure we don’t hate them.”
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~ Lesley Kinzel
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“I went from really hating my body, to disliking it, to accepting it but not exactly liking it, then accepting it and liking it, and now I love it.”
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~ Jenni Schaefer
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“For all these years, you’ve lived under the illusion that, somehow, you made it because you were tough enough to overpower the abuse, the hatred, the hard knocks of life. But really you made it because love is so powerful that tiny little doses of it are enough to overcome the pain of the worst things life can dish out. Toughness was a faulty coping mechanism you devised to get by. But, in reality, it has been your ability to never give up, to keep seeking love, and your resourcefulness to make that love last long enough to sustain you. That’s what has gotten you by.”
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~ Rachel Reiland
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“You are an unfinished work in progress. One of the good things about life’s challenges; you get to find out that you’re capable of being far more than you ever thought possible.”
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~ Sarah Salmansahn
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“To the people who love you, you are beautiful already. This is not because they’re blind to your shortcomings but because they so clearly see your soul. Your shortcomings then dim by comparison. The people who care about you are willing to let you be imperfect and beautiful, too.”
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~ Victoria Moran
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“Lights,’ I said softly. This had become my favorite word over the past
week. In my mind, it had become synonymous with freedom.”
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~ Ernest Cline
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“The rain that falls wherever it pleases. I want to be that rain.”
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~ Marty Rubin
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“I want to thank anyone who spends part of their day creating…anybody who spends part of their day sharing their experience with us….I think this world would be unlivable without art and I thank you.”
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~ Steve Soderbergh
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“Cakes have gotten a bad rap. People equate virtue with turning down dessert. There is always one person at the table who holds up her hand when I serve the cake. No, really, I couldn’t she says, and then gives her flat stomach a conspiratorial little pat. Everyone who is pressing a fork into that first tender layer looks at the person who declined the plate, and they all think, That person is better than I am. That person has discipline. But that isn’t a person with discipline; that is a person who has completely lost touch with joy. A slice of cake never made anybody fat. You don’t eat the whole cake. You don’t eat a cake every day of your life. You take the cake when it is offered because the cake is delicious. You have a slice of cake and what it reminds you of is someplace that’s safe, uncomplicated, without stress. A cake is a party, a birthday, a wedding. A cake is what’s served on the happiest days of your life. This is a story of how my life was saved by cake, so, of course, if sides are to be taken, I will always take the side of cake.”
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~ Jeanne Ray
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“I believe in me. I’m a little screwed up but I’m beautiful.”
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~ Steve McQueen
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“Setting her empty bucket down, she turned towards her joy. Now she had both hands free to grasp it.”
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~ Unknown

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“Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery. ”
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~ Bob Marley
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“Don’t believe everything you think.”
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~ Unknown
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“You don’t owe your family affection if they are being abusive and treating you poorly. I know that it’s so difficult not to feel guilty for holding back that love. I know that there are people who will tell you that you should just grin and bear it because they’re family. People who will shame you for the way you feel. People who will try to convince you that wanting to take care of yourself in this way is selfish and unjustified. But the truth is that it’s not your responsibility to be kind or loving to people who have consistently hurt and mistreated you — especially when these people continue to disregard your feelings, ignore your boundaries, and refuse to take responsibility for their behavior. Just because the person hurting you is family doesn’t make them an exception.Choosing not to be affectionate with family who have abused or mistreated you doesn’t make you a bad person. It isn’t selfish or disrespectful. It’s a form of self-care. It’s about you honoring your feelings and holding people accountable for their abuse. It’s about you standing up for yourself and your needs. It’s about you making your mental health a priority. So if getting distance from certain family members is what you need right now, or permanently, then you have every right to withhold your love and leave. You don’t have to sacrifice yourself for the sake of maintaining a relationship. And you don’t ever have to apologize for creating a safer space for yourself.”
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~ Daniell Koepke
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“It makes utter sense to stay healthy and strong, to be as nourishing to the body as possible. Yet I would have to agree, there is in many women a ‘hungry’ one inside. But rather than hungry to be a certain size, shape, or height, rather than hungry to fit the stereotype; women are hungry for basic regard from the culture surrounding them. The ‘hungry’ one inside is longing to be treated respectfully, to be accepted and in the very least, to be met without stereotyping.”
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~ Clarissa Pinkola Estés
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“Sometimes you need a reminder that negative comments about your body aren’t even really about your body, they’re about society and our society’s wrongheaded and impossibly narrow definition of a “good” body. Your body didn’t do anything wrong. What’s fucked up about your body is not your body at all, but that your body has to live in a society that thinks it has a right to say fucked up things about your body.”
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~ Golda Poretsky
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“Ableism is connected to all of our struggles because it undergirds notions of whose bodies are considered valuable, desirable and disposable.”
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~ Mia Mingus, “Changing the Framework: Disability Justice” (via disabilityhistory)

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“Don’t take anything personally. Nothing other people do is because of you. It is because of themselves.”
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~ Don Miguel Ruiz
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“Courage, dear heart.”
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~ C.S. Lewis
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“Loving ourselves through the process of owning our story is the bravest thing we’ll ever do.”
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~ Brene Brown
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“Be kind to yourself. Stop telling yourself that whatever you are struggling with “should” be easy. If something is hard for you, it is hard for you. There are probably Reasons, though those may just be how you are wired. Acknowledge these things. When you finish something hard, be proud! Celebrate a little.And really, just stop saying “should” to yourself about your thoughts and feelings in any context. You feel how you feel. The things in your head are the things in your head. You can’t change either directly through sheer force of will. You can only change what you do. Stop beating yourself up for who and what you are right now–it isn’t productive. Focus on moving forward.”
~ How to keep moving forward, even when your brain hates you. (via socialrants)(Source: cynical-as-hell, via fem-spiration)

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“Your struggles are valid even if others are struggling more.”
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~ Unknown
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“The very least you can do in your life is figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance, but live right in it, under its roof.”
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~ Barbara Kingsolver
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“Remember, the entrance door to the sanctuary is inside you.”
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~ Rumi
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“Inner beauty, too, needs occasionally to be told it is beautiful.”
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~ Robert Brault
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“Change is one thing. Acceptance is another.”
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~ Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things
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“There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind”
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~ C.S. Lewis
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“Dance, when you’re broken open. Dance, if you’ve torn the bandage off. Dance in the middle of the fighting. Dance in your blood. Dance when you’re perfectly free.”
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~ Rumi
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“In her lived an innocence of soul of which she seemed unaware.”
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~ Nalini Singh, Archangel’s Legion
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“Maybe today will be your big day and I hope that it is, but you don’t have to feel bad if it isn’t. Today doesn’t have to be perfect. It doesn’t have to be the day you change your life, the day you fix your problems, the day you start a new project, the day you heal, the day you win. Maybe today can just be the day you get out of bed or the day you are kinder to yourself than you were yesterday. Today doesn’t have to be everything. It just has to be today. It’s enough. It’s okay. There will be other days. There will be other chances. Until then, just enjoy this one as much as you can.”
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~ (via pleasestopbeingsad)
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“You are what you eat.’ Bullshit! You are so much more than that.You are your thoughts, your feelings, your hopes & dreams. You are your fears, your struggles & triumphs. You are your passions & talents. You are your beautiful soul and your beautiful mind. You are everything. But you are not what you eat!”

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~ http://the-healing-nest.tumblr.com/post/96879598990/you-are-what-you-eat-bullshit-you-are-so-much
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~Unknown
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“You are a spot of light on the map of the world. Anyone or anything from another part of the galaxy will see you and think “I didn’t know people could be stars.”
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~ Caitlyn Siehl

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“You can feel good about failure. Failure means you did something. You finished the story even if it wasn’t what you’d hoped. Failure means you’re learning. Growing. Doing.”
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~ Chuck Wendig
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“Mental illness does not make you any less of a human being.”
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~ (via akira-of-phoenix)
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“Love involves more than just feelings. It is also a way of behaving. When Sandy said, “My parents don’t know how to love me,” she was saying that they don’t know how to behave in loving ways. If you were to ask Sandy’s parents, or almost any other toxic parents, if they love their children, most of them would answer emphatically that they do. Yet, sadly, most of their children have always felt unloved. What toxic parents call “love” rarely translates into nourishing, comforting behavior.”
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~ Susan Forward, Toxic Parents
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“It’s okay to be sad. You don’t owe anyone a performance of being okay when you feel like you’re falling apart. It isn’t your job to smile or hide your truth to make other people feel more comfortable. If it gets awkward, let it be awkward. If people try to silence your pain by telling you to get over it and cheer up because you’re no longer fun or you’re ruining the mood, you don’t have to push away your sadness. You have to honor your feelings and trust that you don’t need anyone’s permission or approval to feel what you feel. You don’t ever have to sacrifice your self care for the sake of people who only want you around when it’s easy and comfortable. Their discomfort isn’t about you — it’s about them and their own limitations, and no matter what they think or say, you deserve to give yourself permission to feel whatever it is you feel. You’re allowed to show your feelings honestly. You’re allowed to talk about your pain and reach out for support. You’re allowed to scream and wail and cry. You’re allowed to be sad.”
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~ Daniell Koepke
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“Instead of focusing on how far you still have to go, take some time today to remind yourself of how far you’ve already come. Yes, you’re still struggling. And yes, you still have some distance to cover, but those things don’t discount the progress you’ve already made. Healing takes time. It’s not a process that can be rushed. Beating yourself up for not being further along doesn’t improve your situation. It makes you feel awful and it keeps you stuck. Your journey may be slow, but it’s not without promise. Despite how difficult this process has been, despite how hopeless you’ve felt, despite all of the people who have told you that you would never make it, you’ve never once given up. You’ve never stopped fighting and pushing forward. So give yourself some credit for that. It wasn’t easy. But you did it, and you deserve to be proud of yourself. Let go of this idea that you should be further ahead, and trust that it’s okay to be where you are. Trust that you won’t be here forever. Trust that you will get to where you need to be. You’re doing the best you can each day to fight the darkness you feel, and that’s all you can ask of yourself. It’s enough.”
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~ Daniell Koepke
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“The most sacred place dwells within our heart, where dreams are born & secrets sleep, a mystical refuge of darkness & light, fear & conquest, adventure & discovery, challenge & transformation. Our heart speaks for our soul every moment while we are alive. Listen… as the whispering beat repeats: be…gin, be…gin, be…gin. It’s really that simple. Just begin… again.”
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~ Royce Addington
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“Hello unattainable, you will be attained. I will grip you in my hands, small but strong, and you will be, you will be, you will be mine.”
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~ http://the-healing-nest.tumblr.com
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“I don’t want to be little again. But at the same time I do. I want to be me like I was then, and me as I am now, and me like I’ll be in the future. I want to be me and nothing but me. I want to be crazy as the moon, wild as the wind and still as the earth. I want to be every single thing it’s possible to be. I’m growing and I don’t know how to grow. I’m living but I haven’t started living yet.”
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~ David Almond, Jackdaw Summer
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“You are not the feelings or the thoughts or the contents of your awareness. None of these are who you are. You are the fullness of your Being, the substance of your presence.”
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~ A.H. Almaas
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“The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.”
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~ Friederich Nietzsche
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“We’ve all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That’s who we really are.”
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~ J. K. Rowling
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“We humans — at least some of us, are seriously flawed. The things that are the most necessary, the most critical to us, are the things we take most for granted. Air. Water. Love. If you have someone to love, you are lucky. If they love you back, you’re blessed. And if you waste the time you have to love them, you’re a fool.”
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~ Richard Paul Evans, The Christmas List
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“What the hell?” Ian asked, holding his hands over the front of his Christmas briefs. Sara had ordered them from the Internet, and he’d worn them to please her. Too bad there hadn’t been enough time for the underwear to meet with an unfortunate accident. A lot could be blamed on a washing machine.”
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~ Rose Wynters, Voluptuous Vindication

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“Just because something is traditional is no reason to do it, of course.”
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~ Lemony Snicket, The Blank Book
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“Christmas is a bridge. We need bridges as the river of time flows past. Today’s Christmas should mean creating happy hours for tomorrow and reliving those of yesterday.”
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~ Gladys Taber

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