Every word has consequences. Every silence, too.
And suddenly we see
that love costs all we are
and will ever be.
Yet it is only love
which sets us free.
When you do something noble and beautiful and nobody noticed, do not be sad. For the sun every morning is a beautiful spectacle and yet most of the audience still sleeps.
The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. -Nelson Mandela
Don’t ever mistake my silence for ignorance, my calmness for acceptance, or my kindness for weakness.
It’s so easy to hate. It takes strength to be gentle and kind.
A fairy tale does not deny the existence of sorrow and failure: the possibility of these is necessary to the joy of deliverance. It denies (in the face of much evidence, if you will) universal final defeat…giving a fleeting glimpse of Joy; Joy beyond the walls of the world, poignant as grief.
For one who reads, there is no limit to the number of lives that may be lived, for fiction, biography, and history offer an inexhaustible number of lives in many parts of the world, in all periods of time.
There are years that ask questions and years that answer.
Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God
For what it’s worth: it’s never too late to be whoever you want to be. I hope you live a life you’re proud of, and if you find you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start over again.