"Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding."
"Be aware of the thoughts you are thinking. Separate them from the situation, which is always neutral. It is as it is."
"Books are a hard-bound drug with no danger of an overdose. I am the happy victim of books."
"The highest form of wisdom is kindness."
"Will you tolerate
the strangeness inside of me,
the quirks of my soul?"
"Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women."
"The forest makes your heart gentle. You become one with it… No place for greed or anger there."
"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."
"And that’s why books are never going to die. It’s impossible. It’s the only time we really go into the mind of a stranger, and we find our common humanity doing this. So the book doesn’t only belong to the writer, it belongs to the reader as well, and then together you make it what it is."
"If you but knew the flames that burn in me which I attempt to beat down with my reason."
"Whenever you are creating beauty around you, you are restoring your own soul."
"Time is a sort of river of passing events, and strong is its’ current; no sooner is a thing brought to sight than it is swept by and another takes its’ place, and this too will be swept away."
— Marcus Aurelius
"You never need to apologize
for how you chose to survive."
"Keep close to Nature’s heart. Break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean."
"Peace is present right here and now, in ourselves and in everything we do and see. Every breath we take, every step we take, can be filled with peace, joy, and serenity. The question is whether or not we are in touch with it. We need only to be awake, alive in the present moment."