After a longer reflection I’ve decided that I, in fact, do need a sword.

Do you know what people really want? Everyone, I mean. Everybody in the world is thinking: I wish there was just one other person I could really talk to, who could really understand me, who’d be kind to me. That’s what people really want, if they’re telling the truth.

Doris Lessing

Don’t just learn, experience. Don’t just read, absorb. Don’t just change, transform. Don’t just relate, advocate. Don’t just promise, prove. Don’t just criticize, encourage. Don’t just think, ponder. Don’t just take, give. Don’t just see, feel. Don’t just dream, do. Don’t just hear, listen. Don’t just talk, act. Don’t just tell, show. Don’t just exist, live.

Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

Don’t wait for someone who’s not even sure what they want out of your relationship. Look for someone who finds something new every other day to love about you, even the little annoying things.
—  k.b. // you deserve better 

“But if I couldn’t get love…” she said, “…please let me have peace, instead.”

I should stop running in circles // ma.c.a

And then I felt sad because I realized that once people are broken in certain ways, they can’t ever be fixed, and this is something nobody ever tells you when you are young and it never fails to surprise you as you grow older as you see the people in your life break one by one. You wonder when your turn is going to be, or if it’s already happened.

— Douglas Coupland, Life After God