quotes about learning

“How do you know?”

“Know what?”

“If you ever really ‘had’ him or not?”

“It’s all in how they walk away. Did they look back? Did they hesitate? Were their shoulders slumped like the weight of the world had just dropped on them? Were their hands clenched into fists with the effort of not running back to tuck that bit of hair behind your ear one last time? Did they keep the jumper you gave them that one time you watched the sunrise come up together?

How did they do it? How did they walk away?”

— 

You can learn a lot about a person from the way they walk away from you, 19/12/2015

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The act of running generates 3 to 5 times your body weight in impact force per foot-strike. Your bones have to get harder, your muscles need to adapt and get stronger, and you can’t rush that process.
— 

 Matt Forsman, a San Francisco Bay area-based USATF-certified running coach

that first part is so crazy to me. runners are fucking superheroes

Every so often Walt would call us up to his office on a Friday afternoon. We knew what he wanted. When we got there, he would say, “I just wanted to know what you boys were up to these days.” Then he would turn around in his chair and stare out the window, like the first time we played it [Feed the Birds] for him, and he would say “Play it.” And we would…and you could just see Walt thinking “That’s what it’s all about, everything we do at Disney.” - Robert B. Sherman

Felicity Smoak, MIT class of ‘09.

It always cuts deepest when you don’t expect it. When it hits you in the middle of a good day. Or when it breaks your heart in the night, that is what hurts you. You learn things about people, your own emotions, their emotions, it overwhelms you. All because it hits you all in one go with no warning. You want to deal with it and remove it from your life, but you can’t. You must let it heal slowly. Just because the destruction was quick it does not mean you can rebuild a home in a hour.
— 

Destructive People by Amy Kennedy

09/01/16

There are two tragedies in life.
One is to lose your hearts desire.
The other is to gain it.
—  George Bernard shaw
 Man and the Sea

Free man, you will always cherish the sea!
The sea is your mirror; you contemplate your soul
In the infinite unrolling of its billows;
Your mind is an abyss that is no less bitter.

You like to plunge into the bosom of your image;
You embrace it with eyes and arms, and your heart
Is distracted at times from its own clamoring
By the sound of this plaint, wild and untamable.

Both of you are gloomy and reticent:
Man, no one has sounded the depths of your being;
O Sea, no person knows your most hidden riches,
So zealously do you keep your secrets!

Yet for countless ages you have fought each other
Without pity, without remorse,
So fiercely do you love carnage and death,
O eternal fighters, implacable brothers! 

Charles Baudelaire

One thing (among many) I love about One Piece is how different and interesting most antagonists are. They have deep and rich personalities, sometimes a cool backstory too, great strength, funny laughters (!), great character designs, etc. But there’s one antagonist we scarcely talk about, and in my (humble) opinion it counts as one of the most - if not THE most - important of them all : the Sea.

If you think about it, One Piece is all about crossing the most unpredictable and dangerous oceans in the world to find a treasure. No Sea, no pirates. No pirates, no One Piece. No One Piece, no fun. Isn’t sailing the perilous Grand Line the first real (and expected) challenge to take up in order to become the Pirate King?

The Sea is the first antagonist Luffy ever met. Shanks used to make fun of him as a child for not being able to swim! Then Luffy became a rubberman, thus making the Sea a mortal enemy. Poor boy doesn’t even know how to navigate on his own! With Nami’s help, he could make it so far to the New World with everyone safe, but how many times have they thought they were gonna die in a storm, swallowed by the Sea’s watery mouth, how often have they feared she would steal them all, take them in her furious arms, bring them against her abyssal womb and cradle them goodbye? How many sea creatures have they faced? How many terribly dangerous phenomenons have they witnessed when the Sea got so angry and violent?

“Wild and untamable" The Sea’s unpredictable, destructive, hazardous. The Sea doesn’t care which side you’re in, won’t consider your position, age, rank, sex, family or friends. Not matter how strong you are, if you ate a Devil’s Fruit or can use haki, the Sea does what she wants. The Sea is brutal yet fascinating and mysterious, moody, bitter and cold as death but also full of life; she’s a restless graveyard (Merry *sobs*), infinitely beautiful, forever untamed, eternally FREE.
Luffy once stated: ”I don’t want to conquer anything. I just think the guy with the most freedom in this whole ocean is the Pirate King!“. I also see it that way: you only get freedom if you can, somehow, understand the Sea. Make it your friend, your ally, your family. Sail with it, not against it. Learn to respect it.

O eternal fighters, implacable brothers!“ Because the Sea isn’t just one antagonist. It’s also the path to everyone’s dreams, the salty string that brought the Strawhats together, their everyday home. It’s the nest of the world! Just like our Blue Planet… just look at the maps to see how vast the Sea is in the OP universe. Even the Wold Government’s flag depicts it: the four dots don’t symbolize different countries or organizations, but the four Oceans: North Blue, South Blue, East Blue and West Blue. And we’re not even talking about All Blue! We’re all children of the Sea… as stated by Whitebeard. The Sea carries everyone’s hopes and dreams, but she can also crush them all in a heartbeat.

"The sea is your mirror; you contemplate your soul" And eventually… the Sea’ll be there at the end of the Strawhats’s journey. She’ll be the last obstacle to the One Piece, I’m sure of it. And once Luffy finds it, once he reaches his dream and gets the Great Treasure, he’ll finally be… as free as the Sea itself. Her equal, her brother.

Free man, you will always cherish the Sea.

I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life. I’ve learned that making a “living” is not the same thing as making a “life.” I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back. I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one. I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn. I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
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but when the days of golden dreams had perished,
and even despair was powerless to destroy,
then did I learn how existence could be cherished,
strengthened, and fed without the aid of joy.
then did I check the tears of useless passion,
weaned my young soul from yearning after thine
sternly denied its burning wish to hasten
down to that tomb already more than mine.

- Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. (x)

I hate when people sit there and say, “yeah I know how you feel. I get anxiety too” or, “yeah I get depressed sometimes too”. No you don’t know how people with anxiety and depression feel. You’re not staying in your bed for 3 days and finally forcing your feet on the ground and your body to get up. You’re not having panic attacks at 12pm, 6pm, or even 2am. You don’t know what it’s like to be in a public place and have to excuse yourself because you can feel your anxiety acting up. Being diagnosed with anxiety and depression is way different than the typical persons “I’m sad” or “I’m anxious about tomorrow”. It’s something that your body has absolutely no control over, and something that 99% of people who have it, wish they didn’t. Something that you always carry in the back of your head, and something that you always have to be aware of. When someone breaks a bone they get excused from PE. But when someone has anxiety, they don’t get excused from anything. They get told to suck it up. People need to learn that anxiety and depression is a lot more serious than being nervous over a speech or getting sad after you get a bad score on something. It’s a lot more serious than what people think.
—  Smithhpaigee