quotes on strength

As an introvert, you can be your own best friend or your worst enemy. The good news is we generally like our own company, a quality that extroverts often envy. We find comfort in solitude and know how to soothe ourselves. Even our willingness to look at ourselves critically is often helpful. But, we can go too far. We can hoard responsibility and overlook the role others play. We can kick ourselves when we’re down. How many times have you felt lousy about something, only to get mad at yourself for feeling lousy?

She’s intimidating and brooding
And she scares people away, because
She’s not made of sugar and spice and everything nice.
But rather fire and lightening and everything frightening.

People see the smoldering flames
And the raging winds
And they think that she’s strong.
They think that she’s powerful.
But really, she just tends to burn herself down.

In my experience, what every true artist wants, really wants, is to be paid.
—  Terry Pratchett  -  “Soul Music”
If I were strong enough, I’d leave you now. Before you get on that plane and leave, taking every possibility of us away with you. If I were strong enough, I’d tell you that we shouldn’t meet anymore because I don’t think I can handle making more memories with you, because there’ll only be more to haunt me when you’re gone. But I am not strong enough so I don’t tell you all these, instead telling you that I’ll be fine when you leave, lying through my teeth.