secrets of the valley

god, you make me wish i was smarter and funnier, more confident and better with words. you make me wish i was more; i was everything, i was the sun, the moon, the stars and the night sky, because baby you’re a whole universe; with rivers and oceans, valleys, and volcanoes, and secrets and belly laughter. you make wholeness seem beautiful. your happiness isn’t boring. god, you make me want to be ordinary.
—  marina v., the envy of gods.

Hey guys! I made another quotes list for the philosophers, since I left some out and there were quotes that deserved their own post. Once again, I hope you like these quotes and think they are inspirational!


  • “The most difficult thing in life is to know yourself.”
  • “Intellect is the swiftest of things, for it runs through everything.”
  • “Hope is the only good that is common to all men; those who have nothing else possess hope still.”
  • “Nothing is more active than thought, for it travels over the universe, and nothing is stronger than necessity for all must submit to it.”

Jean de la Bruyere

  • “Out of difficulties grow miracles.”

Francis Bacon

  • “In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present.”
  • “Knowledge is power.”
  • “The best part of beauty is that which no picture can express.”
  • “Write down the thoughts of the moment. Those that come unsought for are commonly the most valuable.”
  • “The way of fortune is like the milkyway in the sky; which is a number of small stars, not seen asunder, but giving light together: so it is a number of little and scarce discerned virtues, or rather faculties and customs, that make men fortunate.”

Michel de Montaigne

  • “Lend yourself to others, but give yourself to yourself.”
  • “A wise man never loses anything, if he has himself.”

Bertrand Russell

  • “Anything you’re good at contributes to happiness.”
  • “To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.”
  • “The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.”
  • “The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.”
  • “To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.”
  • “The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge.”

Alan Watts

  • “You are that vast thing that you see far, far off with great telescopes.”
  • “Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth.”
  • “The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.”
  • “I have realized that the past and future are real illusions, that they exist in the present, which is what there is and all there is.”
  • “You don’t look out there for God, something in the sky, you look in you.”
  • “Never pretend to a love which you do not actually feel, for love is not ours to command.”
  • “To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim you don’t grab hold of the water, because if you do you will sink and drown. Instead you relax, and float.”
  • “No work or love will flourish out of guilt, fear, or hollowness of heart, just as no valid plans for the future can be made by those who have no capacity for living now.”

George Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

  • “Nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without passion.”

Jean-Paul Sartre

  • “It is only in our decisions that we are important.”
  • “Life begins on the other side of despair.”
  • “The best work is not what is most difficult for you; it is what you do best.”
  • “Being is. Being is in-itself. Being is what it is.”
  • “We must act out passion before we can feel it.”
  • “Everything has been figured out, except how to live.”
  • “If you are lonely when you’re alone, you are in bad company.”
  • “There is only one day left, always starting over: it is given to us at dawn and taken away from us at dusk.”
  • “Freedom is what you do with what’s been done to you.”


  • “He has the most who is most content with the least.”


  • “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”

Blaise Pascal

  • “Vanity is but the surface.”
  • “Man’s greatness lies in his power of thought.”
  • “The heart has its reasons of which reason knows nothing.”

Bernard Williams

  • “Talent is a flame. Genius is a fire.”
  • “There was never a night or a problem that could defeat sunrise or hope.”
  • “Man never made any material as resilient as the human spirit.”
  • “We may pass violets looking for roses. We may pass contentment looking for victory.”
  • “Life is supposed to be a series of peaks and valleys. The secret is to keep the valleys from becoming Grand Canyons.”

Spirited Away Backgrounds

Signs as Ghibli Heroines
  • Aries: Nausicaa
  • Taurus: Chihiro
  • Gemini: Princess Sheeta
  • Cancer: Haru
  • Leo: Princess Mononoke
  • Virgo: Sophie
  • Libra: Kiki
  • Scorpio: Shizuku
  • Sagittarius: Arrietty
  • Capricorn: Naoko Satomi
  • Aquarius: Mei
  • Pisces: Ponyo

I was browsing through the files for a mod I’m working on (another post) and I came across characters I didn’t recognize/hadn’t seen in-game. I unpacked them and here you go. (From left to right) Leah’s exes, male and female, “Femalerival”, Mr Qi, “Malerival” and Dana. Some may be unused characters. Dana looks similar to Penny.. and I know Mr. Qi but do you ever see him?

Oh okay sorry I haven’t been in the casino often. Thanks!

aaaand Leah’s ex is in a heart event. I’m sorry :(.

Ofc I was thinking bad thoughts about Sharon choking on her hot dog.

Ofc Andrei came in and made me facepalm.


…. that in the background aside, you shouldn’t eat that.

For reasons.

… she ended up kind of actually listening to me tell her not to eat that by virtue of walking past my sims.  xD  Set it right down like she was gonna eat it, sat down to actually eat it, got right back up, meal went poof.

Oh it’s Tarik again.  Wow.  Currently three Wolff brothers on the same damned lot.

You may be wondering why I haven’t had Andrei bite that man yet.  I kind of made a pact with myself that Andrei has to be in werewolf form and on the same lot.  If someone practices fighting with him or something and makes Andrei turn into a werewolf I mean I guess, but I’m not gonna pointedly turn him into a werewolf JUST to bite Tarik.  xD

It’s my way of waffling on the issue and being a cocktease at the same time.

According to past calculations steeped in a ridiculously intimate (read: sad af) working knowledge about his family and the paltry handful of screenshots I had from that era, today is Andrei’s real time birthday.  He’s the ripe old age of three.  xD

С днём рождения, Андрюша!