“So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they’re busy doing things they think are important. This is because they are chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives your purpose and meaning.”—Randy Pausch (via thelovewhisperer)
“Find someone who makes you realize three things: one, that home is not a place, but a feeling. Two, that time is not measured by a clock, but by moments. And three, that heartbeats are not heard, but felt and shared.”—(via desertgold)
“Don’t talk to yourself in such a way that if you did so to a friend, it would end your friendship.
If you had a friend dealing with the same things, you wouldn’t berate that person, say, ‘You’re not working hard enough,’ ‘You suck,’ or ‘You’re not as good as [whomever].’ You’d offer your friend encouragement, you’d try to point out all the things your friend did right, and how much progress your friend had made.
“I have noticed that when all the lights are on, people tend to talk about what they are doing – their outer lives. Sitting round in candlelight or firelight, people start to talk about how they are feeling – their inner lives. They speak subjectively, they argue less, there are longer pauses. To sit alone without any electric light is curiously creative. I have my best ideas at dawn or at nightfall, but not if I switch on the lights – then I start thinking about projects, deadlines, demands, and the shadows and shapes of the house become objects, not suggestions, things that need to done, not a background to thought.”—Jeanette Winterson (via calebostgaard)
“The feel of them (books) and the smell of them. A bookshop was like an Aladdin’s cave for me. Entire worlds and lives can be found just behind that glossy cover. All you had to do was look.”—Marian Keyes, Watermelon (via bookmania)
“Okay, so you made a mistake. You did something that you shouldn’t have done, and you feel guilty now. It’s gonna be hard for a little while, but you are still so, so young. You won’t feel this way forever. In actual fact, that “huge” mistake is just a tiny glitch in this concept of growing up that won’t be remembered in ten years time. It won’t even cross your mind. You think it will now because it’s just happened, but you’re wrong. You’re not going to give a crap when you’re almost thirty with a family and a job and the realisation that, surprisingly, you made it, even when you made that really terrible mistake at seventeen. What was that again? Oh.”—(via a-skeleton-truth)
“Everyone is my teacher. Some I seek. Some I subconsciously attract. Often I learn simply by observing others. Some may be completely unaware that I’m learning from them, yet I bow deeply in gratitude.”— Eric Allen (via perfect)