"Maybe happiness is this: not feeling like you should be elsewhere, doing something else, being someone else."

Isaac Asimov (via awelltraveledwoman)

"Here I became aware of the world’s tenderness, the profound beneficence of all that surrounded me, the blissful bond between me and all of creation, and I realized that the joy I sought in you was not only secreted within you, but breathed around me everywhere, in the speeding street sounds, in the hem of a comically lifted skirt, in the metallic yet tender drone of the wind, in the autumn clouds bloated with rain. I realized that the world does not represent a struggle at all, or a predaceous sequence of chance events, but the shimmering bliss, beneficent trepidation, a gift bestowed upon us and unappreciated."

Vladimir Nabokov, “Beneficience” in The Stories of Vladimir Nabokov (via larmoyante)

"Everyone has talent. What’s rare is the courage to follow it to the dark places where it leads."

Erica Jong (via observando)

"No pain, no palm; no thorns, no throne; no gall, no glory; no cross, no crown."

William Penn (via kvtes)

"I believe that there is one story in the world, and only one… Humans are caught - in their lives, in their thoughts, in their hungers and ambitions, in their avarice and cruelty, and in their kindness and generosity too - in a net of good and evil… there is no other story."

John Steinbeck, East of Eden
(via creatingaquietmind)

"If you tell me Christian commitment is a kind of thing that has happened to you once and for all like some kind of spiritual plastic surgery, I say go to, go to, you’re either pulling the wool over your own eyes or trying to pull it over mine. Every morning you should wake up in your bed and ask yourself: “Can I believe it all again today?” No, better still, don’t ask it till after you’ve read The New York Times, till after you’ve studied that daily record of the world’s brokenness and corruption, which should always stand side by side with your Bible. Then ask yourself if you can believe in the Gospel of Jesus Christ again for that particular day. If your answer’s always Yes, then you probably don’t know what believing means. At least five times out of ten the answer should be No because the No is as important as the Yes, maybe more so. The No is what proves you’re human in case you should ever doubt it. And then if some morning the answer happens to be really Yes, it should be a Yes that’s choked with confession and tears and great laughter."

Frederick Buechner (via yesdarlingido)

"Being both soft and strong is a combination very few have mastered."

Yasmin Mogahed (via thoughtsforbees)

"It is both a burden and a blessing, to feel everything as deeply as i do."

Della Hicks-Wilson (via h-o-r-n-g-r-y)

"It is both a burden and a blessing, to feel everything as deeply as i do."

Della Hicks-Wilson (via h-o-r-n-g-r-y)

"People who believe they’ll be happy if they go and live somewhere else, learn it doesn’t work that way. Wherever you go, you take yourself with you."

Neil Gaiman (via kvtes)

"Spring has returned. The earth is like a child that knows poems."

Rainer Maria Rilke (via feuille-d-automne)

"A flower does not think of competing to the flower next to it. It just blooms."

Zen Shin Talks   (via beccaliving)

"One of the mixed blessings of being twenty and twenty-one and even twenty-three is the conviction that nothing like this, all evidence to the contrary notwithstanding, has ever happened before."

Joan Didion  (via thatkindofwoman)

"God’s presence is not the same as the feeling of God’s presence and He may be doing most for us when we think He is doing least."

C.S. Lewis (via kvtes)

"You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should’ve behaved better."

Anne Lamott  (via southernsojourning)