“You write in order to change the world, knowing perfectly well that you probably can’t, but also knowing that literature is indispensable to the world… The world changes according to the way people see it, and if you alter, even by a millimeter, the way … people look at reality, then you can change it.” ~James Baldwin
by Wally Lamb
Chapter 19 page 279:
“She’d been neither a saint nor a whore, but a fallible, sexual woman.”
by May Sarton
Words are more powerful than perhaps anyone suspects, and once deeply ingrained in a child’s mind, they are not easily eradicated.
Contentment is one of the greatest gifts or blessings that can be bestowed upon us, if you are contented, there are no likes or dislikes. There is nothing to get or gain and there is nothing to lose. With contentment we experience supreme joy; we no longer have to look outside ourselves for happiness. Contentment is greater than happiness as there is no opposite waiting around the corner. Contentment makes our life simple. Contentment is accepting what is.
SUMUKHI FINNEY, The Yoga Handbook
“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”
I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh
try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere
behind the morning.
-- J.B. Priestly (1894-1984) English Author
From The Power of Now by Ekhart Tolle, page 154:
‘Love is a state of Being. Your love is not outside; it is deep within you. You cannot lose it and it cannot leave you. It is not dependent on some other body, some external form. In the stillness of your presence you can feel your own formless and timeless reality as the unmanifested life that animates your physical from. You can then feel the same life deep within every other human and every other creature. You look beyond the veil of form and separation. This is the realization of oneness. This is love.”
Often people attempt to live their lives backwards; they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want, so they will be happier. The way it actually works is the reverse. You must first be who you really are, then do what you need to do, in order to have what you want. ~Margaret Young
“We need a witness to our lives. There’s a billion people on the planet… I mean, what does any one life really mean? But in a marriage, you’re promising to care about everything. The good things, the bad things, the terrible things, the mundane things… all of it, all of the time, every day. You’re saying ‘Your life will not go unnoticed because I will notice it. Your life will not go un-witnessed because I will be your witness’.” — Susan Sarandon (Shall We Dance)
All seasons are beautiful for the person
who carries happiness within.