"I tend to be cynical about a lot of things, but Maya Angelou is somebody that no matter how much I pick her apart, she still has integrity. She was a victim of incest and rape, and she worked as a stripper. And now she’s a literary icon and Nobel Laureate. It goes to show that life is cumulative, and you can’t devalue any type of experience."
At night I dream that you and I are two plantsPablo Neruda, Regalo De Un Poeta/Gift of a Poet (via oofpoetry)
that grew together, roots entwined,
and that you know the earth and the rain like my mouth,
since we are made of earth and rain.
People do not seem to realise that their opinion of the world is also a confession of their character.Ralph Waldo Emerson (via creatingaquietmind)
“‘Do you really think people change, or just seem to change?’ Sheila said, scanning the crowd. She would just as soon take the opposite position. She was like that. She never betrayed guilt about what she was doing to him, and that she behaved so normally around him made him think she either loved him so much that her feelings for other men didn’t affect her feelings for him, or that she didn’t love him at all. ‘Because I think everything is already there inside of you,’ she went on. ‘What you are. By the time childhood is over. What I think is that you just become this purer and purer version of what you already are.’
“‘You mean who you already are.’
“‘No. That’s not what I meant,’ softly, thoughtfully, as if to herself.”
The future has many names: For the weak, it means the unattainable. For the fearful, it means the unknown. For the courageous, it means opportunity.Victor Hugo (via mns-elise)