Softly
17206 "Maybe happiness is this: not feeling like you should be elsewhere, doing something else, being someone else."

— 

Isaac Asimov

Asimov’s gift (well, one of them) was always taking complex concepts, mainly scientific ones, and making them simple to understand.  Here he hits a bulls eye with happiness.

(via solbus)

(Source: wordsthat-speak, via beherenowandzen)

80 "Again, it may be said that there are three kinds of authors. First come those who write without thinking. They write from a full memory, from reminiscences; it may be, even straight out of other people’s book. This class is the most numerous. Then come those who do their thinking whilst they are writing. They think in order to write; and there is no lack of them. Last of all come those authors who think before they begin to write. They are rare."

— 

Arthur Schopenhauer, The Art of Literature 

for speaking for living it is the same: to pause before you speak before you act, it is rare, it is worthy and beautiful

(Source: kerryquotesquotes, via talesofpassingtime)

86660 "Attract what you expect,
Reflect what you desire,
Become what you respect,
Mirror what you admire."

— Unknown (via nicolasriphole)

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3 "THIS TIME, BE KIND TO ONE ANOTHER. REMEMBER: EACH OF YOU WANTS TO BE HAPPY. AND I WANT YOU TO. EACH OF YOU WANTS TO LIVE FREE FROM FEAR. AND I WANT YOU TO. EACH OF YOU ARE SECRETLY AFRAID YOU ARE NOT GOOD ENOUGH. BUT YOU ARE, TRUST ME, YOU ARE."

— from The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil, George Saunders (via mereconjecture)
6 "They were sorry, they were saying with their bodies, they were accepting each other back,and that feeling, that feelingof being accepted back
again and again, of someone’saffection for you expandingto encompass whatevernew flawed thing had just mani-fested in you, that was
the deepest, dearest thing he’d ever—"

— 

He knew her so well 

“Tenth of December” 

344 "Gradually we will get the hang of going beyond our fear of feeling pain. This is what it takes to become involved with the sorrows of the world, to extend love and compassion, joy and equanimity to everyone—no exceptions.

A teacher once told me that if I wanted lasting happiness, the only way to get it was to step out of my cocoon. When I asked her how to bring happiness to others, she said, ‘Same instruction.’ This is the reason that I work with these aspiration practices: the best way to serve ourselves is to love and care for others.

These are powerful tools for dissolving the barriers that perpetuate not just our own unhappiness, but the suffering of al beings."

— Pema Chodron (via lazyyogi)

(Source: lazyyogi, via yoga9vipassana)

46 "By fantasizing one builds a more predictable world, and then one has no time to notice what is really happening, because of the din made by one’s expectations crashing down."

— 

Péter Nádas, Parallel Stories 

For two weeks

(Source: fables-of-the-reconstruction, via acrobat-at-six)

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