I knew nothing but shadows and I thought them to be real.
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
If I had a mantra, it would be this: fail big, fail messy, and fail often. I’m not saying you should make stupid or rash decisions, just stop being afraid of things not working out, because, realistically, for the most part they won’t. But if you’re not failing, you’re not trying.
I do not feel any less of a woman. I feel empowered that I made a strong choice that in no way diminishes my femininity.
Angelina Jolie, from her inspiring op-ed piece
on why she she underwent a recent preventative double mastectomy.
A daughter without her mother is a woman broken. It is a loss that turns to arthritis and settles deep into her bones.
Kristin Hannah, Summer Island
Nor need we power or splendor, wide hall or lordly dome; the good, the true, the tender-these form the wealth of home.
Sarah J. Hale
She waited for the train to pass. Then she said, ‘I sometimes think that people’s hearts are like deep wells. Nobody knows what’s at the bottom. All you can do is imagine by what comes floating to the surface every once in a while.’
Haruki Murakami, Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman
Sometimes being a friend means mastering the art of timing. There is a time for silence. A time to let go and allow people to hurl themselves into their own destiny, and a time to prepare to pick up the pieces when it’s all over.
In the darkness we are all holy.
Maureen Seaton, The Red Hills