They told you that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. What they failed to tell you is that it is best seen with the eyes closed. What you look like isn’t important. What is important is who you are inside and the choices you are making in your life.
Tiana Tozer, 1992 Paralympic silver and 1996 bronze medalist, women’s wheelchair basketball
You cannot, you cannot use someone else’s fire. You can only use your own. And in order to do that, you must first be willing to believe that you have it.
It is the useless things that make life worth living and that make life dangerous too: wine, love, art, beauty. Without them life is safe, but not worth bothering with.
Stephen Fry, Moab Is My Washpot
Charles Wright, from “After Reading Tu Fu, I Go Outside to the Dwarf Orchard”
The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter—‘tis the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.
The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.
Where you come from is gone, where you thought you were going to was never there, and where you are is no good unless you can get away from it. Where is there a place for you to be? No place … Nothing outside you can give you any place … In yourself right now is all the place you’ve got.
We didn’t know then that the debris of joy
is like the debris of any wreckage:
you have to clear it away to start over again.
Yehuda Amichai, from “Hamadiya”
Ali ibn abi Talib
It may be unfair, but what happens in a few days, sometimes even a single day, can change the course of a whole lifetime.
Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner