“Trauma has a brain, and it works its way into everything that you do.”
— Lady Gaga, from an interview
“We take our scattered thoughts and inconstant sensations and we bind them into something solid. The self invents itself.”
— Jonah Lehrer writing about Virginia Woolf's 'Mrs Dalloway'
Lovers don't finally meet somewhere.
They're in each other all along.
"You know how the villains of this world win, how they destroy the rest of us?"
"How's that?" Merlin asked, a solitary, abandoned plink mourning upon his ukelele.
"By hurting us. When they hurt us, they trick us into closing our hearts, because once our hearts are closed, life loses all its magic and we become just like them, imprisoned in the solitude of ego, and life is no longer about love, but about getting safe."
~ Tony Vigorito, author of "Love and other pranks"
"Until we can forgive the person who harmed us, that person will hold the keys to our happiness...When we forgive, we take back control of our own fate and our feelings. We become our own liberator. "
Desmond Tutu,, from "The Book of Joy"
“What drains your spirit drains your body. What fuels your spirit fuels your body.”
— Caroline Myss, Anatomy of the Spirit.
We will never find out why we irritate people, what bothers people about us, what they like about us, what they find ridiculous; for us our own image is our greatest mystery.
Milan Kundera, from "Immortality"
Any emotion if it is sincere,
~ Mark Twain