1. Feminine or Female? →

    joannechocolat:

    Before I made it as a writer, I taught French at a boys’ school. I often found myself having to explain to the boys the concept of gender.

    Why is la table female, they would ask? How can a table have a sex?

    Well, of course, it doesn’t. La table is an object; sexless; and its gender is not

  2. Forget safety.
    Live where you fear to live.
    Destroy your reputation.
    Be notorious.

    — Rumi

  3. I finally figured out that the things that hurt us the most can become the fuel and the catalyst that propel us toward our destiny. It will either make you bitter or it will make you better. 

    *I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have - life itself.* 

    The universe has to move forward.
    Pain and loss, they define us as much as happiness or love.
    Whether it’s a world, a person, or a relationship… Everything has its time. And everything ends. 

    I have a feeling that once you live through something like this, you become a little bit invincible. I am not a victim. No matter what I have been through, I’m still here. I have a history of victory. 

    (Source: despicable-g)

  4. Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.

    — Lin Yutang

  5. Between what is said and not meant
    And what is meant and not said
    Most of love is lost


    بين منطوق لم يقصد
    و مقصود لم ينطق
    تضيع الكثير من المحبة

    — Khalil Gibran  (via her0inchic)

    (Source: equalopportunitymisanthropy)

  6. Amy McDonald - Dancing in the Dark

  7. The beginning of love is the will to let those we love be perfectly themselves, the resolution not to twist them to fit our own image. If in loving them we do not love what they are, but only their potential likeness to ourselves, then we do not love them: we only love the reflection of ourselves we find in them.

    — Thomas Merton (via dailydoseofstuf)

  8. Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality, will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of then, become original without ever having noticed it.

    — C S Lewis

  9. ze frank’s An Invocation for Beginnings

  10. The Journey - Mary Oliver

    One day you finally knew
    what you had to do, and began,
    though the voices around you
    kept shouting
    their bad advice—
    though the whole house
    began to tremble
    and you felt the old tug
    at your ankles.
    "Mend my life!"
    each voice cried.
    But you didn’t stop.
    You knew what you had to do,
    though the wind pried
    with its stiff fingers
    at the very foundations,
    though their melancholy
    was terrible.
    It was already late
    enough, and a wild night,
    and the road full of fallen
    branches and stones.
    But little by little,
    as you left their voices behind,
    the stars began to burn
    through the sheets of clouds,
    and there was a new voice
    which you slowly
    recognized as your own,
    that kept you company
    as you strode deeper and deeper
    into the world,
    determined to do
    the only thing you could do —
    determined to save
    the only life you could save.