Dan Voinea

Once in life

Dan Voinea

"Only once in your life, I truly believe, you find someone who can completely turn your world around. You tell them things that you’ve never shared with another soul and they absorb everything you say and actually want to hear more. You share hopes for the future, dreams that will never come true, goals that were never achieved and the many disappointments life has thrown at you. When something wonderful happens, you can’t wait to tell them about it, knowing they will share in your excitement. They are not embarrassed to cry with you when you are hurting or laugh with you when you make a fool of yourself. Never do they hurt your feelings or make you feel like you are not good enough, but rather they build you up and show you the things about yourself that make you special and even beautiful. There is never any pressure, jealousy or competition but only a quiet calmness when they are around. You can be yourself and not worry about what they will think of you because they love you for who you are. The things that seem insignificant to most people such as a note, song or walk become invaluable treasures kept safe in your heart to cherish forever. Memories of your childhood come back and are so clear and vivid it’s like being young again. Colours seem brighter and more brilliant. Laughter seems part of daily life where before it was infrequent or didn’t exist at all. A phone call or two during the day helps to get you through a long day’s work and always brings a smile to your face. In their presence, there’s no need for continuous conversation, but you find you’re quite content in just having them nearby. Things that never interested you before become fascinating because you know they are important to this person who is so special to you. You think of this person on every occasion and in everything you do. Simple things bring them to mind like a pale blue sky, gentle wind or even a storm cloud on the horizon. You open your heart knowing that there’s a chance it may be broken one day and in opening your heart, you experience a love and joy that you never dreamed possible. You find that being vulnerable is the only way to allow your heart to feel true pleasure that’s so real it scares you. You find strength in knowing you have a true friend and possibly a soul mate who will remain loyal to the end. Life seems completely different, exciting and worthwhile. Your only hope and security is in knowing that they are a part of your life."
― Bob Marley [Artwork by Dan Voinea]

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Eugenio Recuenco

Truth

Eugenio Recuenco

"The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off."
― Gloria Steinem [Artwork by Eugenio Recuenco]

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Bael

Predestination

Bael

"The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be."
― Ralph Waldo Emerson [Artwork by Bael]

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Paul Maguire

Observe the wonders

Paul Maguire

"Observe the wonders as they occur around you. Don't claim them. Feel the artistry moving through and be silent. Don't grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form."
― Rumi [Artwork by Paul Maguire]

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Fran Carneros

Whole spectrum of emotions

Fran Carneros

"But we have to understand that happiness is not an emotion. It's a way of living and we are entitled to feel sadness every now and then, but just because we feel sadness doesn't mean we're not living a happy life. We'll never succeed in the pursuit of life and happiness if we think living a happy life is incompatible with negative emotions. Being happy means experiencing the whole spectrum of emotions so when we feel sadness, we are reminded of how happiness feels like."
― Pat De Jesus [Artwork by Fran Carneros]

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Erik Ravelo

Everything is determined

Erik Ravelo

"Everything is determined, the beginning as well as the end, by forces over which we have no control. It is determined for the insect, as well as for the star. Human beings, vegetables, or cosmic dust, we all dance to a mysterious tune, intoned in the distance by an invisible piper."
― Albert Einstein [Artwork by Erik Ravelo]

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Brian Oldham

People you’ll never see

Brian Oldham

"One day, you realize that there are some people you’ll never see again. At least, not in the same way."
― Lee Wai Lun [Artwork by Brian Oldham]

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Duarte Vitoria

Hinge together

Duarte Vitoria

"I no longer believed in the idea of soul mates, or love at first sight. But I was beginning to believe that a very few times in your life, if you were lucky, you might meet someone who was exactly right for you. Not because he was perfect, or because you were, but because your combined flaws were arranged in a way that allowed two separate beings to hinge together."
― Lisa Kleypas [Artwork by Duarte Vitoria]

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Unknown author

Afterlife

Unknown author

"All the atoms of our bodies will be blown into space in the disintegration of the solar system, to live on forever as mass or energy. That’s what we should be teaching our children, not fairy tales about angels and seeing grandma in Heaven."
― Carolyn Porco [Photograph by Unknown author]

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Unknown author

Artist

Unknown author

"This is how I see it. As an artist it is my responsibility to not have a boring life. To feel deeply. To listen to the stories of strangers. To try new things and go new places. To say yes. To question everything. To find beauty in the commonplace. And to fall in love. Over and over. Because through the highs of love and the lows of heartbreak I truly know what it is to feel."
― nirrimi [Artwork by Unknown author]

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Unknown author

Insects

Unknown author

"If all insects on Earth disappeared, within 50 years all life on Earth would end. If all human beings disappeared from the Earth, within 50 years all forms of life would flourish."
― Jonas Salk [Photograph by Unknown author]

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Unknown author

The lucky ones

Unknown author

"We are going to die, and that makes us the lucky ones. Most people are never going to die because they are never going to be born. The potential people who could have been here in my place but who will in fact never see the light of day outnumber the sand grains of Arabia. Certainly those unborn ghosts include greater poets than Keats, scientists greater than Newton. We know this because the set of possible people allowed by our DNA so massively exceeds the set of actual people. In the teeth of these stupefying odds it is you and I, in our ordinariness, that are here. We privileged few, who won the lottery of birth against all odds, how dare we whine at our inevitable return to that prior state from which the vast majority have never stirred?"
― Richard Dawkins [Artwork by Unknown author]

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Kyle Thompson

Surrender

Kyle Thompson

"Give up the notion that you must be sure of what you are doing. Instead, surrender to what is real within you, for that alone is sure."
― Baruch Spinoza [Artwork by Kyle Thompson]

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Martinho Dias

Go after her

Martinho Dias

"Go after her. Fuck, don’t sit there and wait for her to call, go after her because that’s what you should do if you love someone, don’t wait for them to give you a sign cause it might never come, don’t let people happen to you, don’t let me happen to you, or her, she’s not a fucking television show or tornado. There are people I might have loved had they gotten on the airplane or run down the street after me or called me up drunk at four in the morning because they need to tell me right now, and because they cannot regret this and I always thought I’d be the only one doing crazy things for people who would never give enough of a fuck to do it back or to act like idiots or be entirely vulnerable and honest, and making someone fall in love with you is easy, and flying 3000 miles on four days notice because you can’t just sit there and do nothing and breathe into telephones is not everyone’s idea of love but it is the way I can recognize it because that is what I do. Go scream it and be with her in meaningful ways because that is beautiful and that is generous and that is what loving someone is, that is raw and that is unguarded, and that is all that is worth anything, really."
― Harvey Milk [Artwork by Martinho Dias]

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Kyle Thompson

I keep remembering

Kyle Thompson

"I keep remembering — I keep remembering. My heart has no pity on me."
― Henri Barbusse [Artwork by Kyle Thompson]

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Unknown author

Be where you are

Unknown author

"As you walk and eat and travel, be where you are. Otherwise you will miss most of your life."
― Gautama Buddha [Artwork by Unknown author]

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Martinho Dias

Pain

Martinho Dias

"People are afraid of themselves, of their own reality; their feelings most of all. People talk about how great love is, but that’s bullshit. Love hurts. Feelings are disturbing. People are taught that pain is evil and dangerous. How can they deal with love if they’re afraid to feel? Pain is meant to wake us up. People try to hide their pain. But they’re wrong. Pain is something to carry, like a radio. You feel your strength in the experience of pain. It’s all in how you carry it. That’s what matters. Pain is a feeling. Your feelings are a part of you. Your own reality. If you feel ashamed of them, and hide them, you’re letting society destroy your reality. You should stand up for your right to feel your pain."
― Jim Morrison [Artwork by Martinho Dias]

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Agnes Cecile

Who are you

Agnes Cecile

who are you
really?

you are not a name
or a height, or a weight
or a gender
you are not an age
and you are not where you are from

you are your favorite books
and the songs stuck in your head
you are your thoughts
and what you eat for breakfast
on Saturday mornings

you are a thousand things
but everyone chooses
to see the million things
you are not

you are not
where you are from
you are
where you are going
and I'd like
to go there
too

― Madisen Kuhn [Artwork by Agnes Cecile]

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KatePowellArt

Trust yourself

KatePowellArt

Because the fact of the matter is, nobody knows what’s going on. Nobody knows. Nobody has the faintest idea. The best guesses are lies, you may be sure of it. So to pretend that one human being will lead another out of the dark night of ignorance and into the shining light of truth is ludicrous. Absolutely grotesque.

A product of this empowering of the human image; that has gone on through several thousand years of dominator culture. If you want a teacher, try a waterfall, or a mushroom, or a mountain wilderness, or a storm pounded seashore. This is where the action is. It’s not back in the hive, it’s not in the anthill, it’s not knocking your head against the floor in front of somebody who claims that because of their lineage and who’s feet they washed, and whose feet they washed, that you should give credence to them.

Knowledge is provisional and we are yet to approach even the first moment of civilized understanding. The way it is to be done is by trusting yourself, trusting your intuition.

― Terence McKenna [Artwork by KatePowellArt]

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Metamundus

Still love

Metamundus

"I still love the people I’ve loved, even if I cross the street to avoid them."
― Uma Thurman [Artwork by Metamundus]

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