Alexandra Valenti

Solitude

Alexandra Valenti

"Learn to love solitude, to be more alone with yourselves. The tragedy of today’s young people is that they try to unite on the basis of carrying out noisy and aggressive actions so as not to feel lonely, and this is a sad thing. The individual must learn from childhood to be on his own, for this doesn’t mean to be lonely: it means to not get bored with oneself, because a person who finds himself bored when he is alone, it seems to me, is a person in danger."
― Andrei Tarkovsky [Artwork by Alexandra Valenti]

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Fran R. Learte

Imperfection

Fran R. Learte

"If all cosmos were the same distance apart, gravity would pull them all in the same direction. They’d remain perfectly aligned, and precisely nothing would happen. Irregularity, imperfection, and lack of order in hydrogen compacts, atoms of gas gravitating away from each other, and compressed temperatures is what created our universe. Perfection in our galaxy simply does not exist. Without imperfection, neither you nor I would exist."
― Stephen Hawking [Artwork by Fran R. Learte]

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Tom Chambers

The dragons

Tom Chambers

"Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love."
― Rainer Maria Rilke [Artwork by Tom Chambers]

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Justin Hopkins

Getting lost on purpose

Justin Hopkins

"I am attracted to the idea of your lips exploring my body as if it were a map and you kept getting lost on purpose."
― ryangpoet [Artwork by Justin Hopkins]

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Laurent Chéhère

The world

Laurent Chéhère

"You know the world is going crazy when the best rapper is a white guy, the best golfer is a black guy, the tallest guy in the NBA is Chinese, the Swiss hold the America's Cup, France is accusing the U.S. of arrogance, Germany doesn't want to go to war, and the three most powerful men in America are named "Bush", "Dick", and "Colin." Need I say more?"
― Chris Rock [Artwork by Laurent Chéhère]

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Henrik Aarrestad Uldalen

Walk

Henrik Aarrestad Uldalen

"Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet."
― Thích Nhất Hạnh [Artwork by Henrik Aarrestad Uldalen]

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Tor Dahlin

The way things are

Tor Dahlin

"It’s messing people up, this social pressure to 'find your passion' and 'know what it is you want to do.' It’s perfectly fine to just live your moments fully, and marvel as many small and large passions, many small and large purposes enter and leave your life. For many people there is no realization, no bliss to follow, no discovery of your life’s purpose. This isn’t sad, it’s just the way things are. Stop trying to find the forest and just enjoy the trees."
― Sally Coulter [Artwork by Tor Dahlin]

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Unknown author

Daughter

Unknown author

"And if your daughter came to you, crying with hunger, would you tell her no? Would you tell her she is too fat, she wants too much, she must shrink into society? No. Then why would you tell yourself the exact same thing? You are somebody’s daughter."
― Michelle K. [Artwork by Unknown author]

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Shelbie Dimond

Questions

Shelbie Dimond

"I beg you, to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don't search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you wouldn't be able to live them. And the point is to live the questions now. To live everything. Perhaps then, someday in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer."
― R.M. Rilke [Artwork by Shelbie Dimond]

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Martinho Dias

Father's protection

Martinho Dias

"I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father's protection."
― Sigmund Freud [Artwork by Martinho Dias]

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Daniel Segrove

To understand

Daniel Segrove

"Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply."
― Stephen R. Covey [Artwork by Daniel Segrove]

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Matt Wisniewski

None of my business

Matt Wisniewski

"What you think of me is none of my business."
― T. Cole-Whittaker [Artwork by Matt Wisniewski]

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Willy Verginer

At school

Willy Verginer

"I've been making a list of the things they don't teach you at school. They don't teach you how to love somebody. They don't teach you how to be famous. They don't teach you how to be rich or how to be poor. They don't teach you how to walk away from someone you don't love any longer. They don't teach you how to know what's going on in someone else's mind. They don't teach you what to say to someone who's dying. They don't teach you anything worth knowing."
― Neil Gaiman [Artwork by Willy Verginer]

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Brooke Shaden

Best advice

Brooke Shaden

"The best advice I ever got about love was from my grandmother, right before I got married. She said, "Marriage goes through cyclical phases, it's almost like the movements of planets. Sometimes you're so close, the two of you, your orbits are in synch, and sometimes you move so far away from each other, you feel you'll never reconnect, never reenter each other's orbits, you're too far apart. The trick to marriage is having faith in the reconnection, waiting for the inevitable closeness again." This was in 1994. She died a couple of years later. My marriage lasted 12 years. I never forgot this advice; we moved far away from each other many times, and I waited it out, and sure enough, we came back into synch again. And then at the end, we moved too far apart to ever reenter each other's orbits, out of each other's fields of gravity, and that's when I knew it was over."
― Melissa Chapman [Artwork by Brooke Shaden]

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Emily J. Moore

Here am I. Send me

Emily J. Moore

"Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, 'Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?' And I said, 'Here am I. Send me!'"
― Isaiah 6:8 [Artwork by Emily J. Moore]

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David Olkarny

Adventurous spirit

David Olkarny

"make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt. So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservation, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man's living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun. If you want to get more out of life, you must lose your inclination for monotonous security and adopt a helter-skelter style of life that will at first appear to you to be crazy. But once you become accustomed to such a life you will see its full meaning and its incredible beauty."
― Jon Krakauer [Artwork by David Olkarny]

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Cecilia Westerberg

History book

Cecilia Westerberg

"You don't need to have your name written in the text of a history book, but you need to live life to make your words give lift to the ones who thought they didn't deserve it."
― Amanda Shufany [Artwork by Cecilia Westerberg]

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David Uzochukwu

Wild thing

David Uzochukwu

"I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself."
― D.H. Lawrence [Artwork by David Uzochukwu]

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Kyle Thompson

Observer

Kyle Thompson

"You can see and observe all these. Certainly, the observer is not the observed. You are not even your body, nor your thoughts. You are the one who sees all of them. The eternal, the transcendental one."
― Jay Mesa [Artwork by Kyle Thompson]

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Damian Loeb

Take your time

Damian Loeb

"Take your time getting dressed this morning; read a book, make yourself some breakfast. The world can wait."
― a.e.m.g. [Artwork by Damian Loeb]

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