David Palumbo

Hell

David Palumbo

"Hell is empty and all the devils are here."

― William Shakespeare [Artwork by David Palumbo]

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Alex Kanevsky

Endings and beginnings

Alex Kanevsky

"All endings are also beginnings. We just don't know it at the time."
― Mitch Albom [Artwork by Alex Kanevsky]

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David Talley

You do not have to

David Talley

"You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting –
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things."
― Mary Oliver [Artwork by David Talley]

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Youichi Shidomoto

Learn best

Youichi Shidomoto

"There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm."
― Willa Cather [Artwork by Youichi Shidomoto]

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David Talley

Stop

David Talley

"I don’t know if you’ve ever felt like that. That you wanted to sleep for a thousand years. Or just not exist. Or just not be aware that you do exist. Or something like that. I think wanting that is very morbid, but I want it when I get like this. That’s why I’m trying not to think. I just want it all to stop spinning."
― Stephen Chbosky [Artwork by David Talley]

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Shea DeTar

And you are beautiful

Shea DeTar

"You are imperfect, permanently and inevitably flawed. And you are beautiful."
― Amy Bloom [Artwork by Shea DeTar]

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Maurizio Di Iorio

Forgive

Maurizio Di Iorio

"The truth is, unless you let go, unless you forgive yourself, unless you forgive the situation, unless you realize that the situation is over, you cannot move forward."
― Steve Maraboli [Artwork by Maurizio Di Iorio]

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Fabien Merelle

Unable to love

Fabien Merelle

"What is hell? I maintain that it is the suffering of being unable to love."
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky [Artwork by Fabien Merelle]

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yourPorcelainDoll

Even when

yourPorcelainDoll

"Laugh, even when you feel too sick or too worn out or tired. Smile, even when you're trying not to cry and the tears are blurring your vision. Sing, even when people stare at you and tell you your voice is crappy. Trust, even when your heart begs you not to. Twirl, even when your mind makes no sense of what you see. Frolick, even when you are made fun of. Kiss, even when others are watching. Sleep, even when you're afraid of what the dreams might bring. Run, even when it feels like you can't run any more. And, always, remember, even when the memories pinch your heart. Because the pain of all your experience is what makes you the person you are now. And without your experience---you are an empty page, a blank notebook, a missing lyric. What makes you brave is your willingness to live through your terrible life and hold your head up high the next day. So don't live life in fear. Because you are stronger now, after all the crap has happened, than you ever were back before it started."
― Alysha Speer [Artwork by yourPorcelainDoll]

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Unknown author

Alone

Unknown author

"We are all alone, born alone, die alone, and—in spite of True Romance magazines—we shall all someday look back on our lives and see that, in spite of our company, we were alone the whole way. I do not say lonely—at least, not all the time—but essentially, and finally, alone. This is what makes your self-respect so important, and I don't see how you can respect yourself if you must look in the hearts and minds of others for your happiness."
― Hunter S. Thompson [Artwork by Unknown author]

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Angela Fraleigh

Two personas

Angela Fraleigh

"What's the matter with her? [Jasper] asked Griffin. Griffin shook his head. 'Nothing. She's just two personas struggling for dominance in one body.' [Jasper] ... Poor little thing."
― Kady Cross (The Girl in the Steel Corset) [Artwork by Angela Fraleigh]

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Sam Jinks

You've got to be kind

Sam Jinks

"Hello babies. Welcome to Earth. It's hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It's round and wet and crowded. On the outside, babies, you've got a hundred years here. There's only one rule that I know of, babies-"God damn it, you've got to be kind."
― Kurt Vonnegut [Artwork by Sam Jinks]

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Rachel Baran

Until you've died

Rachel Baran

"This is an important lesson to remember when you're having a bad day, a bad month, or a shitty year. Things will change: you won't feel this way forever. And anyway, sometimes the hardest lessons to learn are the ones your soul needs most. I believe you can't feel real joy unless you've felt heartache. You can't have a sense of victory unless you know what it means to fail. You can't know what it's like to feel holy until you know what it's like to feel really fucking evil. And you can't be birthed again until you've died."
― Kelly Cutrone [Artwork by Rachel Baran]

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Brian Oldham

Want you with me, Elliot

Brian Oldham

"I can wait in silence no longer, but I’m afraid I’m already too late. I am trapped between agony and hope — believing I have no right to speak, but knowing more how much I’d regret it if I did not. Tell me I’m not wrong. Tell me that, this time, you will accept my offer. Because I’m making it again. I want you with me, Elliot. It’s all I have ever wanted. I offer you everything I have — my world, my ship, my self — perhaps they will be enough to replace what I know you would be giving up if you came with me."
― Diana Peterfreund [Artwork by Brian Oldham]

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Aliza Razell

This is it

Aliza Razell

"I have always, essentially, been waiting. Waiting to become something else, waiting to be that person I always thought I was on the verge of becoming, waiting for that life I thought I would have. In my head, I was always one step away. In high school, I was biding my time until I could become the college version of myself, the one my mind could see so clearly. In college, the post-college “adult” person was always looming in front of me, smarter, stronger, more organized. Then the married person, then the person I’d become when we have kids. For twenty years, literally, I have waited to become the thin version of myself, because that’s when life will really begin.
And through all that waiting, here I am. My life is passing, day by day, and I am waiting for it to start. I am waiting for that time, that person, that event when my life will finally begin..."
― Shauna Niequist [Artwork by Aliza Razell]

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APRICOT

APRICOT

APRICOT

A Short Film by Ben Briand

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James Christopher

Dive deep

James Christopher

"Be not the slave of your own past - plunge into the sublime seas, dive deep, and swim far, so you shall come back with new self-respect, with new power, and with an advanced experience that shall explain and overlook the old."
― Ralph Waldo Emerson [Artwork by James Christopher]

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Kylie Woon

The woman

Kylie Woonl

"The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has ever been before."
― Albert Einstein [Artwork by Kylie Woon]

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Emma Jonsson Dysell

To risk your heart

Emma Jonsson Dysell

"Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won't either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could."
― Lady Gaga [Artwork by Emma Jonsson Dysell]

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Gleb Walmont

Shine

Gleb Walmont

"You have to be unique, and different, and shine in your own way."
― Lady Gaga [Artwork by Gleb Walmont]

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