“Poets, prophets and reformers are all picture makers — and this ability is the secret of their power and of their achievements”
"I've learned that many of the worst things lead to the best things, that no great thing is achieved without a couple of bad, bad things on the way to them, and that the bad things that happen to you bring, in some cases, the good things." ~ Mike Nichols
"Beyond the very extreme of fatigue and distress, we may find amounts of ease and power we never dreamed ourselves to own; sources of strength never taxed at all because we never push through the obstruction."
~ William James
"The voice went on, Yes, you waited so many years, but for what? He found his mind blank and couldn't answer. The question frightened him, because it implied that all those years he had waited for something wrong.
Let me tell you what really happened, the voice said. All those years you waited torpidly, like a sleepwalker, pulled and pushed about by other's opinions, by external pressure, by your illusions, by the official rules you internalized. You were misled by your own frustration and passivity, believing that what you were not allowed to have was what your heart was destined to embrace."
~ Waiting, by Ha Jin
"The quarrels of popes and kings, with wars and pestilences in every page; the men all so good for nothing and hardly any women at all - it is very tiresome." Jane Austen
"Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves, vanity to what we would have others think of us."