Though you may travel the world to find the beautiful, you must have it within you or you will find it not.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson (via thecalminside)
The best index to a person’s character is how he treats people who can’t do him any good, and how he treats people who can’t fight back.
—Abigail Van Buren (via kushandwizdom)
Around us, life bursts with miracles—a glass of water, a ray of sunshine, a leaf, a caterpillar, a flower, laughter, raindrops. If you live in awareness, it is easy to see miracles everywhere. Each human being is a multiplicity of miracles. Eyes that see thousands of colors, shapes, and forms; ears that hear a bee flying or a thunderclap; a brain that ponders a speck of dust as easily as the entire cosmos; a heart that beats in rhythm with the heartbeat of all beings. When we are tired and feel discouraged by life’s daily struggles, we may not notice these miracles, but they are always there.
— Thich Nhat Hanh (via purplebuddhaproject)
If you were to press your heart close up against somebody else’s heart eventually your hearts will start beating at the same time. And two little babies in an incubator, their hearts will beat at the same time. Love that. So if you have somebody in your life that is prone to anxiety, like myself, and if you happen to be a calm person, you could come up and hug me heart to heart and my heart hopefully would slow to yours. And I just love that idea. Or maybe yours would speed up to mine. But either way, we’ll be there together.
October 19. The inner world can only be experienced, not described.
—Franz Kafka, The Blue Octavo Notebooks (via kafkaesque-world)
It’s not hard to own something. Or everything. You just have to know that it’s yours, and then be willing to let it go.
—Neil Gaiman, Stardust (via splitterherzen)
Perhaps we’re not magic anymore. Perhaps we’re just comfortable. We just know our way around one another. We know which wounds to cauterize and which to let bleed.
—Donna-Marie Riley (via five—a—day)