"That’s what the world is, after all: an endless battle of contrasting memories."
- Haruki Murakami, IQ84 (via unsunglory)
"There are some things one cannot seize by realism, but by sheer poetry. I feel there is too much naturalism; It obscures moods, feelings, psychic states. I am fond of the lower depths, the underworlds. I never find myself fitting in a well assembled series of realistic events. I much rather prefer growth in an atmosphere of music, books and artists, always constructing, creating, writing, drawing, inventing plays, acting in them, writing a diary, living in created dreams as inside a cocoon, dreams born of reading, always reading, growing, disciplining myself to learn, to study, skirting abysses and dangers with incredible innocence, the body always sensitive but in flight from ugliness. I want to remain sincere and surround my innermost world with romance."
- Anaïs Nin, The Diary Of Anaïs Nin Volume I 1931-1934 (via atramentum)
"Never idealize others. They will never live up to your expectations. Don’t over-analyze your relationships. Stop playing games. A growing relationship can only be nurtured by genuineness."
- Leo Buscaglia (via creatingaquietmind)
"There’s no doubt about it—breakups suck. But in the first few hours or days or weeks that follow, there’s one important truth you need to recognize: Some things can’t and shouldn’t be fixed."
- Greg Behrendt, It’s Called a Breakup Because It’s Broken (via simply-quotes)
"Crushes are fun. Or at least they’re supposed to be fun as long as you keep them that way. As long as you don’t get emotionally invested or fixated or keep imagining your reality to be what it is not – crushes are fun. But if you expect too much or feel too easily, you might end up with self-inflicted heart ache which just leaves you feeling empty-handed or just plain empty. And all of this for someone who never even promised you anything from the start."
- Kovie Biakolo, Crushes Are Fun (via quote-book)
"…Go be silly with someone else and maybe you won’t love them, but maybe you will. Maybe you’ll see-saw between having everything and nothing to say to one another until you’re wearing each other’s weight and finding yourselves somewhere in the middle. Maybe in a rush of words they’ll say something arbitrary that for some reason makes your stomach smile, you know, tickles you in ways that a copy paste publish poem can’t. Maybe you’re unsure because you’ve already invested your thoughts and feelings elsewhere without yielding any profit or interest; maybe you feel safer holding on to what’s already failed because that failure is familiar and comfortable and you wear it so well. But maybe — and this is just another suggestion — maybe you can try again, instead of loving someone you can’t be with"
What You Can Do Instead of Loving Someone You Can’t Be With
Invite (all) to the Way of thy Lord with wisdom and beautiful preaching; and argue with them in ways that are best and most gracious: for thy Lord knoweth best, who have strayed from His Path, and who receive guidance.
And if ye do catch them out, catch them out no worse than they catch you out: But if ye show patience, that is indeed the best (course) for those who are patient.
And do thou be patient, for thy patience is but from Allah; nor grieve over them: and distress not thyself because of their plots.
For Allah is with those who restrain themselves, and those who do good.
- 16:125-128 (via thelittlephilosopher)
"We rely upon the poets, the philosophers, and the playwrights to articulate what most of us can only feel, in joy or sorrow. They illuminate the thoughts for which we only grope; they give us the strength and balm we cannot find in ourselves. Whenever I feel my courage wavering, I rush to them. They give me the wisdom of acceptance, the will and resilience to push on."
- Helen Hayes (via wordpainting)
"O Allah, verily You, unto those who love You, are more loving than any who loves. You are ever at hand to fulfill at once the desires of those who rely on You. You take notice of their wishes, You perceive their innermost thoughts, You know the depth of their intelligence, You are fully aware of their confidential concerns. Their hearts long for You. Whenever miserable and forsaken, Your remembrance comforts them in distress. Whenever misfortunes assult them, they turn to You, knowing well that the reins of all affairs are in Your hand, and every affair rises from and flows out as soon as Your decision is made. O my Allah, if I falter in speaking my request and wander astray in describing my needs and wants, show me the way that leads to that which promotes my interests, and turn my heart to its course, because it is neither against the principles of Your guidance, nor can Your act of giving succor be described as unlikely. O my Allah, support me with Your pardon, and do not burden me with Your justice."
- Dua of Imam Ali (a)