The willingness to forgive is a sign of spiritual and emotional maturity. It is one of the great virtues to which we all should aspire. Imagine a world filled with individuals willing both to apologize and to accept an apology. Is there any problem that could not be solved among people who possessed the humility and largeness of spirit and soul to do either — or both — when needed?
— Gordon B. Hinckley (via justbesplendid)
Make for Yourself a World You Can Believe In.
It sounds simple, I know. But it’s not. Listen, there are a million worlds you could make for yourself. Everyone you know has a completely different one - the woman in 5G, that cab driver over there, you. Sure, there are overlaps, but only in the details. Some people make their worlds around what they think reality is like. They convince themselves that they had nothing to do with their worlds’ creations or continuations. Some make their worlds without knowing it. Their universes are just sesame seeds and three day weekends and dial tones and skinned knees and physics and driftwood and emerald earrings and books dropped in bathtubs and holes in guitars and plastic and empathy and hardwood and heavy water and high black stockings and the history of the Vikings and brass and obsolescence and burnt hair and collapsed souffles and the impossibility of not falling in love in an art museum with the person standing next to you looking at the same painting and all the other things that just happen and are. But you want to make for yourself a world that is deliberately and meticulously personalised. A theatre for your life, if I could put it like that. Don’t live an accident. Don’t call a knife a knife. live a life that had never been lived before. in which everything you experience is yours and only yours. Make accidents on purpose. Call a knife a name by only which you will recognise it. Now I’m not a very smart man, but I’m not a dumb one either. So listen: If you can manage what I’ve told you, as I was never able to, you will give your life meaning.
— Jonathan Safran Foer, A Convergence of Birds (via lydeenlydoo)
Do not pay attention to the one who is speaking, but pay attention to what he is saying.
— Imam Ali (A.S)
I wanted to read immediately. The only fear was that of books coming to an end.
— Eudora Welty (via prettybooks)
Most of us would be upset if we were accused of being ‘silly.’ But the word ‘silly’ comes from the old English word ‘selig,’ and its literal definition is ‘to be blessed, happy, healthy and prosperous.
— Zig Ziglar (via justbesplendid)