"Healing is a small and ordinary and very burnt thing. And it’s one thing and one thing only: it’s doing what you have to do."

— Cheryl Strayed (via middlenameconfused)

"Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush,
I am the sweet uplifting hush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not here, I did not die."

Tags: death grief

"Yes, sometimes life leaves us between a rock and a hard place. But flowers grow in between them, and they are beautiful."

— Anthony Johnson

"All things will be, all things must pass and all things must fade; it is our job to hold them tight until they do."

— Tyler Knott Gregson

"Love is anterior to life,
Posterior to death,
Initial of creation, and
The exponent of breath."

— Emily Dickinson

"An optimism so total that it does not suffer when it is soiled, lied to, or stolen from. This optimism does not expect to be derailed—and in a sort of self-fulfilling prophecy it almost never is."

— Matt Ryan Richardson (www.thatdreamer.com)

"I would like to become tolerant without overlooking anything, persecute no one even when all people persecute me; become better without noticing it; become sadder, but enjoy living; become more serene, be happy in others; belong to no one, grow in everyone; love the best, comfort the worst; not even hate myself anymore."

Elias Canetti

"You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness."

— Jonathan Safran Foer

"There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life."

— John Lennon

"Love is not kindly nor yet grim,
But does to you as you to him."

— Robert Graves