"The wound is the place where the Light enters you."

— Rumi

"Happiness is essentially a state of going somewhere wholeheartedly, one-directionally, without regret or reservation."

— W.H. Sheldon

"Silence is a strange thing to us who live: we desire it, we fear it, we worship it, we hate it."

— Keith Douglas

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Your joy is your sorrow unmasked.
And the selfsame well from which your laughter rises was oftentimes filled with your tears.
And how else can it be?
The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.
Is not the cup that holds your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter’s oven?
And is not the lute that soothes your spirit, the very wood that was hollowed with knives?
When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy.
When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.

Some of you say, “Joy is greater than sorrow,” and others say, “Nay, sorrow is the greater.”
But I say unto you, they are inseparable.
Together they come, and when one sits, alone with you at your board, remember that the other is asleep upon your bed.

Verily you are suspended like scales between your sorrow and your joy.
Only when you are empty are you at standstill and balanced.
When the treasure-keeper lifts you to weigh his gold and his silver, needs must your joy or your sorrow rise or fall.

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— Kahlil Gibran

"The secret of contentment is knowing how to enjoy what you have, and to be able to lose all desire for things beyond your reach."

— Lin Yutang

"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