Girl with (two) Pearl Earring(s)

A quote-blog

“I do not miss childhood, but I miss the way I took pleasure in small things, even as greater things crumbled. I could not control the world I was in, could not walk away from things or people or moments that hurt, but I took joy in the things that made me happy.”

—   Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane (via quotes-shape-us)

“This is one more piece of advice I have for you: don’t get impatient. Even if things are so tangled up you can’t do anything, don’t get desperate or blow a fuse and start yanking on one particular thread before it’s ready to come undone. You have to figure it’s going to be a long process and that you’ll work on things slowly, one at a time.”

—   Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood (via creatingaquietmind)

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“Having willingly given away one’s heart to another, why should songs of lament be sung?
When there’s no heart left in ribcage, why should the mouth have a tongue?”

—   Mirza Asadullah Khan Ghalib

“Ages passed and I did not even think of you
That I have forgotten you is also not true.
No bargain in my head, nor in my heart desire,
But of this logic of love, too, who can be sure?”

—   FIraq Gorakhpuri

“A sigh of longing takes an age to be heard, if ever,
What man can live long enough to win you over?
A hundred crocodiles lie in ambush behind every wave and swirl
Come, look what a drop of water must endure, before it becomes a pearl.
Love demands patience; desire wants it now and must
What color do I give my heart when to death bleeds my lust?
Of course, when I call for you, you will not let me down, but
By the time you hear of my state, I may have turned to dust.
There is no cure for the sorrows of life but death: O Asad you must know
A candle flickers in different hues until it is dawn of the morrow.”

—   Mirza Asadullah Khan Ghalib

“To the Creator did beauty one day complain,
‘Why did you make me of that which wanes?’
‘The world is like a hall of mirrors,’ answered He,
‘A tale told to pass the long night of eternity,
With the clay and hues of change was it made,
And it is the essence of beauty that it must fade.’”

—   Mohammed Iqbal

“Every mote of dust is aglow with divine light for you to see
Every breath you take proclaims, ‘If I am, so God must be.’”

—   Akbar Hussain Akbar Allahabi

“Love is the Beloved, love the lover too,
In short, love is itself in love with love.”

—   Meer Taqi Meer

— Emily Dickinson


— Emily Dickinson

“Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time.”

—   Maya Angelou (via quotethat)