Girl with (two) Pearl Earring(s)

A quote-blog

“Her mother’s absence was like another language she’d had to learn, its full complexity and nuance emerging only after years of study, and even then, because it was foreign, a language never fully absorbed.”

—   Jhumpa Lahiri

(Source: distantheartbeats, via creatingaquietmind)

“I felt a violent wonder at her presence like a thirst for salt, for my childhood river with its island willows, silly music from the pleasure boat, muddy places where we caught the little orange-silver fish called pumpkinseed. It hardly had to do with her. Longing, we say, because desire is full of endless distances.”

—   Robert Haas

“Dance first. Think later. It’s the natural order.”

—   Samuel Beckett (via quotethat)

“Be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind. Talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet. Make all your friends feel there is something special in them. Look at the sunny side of everything. Think only the best, be as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.”

—   Norman Vincent Peale (via quotethat)

“Chance or accident is not responsible for the things that happen to you, nor is predestined fate the author of your fortune or misfortune. Your subconscious impressions determine the conditions of your world. The subconscious is not selective; it is impersonal and no respecter of persons. The subconscious is not concerned with the truth or falsity of your feeling. It always accepts as true that which you feel to be true. Feeling is the assent of the subconscious to the truth of that which is declared to be true. Because of this quality of the subconscious there is nothing impossible to man. Whatever the mind of man can conceive and feel as true, the subconscious can and must objectify. Your feelings create the pattern from which your world is fashioned, and a change of feeling is a change of pattern.”

—   Neville Goddard, Resurrection (via quotes-shape-us)

“Nobody sees anybody truly but all through the flaws of their own egos. That is the way we all see …each other in life. Vanity, fear, desire, competition— all such distortions within our own egos— condition our vision of those in relation to us. Add to those distortions to our own egos the corresponding distortions in the egos of others, and you see how cloudy the glass must become through which we look at each other.”

—   Tennessee Williams (via creatingaquietmind)

“We are always falling in love or quarreling, looking for jobs or fearing to lose them, getting ill and recovering, following public affairs. If we let ourselves, we shall always be waiting for some distraction or other to end before we can really get down to our work. The only people who achieve much are those who want knowledge so badly that they seek it while the conditions are still unfavorable. Favorable conditions never come.”

—   C.S. Lewis (via friendly-neighborhood-crystal)

(Source: oniyide, via friendly-neighborhood-crystal)


Rebecca Solnit, A Field Guide to Getting Lost


Rebecca Solnit, A Field Guide to Getting Lost

“See the light in others, and treat them as if that is all you see.”

—   Wayne Dyer (via creatingaquietmind)

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— P.G. Wodehouse


— P.G. Wodehouse

“The danger is that religion becomes a mere ritual. It’s not sufficient to ring a bell, you know. Monks have to master the doctrine and the meditation. They need to be good in both. This requires thorough training.”

—   Dalai Lama

“Creating a life that reflects your values and satisfies your soul is a rare achievement. In a culture that relentlessly promotes avarice and excess as the good life, a person happy doing his own work is usually considered an eccentric, if not a subversive. Ambition is only understood if it’s to rise to the top of some imaginary ladder of success. Someone who takes an undemanding job because it affords him the time to pursue other interests and activities is considered a flake. A person who abandons a career in order to stay home and raise children is considered not to be living up to his potential-as if a job title and salary are the sole measure of human worth. You’ll be told in a hundred ways, some subtle and some not, to keep climbing, and never be satisfied with where you are, who you are, and what you’re doing.”

—   Bill Watterson (via creatingaquietmind)

“Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.”

—   Stephen R. Covey (via quotethat)

“She was unstoppable. Not because she did not have failures or doubts, but because she continued on despite them.”

—   Beau Taplin (via quotethat)

“Pay attention to the small details of people, you will learn that the universe is far more spectacular an author than we could ever hope to be.”

—   Beau Taplin (via quotethat)