Scared and sacred are spelled with the same letters. Awful proceeds from the same root word as awesome. Terrify and terrific. Every negative experience holds the seed of transformation.
U.S. history is important to non Americans because we are always meddling in your affairs.
Reading about homicide doesn’t turn a man into a murderer; reading about cheating on exams won’t make a kid break the honor code. But the calculus that many parents make is less crude than that: It has to do with a child’s happiness, moral development and tenderness of heart. Entertainment does not merely gratify taste, after all, but creates it.
Set wide the window. Let me drink the day.
That always seemed ridiculous to me, that people want to be around someone because they’re pretty. It’s like picking your breakfast cereal based on color instead of taste.
Sex without love is as hollow and ridiculous as love without sex.
Storms make oaks take deeper root.
Forgiveness does not mean condoning or justifying any misdeeds. It’s not rejoining with the offender. It simply means giving up your desire for revenge and letting go of the expectation and s/he will make amends. It’s untying the knots that keep you emotionally entwined and prevent you from healing. It’s a conscious and deliberate decision, without which a person cannot fully heal.
One good thing about the truth is that it sets you free. Lies are just there to imprison you.
Deliver me from writers who say the way they live doesn’t matter. I’m not sure a bad person can write a good book, If art doesn’t make us better, then what on earth is it for.
You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.
Watch out for the fellow who talks about putting things in order! Putting things in order always means getting other people under your control.
It is by acts and not by ideas that people live.
There are two tragedies in life. One is not to get your heart’s desire. The other is to get it.
I am no more humble than my talents require.