“If you take a book with you on a journey,…an odd thing happens: The book begins collecting your memories. And forever after you have only to open that book to be back where you first read it. It will all come into your mind with the very first words: the sights you saw in that place, what it smelled like, the ice cream you ate while you were reading it…yes, books are like flypaper—memories cling to the printed page better than anything else.”—Cornelia Funke, Inkheart (via infinitives)
“Don’t settle down and sit in one place. Move around, be nomadic, make each day a new horizon. You are still going to live a long life, Ron, and it would be a shame if you did not take the opportunity to revolutionize your life and move into an entirely new realm of experience. You are wrong if you think Joy emanates only or principally from human relationships. God has placed it all around us. It is in everything and anything we might experience. We just have to have the courage to turn against our habitual lifestyle and engage in unconventional living.”—Chis McCandless in a letter as quoted by Jon Krakauer in Into The Wild (1996)
“I was glad my father was an eye-smiler. It meant he never gave me a fake smile, because it’s impossible to make your eyes twinkle if you aren’t feeling twinkly yourself. A mouth-smile is different. You can fake a mouth-smile any time you want, simply by moving your lips. I’ve also learned that a real mouth-smile always has an eye-smile to go with it. So watch out, I say, when someone smiles at you, but his eyes stay the same. It’s sure to be a phony.”—Roald Dahl, Danny, the Champion of the World (via derbosewolf)
“We dated and she’s an incredibly important person that I lived with for a long time, but it’s about that time in a relationship that I was going through; you’re in a relationship because you need help, but that’s not necessarily why you should be in a relationship. And that’s Skinny. It doesn’t have weight. Skinny love doesn’t have a chance because it’s not nourished.”—Justin Vernon on the meaning behind Skinny Love (via saddest-summer)
Your insecurities are arguments with God. He is telling you that you are loved and forgiven, but your insecurities are trying to convince Him of how bad your sins are. He is telling you of the wonderful things He is going to have you do for Him, and your insecurities are trying to keep up with whispers about how He must be thinking of someone else: one of those superspiritual people with no doubts or secrets.
Here is the good news: you aren’t the first one with these kinds of battles, scripture is full of them-(Abraham, David, Mary). And the best news, God is going to win those arguments in the end, He always does.
You see, there are two different types of hope in the world. One is hoping for something, and the other is hoping in someone.
One day, everything we hope for will eventually disappoint us. Every circumstance, every situation, every relationship, we put our hope in is going to wear out, give out, fall apart, melt down, and go away.
That’s the problem with hoping in something. That’s why the only dependable hope is hope in someone. Or rather, Someone. The entirety of Scripture points to one cross, one man, one God—not because He gives us everything we’re hoping for but because He is the One in whom we put our hope.
“Things are going so well. We’re volleying words back and forth. Everything she says, I have something I can say back. We’re sparking, and part of me just wants to sit back and watch. We’re clicking. Not because a part of me is fitting into a part of her. But because our words are clicking into each other to form sentences and our sentences are clicking into each other to form dialogue and our dialogue is clicking together to form this scene from this ongoing movie that’s as comfortable as it is unrehearsed.”—Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist (via followandreblog)
“You are so young, so much before all beginning, and I would like to beg you, dear Sir, as well as I can, to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far into the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.”—
Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet (trans. Stephen Mitchell)
“… let go of that other more linear story, with its beginning, middle, and end, with its transcendent end, let go, we are the poem, we have come miles of life, we have survived this far to tell you, go on, go on.”—Lidia Yuknavitch, The Chronology of Water (via leopoldgursky)
“If I could go back, I’d coach myself. I’d be the woman who taught me how to stand up, how to want things, how to ask for them. I’d be the woman who says, your mind, your imagination, they are everything. Look how beautiful. You deserve to sit at the table.”—