"Until you get comfortable with being alone, you’ll never know if you’re choosing someone out of love or loneliness."

— Mandy Hale  (via awelltraveledwoman)

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"If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place."

— Nora Roberts (via awelltraveledwoman)

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"As Gardiner G. Hubbard, the first president of the National Geographic Society, said in 1888, when his magazine set out to chart everything in the known universe, “The more we know, the greater we find is our ignorance.” And it can often seem as if nature — or something beyond our reckoning at least — intrudes every time we’re tempted to get above ourselves. Whenever we begin to assume we can command or comprehend quite a bit, some Icarian calamity pushes our face, tragically, in the limits of our knowledge."

— “The Folly of Thinking We Know" by Pico Iyer in The New York Times, March 20, 2014

"The best criticism is the sort that tells you what you already know but had been reluctant to accuse yourself of."

J. D. McClatchy (via theparisreview)


“If you expect nothing from anybody, you’re never disappointed.”—from The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath


“If you expect nothing from anybody, you’re never disappointed.”

—from The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

"You need to build an ability to just be yourself and not be doing something. That’s what the phones are taking away, is the ability to just sit there…. That’s being a person…. Because underneath everything in your life there is that thing, that empty—forever empty."

— Louis C.K.

"Is my horror of corpses coeval with the discovery that I’m a time-bound “individual”? Before we were mere bodily envelopes, containing souls for a while, before these souls embarked on their journeys toward the infinite."

— “Man vs Corpse" by Zadie Smith in The New York Review of Books, December 5, 2013

"If we grew our own food, we wouldn’t waste a third of it as we do today. If we made our own tables and chairs, we wouldn’t throw them out the moment we changed the interior decor. If we had to clean our own drinking water, we probably wouldn’t contaminate it."

— Mark Boyle (via awelltraveledwoman)

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"I have learned to seek my happiness by limiting my desires, rather than in attempting to satisfy them."

— John Stuart Mill

"A woman’s heart should be so hidden in God that a man has to seek Him just to find her."

— Maya Angelou (via observando)

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"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts."

— Mark Twain (via awelltraveledwoman)

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"I can bear any pain as long as it has meaning."

— Haruki Murakami  (via nonchalante)

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