In a police state, referencing one’s rights is seen as an act of aggression.
Philip Schuyler (via thinksquad)
How poor they are that have not patience! What wound did ever heal but by degrees?
William Shakespeare (via ahippiekid)
The trick is to find the balance between the bright colors of humor and the serious issues of identity, self-loathing, and the possibility for intimacy and love when it seems no longer possible or, sadder yet, no longer necessary.
Wendy Wasserstein (via observando)
You have the power to reshape and redefine any experience, no matter how devastating it seems. Look at your experience, and ask “How can I use this for my own growth?”
Iyanla Vanzant (via unconditionedconsciousness)
If I had to write a prescription for the heroin problem, the first thing I’d do is legalize marijuana.
Love of the wilderness is more than a hunger for what is always beyond reach; it is also an expression of loyalty to the earth which bore us and sustains us, the only home we shall ever know, the only paradise we ever need—if only we had eyes to see.
by Edward Abbey (via liberatingreality)
I don’t know if I continue, even today, always liking myself. But what I learned to do many years ago was to forgive myself. It is very important for every human being to forgive herself or himself because if you live, you will make mistakes- it is inevitable. But once you do and you see the mistake, then you forgive yourself and say, ‘Well, if I’d known better I’d have done better,’ that’s all. So you say to people who you think you may have injured, ‘I’m sorry,’ and then you say to yourself, ‘I’m sorry.’ If we all hold on to the mistake, we can’t see our own glory in the mirror because we have the mistake between our faces and the mirror; we can’t see what we’re capable of being. You can ask forgiveness of others, but in the end the real forgiveness is in one’s own self. I think that young men and women are so caught by the way they see themselves. Now mind you. When a larger society sees them as unattractive, as threats, as too black or too white or too poor or too fat or too thin or too sexual or too asexual, that’s rough. But you can overcome that. The real difficulty is to overcome how you think about yourself. If we don’t have that we never grow, we never learn, and sure as hell we should never teach.
Maya Angelou (via venomous-feminists)
You ask what is a proper limit to a person’s wealth? First, having what is essential, and second, having what is enough.
Letters from a Stoic (II)