"Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over instead of craving control over what you don’t."
— Steve Maraboli
"When he got on the bus, she was already sitting in their seat — but sitting in his spot, against the wall. He was too embarrassed to say anything. He sat down next to her and let his hands hang between his knees…
Which meant she really had to reach for his wrist, to pull his hand into hers. She wrapped her fingers around his and touched his palm with her thumb.
Her fingers were trembling.
From Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
The whole chapter about them holding hands was stunning and perfect and completely reminded me of the first time I held the hand of someone I really liked. I had to put down the book after all of that and just go to sleep.
"When I say “I fear” — don’t let it disturb you, dearest heart. We all fear when we are in waiting-rooms. Yet we must pass beyond them, and if the other can keep calm, it is all the help we can give each other."
— Katherine Mansfield, from a journal entry dated 14 October 1922
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"I don’t know how to say good-bye to you,” she said.
He smoothed her hair off her face. He’d never seen her so fair. “Then don’t.”
“But I have to go…”
“So go,” he said with his hands on her cheeks. “But don’t say good-bye. It’s not good-bye.”
She rolled her eyes and shook her head. “That’s so lame.”
“Seriously? You can’t cut me five minutes of slack?”
“That’s what people say—‘it’s not good-bye’—when they’re too afraid to face what they’re really feeling. I’m not going to see you tomorrow, Park—I don’t know when I’ll see you again. That deserves more than ‘it’s not good-bye’.”
“I’m not afraid to face what I’m feeling,” he said.
“Not you,” she said, her voice breaking. “Me.”
“You,” she said, putting his arms around her and promising himself that it wouldn’t be the last time, “are the bravest person I know.”
She shook her head again, like she was trying to shake off the tears.
“Just kiss me good-bye,” she whispered.
Only for today, he thought. Not ever."
— “Eleanor & Park” by rainbow rowell
"I’m bringing you The Dark Knight Returns,” he said.
“Only the least boring Batman story ever.”
“The least boring Batman story ever, huh? Does Batman raise BOTH eyebrows?"
— Eleanor and Park, Rainbow Rowell.
No queer content to speak of yet, but as a geek I am loving it.
"You saved my life, she tried to tell him. Not forever, not for good. Probably just temporarily. But you saved my life, and now I’m yours. The me that’s me right now is yours. Always."
— Went to Harvard today with the intention of bopping around one final time, but then I ended up spending three hours reading “Eleanor & Park” by Rainbow Rowell to completion and cried in the poetry section of the Harvard Coop bookstore as I finished. GOOD FUCKING BOOK Y’ALL
"People who have only good experiences aren’t very interesting. They may be content, and happy after a fashion, but they aren’t very deep. It may seem a misfortune now, and it makes things difficult, but well—it’s easy to feel all the happy, simple stuff. Not that happiness is necessarily simple. But I don’t think you’re going to have a life like that, and I think you’ll be the better for it. The difficult thing is to not be overwhelmed by the bad patches. You must not let them defeat you. You must see them as a gift—a cruel gift, but a gift nonetheless."
— Peter Cameron, Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You
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"Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at this moment."
— Eckhart Tolle
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"The heart is extremely fertile soil. Whatever is planted there, good or bad, will take root and grow."
— Abdul Nasir Jangda
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