Quotes that I live by

Gone. The saddest word in the language. In any language.” —Mark Slouka
"The fear
that all this
will end.
The fear...
that it won’t."
— Rae Armantrout


“Every morning I jump out of bed and step on a landmine. The landmine is me. After the explosion, I spend the rest of the day putting the pieces together.”
― Ray Bradbury, Zen in the Art of Writing


“Zen does not confuse spirituality with thinking about God while one is peeling potatoes. Zen spirituality is just to peel the potatoes.”
― Alan W. Watts


“As the future ripens in the past,
so the past rots in the future --
a terrible festival of dead leaves.”

- Anna Akhmatova

I was always hungry for love. Just once, I wanted to know what it was like to get my fill of it -- to be fed so much love I couldn't take any more. Just once.

- Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood


“I choose to write because it's perfect for me. It's an escape, a place I can go to hide. It's a friend, when I feel outcast from everyone else. It's a journal, when the only story I can tell is my own. It's a book, when I need to be somewhere else. It's control, when I feel so out of control. It's healing, when everything seems pretty messed up. And it's fun, when life is just flat-out boring.”
― Alysha Speer

“The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference.” —Elie Wiesel

The way you make love is the way God will be with you.” - Rumi

Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.” ~ William Wordsworth

 There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered. - Nelson Mandela, A Long Walk to Freedom


 "I do not wish women to have power over men, but over themselves." ~Mary Wollstonecraft


 The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays. ~ Søren Kierkegaard


 Hungry man, reach for the book: it is a weapon. - Bertolt Brecht


- Paulo Coelho


 It is impossible to say just what I mean!

And what is actual is actual only for one time
And only for one place !
- T.S.Eliot


 My business is circumference.

I am out with lanterns,looking for myself.
- Emily Dickinson


 There are times when two people need to step apart from one another, but there is no rule that says they have to turn and fire. -Robert Brault

“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”
― Oscar Wilde


“Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind.”
― William Shakespeare


“Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.”
― Dr. Seuss


“You only need one man to love you. But him to love you free like a wildfire, crazy like the moon, always like tomorrow, sudden like an inhale and overcoming like the tides. Only one man and all of this.”
― C. JoyBell C


“It is better to be hated for what you are than loved for what you are not.”
― André Gide


“We read to know that we are not alone.”
― C.S. Lewis

“Everything you can imagine is real.”
― Pablo Picasso

“Your hypocrisy insults my intelligence.”
― Toba Beta

“Some people's blameless lives are to blame for a good deal.”
― Dorothy L. Sayers, Gaudy Night
 Life becomes easier when you learn to accept an apology you never got.
~Robert Brault


  1. What a collection - at once uplifting and yet sad. I always want to make a list of quotes but I find I come across quotes when I need them and then they vanish when the lesson they were to teach has been learnt. Maybe I should make a list - if only to document the journey.

    1. Thanks Suchita, a reminder for me have ignored that page for long. yes quotes are great.


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