i often feel, well to be honest- like jumping into the hudson... instead, i go to my favorite places and think about my favorite people, and then i re-read words that moved me, re-watch/listen to film clips that make me feel so much less alien and just a little more me. every time, like it is the first time. i need quotes, they're like verbal stills, stills that have captured all that is necessary to help me go on. to inspire me to be alright, being still not quite 'human'. which is so fucking overrated. - stillnothuman

“You know the great thing, though, is that change can be so constant you don’t even feel the difference until there is one. It can be so slow that you don’t even notice that your life is better or worse, until it is. Or it can just blow you away, make you something different in an instant. It happened to me.”

—George Monroe on Change - Life As A House

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“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”

—Plato

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“There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”

—Hamlet to Rosencrantz & Guildenstern on perspective- Hamlet Act II Scene II

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“Johnathan Trager, prominent television producer for ESPN, died last night from complications of losing his soul mate and his fiancee. He was 35 years old. Soft-spoken and obsessive, Trager never looked the part of a hopeless romantic. But, in the final days of his life, he revealed an unknown side of his psyche. This hidden quasi-Jungian persona surfaced during the Agatha Christie-like pursuit of his long-reputed soul mate, a woman whom he only spent a few precious hours with. Sadly, the protracted search ended late Saturday night in complete and utter failure. Yet even in certain defeat, the courageous Trager secretly clung to the belief that life is not merely a series of meaningless accidents or coincidences. Uh-uh. But rather, its a tapestry of events that culminate in an exquisite, sublime plan. Asked about the loss of his dear friend, Dean Kansky, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author and executive editor of the New York Times, described Jonathan as a changed man in the last days of his life. “Things were clearer for him,” Kansky noted. Ultimately Johnathan concluded that if we are to live life in harmony with the universe, we must all possess a powerful faith in what the ancients used to call “fatum”, what we currently refer to as destiny.”

—The obituary of Jonathan Trager by Dean Kansy - Serendipity

“My father told me; this world was only a preparation for the next. That all we can ask is that we leave it having loved and being loved.”

—Mika’s last goodbye to Kai - 47 Ronin

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“You know the Greeks didn’t write obituaries. They only asked one question after a man died: “Did he have passion?”.”

—Dean handing Jonathan his obituary - Serendipity

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I remember one morning getting up at dawn, there was such a sense of possibility. You know, that feeling? And I remember thinking to myself: So, this is the beginning of happiness. This is where it starts. And of course there will always be more.

It never occurred to me it wasn’t the beginning. It was happiness. It was the moment. Right then.

—Clarissa Vaughan to her daughter, on Happiness - The Hours

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“If in my youth I had realized that the sustaining splendor of beauty of with which I was in love would one day flood back into my heart, there to ignite a flame that would torture me without end, how gladly would i have put out the light in my eyes.”

—Michelangelo on Beauty

“And I got something to say my friends. I will never lay down without a fight. And when I die will be the day, when everyone of my wrongs will be made right…”

—People C’mon - Delta Spirit

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“The greatest glory in living… lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”

—Nelson Mandela

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“Insensibly he formed the most delightful habit in the world, the habit of reading: he did not know that thus he was providing himself with a refuge from all the distress of life; he did not know either that he was creating for himself an unreal world which would make the real world of every day a source of bitter disappointment.”

—William Somerset Maugham - Of Human Bondage

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“You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in your joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”

—The Skin Horse to The Velveteen Rabbit

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Time, your grace. Of all losses, time is the most irrecuperable for it can never be redeemed.

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