“All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.”—J.R.R. Tolkien (via wordpainting)
“Why is it that when you awake to the world of realities you nearly always feel, sometimes very vividly, that the vanished dream has carried with it some enigma which you have failed to solve? You smile at the extravagance of your dream, and yet you feel that this tissue of absurdity contained some real idea, something that belongs to your true life – something that exists, and has always existed, in your heart. You search your dream for some prophecy that you were expecting. It has left a deep impression upon you, joyful or cruel, but what it means, or what has been predicted to you in it, you can neither understand nor remember.”—F.M. Dostoyevsky (The Idiot)
“Maybe I’m dreaming you. Maybe you’re dreaming me; maybe we only exist in each other’s dreams and every morning when we wake up we forget all about each other.”—Audrey Niffenegger (via carouselinparis)
“I always say that if we believe terrorists are beyond redemption, we can rip out half of our New Testament, since it was written by a converted terrorist who became an extremist for grace. It’s what happens when we discover that God has a desperate love for losers just like us.”—Shane Claiborne (via chaispice)
I've done my laundry about five times since I told myself to start packing for Houston last week sometime.
And still nothing is packed and half my clothes are in the dryer.
WHY DO I SUDDENLY WEAR ALL MY CLOTHES WHEN I HAVE TO PACK THEM? WHY DO I HAVE TO PACK SO MANY THINGS? I DON’T LIKE THAT I ONLY HAVE A WEEK LEFT IN PA AND I CAN’T EVEN MAKE MYSELF PACKKK. IT’S TOO DEPRESSING AND TERRIFYING.
I think I’ve been thinking in capital letters all morning. That’s the state of my brain today. It’s a funnn time….
“I often hear people say that they read to escape reality, but I believe that what they’re really doing is reading to find reason for hope, to find strength. While a bad book leaves readers with a sense of hopelessness and despair, a good novel, through stories of values realized, of wrongs righted, can bring to readers a connection to the wonder of life. A good novel shows how life can and ought to be lived. It not only entertains but energizes and uplifts readers.”—Terry Goodkind (via whispingwillow)