“Great people do things before they’re ready. They do things before they know they can do it… Doing what you’re afraid of, getting out of your comfort zone, taking risks like that – that is what life is. You might be really good. You might find out something about yourself that’s really special and if you’re not good, who cares? You tried something. Now you know something about yourself.”
“I don’t want to be somebody else.”
“What matters most is how well you walk through the fire.”
I’VE TRIED TO BE FORGIVING. AND YET. THERE WERE TIMES IN MY LIFE, WHOLE YEARS, WHEN ANGER GOT THE BETTER OF ME. UGLINESS TURNED ME INSIDE OUT. THERE WAS A CERTAIN SATISFACTION IN BITTERNESS. I COURTED IT. IT WAS STANDING ON THE OUTSIDE, AND I WAS INVITED IN. I SCOWLED AT THE WORLD. AND THE WORLD SCOWLED BACK. WE WERE LOCKED IN A STATE OF MUTUAL DISGUST.
nicole krauss, the history of love
“Loneliness is the human condition. Cultivate it. The way it tunnels into you allows your soul room to grow. Never expect to outgrow loneliness. Never hope to find people who will understand you, someone to fill that space. An intelligent, sensitive person is the exception, the very great exception. If you expect to find people who will understand you, you will grow murderous with disappointment. The best you’ll ever do is to understand yourself, know what it is that you want, and not let the cattle stand in your way.”
& to walk across the floor
to an old dresser with a
see myself, ugly,
grinning at it all.
what matters most is how well you walk through the fire.
“When I was a kid, I didn’t understand what bravery was. I thought that being brave meant you weren’t scared. And as I grew up, I started to realize, being brave is all about being scared. And going on to do what you have to do, despite the fact you’re scared. That’s bravery.”