Favorite Quotes!

“You have a right to experiment with your life. You will make mistakes. And they are right too. No, I think there was too rigid a pattern. You came out of an education and are supposed to know your vocation. Your vocation is fixed, and maybe ten years later you find you are not a teacher anymore or you’re not a painter anymore. It may happen. It has happened. I mean Gauguin decided at a certain point he wasn’t a banker anymore; he was a painter. And so he walked away from banking. I think we have a right to change course. But society is the one that keeps demanding that we fit in and not disturb things. They would like you to fit in right away so that things work now.”

-Anaïs Nin


“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.”
-Amy Poehler

three years.

“our lives are mere flashes of light in an infinitely empty universe. in 12 years of education the most important lesson i have learned is that what we see as “normal” living is truly a travesty of our potential. in a society so governed by superficiality, appearances, and petty economics, dreams are more real than anything in the “real world.” refuse normalcy. beauty is everywhere, love is endless, and joy bleeds from our everyday existence. embrace it. i love all of you, all my friends, family and community. i am ceaselessly grateful from the bottom of my heart for everyone. the only thing i can ask of you is to stay free of materialism. remember that every day contains a universe of potential; exhaust it. live and love so intensely that when death comes there is nothing left for him to take. wealth is love, music, sports, learning, family, and freedom. above all, stay gold”
DOMINIC OWEN MALLARY destroyer of man.

with every goodbye you learn.

“After a while you learn the subtle difference between holding a hand and chaining a soul and you learn that love doesn’t mean leaning and company doesn’t always mean security. And you begin to learn that kisses aren’t contracts and presents aren’t promises, and you begin to accept your defeats with your head up and your eyes ahead, with the grace of a woman, not the grief of a child. And you learn to build all your roads on today because tomorrow’s ground is too uncertain for plans and futures have a way of falling down in mid-flight. After a while you learn that even sunshine burns if you get too much, so you plant your own garden and decorate your own soul instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers. And you learn that you really can endure, you really are strong, you really do have worth, and you learn and you learn. With every goodbye, you learn.”
-Veronica Shoffstal

black ocean.

we are different people now, & continue to become different with each passing moment. these words you read, are they from the “i” of today or the “i” of who will i be when they reach you?

smile, go on now

“Back in my old life, I was never much of a smiler. A girl may win hearts with a coy grin, but it seemed to me that a wry smirk and jagged comment opened all the doors I wanted (and tightened the lock on a few that I really, really wanted to keep closed). When confronted with a perma-smiler, I would vacillate rapidly between suspicion and pity.

Increasingly over the past ten months, though, I’ve become more of a natural smiler…

Other people are miracles. It’s easy to forget that, but so worthwhile to remind yourself….”


winter in new york.

you may lose the girl. the one whose hair swirls, whose breath you feel all the way to your toes. this will hurt. that’s okay. feel it. the girl you want isn’t in new york anyway; the girl you want wouldn’t live in new york. she’s too tender, too sensitive to the overstimulation, just like you. but you can take it, for a little while. you can learn to put the armor on, & you can learn to take it off. this is how new york makes you strong.
-sinclair sexsmith