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“I don’t want to be little again. But at the same time I do. I want to be me like I was then, and me as I am now, and me like I’ll be in the future. I want to be me and nothing but me. I want to be crazy as the moon, wild as the wind and still as the earth. I want to be every single thing it’s possible to be. I’m growing and I don’t know how to grow. I’m living but I haven’t started living yet. Sometimes I simply disappear from myself. Sometimes I can hardly think. My head just drifts, and the visions that come seem so vivid.”

—  David Almond

“She had authentic magnetism. The way she listened was more eloquent than speech.”

—  Laura (1944)

“I would like to beg of you, dear friend, as well as I can, to have patience towards everything that remains unresolved in your heart. Try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are written in a foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, for it cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. At present you need to live the questions, and experience everything. Perhaps you will gradually, without even noticing, find yourself experiencing the answer some distant day.”

—  Rainer Maria RilkeLetters to a Young Poet.

“I stare at a gray cement wall. I keep my legs crossed my back straight my eyes forward. I take deep breaths in and out, in and out, and I try not to move. I sit for as long as I can I sit until everything hurts I sit until everything stops hurting I sit until I lose myself in the gray wall I sit until my mind becomes as blank as the gray wall. I sit and I stare and I breathe. I sit and I stare. I breathe.”

—  James Frey, My Friend Leonard

“No one feels another’s grief, no one understands another’s joy. People imagine they can reach one another. In reality they only pass each other by.”

—   Franz Schubert

“The paradox: Vulnerability is the last thing I want you to see in me, and the first thing I look for in you.”

—  Brené Brown

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