"For some of us, books are as important as almost anything else on earth. What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die."
“The saddest kind of sad is the sad that tries not to be sad. You know, when Sad tries to bite its lip and not cry and smile and go, “No, I’m happy for you”? That’s when it’s really sad.”—John Mayer (via littlemiss) (via michelleums)
“Life isn’t about keeping score. It’s not about how many people call you, and it’s not about who you’ve dated, are dating, or haven’t dated at all. it isn’t about who you kissed, what sport you play, or which guy or girl likes you. Its not about your shoes or your hair or the color of your skin or where you live or go to school. In fact, its not about grades, money, clothes, or colleges that accept you or not. Life isn’t about if you have lots of friends, or if you are alone, and its not about how accepted or unaccepted you are. Life just isn’t about that. But life is about who you love. and who you hurt. It’s about how you feel about yourself. It’s about trust, happiness, and compassion. It’s about sticking up for your friends and replacing inner hate with love one else’s in a way that could never have been achieved otherwise.”—(via chrisabigail) (via amuseisme)
“There are those who love to get dirty and fix things. They drink coffee at dawn, beer after work. And those who stay clean, just appreciate things. At breakfast they have milk and juice at night. There are those who do both, they drink tea.”—
1. everyone is a resource, steal knowledge whenever possible. 2. manipulation is not only an art form but an essential and invaluable life skill. practice helps you understand the human perspective. 3. experience as much as possible. you never know if you’ll like a finger in your ass until you try. 4. never finish your food. cleaning your plate is how your parents programmed you into over-eating, you tubby bastards. 5. question everything. never stop asking why. always question motives, cause we all have em. 6. let your guard down when you say ‘i love you’, its only fair. 7. pay attention. easy concept but then why do you get taken advantage of all the goddamn time? cause you werent paying attention. 8. hang out with people who you feel are morally superior than you. the better the people you hang with, the better you’ll become. 9. trust your friends opinions, collectively they know you better than you know yourself. 10. its not a matter or perspective: the glass IS half empty, but live like its half full.
“I guess sometimes the ground can shift between your feet. Sometimes your footing slips. You stumble. And sometimes you grab what’s close to you and hold on as tight as you can.”—The Wonder Years(via chrisabigail) (via amuseisme)
“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive. -Howard Thurman”—(via youshallloveyourcrookedneighbor) (via michelleums)
I’ve learned that you cannot make someone love you. All you can do is be someone who can be loved. The rest is up to them. I’ve learned that no matter how much I care, some people just don’t care back. I’ve learned that it takes years to build up trust and only seconds to destroy it. I’ve learned that it’s not what you have in your life but who you have in your life that counts. I’ve learned that you can get by on charm for about fifteen minutes. After that, you’d better know something.
I’ve learned that you shouldn’t compare yourself to the best others can do, but to the best you can do. I’ve learned that it’s not what happens to people, It’s what they do about it that matters. I’ve learned that no matter how thin you slice it, there are always two sides. I’ve learned that you should always talk to loved ones with loving words. It may be the last time you’ll see them. I’ve learned that you can keep going long after you think you can’t.
I’ve learned that heroes are the people who do what has to be done When it needs to be done, regardless of the consequences. I’ve learned that there are people who love you dearly, but just don’t know how to show it. I’ve learned that sometimes when I’m angry I have the right to be angry, but that doesn’t give me the right to be cruel. I’ve learned that true friendship continues to grow even over the longest distance. Same goes for true love. I’ve learned that just because someone doesn’t love you the way you want them to doesn’t mean they don’t love you with all they have.
I’ve learned that no matter how good a friend is, they’re going to hurt you every once in a while and you must forgive them for that. I’ve learned that it isn’t always enough to be forgiven by others. Sometimes you have to learn to forgive yourself. I’ve learned that no matter how bad your heart is broken, the world doesn’t stop for your grief. I’ve learned that our background and circumstances may influence who we are, but we are responsible for who we become. I’ve learned that just because two people argue, it doesn’t mean they don’t love each other. And just because they don’t argue, it doesn’t mean they do.
I’ve learned that sometimes you have to put the individual ahead of their actions. I’ve learned that no matter the consequences, those who are honest with themselves go farther in life. I’ve learned that your life can be changed in a matter of hours by people who don’t even know you. I’ve learned that even when you think you have no more to give, when a friend cries out to you, you will find the strength to help.
I’ve learned that writing, as well as talking, can ease emotional pains. I’ve learned that the people you care most about in life are taken from you too soon. I’ve learned that it’s hard to determine where to draw the line between being nice and not hurting people’s feelings and standing up for what you believe. I’ve learned to love and be loved.
“But there’s a story behind everything. How a picture got on a wall. How a scar got on your face. Sometimes the stories are simple, and sometimes they are hard and heartbreaking.”—Mitch Albom (For One More Day) (via michelleums)
“Some things don’t matter much. Like the color of a house. How big is that in the overall scheme of life? But lifting a person’s heart — now that matters. The whole problem with people is … they know what matters, but they don’t choose it… The hardest thing on earth is choosing what matters.”—
Beauty – Because beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
True Friendship – Through thick and thin, they stood by your side. They were there when you had nothing but them.
Peace of Mind – It can only be acquired with an honest heart.
Beginner’s Eyes – You’ll never see it again for the very first time.
The Joy of Telling an Interesting True Story – One of the most enticing roles we lead in life is that of a storyteller. There are few things more satisfying than telling a true story that others enjoy listening to.
Happiness – True happiness is achieved by doing what you love and being involved in something you believe in.
Success – Success is simply excelling at doing what you love.
A Single Moment of Time – Once it’s gone, it’s gone. Don’t miss it.
A Baby’s Laughter – Babies don’t care about money. They care about kindness, love, and living in the moment.
Surprise Encounters with Long-Lost Friends – You haven’t seen them in years, and you figured you’d probably never see them again. Then suddenly, there they are standing right in front of you.
The Sound of Raindrops Outside – …as you snuggle up on the couch. Few sounds are more soothing.
A Good, Genuine Conversation – Those moments of verbal bonding when the topic of conversation flows seamlessly and all parties involved gain as much as they put in.
An Unexpected Compliment – It seems like just another dreary Monday afternoon, but then she walks into your office and says, “I love your shirt. That color looks great on you.”
The Feeling You Get When Your Idea Works – You’ve been struggling to resolve a complex problem all day, but you just can’t seem to get it right. Filled with frustration, you decide to try one last idea before calling it a night. You’ve had many ideas before that failed miserably… but this time it works.
Randomly Hearing Your Favorite Song – You’re stuck in bumper to bumper rush hour traffic, so you crank on a radio station for a little distraction. The opening notes to your favorite song instantly chime in.
Watching a Live Blooper Unfold in Front of You – As you walk alongside a friend, she trips over her own feet, wobbles erratically, regains her balance, and then tries to play it off like nothing happened. Hilarious!
A Sunny Sunday Afternoon – The birds are chirping, a light breeze in blowing through your hair, and the sun’s rays are warming your cheeks.
The Rush of Adolescent Love – Those magical moments of adolescent lust and affection that only you and one other person rightly remember.
Being In The Right Place at The Right Time – You’re sitting in the nosebleed seats at a professional baseball game. The home team batter cranks a monstrous, game-winning home run. The ball bounces off another fan’s glove two seats in front of you and lands right in your lap.
The Recollection of Great Childhood Memories – Do you remember the first time you learned to ride a bike? What about wrestling with your dad? Or climbing trees with your friends?
Reminiscing About Old Times with Your Best Friend – Those crazy life experiences only the two of you lived through together. Like that wild 24 hour road trip to Atlanta, or that drunken night on the 3rd floor balcony of your college apartment.
Passion – True wealth comes naturally to those who follow their hearts. You can’t pay someone to be emotionally passionate about something. Nor can you pay them to psychologically give-up on their passions.
Objects of Sentimental Value – Old family photos, your great grandmother’s music box, that painting your baby brother made for you… some things are priceless.
The Comfort of an Old Familiar Smell – You just pulled into your parent’s driveway after being away for a long while. You smell familiarity in the air, the scent of the pine tree in the neighbor’s yard. As you head through the front door, more familiar smells consume your senses. Gosh, it feels good to be home.
The Hilarity of an Inside Joke – You’ll never get it unless you were there at its inception.
Amazing Talents You Are Born With – Like the mind of a genius or the voice of an angel.
The Excitement of Making Someone Else Smile – Because her smile makes you smile back.
Exercising Your 5 Senses – Sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch. Each provides a gateway to rewarding personal experiences.
Sharing a Good Laugh with Friends and Family – Some of the most memorable moments in your life will be moments spent in laughter.
The Warm Coziness of Your Own Bed – No bed is more comfortable than your own.
Watching Wild Animals in Nature – Like a hawk gracefully soaring above the tree line, or a deer prancing across a grassy field.
A Home – Money can buy a house, but not a home. Because home is where the heart is.
Waking Up to the Smell of a Home Cooked Meal – You were still asleep, but someone special knew you’d be hungry soon.
The Peaceful Sound of Absolute Silence – Shhhhh…
Streams of Consciousness and Clarity – You’re ‘in the zone!’ Act while your mind is hot.
The Sound of a Light Breeze Through the Trees – It’s the sound of Mother Nature all around you.
The Captivating Experience of People Watching – The interesting (and sometimes foolish) things people do never ceases to please. You can’t buy this quality of entertainment.
Watching the Sunrise and Sunset with Your Beloved – Make time for this. It’s worth it.
The Sound and Sight of Ocean Waves – Another phenomenal act of Mother Nature.
The ‘Pump’ After a Great Workout – You feel like you can conquer the world.
The Blissful Act of Daydreaming – Just being… and thinking… and dreaming.
When She Says “I Love You” - …and you know she means it because you can read the sincerity in her eyes.
When an Unlikely Someone Remembers Your Birthday – A friend you haven’t seen in over a month calls you at 9AM on your birthday just to say “happy birthday.”
Finding Something You Thought You’d Lost Forever – You searched for it for days and finally gave up. Now, six months later, it basically appears right in front of you.
The Inspiration Behind Creative Works of Art – Every piece of art is priceless in the eyes of someone who can relate to it. The creative inspiration behind these works of art is no different.
When Your Pet Snuggles Up Next to You – It’s just soooo cute.
A Moment of Eye Contact with an Attractive Stranger – You’ve never seen them before, and you may never see them again. But a moment was shared.
A Long Hug from a Loved One – Those deep, warm hugs you wish you could nestle in forever.
Happily Singing at The Top of Your Lungs – Well… You know you make me wanna shout! Kick my heels up and shout! Throw my hands up and shout! Throw my head back and shout! Come on now… Shout!
Seeing Your Breath on a Chilly Night – A simple phenomenon that has entertained children since the beginning of mankind.
The Feeling of Acceptance – You’re now a part of something greater… and it feels good.
Watching the Clouds Form Cool Shapes – Never the same show twice.
Cuddling a Newborn Baby – Precious… simply precious.
When You Know You Can Trust Someone – You can see it in their eyes and you can feel it in your heart. They have no ulterior motive.
Sitting Around a Bonfire with Your Friends – One of the greatest settings for reminiscing and storytelling with those your care about.
Seeing Two Elderly Folks Who are Madly in Love – It’s a sight of love that has surpassed the tests of time.
The Beauty of a Moonlit Sky – Few simple pleasures are more satisfying than gazing up into a starry, moonlit sky.
The Awesomeness of Skipping Rocks Across Water – It doesn’t matter how old you get, this one never gets old.
Watching Lightning in the Distance – Peaceful and powerful at the same time.
Slow Dancing in Your Living Room - Dancing is like dreaming with your feet. -Constanze
Knowing She’ll Be There When You Get Back – Yes. There is stability in your life. And she’s a big part of it.
“I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think it’s the thing I like most, to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills. It’s probably the most important thing in a person.”—Audrey Hepburn (via awholelotofsmiles) (via amuseisme)
Fine: This is the word women use to end an argument when they are right and you need to shut up.
Five Minutes: If she is getting dressed, this means a half an hour. Five minutes is only five minutes if you have just been given five more minutes to watch the game before helping around the house.
Nothing: This is the calm before the storm. This means something, and you should be on your toes. Arguments that begin with nothing g usually end in fine.
Go Ahead: This is a dare, not permission. Don’t Do It!
Loud Sigh: This is not actually a word, but is a non-verbal statement often misunderstood by men. A loud sigh means she thinks you are an idiot and wonders why she is wasting her time standing here and arguing with you about nothing. (Refer back to #3 for the meaning of nothing.)
That’s Okay: This is one of the most dangerous statements a women can make to a man. That’s okay means she wants to think long and hard before deciding how and when you will pay for your mistake.
Thanks: A woman is thanking you, do not question, or faint. Just say you’re welcome. (I want to add in a clause here - This is true, unless she says ‘Thanks a lot’ - that is PURE sarcasm and she is not thanking you at all. DO NOT say “you’re welcome”; that will bring on a “whatever”):
Whatever: Is a woman’s way of saying SCREW YOU!
Don’t worry about it, I got it: Another dangerous statement, meaning this is something that a woman has told a man to do several times, but is now doing it herself. This will later result in a man asking ‘What’s wrong?’ For the woman’s response refer to #3.
“Take a look at yourself in the mirror. Is it the person you want to be? Or is there someone else you were meant to be, the person you should have been, but fell short of? Is someone telling you you can’t, or won’t? Because you can. Believe that love is out there. Believe that dreams come true everyday, because they do. Sometimes happiness doesn’t come from money or fame or power. Sometimes happiness comes from good friends and family and the quiet nobility of leading a good life. Believe that dreams come true everyday, because they do. So take a look at that mirror and remind yourself to be happy because you deserve to be. Believe that. And believe that dreams come true everyday, because they do.”—
“Why am I afraid to dance, I who love music and rhythm and grace and song and laughter? Why am I afraid to live, I who love life and the beauty of flesh and the living colors of the earth and sky and sea? Why am I afraid to love, I who love love?”—
“AND ABOVE ALL WATCH, WITH GLITTERING EYES THE WHOLE WORLD AROUND YOU BECAUSE THE GREATEST SECRETS ARE ALWAYS HIDDEN IN THE MOST UNLIKELY PLACES. THOSE WHO DON’T BELIEVE IN MAGIC WILL NEVER FIND IT.”—~ ROALD DAHL (via michelleums)