It’s not our job to toughen our children up to face a cruel and heartless world. It’s our job to raise children who will make the world a little less cruel and heartless.

L.R.Knost   (via thatkindofwoman)
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If it is right, it happens — The main thing is not to hurry. Nothing good gets away.

— John Steinbeck, Falling in Love: A 1958 Letter (via gooddaysunshinee)
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We find comfort among those who agree with us—growth among those who don’t.

Frank A. Clark
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My life has no purpose, no direction, no aim, no meaning, and yet I’m happy.

Charles M. Schulz (via nevver)
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Nobody gets to be you, except you. Nobody has your point of view, except you. Nobody gets to bring to the worlds the things taht you get to bring to the world – uniquely get to bring to the world – except you.

So saying there are enough writers out there, enough directors out there, enough people with a point of view – well, yeah, there are – but none of them are you, none of this them is going to make the art that you’re going to make, none of them will change people and change the world in the way that you could change it.

So if you believe somebody who says, ‘No, no, we’ve got enough of those,’ then all it means is you’re giving up your chance to change the world the way only you can change it.

When a young woman cites being told she shouldn’t pursue being an artist because there are too many artists in the world already, Neil Gaiman offers some words of wisdom. Complement with his even wiser advice to young people in the arts.

A fine addition to our ongoing archive of sage, timeless advice

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To get what you want, do something. To get what you deserve, do something difficult until it no longer is difficult.

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The biggest coward of a man is to awaken the love of a woman without the intention of loving her.

Bob Marley (via madeinfebruary)
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The planet does not need more ‘successful people’. The planet desperately needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers and lovers of all kinds. It needs people to live well in their places. It needs people with moral courage willing to join the struggle to make the world habitable and humane and these qualities have little to do with success as our culture is the set.

Tenzin Gyatso, The 14th Dalai Lama (via Swanfeather Songs)
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“Every day may not be good, but there’s something good in every day.” ~Unknown

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Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.

Benjamin Franklin
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The person who wins the Nobel Prize is not the person who read the most journal articles and took the most notes on them. It’s the person who knew what to look for. And cultivating that capacity to seek what’s significant, always willing to question whether you’re on the right track — that’s what education is going to be about.

Noam Chomsky on the purpose of education (via explore-blog)
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It doesn’t happen all at once. It takes a very long time. Generally by the time you are REAL most of your hair has been loved off and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But those things don’t matter, because once you are real, you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.

― Margery Williams, The Velveteen Rabbit
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Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.

Writer-director Nora Ephron died of leukemia last night at 71. Today we remember her work and wit.  (via thedailyfeed)
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