“You cannot stay on the summit forever; you have to come down again. So why bother in the first place? Just this: What is above knows what is below, but what is below does not know what is above. One climbs, one sees. One descends, one sees no longer, but one has seen. There is an art of conducting oneself in the lower regions by the memory of what one saw higher up. When one can no longer see, one can at least still know.”― René Daumal
We are plunged in slumber, we are the children of dust and ashes until we love.” Lev Tolstoy
“God always allows us to feel the frailty of human love so we’ll appreciate the strength of his.” C.S. Lewis
“Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglement. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin or your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.”
“The only obsession everyone wants: ’love.’ People think that falling in love they will make themselves whole? The platonic union of souls? I think otherwise. I think you’re whole before you begin. And the love fractures you. You’re whole and then you’re cracked open.”
The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure that it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry.
Ernest Hemingway, “A Farewell to Arms”
"As long as you're not satisfied,...you're redeemable." Geothe
"Forgiveness is giving up all hope of a better past." Jack Kornfield
"If we stopped being so afraid of pain, we would find our power...if we stopped being so afraid of pain, we would become the parents our kids need. It's not our job--not our right--to protect our kids from pain. It's our job to point them directly toward their struggle and say: 'see that? That was made for you. Your journey is straight through your story. I see your fear and it's big. But I also see your courage - and it's bigger. You can do hard things.' If we stopped being so afraid of pain, we would become the kind of friends our people need. We don't need friends to try to fix our pain - pain, like joy is holy. We need friends brave enough to be still with our pain - who will sit, stunned and sad and powerless with us. Because friendship is just two people not being God together."