some of the most gorgeous people i know. are radiant scars.
Compassion hurts. When you feel connected to everything, you also feel responsible for everything. And you cannot turn away. Your destiny is bound with the destinies of others. You must either learn to carry the Universe or be crushed by it. You must grow strong enough to love the world, yet empty enough to sit down at the same table with its worst horrors.
Just because I accept you as you are does not mean that I have given up all hope of your improvement.
The only reason we don’t open our hearts and minds to other people is that they trigger confusion in us that we don’t feel brave enough or sane enough to deal with. To the degree that we look clearly and compassionately at ourselves, we feel confident and fearless about looking into someone else’s eyes.
You are loved just for being who you are, just for existing. You don’t have to do anything to earn it. Your shortcomings, your lack of self-esteem, physical perfection, or social and economic success - none of that matters. No one can take this love away from you, and it will always be here.
Believe me when I tell you that everything is temporary. Everything. There’s not a thing in the world that will not change, including you.
Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth
You will have bad times, but they will always wake you up to the stuff you weren’t paying attention to.