So I've Heard

On Life

“Some nights you drink tea, some nights you drink whiskey.”

- Atticus -

On Travel

“There is a difference between arrival and entrance. Arrival is physical and happens all at once. The train pulls in, the plane touches down, you get out of the taxi with all your luggage. You can arrive a place and never really enter it; you get there, look around, take a few pictures, make a few notes, send postcards home. When you travel like this, you think you know where you are, but, in fact, you have never left home. Entering takes longer. You cross over, slowly, in bits and pieces. […] It is like awakening slowly, over a period of weeks. And then one morning, you open your eyes and you are finally here, really and truly here. You are just beginning to know where you are.”

- Jamie Zeppa -

On Travel

“Adventure is allowing the unexpected to happen to you.  Exploration is experiencing what you have not experienced before.  How can there be any adventure, any exploration, if you let somebody else- above all, a travel bureau- arrange everything before hand?”

- Richard Aldington, Death of a Hero -

On Travel

“This grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never dried all at once; a shower is forever falling; vapor is ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal dawn and gloaming, on sea and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls.”

- John Muir -

On Life

“The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his information and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he’s always doing both.”

- L. P. Jacks -

On Life

“Some people are born with tornados in their lives, but constellations in their eyes.  Other people are born with stars at their feet, but their souls are lost at sea.”

- Nikita Gill -

On Love & Relationships

“Friendship is not about ‘supporting your friends even when you know they’re wrong.’  That’s not friendship.  That’s being an enabler.  That’s being an accomplice.  Friendship is loving someone enough to tell them to stop being a goddamn idiot before they ruin their lives.”

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On Life

“Can you remember who you were, before the world told you who you should be?”

- Danielle LaPorte -

On Love & Relationships

“Before I die, I want to be somebody’s favorite hiding place, the place they can put everything they know they need to survive, every secret, every solitude, every nervous prayer, and be absolutely certain I will keep it safe. I will keep it safe.”

- Andrea Gibson -

On Life

“So, a man who is really earnest must begin with himself, he must be passively aware of all his thoughts, feelings and actions. Again, this is not a matter of time. There is no end to self-knowledge. Self-knowledge is only from moment to moment, and therefore there is a creative happiness from moment to moment.”

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On Life

“In Germany they first came for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn’t speak up because I was a protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time there was nobody left to speak up.”

- Reverend Martin Niemoller, Germany, 1930’s -

On Life

“Introverts, in contrast, may have strong social skills and enjoy parties and business meetings, but after a while wish they were home in their pajamas. They prefer to devote their social energies to close friends, colleagues, and family. They listen more than they talk, think before they speak, and often feel as if they express themselves better in writing than in conversation. They tend to dislike conflict. Many have a horror of small talk, but enjoy deep discussions.”

- Susan Cain -

On Love & Relationships

It’s quite an undertaking to start loving somebody. You have to have energy, generosity, blindness. There is even a moment right at the start where you have to jump across an abyss: if you think about it you don’t do it.”

- Jean-Paul Sartre, Nausea -

On Life

“A happy life is just a string of happy moments.  But most people don’t allow the happy moments, because they’re so busy trying to get a happy life.”

- Abraham Hicks -

On Life

“Don’t ask for guarantees. And don’t look to be saved in any one thing, person, machine, or library. Do your own bit of saving, and if you drown, at least die knowing you were heading for shore.”

- Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury -

On Life

“Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.”

- Ralph Waldo Emerson -

On Love & Relationships

Love is the ability and willingness to allow those that you care for to be what they choose for themselves without any insistence that they satisfy you.”

- Wayne Dyer -

On Life

It is impossible to feel grateful and depressed in the same moment.”

- Naomi Williams -

On Love & Relationships

“Someone will come along.  Someone who understands that you get jealous and anxious.  Someone who knows the fers you have rooted deep in your past and holds you when you’re feeling scared.  Someone who can’t dance, but dances with you anyway.  They’ll love any gift you give them, even when it’s the wrong size and they’ll love anything you cook for them, even when it’s burnt.  They’ll make you laugh until you cry, and know exactly what to say yo make you smile.  They’ll leave you feeling helplessly, unapologetically happy as you fall asleep at night.  You’ll wonder how you ever got so lucky.  Just be patient.  Someone will come along.”

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On Life

“Seek out that particular mental attribute which makes you feel most deeply and vitally alive, along with which comes the inner voice which says, “This is the real me,” and when you have found that attitude, follow it.”

- William James -

On Life

“Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint you can on it.”

- Danny Kaye -