So I've Heard

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 -

On Love & Relationships

“I love you’ means that I accept you for the person that you are, and that I do not wish to change you into someone else. It means that I will love you and stand by you even through the worst of times, It means loving you even when you’re in a bad mood, or too tired to do the things I want to do.  It means loving you when you’re down, not just when you’re fun to be with. ‘I love you’ means that I know your deepest secrets and do not judge you for them, asking in return that you do not judge me for mine. It means that I care enough to fight for what we have and that I love you enough not to let you. It means thinking of you, dreaming of you, wanting and need you constantly, and hoping you feel the same for me.”

- Foer -

On Life

“Don’t worry if people think you’re crazy. You are crazy. You have that kind of intoxicating insanity that lets other people dream outside of the lines and become who they’re destined to be.”

- Jennifer Elisabeth -

On Travel

“Just as much as it is about booking flights, sharing hostel rooms with strangers, and learning to say hello in a variety of languages; travel is about the momentarily times of breakdowns, longing of all the great things back home, and the tears you hold back from each good-bye, which in the entirety, makes up the honest human experience of living.”

- Forrest Curran -

On Life

“I have three precious things which I hold fast and prize. The first is gentleness; the second frugality; the third is humility, which keeps me from putting myself before others. Be gentle and you can be bold; be frugal and you can be liberal; avoid putting yourself before others and you can become a leader among men.”

-  Lao Tzu -

On Life

“Leave that room, kid. Shut the screen off. Take your dirty shoes, not the pretty ones, and go out to feel the wind. Touch water. Touch earth. Touch wood, touch skin, touch everything you can touch and memorise everything because that’s all you will live off in the end, and that’s all you will need.”

- Charlotte Eriksson -

On Travel

“All of us,’ he said, ‘have hopes of being poet, artist, discoverer, philosopher, scientist; of possessing the attributes of all these simultaneously. Few are permitted to achieve any of them in daily life. But in travel we attain them all. Then we have our day of glory, when all our dreams come true, when we can be anything we like, as long as we like, and, when we are tired of it, pull up stakes and move on. Travel — the solitude of the mountains, the emptiness of the desert, the delicacy of the minaret; eternal change, limitless contrast, unending variety.’

- Robert Edison Fulton Jr., One Man Caravan -

On Life

“I know you’re sad, so I won’t tell you to have a good day.  Instead I advise you to simply have a day.  Stay alive, feed yourself well, wear comfortable clothes, and don’t give up on yourself just yet.  It’ll get better.  Until then, have a day.”

- Unknown -

On Love & Relationships

“Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time.”

- Maya Angelou -