How was it possible that entire lives could change, could be destroyed, and that streets and buildings remained the same, she wondered.
― Tatiana de Rosnay, Sarah’s Key
An artist’s only concern is to shoot for some kind of perfection, and on his own terms, not anyone else’s.
Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.
I see it all perfectly; there are two possible situations — one can either do this or that. My honest opinion and my friendly advice is this: do it or do not do it — you will regret both.
― Søren Kierkegaard, Either/Or: A Fragment of Life
If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans.
― Woody Allen
Let me not pray to be sheltered from dangers, but to be fearless in facing them.
Let me not beg for the stilling of my pain, but for the heart to conquer it.
― Rabindranath Tagore, Collected Poems And Plays Of Rabindranath Tagore
…you know that a good, long session of weeping can often make you feel better, even if your circumstances have not changed one bit.
― Lemony Snicket, The Bad Beginning
No! I am not Prince Hamlet, nor was meant to be;
Am an attendant lord, one that will do
To swell a progress, start a scene or two,
Advise the prince; no doubt, an easy tool,
Deferential, glad to be of use,
Politic, cautious, and meticulous;
Full of high sentence, but a bit obtuse;
At times, indeed, almost ridiculous—
Almost, at times, the Fool.
― T.S. Eliot
Life was a swarm of accidents waiting in the treetops, descending upon any living thing that passed, ready to eat them alive. You swam in a river of chance and coincidence. You clung to the happiest accidents- the rest you let float by.