J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit
Sleep is still most perfect, in spite of hygienists, when it is shared with a beloved. The warmth, the security and peace of soul, the utter comfort from the touch of the other, knits the sleep, so that it takes the body and soul completely in its healing.
D. H. Lawrence, Sons and Lovers
You exhale a fist of memory.
I love you like weathering wood
in a room of empty pianos.
When you return to something you love,
it’s already beyond repair.
You wear it broken.
Le petit déjeuner après le bain - Edgar Degas - 1895
Our kiss was electric and soft,
and tentative and certain,
terrifying and exactly right…
We were warm and shivering,
and young and ancient,
I was thinking, it’s true. We already love each other.
We already do.
We Were Liars, E. Lockhart
You are a woman. Skin and bones, veins and nerves, hair and sweat. You are not made of metaphors. Not apologies, not excuses.
Sarah Kay, from “The Type”
I’m not sure what I’ll do, but— well, I want to go places and see people. I want my mind to grow. I want to live where things happen on a big scale.
If some one wrongs you, cheats, misuses or insults you, let it pass as one of the lessons you had to learn, but do not imagine that you are selected by fate for only such lessons. Keep wholesome, hopeful and sympathetic with the world at large, whatever individuals may do. Expect life to use you better every year, and it will not disappoint you in the long run. For life is what we make it.
Ella Wheeler Wilcox, The Heart of the New Thought