a collection from ‘brave enough by cheryl strayed’ and others.

“let it sting because it will for a while” 

“you go on by doing the best you can, by being generous, by being true, by offering comfort to those who can’t go on.”

“what if i was sorry, but if i could go back in time i wouldn’t do anything different from what i’d done?”

“what if all of those things i shouldn’t have done were what got me here?”

“inhabit the beauty of your beastly body and strive to see the beauty in all other beasts.”

“fear begets fear. power begets power. i willed myself to beget power. and it wasn’t long before i actually wasn’t afraid.”

“bravery is acknowledging your fear and doing it anyway.”

“many people you think have it easy worked hard for what they got… many people who seem to be gliding right along have suffered and are suffering.”

“how would your life be transformed if you chose to love this time with all your intelligence?”

“whatever i go thru, i get thru. so even when i’m not good..i’m good.”

“i  can write the saddest poem of all time tonight. i loved her, and sometimes she loved me too.”

“when the things get for real, my warm heart goes cold.”

“if you want to go fast, go alone. if you want to go far, go together.”

“it’s funny how they act now.”

“promise me one thing – don’t bring me home until i’m drunk.”

“love what you have, before life teaches you to love what you lost.”

“some people are old at 18 and some young at 90.” 

“i have what i have and i am happy. i’ve lost what i’ve lost and i am still happy.” 

“to have someone understand your mind is a different kind of intimacy.” 

“never ruin an apology with an excuse.” 

“to live is the rarest thing in the world. most people exist, that is all.” 

“what will they write upon my grave?
a free man born as a king, who died as a slave
but everything he gave her was for nothing though
oh no i can’t fade that shit i gotta let you go.” 

“i’d do anything in my power to make you happy. anything at all.” 

“i spoke to you in a hundred silent ways.”

“i’m savin me for u.”

“all I ever did was think about you, dream of being part of your life.”

“my love, i’m ready to do everything for you.”

“you’re the best thing that never happened.”

“you turned into everything you said you’d never be.”

“it doesn’t always need a knife to kill someone. it just takes a simple goodbye.”

“i spend most of my nights at home, falling in love with the idea of you.”

“i let my walls down for you, but you only made me remember why I built them so high.”

“we don’t choose to be unloved by the ones who should love us.” 

“life is so subtle sometimes that you barely notice yourself walking through the doors you once prayed would open.”

“you are the person that people write poems about. you’re the one whose eyes shine like galaxies and you’re the one with the enchanting smile. you are an actual work of art. you are a warm soul lost in this cold world and i am so sorry that not many people understand your beauty.” 

“it’s okay if you  don’t know what to feel, if you don’t know what you want and if you can’t figure things out as you go. it’s okay to not want something you worked so hard on getting – after realizing it wasn’t what you thought it was. it’s okay to change your mind, to make mistakes, to walk away from someone you once loved – from something that once meant the world to you. it’s okay, because this is your life, your cause, your body, your beliefs, your mind, your hear, and your feelings. and you don’t need validation from no one, other than you, and I hope it doesn’t take you a lifetime to realize that.” 

“when my eyes meet yours i get this overwhelming emotion i can’t put into words.” 

“stay soft. it looks beautiful on you.” 

“normality is a paved road: it’s comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow.” 

“come as you are, as you were, as i want you to be.”

“want a big fat kiss on my heart.” 

“it’s as i lived two lives, one by day and one by night.” 

“let them roam. what’s meant for you will always be yours.” 

“lazy mind, crazy heart.” 

“and if love be madness, may i never find sanity again.”

“never confuse education and intelligence.”

“don’t you know they write songs about girls like you?”


quotes from before sunrise (1995)

“but loving someone and being loved means so much to me. we always make fun of it and stuff. but isn’t everything we do in life a way to be loved a little more?”

“you know what drives me crazy? it’s all these people talking about how great technology is, and how it saves all this time. but, what good is saved time, if nobody uses it? if it just turns into more busy work. you never hear somebody say, “with the time i’ve saved by using my word processor, i’m going to go to a zen monastery and hang out”. i mean, you never hear that.”

“i think i can really fall in love when i know everything about someone-the way he’s going to part his hair, which shirt he’s going to wear that day, knowing the exact story he’d tell in a given situation. i’m sure that’s when I know i’m really in love.”

“ok, well this was my thought: 50,000 years ago, there are not even a million people on the planet. 10,000 years ago, there’s, like, two million people on the planet. now there’s between five and six billion people on the planet, right? now, if we all have our own, like, individual, unique soul, right, where do they all come from? you know, are modern souls only a fraction of the original souls? cause if they are, that represents a 5,000 to 1 split of each soul in the last 50,000 years, which is, like, a blip in the earth’s time. you know, so at best we’re like these tiny fractions of people, you know, walking… i mean, is that why we’re so scattered? you know, is that why we’re all so specialized?”

“i believe if there’s any kind of god it wouldn’t be in any of us, not you or me but just this little space in between. if there’s any kind of magic in this world it must be in the attempt of understanding someone sharing something. i know, it’s almost impossible to succeed but who cares really? the answer must be in the attempt.”

“momentarily painting your blank canvas.”

“but isn’t everything we do in life a reason to be loved a little more?”