I have seen the truth; I have seen and I know that people can be beautiful and happy without losing the power of living on earth. I will not and cannot believe that evil is the normal condition of mankind. And it is just this faith of mine that they laugh at. But how can I help believing it? I have seen the truth — it is not as though I had invented it with my mind, I have seen it, seen it, and the living image of it has filled my soul for ever.
Fyodor Dostoevsky (via observando)
Never dream of forcing men into the ways of God. Think yourself, and let think. Use no constraint in matters of religion. Even those who are farthest out of the way never compel to come in by any other means than reason, truth, and love.
John Wesley (via observando)
I think one’s feelings waste themselves in words, they ought all to be distilled into actions and into actions which bring results.
Florence Nightingale (via observando)
We do not believe in ourselves until someone reveals that deep inside us something is valuable, worth listening to, worthy of our trust, sacred to our touch. Once we believe in ourselves we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight or any experience that reveals the human spirit.
e.e. cummings (via observando)
Books have a unique way of stopping time in a particular moment and saying: Let’s not forget this.
Dave Eggers (via observando)
Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.
Benjamin Franklin (via observando)
We all die. The goal isn’t to live forever, the goal is to create something that will.
Chuck Palahniuk, Diary (via observando)
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
Aristotle, Metaphysics (via observando)
You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness.
Jonathan Safran Foer (via observando)
Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.
Søren Kierkegaard (via observando)