“ You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop
— Rumi ”
“ Hackett was not quoted directly in either report. There was no audio or video of him saying it. It was possible that the echo chamber of competing news reports had processed Mari’s claim into a reported fact, something that happens all too often in the scrum of a competitive news story. ”
Lost Girls, by Robert Kolker (HarperCollins, 2013)
“ We are not some casual and meaningless product of evolution. Each of us is the result of a thought of God. Each of us is willed, each of us is loved, each of us is necessary ”
Pope Benedict XVI (via ferventprayers)
"If you could give one piece of advice to a large group of people, what would it be?"
"Well, I’m in finance, so I’d say: ‘Stay diversified.’"
"Outside of finance, what area of your life do you wish was more diversified?"
"Well, I wish I’d focused on more than finance."
“ Screw writing “strong” women. Write interesting women. Write well-rounded women. Write complicated women. Write a woman who kicks ass, write a woman who cowers in a corner. Write a woman who’s desperate for a husband. Write a woman who doesn’t need a man. Write women who cry, women who rant, women who are shy, women who don’t take no shit, women who need validation and women who don’t care what anybody thinks. THEY ARE ALL OKAY, and all those things could exist in THE SAME WOMAN. Women shouldn’t be valued because we are strong, or kick-ass, but because we are people. So don’t focus on writing characters who are strong. Write characters who are people. ”
“ Catholicism is what it is. You don’t have to believe it. You don’t have to follow it. But it’s not up to them to modernize to you. It’s not up to any religion, although some do this, ‘cause they want the money. They want the membership. But the Catholic Church doesn’t do it. It’s not up to them to bend and shape and mold itself to accommodate the shrinking depravity of a worldwide culture. It’s to provide the exact opposite. It’s to provide a beacon out of depravity, among other things. ”
“ Got a heart like Indiana
laugh like Louisiana
take me down to Alabama
show me some of that laid back vibe
kissing while we’re fishing in the moonlight…
Shine like California
high like an Arizona noontime, baby when you’re all mine
Anywhere, any place I go
You feel like home to me ”
“ Folks, I’m not gonna sugar coat it. I can’t, it’s Lent. ”
Stephen Colbert (via thelifeguardlibrarian)
Duty, Honor, Country: Those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be. They are your rallying points: to build courage when courage seems to fail; to regain faith when there seems to be little cause for faith; to create hope when hope becomes forlorn.
… They teach you in this way to be an officer and a gentleman.”
“ This is the first day of the rest of your life.
Because even in the dark you can still see the light.
It’s gonna be alright. ”
Matt Maher, “Hold Us Together” (via onesmallinstrument)
“ Open a book this minute and start reading. Don’t move until you’ve reached page fifty. Until you’ve buried your thoughts in print. Cover yourself with words. Wash yourself away. Dissolve. ”
Carol Shields (via fleurishes)
“ I feel sorry for short people, you know. When it rains, they’re the last to know. ”
Rodney Dangerfield (via the-random-quotes)
“ Creativity is intelligence having fun. ”
Albert Einstein (via bowsandpearlsforever)