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She didn’t quite know what the relationship was between lunatics and the moon, but it must be a strong one, if they used a word like that to describe the insane.

—Paulo Coelho, Veronika Decides to Die (via larmoyante)

Lighthouses don’t go running all over an island looking for boats to save; they just stand there shining.

—Anne Lamott (via larmoyante)

I wondered how many people there were in the world who suffered, and continued to suffer, because they could not break out from their own web of shyness and reserve, and in their blindness and folly built up a great distorted wall in front of them that hid the truth.

—Daphne du Maurier, Rebecca (via larmoyante)

She didn’t quite know what the relationship was between lunatics and the moon, but it must be a strong one, if they used a word like that to describe the insane.

—Paulo Coelho, Veronika Decides to Die (via larmoyante)

Chapter One
I walk down the street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I fall in.
I am lost …. I am helpless.
It isn’t my fault
It takes forever to find a way out.

Chapter Two
I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I pretend I don’t see it.
I fall in again.
I can’t believe I am in this same place.
But, it isn’t my fault
It still takes a long time to get out.

Chapter Three
I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I see it there.
I still fall in … it’s a habit … but,
my eyes are open.
I know where I am.
It is my fault.
I get out immediately.

Chapter Four
I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I walk around it.

Chapter Five
I walk down another street.

—Portia Nelson, “Autobiography In Five Short Chapters” (via larmoyante)

I like it when somebody gets excited about something. It’s nice.

—J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

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