I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.
― St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta
In the flush of love’s light we dare to be brave. And suddenly we see that love costs all we are, and will ever be. Yet it is only love that sets us free.
A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, and always with the same person.
A deep sense of love and belonging is an irreducible need of all people. We are biologically, cognitively, physically, and spiritually wired to love, to be loved, and to belong. When those needs are not met, we don’t function as we’re meant to. We break. We fall apart. We numb. We ache. We hurt others. We get sick.
She wanted a relationship that consisted of loving someone unconditionally, flaws and all, so she started with herself.
Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.
— Judy Blume
How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.
― Annie Dillard
It takes considerable courage
to be alone, not settling for fuckwittage.
“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.”
– Audre Lorde
“Writing, regardless of the end result—whether good or bad, published or not, well reviewed or slammed—means celebrating beauty in an often ugly world.”
― Mary Karr