This optimist is being moulded one knock at a time into a pessimist
A good map could light the way for even the most troubled soul. - Tim Lebbon
Anxiety is secretive. He does not trust anyone, not even his friends, Worry, Terror, Doubt and Panic … He likes to visit me late at night when I am alone and exhausted. I have never slept with him, but he kissed me on the forehead once, and I had a headache for two years. He is sure a nuisance to get out of the house. He has no respect for locks or curtains or doors. I speak from experience. It takes cunning to get rid of him, a combination of anger, humor, and self-respect. A bath helps too. He does not like to get wet. As a last resort, if you are not near a bathtub, wet your face with tears.
J. Ruth Gendler, The Book of Qualities via oh-phelia (via petitpoulailler)
For some of us, books are as important as almost anything else on earth. What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you.
Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die.
Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life via bookoasis (via petitpoulailler)
The most courageous act is to think for yourself. Aloud.
Coco Chanel via (via petitpoulailler)