Richelle E. Goodrich Quotes


Type: Writer

Born: September 16, Ogden, Utah, The United States


Richelle is a native of Washington State, graduated from Eastern Washington University with bachelor's degrees in Liberal Studies and Math/Science Education.

Richelle E. Goodrich Quotes

The crazy thing about poetry is how its simplicity makes it complicated.

It is said that you can't write without a reader. The opposite holds true as well; you can't read without a writer. But if as a single, creative person you are one in the same, then, well.....problem solved! Great writing is born from that which we personally long to read.

I love words.  I crave descriptions that overwhelm my imagination with vivid detail.  I dwell on phrases that make my heart thrum.  I cherish expressions that pierce my emotions and force the tears to spill over.   In essence, I long for a writer's soul sealed in ink on the page.

It's a phenomenal experience jumping from the devious mind of a sorceress bent on conquering the world to the compassionate musing of a queen capable of healing life with a touch - all in a flicker of thought. That's why I love writing.

Relax; the world's not watching that closely. It's too busy contemplating itself in the mirror.

I read so I might live a thousand lives in a lifetime. I write to control the particulars in those lives.

Life is a book that someone else is reading - and you, a key character - hence
the need for continual conflict and resolution. We can't have any boring books.

Every person sees the world through lenses of his or her own design - individual goggles that alter focus and perspective as desired. For those who wish the world to be dark and ugly and unapproachable, it is. But for those who wish it to be beautiful, it is a garden playground blooming with bright, happy colors.

We forget that the sweetest joys are found in the simplest acts: hugs, laughter, quiet observation, basic movements, holding hands, pleasant music, shared stories, a listening ear, an unhurried visit, and selfless service. It is sad we forget a truth so elementary.

The only way to change the world is to quit thinking it's a job for Superman. Real power lies in your own hands..

Your efforts extend like ripples on the ocean, much further than you know.

A thought can prompt. Words can stir. But it takes action to attain a dream.

Words never fade away but echo on for eternity. Let your echo ring sweet.

I bleed words.
I dream in narrative.
I live in infinite worlds.
I befriend figmental characters.
I wish on stars in other galaxies.
I harvest stories from a brooding muse.
I bloom under moonlight in hushed seclusion.
I am a writer.

Few realize how loud their expressions really are. Be kind with what you wordlessly say.

Three carefully stringed words are worth more than a book of gibberish. It's not the word count but the impact of those words that counts.

Four-letter words have always offended me. I cringe at hearing them. Can't, don't, and won't are the worst.

There are things known - things experienced, felt, and understood - that words hold no power to convey. Attempting to do so only dilutes their substance and does them injustice.

Okay, let's put this another way―if what you're about to say wouldn't look good permanently engraved on your tombstone, bite your tongue.

Two powerful, little words I've learned to use when facing challenges, fears, and doubts -
so what?

Why certainly, words possess power.  They do!  But releasing their magic requires combining and arranging those words in the right order.

Chameleonesque, hobbitish, unicorned, stompled, selfishism, and unwakeable may not be real words, but you do know what they mean.

The written word can make one pause and contemplate. It can make a reader sigh to dream or question a belief in considerable depth.  But all of that is nothing if those words fail to touch the heart and make one feel.

There are still blue skies and rainbows and days bathed in sunlight.
There are colorful shade trees filled with sweet bird songs.
And there are wishing stars in the heavens as well as angels in God's service.
So lift up your eyes.
Refuse to be unhappy.

We hunger after the sweet nectar of happiness without understanding that it is harvested from the flowering field of good deeds.

Wanting help, I reached out to serve. Seeking happiness, I smiled and offered comfort. Yearning for love, I showed love. And now I understand. My life was never about me, it was always about you.

A real treasure becomes such only after it's been desperately sought after.

No matter what you write, no matter how meticulous and painstaking the creation process, someone is going to laugh, scorn, and dissect your work with criticism while another quietly falls in love with it.

Some build their castles 'mid thunderbolts and fireworks. My worlds take shape in silence.

Artistry exists in everyone. What makes it blossom is a soul's personal desire to find an outlet for expression.

Authors always carry a means for scribbling and an excuse for pausing, often inopportunely, to record those fleeting sparks of creative fancy that might otherwise vanish like a wisp in the wind if ignored.  Writing is a jealous and needy lover.

I believe the main purpose of life is to accept with gratitude what you've been blessed with so that you may use those gifts to mold yourself into the best person you can possibly be. Learning to discern things of true value from those of little or no worth is part of the process.

Life isn't a lazy cruise on some endless, calm, and temperate sea. Life is a raging ocean with swells and tidal waves that wreck and sink your boat. Life is a series of storms―overcast skies, fierce winds, and pelting rain. You were meant to be immersed in it all―first to float, then swim, and eventually to walk on water.

Life is learning to take God's hand.....and hold on.

I'm starting to think this world is just a place for us to learn that we need each other more than we want to admit.

You are here to make a difference, to either improve the world or worsen it. And whether or not you consciously choose to, you will accomplish one or the other.

I see the good in the world because I choose to. I don't imagine that it's there; it's there waiting to be noticed.

No one is without troubles, without personal hardships and genuine challenges.  That fact may not be obvious because most people don't advertise their woes and heartaches.  But nobody, not even the purest heart, escapes life without suffering battle scars.

Don't ever give up.
Don't ever give in.
Don't ever stop trying.
Don't ever sell out.
And if you find yourself succumbing to one of the above for a brief moment,
pick yourself up, brush yourself off, whisper a prayer, and start where you left off.
But never, ever, ever give up.

Never give up.
It's like breathing - once you quit, your flame dies letting total darkness extinguish every last gasp of hope. You can't do that. You must continue taking in even the shallowest of breaths, continue putting forth even the smallest of efforts to sustain your dreams. Don't ever, ever, ever give up.

A daily dose of daydreaming heals the heart, soothes the soul, and strengthens the imagination.

Courage to me is doing something daring, no matter how afraid, insecure, intimidated, alone, unworthy, incapable, ridiculed or whatever other paralyzing emotion you might feel. Courage is taking matter what.  So you're afraid?  Be afraid.  Be scared silly to the point you're trembling and nauseous, but do it anyway!

One way or another, I think we are all destined to learn the same lessons in life. Universal truths are universal truths. They cannot be changed. 

The truth is that few know the truth.

Life isn't all grand, but it isn't all miserable either.  There's both sweet and sour in every day.  So why focus on the ugly when you can gaze at what's beautiful?  Concentrate on the good.

It's not my job to make you happy. It's your job to learn that only those who quit selfishly seeking their own happiness find it.

You will realize one day that all the money in the world cannot buy you happiness. Nor can it make you a person of good character. 

It is a fact that one man can be deliriously happy in the exact situation that causes another man to wither from depression.

Giddy is a grin and giggles and that glint of goofiness in your gaze.

Happiness must be a jealous pet. When you try seeking yours out, it tends to keep hidden. But as soon as you turn to help a friend find his, your own happiness comes bounding out of the darkness like some crazed animal.

There are in this world ample reasons to be sad and disheartened, discouraged and fearful. But there are as many reasons not to be.

The road to happiness starts with a deep breath and an awareness of the many blessings tied to that single breath.

There would be no cloud-nine days without rock-bottom moments left below.

Death. What a brief word for the extinguishing of life. To be no more. To have days cut off and at their end. To never again..........anything.

Statistics, likelihoods, and probabilities mean everything to men, nothing to God.

When you reach the point you truly want someone to stop and listen, to hear even your unspoken words, to feel your depth of sorrow, to care unreservedly, and to completely understand - pray.

Faith to me is trusting in every evidence that something is―that it is possible, that it is significant, that it is real.

Don’t simply exist in this world, but grasp life’s potential by the jacket. Dare it to be all it can. Make life historical - a gripping account of accomplishment. Make life a mystery - a challenging, bold adventure. Make life heartfelt - an enduring, poetic romance. Whatever it is you make of your world, live the fairytale.

In a world plagued with commonplace tragedies, only one thing exists that truly has the power to save lives, and that is love.

I have a funny side. I have a soft and sympathetic side. I have a serious side, and a seriously romantic side. I have lots of sides; it's the main course I haven't quite figured out.

A poet is simply an artist whose medium is human emotions.  A poet chisels away at our own sensibilities, shaping our vision while molding our hearts.  A poet wraps words around our own feelings and presents them as fresh gifts to humanity.

Twinkle tiny star.
Oh, how great you truly are!
God's sign from afar.

Determined, I rise
and face the dawn with resolve.
This time I will win.

Wilted or in bloom,
taking or lending daylight,
the world transitions.

I stumble and fall.
I weep and struggle to rise.
My mom feels it all.

Oh, mightiest wind,
wilt thou cease thy breathing in
and hold thy exhales?

A whiff of fresh mint
that tastes like strawberry pie.
Your kisses tempt me.

The sweetest melody that plays
On starry nights and wintry days,
Most soothing to my listening ears
And calming to beleaguering fears,
I call a symphony on air―
The song of sweet, still silence rare.

From good examples we learn how to be. From bad examples we learn how not to be. An observant and willing student can learn from any circumstance.

You may be the only person left who believes in you, but it's enough. It takes just one star to pierce a universe of darkness. Never give up.

Just pick a goal and stick to it―no big complicated secret.

The things that inspire your life should consume your life.

As a writer, I see the saga of your life in a single glimpse. It may be inaccurate, but my version doesn't lack for creativity.

I went to bed without reading, instead staring out my window with the curtains drawn, wondering about boys. Why did they behave so oddly? One minute their teasing was relentless, and then bam! - they’d stun you with a thoughtful gesture. Either way, their actions made you want to cry. Maybe that was the intent.

I love you because you loved me first. Yet you love me, saying I loved you first. Funny, our love thrives believing the other person started it.

The communication block between men and women:
Men―"Can't you hear what I'm saying?"
Women―"Can't you feel what I'm saying?

It is the image of physical brawn, sheer force, and commanding volume we so often associate with might. But I have found the might of an army exists in the faith of a child and in quiet, earnest prayers as well as in the heart of one who loves.

Believing in yourself means more than simply believing in your own ultimate success; it means believing you will survive failures, disappointments, rejections, and criticism and still persist.

and calms.
Granted, it won't get the dishes done,
but sacrifices must be made.

Time machines, magic portals, transporters, worm holes, flying carpets, relocation charms - such things do exist. They're called books.

What you perceive as a failure today may actually be a crucial step towards the success you seek. Never give up.

No matter how loud the sirens or how numerous the hazard signs, we all touch the flames at least once to prove they're hot.

Stand tall on the summit after a tedious climb. Take in the remarkable scenery and the exhilaration of accomplishment. But don't pause for long; there are greater mountains to climb while you still possess the drive and capacity to do so.

Sometimes the difference between success and failure is simply the degree to which you crave one over the other.

Daydream. Because you can't accomplish what you've never fully imagined.

Thousands of hopeful days came to naught before this one. This was a golden day. Never give up.

It is a greater triumph for the fearful soul who tries and fails than for the fearless who succeed.

You'll be hard-pressed to reach your goals if you don't map out where you're going. Take time to navigate your life.

The actual secret to success: Be a better friend today than you were yesterday.

Take it one step at a time - inarguably wise advice. And yet we all take a running leap, hoping the wind will catch us on its wings and lift us clear to the top of the beanstalk. Those few Jacks who have reached new heights in this manner inevitably wish they'd had more time to prepare for the overbearing giant who greeted them.

The key to success―keep swimming. Even when they tap you on the shoulder to say the pool has been drained, just keep swimming.

It's strange how in childhood it feels like tomorrow won't come until the end of forever, but in adulthood it feels like the end of forever could come tomorrow.

This day is the most recent set of events to define you.
Every day changes your life. Every last one.

Someday my children will look fondly on the annoying things I did and see them clearly as evidence of love.

The greatest gift you can give is your time.  Not money, not items, not food, not pretty cards with handwritten sentiment, but time.  People need your presence.  The way you can help a soul the most is to simply be there.

Minutes turn into hours 
that add up to days 
amounting to weeks 
that become  months 
melting into years
accumulating for decades
to pile up for centuries
and ultimately form minutes again―
just on a grander, divine scale.

Life requires more doing than dreaming of doing to make a dream reality.

A moment of torture feels like an eternity, while an eternity of joy passes in a moment. Perhaps time is naught but an illusion.

There are many who don't wish to sleep for fear of nightmares. Sadly, there are many who don't wish to wake for the same fear.

A finger beckons.
My choice is to turn away.
It is a mistake.

A monster's worst fear is of being found.

Life is a walk through the forest. Don't fear the trees; fear what lurks behind them.

Fear is the devil's most powerful tool because he can't always convince a good man to do wrong, but he can paralyze his will with fright, keeping a good man from doing what is right. It eventually results in the same end.

There are few things better than losing yourself in a book. And if you're lucky enough to have that adventure continue in a series, it's like chocolate ganache on the icing on the cake.

A good dose of fantasy is exercise for your sensibilities; it keeps your avatar strong.

A closed book will lie there like a dead horse. But an open book will kick, buck, and bolt through perceived adventures like a wild and free stallion. So hold on.

Closed books are like closed eyes - you must open them to see anything.

Beauty exists, even in unlikely places. The key isn't to open your eyes but to open your heart.

The most irresistible beauty is the radiant glow from a kind and gentle heart.

Always be good, but be wickedly beautiful.

Physical attractiveness is no indicator of an individual's beauty."

from "The Beauty of Ugh

Anyone who takes the time to be kind is beautiful."

from: "The Beauty of Ugh"

Happiness is seeing blessings in disguise, beauty under camouflage, and love amid conflict.

Beauty that pleases the eye is a frail, fleeting illusion. But that beauty capable of pleasing the heart can endure endlessly.

Some people are like gravity; they draw you into a room with a hop in your step and a smile on your face. Others are like the stench of sulfur; they make you scowl and want to swivel on the balls of your feet towards a quick exit. Have you stopped to think if you are gravity or sulfur?

Nature awakens in brilliant colors of autumn, making me wish winter would bid adieu.

There are things
that make no sense,
that seem unreal,
that can’t be grasped
or understood
or explained,
that maybe don’t even exist…
And still, somehow, those wonderful things touch and change our lives.
Isn’t it strange?

I survive on moments of make-believe happiness.

Imagine fantasy and pretend as neither fantastical nor pretended.....and then believe it.

Don't ever quit pretending.

I live in two unique worlds, traveling between both with just the opening or closing of my eyes.

Thanks, Ian, but sometimes there’s just nothing you can do.” Her feet moved forward again towards the center of Lacsar Forest.

“That’s not true, Eena. I can always listen.

Real? Real depends upon your perspective, Annabelle. People never see life exactly the same way. The world is what you think it is.

It is a sweet thing to have a husband love you, but it is a far sweeter thing when his actions convince your heart, and his words persuade your soul.

You need tell me nothing; I already know your heart. Through your simplest choices you've given yourself away.

Eyes, so easily deceived, might judge more rightly with lids closed, allowing ears and heart to remain wide open."

from "The Beauty of Ugh

To have a caring and committed heart toward someone - a heart so firm in its devotion as to sooner stop beating than neglect the object of its desire despite the person's state of health, appearance, reputation, finances, troubles, or challenges - that, dear world, is love. It is a rare find.

Love is years of devotion, sacrifice, commitment, loyalty, trust, faith, and friendship all wrapped up in one. True love does more than cause your heart to flutter. It upholds your heart when the infatuation no longer makes it flutter.

Life is a love story, with every character yearning for permanent refuge in someone's heart.

Gratitude is medicine for a heart devastated by tragedy.  If you can only be thankful for the blue sky, then do so.

Reality depends a great deal upon one believing what he sees - or seeing what he believes. Either way.

Reality is a background so painted over by our own perceptions that every eye sees the world differently.

Theories look great on paper until reality scribbles all over the page.

Life is not what happens to us; it is what we perceive has happened to us.

Dreams become reality once the dreamer goes beyond imagining and acts them out.

All truth starts out as a wish; hence, reality is born from fairytale."

from - "My Aquarius

The world is full of opinions. But I am not searching for opinions, I'm searching for truths.

It's amusing to me that we refer to people who live in their heads as detached, disturbed, or mad, when reality for anyone is actually a matter of the individual's state of mind. The mad truth - all people live in their heads. Whatever you think life is, it is.

They urge us to study our history that we might learn from past tragedies and errors. But sometimes I think it's actually a good thing that humanity so easily forgets. The haze that eventually claims old suffering often enables us to move on.

When I reach out, you take my hand. 
When I smile, you mirror the expression.
When I triumph, you glory as if it were your own.
When I fail, you point to the light at the end.
When I need, you tenderly provide.
When I cry, you kiss away my tears.
When I suffer,  you bleed.
And you wonder why I love you?

Sometimes all you can do is hug a friend tightly and wish that their pain could be transferred by touch to your own emotional hard drive.

Truly there are different kinds of pain.  But the most agonizing is the pain of regret, for which there is no lasting relief and no remedy.

Some live for their own joy and pleasure.
Some live to ease the burdens of others.  
Then there are those who seem to exist for pain's sake only; that in the end the wrathful fire sent to consume their oppressors will be justified."

~ In loving memory of Miss Annabelle Fancher

Christmas is a whisper of peace and a sigh of hope on the lips of love.

Even the smallest tender mercy can bring peace when recognized and appreciated.

Family gathers
to share good noise and good food.
Gratitude abounds.

Freedom is the atmosphere in which humanity thrives. Breathe it in.

Kindness is still the best antidote.

World peace, true love, and happily-ever-afters amount to wasted wishes, failed endeavors, and most precious dreams.

Life is the clay from which dreams are molded.

If you invest nothing, the reward is worth little.

I wish everyone had someone who never popped their balloons.

Raging fires grow from the tiniest spark; it is the same principle at work in life. As long as there's a spark, tend to your fire. Never give up. 

A man once believed he could fly - and he did.
Another believed he could walk on the moon - and he did.
Why not believe your wildest dreams can come true?
Why not see the stars as reachable?

My goals may seem impossibly far-fetched when really they're not.  
Break them down into steps and see how I accomplish great things.  
I can easily reach from A to B.  I can manage from B to C. I can then make it from C to D.  
And so eventually, I will find my way from A to Z.

Sometimes while gazing at the night's sky, I imagine stars looking down making wishes on the brightest of us.

If I must start somewhere, right here and now is the best place imaginable.

Your problem is in thinking the sky's the limit. Why set limits?

An accumulation of pennies is a fortune. Day-to-day practice is perfection. A dream realized is nothing more than many steps taken toward the borders of once-impossible.

Dreams aren't finish lines to be reached at the close of a race. They don't suddenly materialize, fulfilled, where the road ends. The entire journey is included in the dream―all of it from beginning to forevermore. You're on that journey right now; hence, you're living the dream. Enjoy it.

No one stands at the beginning of a race and then finds himself at the end having never taken a step forward. And if that were to happen - the sweat and struggle avoided - what stories would he have to tell? The goal includes the journey; it's all part of the dream.

Your weaknesses may not seem overwhelming, but they will create the biggest problems you face.

I learn by doing....the same thing over and over and over again countless times.

Far more important than the tribulations and heartaches, the thrills, merriment, and pleasures of life is what you learn from it all. It isn't the tunnel we pass through that matters; it's what emerges on the other side.

Life is hard and unfair. It is cruel and heartless, painful, trying, disappointing, unapologetic, and frequently downright awful. But that's not important. What's important is that through it all you learn how much you need your Heavenly Father and how much your friends need you.

The irony of life: Realizing a lifetime is barely long enough to figure out how it should’ve been lived.

God will win every contest in life, so stop trying to beat Him at his own game.

Years ago, a group of good, wise, brave, God-fearing men stood up to claim and defend the human right for independence. Those men are now dead. Their work is not. But if good, wise, brave, God-fearing men fail to stand up in their stead, that independence will cease to exist.

While silently brooding, I am drawn to the start of a sweet melody that travels to my ear from afar. I smile, reminded that my heart can dance when my feet can't.

You will find there are times you must grasp your life with both hands and forcefully steer it in a new direction and then strain to hold your course until the storms of fear, weakness, and doubt abate.

It isn't always a change of scenery needed to make life better. Sometimes it simply requires opening your eyes.

Win or lose, good or bad, the experience will change you.

You made a choice - a single choice.
How neat to think you may have opened the door to a wondrous future without knowing.

Trying to fix the shortcoming of others while ignoring your own flaws results in little if no improvement―not to mention bitter feelings. Concentrating on personal growth sets a good example and results in the improvement of one life if not more.

A truly humble apology works to part storm clouds, calm rough seas, and bring on the soft lights of dawn; it has the power to change a person's world.

I won't lie - I don't care.
And you should quit trying to deceive yourself because I can tell by the way you show no desire to do anything but complain about the issue that you don't honestly care either.

Small steps may appear unimpressive, but don't be deceived. They are the means by which perspectives are subtly altered, mountains are gradually scaled, and lives are drastically changed.

It's impossible to be involved in all situations, but there's no excuse not to be involved in something, somewhere, somehow, with someone. Make an ounce of difference.

If you truly wish to change what is without, you must first change what festers within.

I believe people are more inclined to do their best not when they feel loved, but when they feel loved regardless.

The denial of assistance is sometimes the greatest assistance. The trick is recognizing when this is the case.

Doing nothing accomplishes nothing, gains nothing, changes nothing, and wins nothing. You have to make a move.

You may not know my reasons, but you can assume I have them and be kind.

It has never been my goal to impress anyone but myself. That has proven challenging enough.

Goals are my north star.  My compass.  The map that guides me along the road I wish to travel.  Goals are motivations with wind in their sails - they carry me forward despite the storms.

He was everything I needed because his entire character had been molded by my deepest wants and desires. He was my rock when I cried, my playmate when I laughed, and my hero when I needed to imagine that one existed for me.

I'm not asking you to walk in my shoes; I'd never wish my afflictions on anyone. But could you walk beside me on secure ground and reach to hold my hand?

Friends are those crazy people who keep coming back, in spite of being exposed to the real you.

True friends esteem you of greater worth than you feel deserving.
False friends demand you prove that worth.

Friendship is about friends.....not ships.

Without you there would be no me.
I am everything reflected in your eyes.
I am everything approved by your smile.
I am everything born of your guidance.
I am me only because of you.

Our greatest duty to our children is to love them first.  Secondly, it is to teach them.  Not to frighten, force, or intimidate our children into submission, but to effectively teach them so that they have the knowledge and tools to govern themselves.

I hang around kids so people will assume when I act like one it's because I'm babysitting.

A mother is a child's first looking glass into the world.

During an especially noisy elementary school assembly I witnessed a common marvel.  Someone spoke,"Once upon a time..." into the mic, and the room hushed.  Such magic never ceases to amaze me.

Have you noticed how children never bypass a puddle of water, but jump, splash, and slosh right through it?  That's because they know an important truth: Life was meant to be lived; puddles were meant to be experienced.

Never give up.
This applies to more than goals and dreams, it is a maxim for basic daily struggles. It shapes one's life, including the will to continue to live. It supports love and committed relationships; it bolsters hope, faith, and charity; it is power in every area of existence. Never give up on anything or anyone of any worth.

It is an incapacitating emotion one feels upon hearing the whispered words "I still love you" after deeply hurting that soul.
Forgiveness isn't weakness.
It is power.

God invites while the devil pressures and shoves and bullies. Realize who holds the actual power before you react. You are greater than Satan; God is greater than all.

To encourage me is to believe in me, which gives me the power to defeat dragons.

I have always felt that fear possesses such great power, enough to paralyze and quake an individual. Pondering this, I realized that the source of fear's power comes from within me. So, I ask myself, does that not make me the powerful one?

Laughter is magic that dispenses clouds and creates sunshine in the soul.

Though I may accumulate a great deal of riches in this world, it is only my wealth of knowledge, talents, and emotional bonds that I keep when I leave.

Laughing in the face of danger doesn't negate the fear, it simply enables you to smile at it.

To the romantic soul, the rituals of Valentine's Day echo every day of the year.

Laughter and love are their own forms of exercise meant to keep a body healthy.

To wish for the happiest days is to wish for a season of sorrow; for it is only after prolonged, wintry darkness that the summer sun appears to shine at its brightest.

Happiness isn't complicated. It is a humble state of gratitude for simple pleasures, tender mercies, recognized blessings, and inherent beauty.

Happiness isn't reserved for privileged individuals. It is a state of mind that can neither be bought nor stolen nor traded; it is a liberty available to anyone.

Your body and spirit, subconscious and conscious - every portion of you recognizes home.  That is why on the moment of arrival, your entire being relaxes into a contented puddle of joy.

It's none of your concern what others say or think about you. Your happiness is your own responsibility.

To laugh continually is to never laugh at all. For it takes the periodic sound of sorrow from which to distinguish the sound of joy.

Happily-ever-afters don't come in happily-every-days. They are found at the end of challenges-ever-met, promises-ever-kept, and tears-ever-wept.

A society built upon a foundation of vengeance is a society doomed to destroy itself.

The trait I regard most highly in a man is kindness. Thoughtful, consistent kindness. All other qualities - whether charming, witty, handsome, enterprising, powerful, seductive, or ingenious - wither in comparison to a truly kind man.

My brain tends to take the scenic route. Things come to the forefront of my mind sooner or later, it just takes time.

I settle into my imagination so that I might be someone when the real world tells me I'm no one.

No matter how hard they try, they'll never create anything so perfectly beautiful as what plays out in my own imagination.

Sometimes giving up feels like the easiest thing to do.
But then the easiest thing has never produced more than a garden full of weeds.

In someone's darkest hour your simple act of kindness may imitate the sunrise, and to sad eyes you become their only source of light.

Even among familiar faces, people often feel invisible and desolate, like an island in cold waters or a shadow apart from the crowd. Be the reason another never feels alone.

Sorrow on another's face often looks like coldness, bitterness, resentment, unfriendliness, apathy, disdain, or disinterest when it is in truth purely sadness.

The further you descend into a pit, the darker things appear. You can't keep digging to find the light.

Discouragement is like a scorpion in your shoe; it takes courage to toss it out so you can move on.

Rain is a lullaby heard through a thick, isolating blanket of clouds. It is the tinkling harp of water droplets; a moist breath whistling through willow reeds; a pattering beat background to the mourner's melody. Rain is a soft song of compassion for the brokenhearted.

Moisture falls from the sky, cleansing the world and sustaining precious life. But it's the gloom - the cold, dark air - that receives notice. We fail to see the miracle of raindrops through our own tears.

As ofttimes as it rains on my little spot of earth, you'd think I'd grow accustomed to the gloom.

No one is born a sprinter. We all learn to push ourselves up from the floor and then balance before taking that first, wobbly step. It is an individual choice where to go from there.

The moment a person feels he has nothing left to learn is the moment life prepares to hit him hard enough to correct such ignorance.

What I learn today I shall know forever. Whether or not I remember that I know it is a different story.

I am, for the most part, who I am because my good mother was who she was.

We grow up opposing our parents only to become like them enough to oppose our children who behave as we once did - a reminder of how dreadful we were toward those now vindicated grandparents. And you thought God had no sense of humor.

To love is to accept a soul entirely, not wishing that the person was otherwise, nor hoping for change, nor clinging to some ideal past. To love is to cherish the individual standing before you presently―charms, quirks, and all. To love is to give someone a piece of your heart that you will never, ever reclaim.

You're right; you can't make someone be happy. But I don't see the harm in trying.

Only a writer would slap a bumper sticker on her car that read, 'Seriously, I'd rather be working'.

When I sit down to write I actually ask myself, 'Who do you want to be today?'

You can believe what you've been told. You can imagine in vivid detail the things explained to you. You may even feel emotions assumed to accompany the related experience. But you absolutely cannot know something with any real degree of understanding until you've personally walked the road yourself.

Las palabras nunca desaparecen, sino que hacen eco para la eternidad. Deja que tu eco suene dulce.

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