Early Riser

They get up early,
because they have so much to do,
and go to bed early,
because they have so little to think about.
~ Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

Photo: Buttermere dawn II
Buttermere, Lake District in January
by David Baker on 500px
#dawn #earlyriser #goodmorning


Nothing at all reminds us of something else
when we pay attention to it.
Each thing only reminds us of what it is
And it’s only what nothing else is.
The fact that it’s it separates it
from every other thing.
(Everything’s nothing without
another thing that’s not it).
~ Alberto Caeiro

#nothing #everything #thoughttoponder #livelife #sunset

Sunset, Cable Beach, Broome, Western Australia
by Brett & Donna Symons on Flickr

Imprisoned Splendor

Truth Lies Within Ourselves:
It takes no rise from outward things,
whatever you may believe.
There is an inmost center in us all,
where truth abides in fullness and
to Know rather consists in
opening out a way whence
the imprisoned splendor
may escape than in effecting entry
for light supposed to be without.
~ Robert Browning

Light Inside by Kseniya Che on 500px
#light #truth #whoami #believe #faith #livelife

Sugar & Coffee

“The ability to deal with people is as purchasable a commodity as sugar or coffee and I will pay more for that ability than for any other under the sun.”
~ John D. Rockefeller

Sugar…?  by Pascal Müller
#sugar #coffee #goodmorning #commodity #ability #capability #livelife #business101

Live Twice

You only live twice:
Once when you’re born
And once when you look death in the face.
~ Ian Fleming, You Only Live Twice

Photo by Stefan Gesell
#live #life #death #livelife


The Sky grew Darker,
painted Blue on Blue,
One stroke at a time,
into deeper and deeper
Shades of Night.
~ Haruki Murakami

Summer Night by stefan on flickr
A beautiful sunset by a small forest lake summer night in Sweden
#dark #blue #night #summer #sunset #sweden #lake


No one Saves us but Ourselves.
No one can and No one may.
We ourselves must Walk the Path.
~ Buddha

Walking on a sand dune, Sossusvlei, Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia by Maurice Schutgens

#salvation #save #walk

Life Choice

This is as true in everyday Life as it is in Battle: we are given one life and the decision is ours whether to wait for circumstances to make up our mind, or whether to act, and in acting, to Live.
~ Omar N. Bradley

Photograph by existentialdefiance on deviantart
http://is.gd/cPIgUz #wait #livelife #life #choices #decision


Here is to the Nights we felt Alive,
Here is to the Tears you knew you’d Cry,
Here is to Good Bye,
Tomorrow is going to Come too Soon.
~ Eve 6
Eve 6 – Here’s To The Night
Photograph by Calogero Cammalleri
http://is.gd/IhQHzh #alive #livelife #goodbye #tears


The feelings that hurt most, the emotions that sting most, are those that are absurd – The longing for impossible things, precisely because they are impossible; nostalgia for what never was; the desire for what could have been; regret over not being someone else; dissatisfaction with the world’s existence. All these half-tones of the soul’s consciousness create in us a painful landscape, an eternal sunset of what we are.
~ Fernando Pessoa

Photo: Jessica Evrad by Nell Donovan
#regret #absurd #impossible #existence #consciousness #livelife


We’re all mad, the whole damned race. We’re wrapped in illusions, delusions, confusions about the penetrability of partitions, we’re all mad and in solitary confinement.
~ William Golding, Darkness Visible

Photo by Alexei Bednyi
#light #shadow #illusion #delusion #confusion

Me, Only Me

I have walked alone seeking answers
I have lived alone chasing dreams
I have tried to prove my worth to worthless judges
I have cried my pain in silent screams
I have been sometimes served a touch of kindness
I have wandered in golden fields of Grace
I have been released by honest laughter
I have touched the Western Wall of the Holy place.
I have soared alone above the cloud heads
I have walked the deep dark tunnels of earth
I have dines with mystics and with prophets
I have heard the pain of woman giving birth
I have been sought after as a teacher
I have been refused the laurel wreath
I have heard the thunder blast of sunrise
I have watched the final touch of death
I have played the rules set by the master
Though often I didn’t understand the game
I have worn more masks than I can remember
I have been a face without a name
And when like you I ask the final question
Who on earth am I supposed to be
I always come full circle to the answer,
me, only me…always me.
~ Leonard Nimoy

Photo: Untitled by Anna Radchenko on 500px
#whoami #question #livelife #existence

Reaching Out

Sometimes, Reaching Out and
taking someone’s Hand
is the beginning of a Journey.
At other times, it is
Allowing another to take Yours.
~ Vera Nazarian

Photo by Matt Keegan
#touch #hand #communication #connection#livelife #reachingout

Summer of Your Heart

I know I am but Summer to your Heart,
and Not the full Four Seasons of the Year.
~ Edna St. Vincent Millay

Photo: The Last Breath of the Summer Wind
by Evgeny Tchebotarev on 500px
#summer #heart #love #fourseasons #relationships#infidelity #livelife

Art of Living

All the Art of Living
Lies in a Fine Mingling of
Letting Go and Holding On.
~ Henry Ellis

Amazing Sunset Today at La Jolla by Tony Dang on 500px
La Jolla beach, San Diego, California, USA
#artofliving #livelife #letitgo #lettinggo #holdingon

Devil our Hell

We are each our Own Devil
and we make this World Our Hell.
~ Oscar Wilde

Tony Chu Photography
#devil #hell #perspective #livelife #red
via http://is.gd/16VBpI

Fighting the Devil

It is wonderful how much time
Good people spend Fighting the Devil.
If they would only expend
the same amount of energy
Loving their fellow men,
the Devil would die in
his own tracks of ennui.
~ Helen Keller

Photo: Serg Vostrikov – liquid weapon
#devil #kindness #ennui #satan #fighting #love #livelife


Too often, we miss out on opportunities in this life because we were too busy waiting for them to fall into our lap that we missed them tapping on our shoulder.
~ Daniel Willey

#opportunities #livelife #shoulder


Expose yourself to your Deepest Fear;
after that, Fear has No Power,
and the Fear of Freedom Shrinks and Vanishes.
You are Free.
~ Jim Morrison

Photo  – Arkadiy Kozlovskiy on 500px
#freedom #fear #livelife


Nothing is more Difficult,
and therefore more Precious,
than to be able to Decide.
~ Napoleon Bonaparte

Photo – Sun by Jeylina Ever
#decide #decisions #choice #freedom #precious

Quiet Miracle

Take time to see the quiet miracles that
seek no attention
~ John O’Donohue

Limestone karsts tower over the Li River in Yangshuo, China
Li River Karst Landscape by Jilian Mitchell
#quiet #serenity #miracle #livelife #appreciation


The ultimate meaning of the Active Life
is to make possible
the Happiness of Contemplation.
~ Josef Pieper, Happiness and Contemplation

Photo by  Will Adler
#livelife #happiness #contemplation #surfing

Foot on the Ground

The foot feels the foot
when it feels the ground.
~ Buddha

Pied Sur LaBarre by Karo Cottier
#awareness #livelife


The Simple Path
Silence is Prayer
Prayer is Faith
Faith is Love
Love is Service
The Fruit of Service is Peace
~ Mother Teresa

Emportez nous, Altaï, Mongolia, 2012 by Ruben Brulat
#faith #silence #prayer #love #peace #livelife

Stop Me

The question isn’t who is going to let me;
it’s who is going to stop me.
~ Ayn Rand

Stop by Pietrino Di Sebastiano
#stop #livelife

Hide Soul

A Soul is far too large to Hide.
~ Maggie Schein

Photo by John DeFiora
#hide #soul #livelife

Home is Within

Long has been this road called Life.
Every time you Venture out in this Road,
Remember. Home is Within.
Home is In you.
~ Minhal Mehdi

High Island Reservoir – East Dam, Hong Kong
by Jaylie Wong
#livelife #road #home

Love Always

But love is always new. Regardless of whether we love once, twice, or a dozen times in our life, we always face a brand-new situation. Love can consign us to hell or to paradise, but it always takes us somewhere. We simply have to accept it, because it is what nourishes our existence. If we reject it, we die of hunger, because we lack the courage to stretch out a hand and pluck the fruit from the branches of the tree of life. We have to take love where we find it, even if that means hours, days, weeks of disappointment and sadness.
The moment we begin to seek love, love begins to seek us. And to save us
~ Paulo Coelho, By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept
Photo: Underwater Tango by Katerina Bodrunova

#love #always #seek

Calm Soul

We must go beyond the constant clamor of Ego,
beyond the tools of Logic and Reason,
to the still, Calm place within us:
the Realm of the Soul.
~ Deepak Chopra

Photo by caramiaphotography

#calm #realm #soul


It’s like I am inside this ethereal sphere wherein exists no logic, no reasoning, no typicality, no explanations, no realism, no comparisons, nothing ordinary, and no normalcy. And then if you are to understand me, you have to step into my realm and leave all of those things behind.
~ C. JoyBell C.

Photo: Rain – Sculpture by Nazar Bilyk
#realm #livelife

Escape to the Light

Let me Live my Final Days Whole.
Let my Memory remain that I might know Love’s Face.
Life don’t unwrap me to be fed to scavengers.
I want to Escape into Light – Not Exist in Darkness.
~ Susie Clevenger

Photo: 1824 by Jacek Ostrowski
#livelife #light #darkness #escape

Naked Truth

The Truth that we Hide
is Naked,
the One that we Flaunt
is so Well Dressed!
~ Abhijit Kar Gupta

Photo by Andrea Ebener
#hide #naked #flaunt #deception #truth #nakedtruth #livelife


The way of the heart is the way of Courage.
It is to live in insecurity;
it is to live in love, and trust;
it is to move in the unknown.
~ Osho

Photo by Lucima fashion photography

courage, live, trust


Coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous.
~ Albert Einstein

Photo by Denis Cherim
#reglion #coincidence #god

Wait Patiencely

Possess your soul in patience – you will see!
~ Tennessee Williams
#wait #patience


I did not reach thee,
But my feet slip nearer every day;
Three Rivers and a Hill to cross,
One Desert and a Sea—
I shall not count the journey one
When I am telling thee.

Two deserts—but the year is cold
So that will help the sand—
One desert crossed, the second one
Will feel as cool as land.
Sahara is too little price
To pay for thy Right hand!

The sea comes last. Step merry, feet!
So short have we to go
To play together we are prone,
But we must labor now,
The last shall be the lightest load
That we have had to draw.

The Sun goes crooked—that is night—
Before he makes the bend
We must have passed the middle sea,
Almost we wish the end
Were further off—too great it seems
So near the Whole to stand.

We step like plush, we stand like snow—
The waters murmur now,
Three rivers and the hill are passed,
Two deserts and the sea!
Now Death usurps my premium
And gets the look at Thee.
~ Emily Dickinson

Desert Walk Shoayb Khattab
#desert #trave l#livelife#clarepatrick#love


When you are sorrowful
look again in your heart,
and you shall see that
in truth you are weeping
for that which has been your delight.
~ Khalil Gibran

Lucima Photography
#delight #heart #sorrow #truth #livelife

Cat Lovers

The human race can be
roughly divided into two categories:
Ailurophiles and Ailurophobes –
Cat Lovers and the Underprivileged.
~ David Taylor

Photo: Night emeralds by Ivan Kokoulin on 500px

Time Stands Still

The Loudest Silence Cries
When Time Stands Still.
~ Clare Patrick

Photo: Night on Blackpool Beach by Ian Mylam on 500px
#silence #loud #time #livelife #beach #sand


America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.
~ Abraham Lincoln

The Statue of Liberty hails dawn over New York Harbor in 1978. Photograph by David Alan Harvey, National Geographic Creative

#statueofliberty #newyork #twintowers #freedom


In youth the days are short
and the years are long.
In old age the years are short
and day’s long.
~ Nikita Ivanovich Panin

Photo: Color of the Wind by Makoto Saitō
#young #old #aging #light #shadow

Sicked of being Tired

I am sick and tired
of being sick and tired.
~ Fannie Lou Hamer

Catherine Ortega on flickr
#sick #tired #sleepy #dogs #puppy #rest


He who does not understand your silence
will probably not understand your words.
~ Elbert Hubbard

Photo: Yoga Raharja – Lonely Boat No. 2
Batur lake in Kintamani, Bali
#silence #words #lonely #boat #serene

I Wake to Sleep

The Waking

I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.
I feel my fate in what I cannot fear.
I learn by going where I have to go.

We think by feeling. What is there to know?
I hear my being dance from ear to ear.
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.

Of those so close beside me, which are you?
God bless the Ground! I shall walk softly there,
And learn by going where I have to go.

Light takes the Tree; but who can tell us how?
The lowly worm climbs up a winding stair;
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.

Great Nature has another thing to do
To you and me, so take the lively air,
And, lovely, learn by going where to go.

This shaking keeps me steady. I should know.
What falls away is always. And is near.
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.
I learn by going where I have to go.” 
~  Theodore Roethke

Neleb Llor on 500px
#waking #sleep #livelife

Behind those Eyes

Behind these eyes
there is a girl trapped within
her pain – a girl feeling all the emotions
of anger and sadness.
She’s fighting for a way out.
~ Chimnese Davids

Photo: White Queen by fiixx on Deviantart

#eyes #emotion #behind

Mask Lie

“When someone lies on others and paints a picture of themselves as being the victim or innocent in all aspects is the definition of a Narcissist human being. This also carries the traits of a Hypocrite and that type of person will be offended by the Truth, but I will say this, what is done in the dark will come to light. Time has a way of showing peoples true colors and the honest at heart will always prevail. So be careful what you say and make sure you tastes your words before you spit them out because remember lies always have a way of showing the truth so if you are that person, be scared be very scared, your true colors will show and you will remain a Fool that will be the title you carry.”
~ Word to the Wise

#narcissist #hypocrite #truth
Photo http://is.gd/VmdVRM


Not what we say about our blessings,
but how we use them,
is the true measure of our thanksgiving
~ W.T. Purkiser

Photo: Noxx by Lincoln Harrison on 500px

#thanksgiving #blessings #wishes #stars #lighthouse

Love is Giving

For surely as each November has its April,
mysteries only are significant;
and one mystery-of-mysteries creates them all:
Nothing false and possible is love
(who’s imagined,therefore limitless)
Love’s to giving as to keeping’s give;
as Yes is to if, Love is to Yes.
~ E.E. Cummings

Photo by Сергей Пончиков
#love #livelife

In You

I find peace
when I’m confused,
I find hope
when I’m let down,
not in me but in you.
~ Switchfoot

YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDadO8xKBEQ
Photo by studio camosci
#hope #mirror #selfie


When the conscious mind expands to embrace deeper levels of thinking, the thought wave becomes more powerful and results in added energy and intelligence.
~ Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

My wave by Claudio L’Estremo Montegriffo on 500px
#conscious #intelligence #waves #thinking


Travel makes one modest.
You see what a tiny place
you occupy in the world.
~ Gustave Flaubert

Mon touriste permanent by Jürgen GOLDHORN aka MKZ One-Shoot on 500px

#travel# world


I think that I am too warm
to negatively judge individuals,
yet I am cold enough
to negatively judge humanity.
~ Criss Jami

New York – Brooklyn Bridge in Blizzard
by Martin Froyda on 500px

#cold #warm #judge

Life-Praise or Damn it

What can I say about Life?
Do I praise it for letting you live,
or damn it for allowing the rest?
~ Janet Fitch

Photo by Svetlana Belyaeva


In the Universe

Two possibilities exist:
Either we are alone in the Universe
or we are not.
Both are equally terrifying.
~ Arthur C. Clarke

Photo: Milky Way over Roque Cinchado by Michael Bolognesi on Flickr
Roque Cinchado – Teide National Park, Island of Tenerife


In a world addicted to speed,
I blur the moments into one unholy smear.
~ Ann Voskamp

Photo: Fuji with Japan’s transport in twilight by Jirat Srisabye on 500px
#speed #time #moments


Time is what we want most,
but what we use worst.
~ William Penn

Photo: let me see a million stars by piet flour
#time #moments #beach

Silence Within

When you connect to the silence within you,
that is when you can make sense
of the disturbance going on around you.
~ Stephen Richards

Photo by Christopher Peddecord
#silence #disturbance #livelife

Fight Darkness

It isn’t enough to stand up and Fight Darkness.
You’ve got to stand apart from it, too.
You’ve got to be Different from it.
~ Jim Butcher

Photo: Driss Ben Malek on 500px
#darkness #fighting #honor #difference #morality #virtue #livelife


Like a Graceful vase, a Cat,
even when motionless,
seems to Flow.
~ George F. Will

Mochi’s tail by Anthony Caln on Flickr
source http://is.gd/3smRjC via http://is.gd/oeHJWU
#listening #cat #siamese #graceful


Yielding flexibility is a virtue of an ever-expanding heart.
~ Molly Friedenfeld

Photo by Andre Brito
#flexibility#dance #muscle #livelife


“For a While”
is a Phrase whose Length
can’t be measured.
At least by the person
who’s Waiting.
~ Haruki Murakami

Evening Coffee By realvision on Flickr


Diving In

In diving to the bottom of Pleasure
we bring up more Gravel than Pearls.
~ Honore de Balzac

Wayne Levin: Around the Competition Line (B-105)
#diving #livelife

Either Good or Bad

There is nothing
either Good or Bad,
but Thinking makes it so.
~ William Shakespeare, Hamlet

Photo by Dan Hecho
#goodandbad #goodandevil #thinking #livelife


It’s discouraging to think
how many people
are Shocked by Honesty
and how few by Deceit.
~ Noel Coward

Photo by Francois Benveniste

#honesty #deceit #discourage


Confidence is being able to say ‘Fxxk you, I’m the shit’ without opening your mouth, say it with your walk, with your smile, say it with your entire being.
~ Tati-Ana Mercedes



One Spectator

To become a spectator of one’s own Life
is to Escape the Suffering of Life.
~ Oscar Wilde

Shot in Putney by Lee Jeffries


All Heaven and Earth
Flowered white obliterate…
Snow…unceasing snow
~ Hashin, Japanese Haiku

Frozen Kyoto by Azul Obscura on 500px
#heavenandearth #snow #kyoto #japan

I am lonely

I am lonely, yet not everybody will do. I don’t know why, some people fill the gaps and others emphasize my loneliness. In reality those who satisfy me are those who simply allow me to live with my ”idea of them.”
~ Anaïs Nin

Bench by Jake Olson Studios
#lonely #reality #livelife#bench

Promise Me

Promise me you’ll always remember:
You’re Braver than you Believe,
and Stronger than you Seem,
and Smarter than you Think.
~ A.A. Milne

Photo: Serge Volobuev – Winter Love on 500px
#promise #believe #strong #smart #livelife

I carry your heart

“I carry your heart with me (I carry it in my heart).
I am never without it (anywhere I go you go, my dear;
and whatever is done by only me is your doing, my darling)
(I fear no fate (for you are my fate, my sweet)
I want no world (for beautiful you are my world, my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows
higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart

I carry your heart (I carry it in my heart)”
~ E.E. Cummings

Photo: The Usual Suspects (Line up) by Faisal Almalki on 500px
#thewalker #love


My feelings are too loud for words
and too shy for the world.
~ Dejan Stojanovic

Photo by Rina Rea
#shy #livelife #feeling

Like a Boss

Style is whatever you want to do,
if you can do it with confidence.
~ George Clinton

Photo by Matthias Förster on Deviantart
Mikesch and the rockinghorse.
#style #confidence #tabby #likeaboss


Secrets are truths that show
what we’ve been through
—what we’ve survived.
~ Dannika Dark

#secret #truth #livelife #legs


Giving voice to the truth of her past
meant opening the door to the future.
~ Nicholas Sparks

Model: St. Merrique
#pastandfuture #truth #livelife

Happy Choice

A man is Happy so long as he Chooses to be Happy.
~ Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Photo by Jason Domogalla
#happiness #livelife


Courage is resistance to fear,
mastery of fear
not absence of fear.
~ Mark Twain

Photo: Светлана Беляева 500px
#fear #courage #livelife


Happiness does not lie in Amusement;
it would be strange if one were to
take trouble and suffer hardship
all one’s life in order to amuse oneself
~ Aristotle

Photo by Anna Morozova
#amusement #livelife #suffering #happiness

Nothing Stay Forever

Nothing Stay Forever
Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down today.
Nothing gold can stay.
~ Robert Frost

Photo by Arkadiy Kozlovskiy
#leaf #golden #autumn #livelife #everlasting #forever

Face the Fear

We are all at our cores the sum of our Fears.
To face Destiny we must,
inevitably, face those Fears,
and Conquer them.
Whether they come from
the Familiar or the Unknown.
~ Mohinder from Hero

Photo: Ice Study by Henry Liu on 500px
#fear #conquer #unknown #destiny #inevitable #familiar #livelife

No Attention

I am glad that I paid so little attention to good advice; had I abided by it I might have been saved from some of my most valuable mistakes.
~ Edna St. Vincent Millay

Photo: Not this time by Stefan Beutler on 500px

#advice #mistakes #livelife


Do not be angry with the rain;
it simply does not know
how to fall upwards.
~ Vladimir Nabokov

Rain by Christoph-Michaelis on deviantart

#wet #rain #stupidity #stubborn #livelife


You can run far,
you can take your small precautions.
But have you really gotten away?
Can you ever escape?
Or is it the truth that
you did not have the strength
or cunning to hide from destiny?
That the world is not small. you are.
And, fate can find you anywhere.
~ Mohinder from Hero

Run Away by Jake Olson Studios
#escape #destiny #fate #truth #livelife #runaway

In Darkness

Though my soul may set in darkness,
It will rise in perfect light,
I have loved the stars too fondly
To be fearful of the night.
~ Sarah Williams

Photo by Ludovic Florent
http://is.gd/3BX1AC #night #light #soul #darkness #livelife

Contemplate Existence

Let us be moral.
Let us contemplate existence.
~ Charles Dickens

Photo: Osiris Photography
#contemplating #moral #existence #livelife

A Point of No Return

In everybody’s Life there’s A Point of No Return. And in a very few cases, a point where you can’t go forward anymore. And when we reach that point,  all we can do is quietly Accept the Fact. That’s how we Survive.
~ Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

Photo: No return by Remy Perthuisot on 500px
with dance company “Esseance” (Paris, France).
#pointofnoreturn #acceptance #livelife #survival #factoflife

Indifferent Freedom

Freedom means nothing unless
it means the freedom to be different
~ Marty Rubin

Photo: Red by Hussain Khalaf on 500px
#freedom #different #red#livelife


The greater part of our Happiness or Misery depends on our dispositions and not our circumstances.
~ Martha Washington

THE vision ON lsd
#perception #happiness #misery #disposition #circumstance #livelife

Outside Influence

Our ultimate freedom is the right and power to decide how anybody or anything outside ourselves will affect us.
~ Stephen Covey

Photo: Halinka Garycka on 500px
#freedom #livelife #influence

Free Will

I am no bird;
and no net ensnares me:
I am a Free human being
with an independent will.
~ Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre
#freedom #wilderness #waterfall #livelife

Walk on Shadow

I decided long ago never to walk in anyone’s shadow; if I fail, or if I succeed at least I did as I believe.
~ Whitney Houston

Photo: camminando fianco a fianco by giuliana on Flickr
#shadow #greatestloveofall #livelife #loveyourself


All what is existing already existed.
We are together for a while
pondering in agile world.
~ Santosh Kalwar

Photo by Thierry Le Goues
#existence #livelife

emotion break

The emotion that can break your heart
is sometimes the very one that heals it…
~ Nicholas Sparks, At First Sight

Photo: Magda by Lukasz Ratajak on 500px
#love #emotions #heartbreak #livelife

To Love Life

to love life, to love it even
when you have no stomach for it
and everything you’ve held dear
crumbles like burnt paper in your hands,
your throat filled with the silt of it.
When grief sits with you, its tropical heat
thickening the air, heavy as water
more fit for gills than lungs;
when grief weights you like your own flesh
only more of it, an obesity of grief,
you think, How can a body withstand this?
Then you hold life like a face
between your palms, a plain face,
no charming smile, no violet eyes,
and you say, yes, I will take you
I will love you, again.
~ Ellen Bass

Photo by Jock Sturges 1998
#livelife #love #clarepatrick#reflection


There are memories that time
does not erase…
Forever does not make loss forgettable,
only bearable.
~ Cassandra Clare, City of Heavenly Fire

Aly Gallagher
#time #memories #forget #livelife

Two Points

The shortest interval between two points
is the awareness that they are not two.
~ Eric Micha’el Leventhal

When Selfies Unite by Prajit Ravindran on 500px
#selfie #united #livelife #unity #connection #awareness

Life Flashes

It is said that your life
flashes before your eyes
just before you die.
That is true, it’s called Life.
~ Terry Pratchett, The Last Continent

Photo: The Different side of DO 006 by  Diego Lema on deviantart

#livelife #truth #sky #falling #cloud #surrealism

Good & Evil

I believe that there is one story in the world, and only one. . . . Humans are caught—in their lives, in their thoughts, in their hungers and ambitions, in their avarice and cruelty, and in their kindness and generosity too—in a net of good and evil. . . . There is no other story. A man, after he has brushed off the dust and chips of his life, will have left only the hard, clean questions: Was it good or was it evil? Have I done well—or ill?
~ John Steinbeck, East of Eden

Photo by Алексей Меньщиков
#good #evil #livelife

Life Questions


To whom shall I hire myself out?
What beast should I adore?
What holy image is attacked?
What hearts shall I break?
What lies shall I uphold?
In what blood tread?
~ Arthur Rimbaud, A Season in Hell/The Drunken Boat

Photo by Hengki Lee
#livelife #questions

Show off

The better you feel about yourself,
the less you feel the need to .
~ Robert Hand

Photo by Daniel Ilinca
#livelife #showoff #confident

Fall Apart

The pieces all fit together.
Yet everything was falling apart.
~ Nicholas Sparks, The Last Song

Accept Ourselves

Our entire life –
consists ultimately in
accepting ourselves as we are.
~ Jean Anouilh

Photo by Svetlana Belyaeva
#livelife #acceptance #love #life #ocean #sea #dock


If you can’t celebrate your success,
appreciate your failure.
Since life is all about
celebration and appreciation.
~ M.F. Moonzajer

Photo by Sergey
#celebrate #livelife #appreciation #success #failure

Free Spirit

I’m a free spirit who never had the balls to be free.
~ Cheryl Strayed

Wild child by Kristina Kazarina on 500px
#wild #freedom #livelife @freespirit

Fool Me

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Fool me three times, shame on both of us.
~ Stephen King

Photo by Colby Files #shame #fool


The world is so unpredictable. Things happen suddenly, unexpectedly. We want to feel we are in control of our own existence. In some ways we are, in some ways we’re not. We are ruled by the forces of chance and coincidence.
~ Paul Auster

Photo by Marek Stan
#chance #coincidence #livelife #predict #expectations


Behind closed eyes, colors fade and blend into beautiful new creations. Fate is left at the shaking hands of our imaginations. Places new and amazing, faces remain unseen. How, then, does our heart feel as if racing in the anticipation of a dream?
~ Anonymous

#blend #colors #livelife

Something to Live For

The mystery of human existence
lies not in just staying alive,
but in finding something to live for.
~ Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Photo: Tatiana Mello
#livelife #existence


Everyday as we die,
we must be reborn.
If there were no death,
Life would be meaningless.
~ Boep Joeng

Light Turns to Life by Adrian Michaels
#livelife #reborn #death


There are wounds that never show on the body that are deeper and more hurtful than anything that bleeds.
~ Laurell K. Hamilton
#pain #livelife #wound #hurt


We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done.
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Photo by Paolo Lombardi

#judge #livelife #capability

Rock Bottom

Rock bottom became the solid foundation
on which I rebuilt my life.
~J.K. Rowling

#rockbottom #foundatio

Monsters Within

As a child, I was afraid of the dark
and the monsters on the outside.
As a man, I run away from the light,
afraid to show the monsters within.
~ Anthony Liccione

Hair Flick by Brent Mail on 500px
#dark #light #runaway #afraid #monster #hair #livelife


There are four kinds of people in the world…
Those who build walls.
Those who protect walls.
Those who breach walls.
And those who tear down walls.
Much of life is discovering who you are.
When you find out,
you also realize there are places
you can no longer go,
things you can no longer do,
words you can no longer say.
~ P.S. Baber, Cassie Draws the Universe

Photo by Ako Salemi
#wall #livelife


You’ll never understand me as long as you’re looking at me through society’s lenses.
~ Robert Tew

#blueeyes #livelife#understand

Live Large

Life will always be to a large extent
what we ourselves make it.
~ Samuel Smiles

#livelife #large #shadow #hope #candle #light

Forever Now

Forever is composed of Nows.
~ Emily Dickinson

Kara Neko by Whitney Hayes
#forever #now #livelife #sun

Say Nothing

Saying nothing sometimes says the most.
~ Emily Dickinson

Phot by Karen Abramyan
#sign #kissoff #livelife

Let it Lie

It is self- deceptive to simply lie in bed, letting everything run its cause and yet expect to have increase
~ Sunday Adelaja

#letgo #expect, self-deceptive

To the Unknown

I think it’s much more interesting to live not knowing than to have answers which might be wrong. I have approximate answers and possible beliefs and different degrees of uncertainty about different things, but I am not absolutely sure of anything and there are many things I don’t know anything about, such as whether it means anything to ask why we’re here. I don’t have to know an answer. I don’t feel frightened not knowing things, by being lost in a mysterious universe without any purpose, which is the way it really is as far as I can tell.
~ Richard Feynman

Road to the milky way by Panagiotis Laoudikos

#livelife #mystery #universe #question #answer #roadmap