High Up

I am living in a nightmare,
from which from time to time I wake in sleep.
~ Ursula K. Le Guin


Moon is Friend

The Moon is Friend for the Lonesome to Talk to.
~ Carl Sandburg

Laguna Moonrise – Laguna Beach, California
Photograph by Eric Foltz

Sexless Foreplay

Maybe you could be mine,
or maybe we’ll be entwined,
aimless in this sexless foreplay.
~ Jess C. Scot

Photograph by Juliane Berry


A Real Relationship is Two-Way.
~ Sophie Kinsella

Photograph by Juliane Berry

Road Within

When within Yourself you find the Road,
The Right Road will Open.
~ Dejan Stojanovic

Boldogkovaralja, Hungary

Alley Waiting

Don’t become a Victim of Yourself.
Forget about the Thief waiting in the Alley;
What about the Thief in Your Mind?
~ Jim Rohn



I wondered about the explorers who’d sailed their ships to the end of the world. How terrified they must have been when they risked falling over the edge; how amazed to discover, instead, places they had seen only in their dreams.
~ Jodi Picoult


Sometimes I can hear my bones straining
under the weight of all the lives I’m not living.
~ Jonathan Safran Foer



While no one railroad can completely duplicate another line, two or more may compete at particular points.
~ John Moody

Photograph by Robin and Taliesin Coombes


Have a heart that never hardens,
and a temper that never tires,
and a touch that never hurts.
~ Charles Dickens



There’s more to getting to Where you’re Going
then just knowing there’s a Road.
~ Joan Lowery Nixon

Pacific Coast Highway, Big Sur, California
#road #destination #livelife# life #pacificcoasthighway #bigsur #monterey #california #waves


Not all those who Wander are Lost.
~ J.R.R. Tolkien

Shanghai Shi, Shanghai, China
Photograph by Eddie Lin


Where is my oasis? Too far from
here for me to crawl with these
dead legs, refusing to co-operate
Hands and fingers clawing uselessly
through the grains of sand…
~ Kiera Woodhull

Climbers on Big Red in Nambia


Between the radiant white of a clear Conscience and the coal black of a Conscience sullied by Sin lie many shades of gray–where most of us Live our Lives. Not Perfect but not beyond Redemption.
~ Sherry L. Hoppe

Photograph by Johanna Knauer


Contrary to what we may have been taught to think,
Unnecessary and Unchosen Suffering wounds us
but need not Scar us for Life. It does Mark us.
What we Allow the Mark of our Suffering
to become is in Our Own Hands.
~ Bell Hooks

Photograph by Noell S. Oszvald


Pursue not the outer entanglements;
Dwell not in the inner void;
Be serene in the oneness of things;
And dualism vanishes by itself.
~ Sengcan

Canoe, Lake Bennett, Yukon Territory, Canada
Photograph by Darwin Wiggett

#serene #entanglement

Foggy Road

Life is a foggy road.
You may come across anything on the road.
~ Mehmet Murat ildan

Photograph by Jorge Mala


A Mermaid in the Sunset – Love is Seduction
Artwork by Marco Busoni


Quiet Reflection

Follow Effective Action with Quiet Reflection.
From the Quiet Reflection
Will come even More Effective Action.
~ Peter Drucker

Ferris Wheel and Eiffel Tower Paris, by Kay Gaensler

Cast a Shadow

How can I be substantial if I do not cast a shadow?
I must have a dark side also If I am to be whole
~ C.G. Jung

Photograph by Kevin Dooley


Great Tranquility of Heart is his
who cares for Neither Praise nor Blame.
~ Thomas a Kempis

Lake Ty, China. Photograph by Wooden-man

Life Story

This is only what Life imparts
These deep Silences within
Have been handed out to all by time
Everyone’s story has a little Sorrow
Everyone’s share has a little Sunshine
~ Javed Akhtar

Photograph by Elizabeth Washington

Outer Reflection

The Outer World is a Reflection of Our Inner Selves.
~ Bryant McGill

Our outer world reflects our inner world in every way, shape and form. If we desire change in our outer world, we must first change our inner world – our thoughts, beliefs and attitudes.


Let Life Be

Life has its rhythm and we have ours.
They’re designed to coexist in Harmony,
so that when We Do What is Ours to Do
and otherwise Let Life Be,
we garner Acceptance and Serenity.
~ Victoria Moran

Photo via M.A. Comeau

#acceptance #serenity

The Intrinsic and Extrinsic heart is always at odds,
so which heart is yours?
For one will bask in True Joy,
while the other lives in Self-Loathing Misery.
~ Joel T. McGrath

Seminole State Park, Georgia
Photograph by Sebastien Mamy


Friendship at First Sight,
like Love at First Sight,
is said to be the Only Truth.
~ Herman Melville



A good puzzle, it’s a fair thing.
Nobody is lying. It’s very clear,
and the problem depends just on you.
~ Erno Rubik

Photograph by Richard Monsieurs
#puzzle #life #livelife #problem#solution


If you do not control your Circumstance,
you will be controlled by your Circumstance.
The choice is yours.
~ Tami B Harriott

Lady wind by Renat Mansurov
#red #wind #control #circumstances #choiceisyours #choice


#entangle #life #livelife

The ultimate value of Life
depends upon Awareness
and the power of Contemplation
rather than upon mere Survival.
~ Aristotle

From The Pacific Crest Trail by William R Gray
National Geographic Society – 1975
#life #livelife #awareness #contemplation #survival

Run from Truth

Sometimes truths are what we run from,
and sometimes they are what we seek.
~ R.D. Ronald

Tiger Swimming by Sudip Roychoudhury

Conscious Reflection

There is nothing like fear to complicate one’s consciousness, inducing previously unknown levels of reflection
~ Thomas Ligotti

Misty River, Indonesia photo via lajoie
#reflection #consciousness #fear #livelife #life


Your inability to see the Wisdom in someone else
is not a Reflection on their Lack of Perspicacity;
it is a Reflection on Yours.
~ Ilyas Kassam

#reflection #wisdom #perspicacity #toureiffel
Photo via art.com


The Real Voyage of Discovery consists
not in Seeking new Landscapes,
but in having New Eyes.
~ Marcel Proust

Guilin, Guangzhou, China. Photo by Ted Lee
#voyage #discovery


At times we wish that these clouds never came our way for all they bring with them is misery but on others they bring relief. It is their absence that is difficult to get by, to fill, for autumn is near. But then seasons do change.
~ Chirag Tulsiani

#cloud #misery


Freedom is not the absence of commitment, and to be committed to something or to someone does not mean the loss of freedom. But freedom exists in the realm of the unbound and to be free is to be committed to that which is a part of the unbound realm. Whatever sets your soul to flight is freedom. If someone sets your soul to flight, to stay with that person is not to lose freedom but to stay with that person is to retain freedom. Together you have what is unbound. Whatever will swell your spirit and give you wings, is freedom, and it is a fault if you let go of that for the very reason that you are afraid of losing your freedom and in doing so you have in fact let go of what will keep you unbound.
~ C. JoyBell C.

“Wild Horses of Shackleford Banks” by Brad Styron
#freedom #livelife #life


If you’re reading this…
Congratulations, you’re Alive.
If that’s not something to Smile about,
then I don’t know what is.
~ Chad Sugg

Photograph by Miralgato
#smile #alive #livelife #life #horse

No Love No Anger

Has it ever occurred to you that
where there is No Anger,
there is also No Love?
~ Siobhan Dowd

Photo: Lone dog in Noordsvaarder by Henk Dubois
#serenity #ange r#love #tranquility #life #livelife #dog


Grace is the beauty of form
under the influence of freedom.
~ Friedrich Schiller

Photograph by Gil Strickland
#grace#beauty #freedom #ballet #moderndance

My Mind

My mind to me a kingdom is,
Such present joys therein I find,
That it excels all other bliss
That world affords or grows by kind.
Though much I want which most would have,
Yet still my mind forbids to crave.
~ Edward Dyer

#imagination #bliss #ballet


We are more severe judges of our Own Acts…
We Judge our Thoughts, our Intents,
Our Secret Curses, our Secret Hates,
Not only our Acts.
~ Anaïs Nin

Photograph by Pierre Joel
#judging #red #livelife

Red leaves

Autumn is leaving its mellowness behind for its spiky, rotted stage. Don’t remember summer even saying goodbye.
~ David Mitchell

#autumn #red #leafs


Love one another,
but make Not a Bond of Love:
Let it rather be a Moving Sea
between the Shores of your Souls.
~ Khalil Gibran

#love #sea #ocean #soul #shore #livelife


Hope is like the Sun, which,
as we Journey toward it,
Casts the Shadow of our Burden Behind us.
~ Samuel Smiles

Photo – Highway into Sunset by Royce Bair
U.S. Route 6 between Price and Green River, Utah
#hope #sunset #journey #burden #shadow #highway #road #livelife #life


Extinction is the Rule.
Survival is the Exception.
~ Carl Sagan

Photo: Evolving by Ryan Hartson-Weddle
#extinction #evolution #survival #sunrise #sunset #life #livelife


Behavior is the Mirror
In which Everyone Shows their Image.
~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Photograph by Albena Markova
#autumn #mirror #behavior #image #livelife #life

Being Silent

We must distinguish between
speaking to deceive and
being silent to be reserved.
~ Voltaire

Paintings by Brad Kunkle
#deception #silence #difference #livelife

Be Still

Be Still and Calm,
Don’t Fear your Past
but Use it for our Future..!
~ Nitesh Nishad

Photograph by Joe Ganster
#calm #fear #past #present #future #livelife

Protect Herself

I declare to you that woman must not depend upon the protection of man, but must be taught to protect herself, and there I take my stand.
~ Susan B. Anthony

Photograph by Eric Marrian
#protection#women #men #livelife #bodyart


“Why do I and everyone love pick people
who treat us like we’re nothing?”
“We Accept the Love We Think We Deserve,”
~ Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Distortion No. 40, Paris, 1933 by André Kertész
#love #deserve

Fire Sparks

There is in every true woman’s heart, a spark of heavenly fire, which lies dormant in the broad daylight of prosperity, but which kindles up and beams and blazes in the dark hour of adversity.
~ Washington Irving

Photo: Energy by Danil Sigidin on 500px
via http://goo.gl/aeUwoZ
#fire#spark #woman # #livelife #life #adversity #prosperity #energy


Look at the rain long enough, with no thoughts in your head, and you gradually feel your body falling loose, shaking free of the world of reality. Rain has the power to hypnotize.
― Haruki Murakami,

Photo by Pearl Komicho


Ends and purposes, whether they exist as conscious or subconscious tendencies, form the wrap and woof of our conscious experience.
~ Muhammad Iqbal

Photo: Iman for KENZO 1983 by Hans Feurer
#wrap #conscious #livelife


C“Sometimes…you can cry until there’s nothing wet in you. You can scream and curse to where your throat rebels and ruptures. You can pray, all you want, to whatever god you think will listen. And, still it makes no difference. It goes on, with no sign as to when it might release you. And you know that if it ever did relent…it would not be because it cared.”
~ Jhonen Vasquez, Johnny the Homicidal Maniac: Director’s Cut

Photo:  http://is.gd/aqmyxv
#despair #wet #livelife

Find Yourself

People often say that this or that person
has not yet found himself.
But the Self is not something one Finds,
it is something one Creates.
~ Thomas Stephen Szasz

Photo: Matthew Scherfenberg


Bite Your Hand

The proverb warns that,
‘You should not bite the hand that feeds you.’
But maybe you should,
if it prevents you from feeding yourself.
~ Thomas Stephen Szasz

Photo: AliGStudio.Paris France

#bite #feed


Never Allow someone to be your Priority
While Allowing yourself to be their Option.
~ Mark Twain

#priority #option #lifequote #marktwain #livelife

Dance Sing

Dance your Pain, Sing your Sorrows,
Because there is Nothing else Tomorrow.
~ Santosh Kalwar

Photograph by Wayne Lawes
#dancer #ballet #pain #sing #sorrow #today #tommorow #seizetheday #carpediem


There is in every True Woman’s Heart,
a Spark of Heavenly Fire,
which lies dormant
in the broad daylight of Prosperity,
but which kindles up and beams and blazes
in the Dark hour of Adversity.
~ Washington Irving

Photo via http://is.gd/RyHIfW

#spark #prosperity #fire #Adversity


Set your Heights More Than
What you See Around You,
See Beyond.
~ Anthony Anderson

Photo: Helicopter ride over San Francisco Bay
Turbulence by Michael Shainblum on 500px

#height #seearound

Surf Over

You never really know what’s coming. A small wave, or maybe a big one. All you can really do is hope that when it comes, you can surf over it, instead of drown in its monstrosity.
~ Alysha Speer

@chachfiles, Surfing Magazine
#surf #wave #hope

Line Cross

The Line between Good and Evil is Permeable
and almost anyone can be induced to Cross it
when Pressured by Situational Forces.
~ Philip Zimbardo

Photo: Wet Day by Rui Palha
#rail #tram#line #goodandevil #good #evil #cross

Kissed a Prince

“Darling, you know what they say.
You have to kiss a lot of frogs
before you find your prince.”
“I think I’ve kissed a Prince, Mom.
I hope he doesn’t turn into a Frog.”
~ E.L. James, Fifty Shades of Grey

Photo – © Robert Doisneau

#kiss #prince


The pain comes from knowing that we have never been safe, and therefore will never be safe again. It comes from knowing we can never be so ignorant again. It comes from knowing we can never be children again. Losing innocence. Remembering heaven. That was the essence of hell.
~ John Jakes

Michael Shainblum Photography – Golden Gate Vertigo
#goldengatebridge #helicopter #heaven #hell #innocence


I know that you Believe
you Understand what you think I Said,
BUT I’m not sure you Realize that
what you Heard is not what I Meant.
~ Robert McCloskey

Photo – Black Flag by Jarek Kubicki
#believe #understand #realize #meaning #livelife #intepretation

First Kiss

A man snatches the first kiss,
pleads for the second,
demands the third,
takes the fourth,
accepts the fifth
– and endures all the rest.
~Helen Rowland

Love Machines by Frederico Borges
#kiss #love #romance #livelife #robo


Why abandon a belief merely because it ceases to be true?
Cling to it long enough and… it will turn true again, for so it goes. Most of the change we think we see in life is due to truths being in and out of favor.
~ Robert Frost

Untitied Edited by Marek Biegalski on 500px
Via http://is.gd/3aX2Th
Source:  http://is.gd/HX09eG
#abandon #truth #livelife

To Lose Yourself

To Lose Yourself:  A voluptuous surrender, lost in your arms, lost to the world, utterly immersed in what is Present so that its surroundings fade away… to be Lost is to be fully Present, and to be fully Present is to be capable of being in Uncertainty and Mystery.  And one does not Get Lost but Loses Oneself, with the implication that it is a Conscious Choice, a Chosen Surrender, a psychic state achievable through geography.
~ Rebecca Solnit, A Field Guide to Getting Lost

Photo: Mysterious by Hope Simakov
#lost#present #mystery #uncertainty #conscious #choice #livelife

Like a River

May what I do flow from me like a river,
No forcing and no holding back
~ Rainer Maria Rilke
Winter on La Seine, Paris via VictoriaStationTumblr
#river #laseine #livelife

Dancing Star

One must still have Chaos in oneself
to be able to give birth to a Dancing Star.
~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Photo – Waterfall dancer by Anik Messier on Flickr
Taken at Kjosfossen Waterfall on the train journey from Myrdal to Flåm, Norway.


The Trail is the thing,
Not the end of the trail.
Travel too fast,
and you Miss all you are traveling for.
~ Louis L’Amour

Giraffes Migration Trail, Amboseli, 2007
Photo by Nick Brandt
#trail #travel #livelife#giraffe


When your footsteps and thoughts carry you down the same path your heart and soul are directing you, you will know without a doubt that you are headed in the right direction.
~ Molly Friedenfeld

A Pier by Midaaaa on DeviantART
Kuressaare Marina in winter

#footstep #path #soul

Heaven or Earth

where is this?
i feel dirty
this is not heaven..

what is this?
filthy soil covering my body
this is not heaven..
why is this?
i just have one bite of the apple
this is not heaven..

this is earth..

there is nobody
am i the first person here?
where is eve..?

Photograph and quote from Dimas Apriano on deviantART
Fall – first man on earth   via http://is.gd/i4sla2
#heaven #earth #adamandeve


Don’t Think.
Thinking is the Enemy of Creativity.
It’s Self-Conscious,
and anything Self-Conscious is lousy.
You can’t try to do things.
You simply Must do things.
~ Ray Bradbury

Yannick Desmet Photography
source http://is.gd/6JucBA   via http://is.gd/D7NjIG
#think #consideration #creativity #selfconscious #livelife

The Truth

All Truth asses through Three Stages.
First, it is Ridiculed.
Second, it is Violently Opposed.
Third, it is Accepted as being Self-evident.
~ Arthur Schopenhauer

Through the Pier by Francine1991 on deviantART
Standing under the pier at Felixstowe
#truth #ridiculed #opposed #acceptance #evidence

Sun set

I pity him who refuses to leave
the minatory of his refutable Judgments
and still insisting on producing
his Light to Lit Our Worlds.
~ Annie Ali

Photo:  Sand Pattens by Tom Gardener
Sunset on Horgabost beach, Harris, looking over to Tarransay (Scotland)

#sunset #judgment #light

City Life

A city is a place where there is no need to wait for next week to get the answer to a question, to taste the food of any country, to find new voices to listen to and familiar ones to listen to again.
~ Margaret Mead


#newyorkcity #nyc #taxi #building #cityscape #city #answer #question #listen


The world is so full of Care and Sorrow that it is a Gracious Debt we Owe to one another to discover the bright crystals of delight hidden in somber circumstances and irksome tasks.
~ Helen Keller

Photo – Royal Winnipeg Ballet by Réjean Brandt on 500px
source http://is.gd/1AXEem
#gracious #care #sorrow #livelife #ballet

A New Day

It’s a New Day.
Yesterday’s Failure
is Redeemed at the Sunrise
~Todd Stocker

Photo: Fishermen at Sunrise by David Lazar
Early one morning on Inle Lake, Myanmar, Burmese fishermen are out on the water to catch fish. The fisherman of this region have a unique rowing technique, where they stand on the stern on one leg and wrap the other leg around the oar allowing for fine paddle control.
#sunrise #goodmorning #newday #failure #fisherman #yesterday #today #inlelake #myanmar


When spring came, even the false spring, there were no problems except where to be happiest. The only thing that could spoil a day was people and if you could keep from making engagements, each day had no limits. People were always the limiters of happiness except for the very few that were as good as spring itself.
~ Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast

Photograph by Amy Harrity

#spring #happiness


Amidst the Confusion of the times,
the Conflicts of Conscience,
and the Turmoil of Daily Living,
an abiding Faith becomes an Anchor to our Lives.
~ Thomas S. Monson

#confusion #conflict #conscience #turmoil #livelife #faith


Mind is the Lock.
Knowing is the Key.
Unlock the Mind
and open your Heart.
~ Robin Craig Clark, Voyager: The Art of Pure Awareness

Photo: http://is.gd/je5iyK
#mind #lockandkey #openminded #openheart #knowing

Rise Above

An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.


#humanity #livelife #individuality #mentality #surf#ocean #blue #surfboard


Hide your Feelings, Hide you Thoughts,
Hide your Self from the World but
Don’t Hide You from You cause
Only You know where You Stand &
the World’s Knows Nothing.
~ Shujoy Chowdhury

Photo from Men’s Health Editorial


Web of Life

Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.
~ Chief Seattle

Photograph by Simon Siwak
#connect #web #livelife #thread

Life Goes On

Life’s funny. You have to find a way to keep going, to keep laughing, even after you realize that none of your dreams will come true. When you realize that, there’s still so much of a life to get through.
~ Claire Messud, The Woman Upstairs

Photograph by Bing Wright
#livelife #dreams #broken #mirror #sunset #eveningsky

Being Loved

The biggest curse in life is not loosing your love,
but not

The biggest curse in life is not loosing your love,
but not being loved by someone you love.
~ Kiran Joshi

Photo: The dark bride by cocor at pxleyes.com

by someone you love.
~ Kiran Joshi

Photo: The dark bride by cocor at pxleyes.com
#curse #love #livelife

Truth and Justice

In matters of Truth and Justice,
there is No Difference between
Large and Small Problems,
for issues concerning the Treatment
of people are All the Same.
~ Albert Einstein

Photo by Simon Siwak

‘See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil”
#truth #justice #problems #treatment


We live in a fast-paced society.
Walking slows us down.
~ Robert Sweetgall

Photo by Nacho Ormaechea
#walking #livelife


See the mountains kiss high Heaven
And the waves clasp one another;
No sister-flower would be forgiven
If it disdained its brother;
And the sunlight clasps the earth,
And the moonbeams kiss the sea –
What is all this sweet work worth
If thou kiss not me?
~ Percy Bysshe Shelley

Kissing Me by Napie Moksin.500px
via http://is.gd/QSRzIu
source http://is.gd/HrnMkc
#kiss #love #lovers

Sky in your hand

A star falls from the sky and into your hands. Then it seeps through your veins and swims inside your blood and becomes every part of you. And then you have to put it back into the sky. And it’s the most painful thing you’ll ever have to do and that you’ve ever done. But what’s yours is yours. Whether it’s up in the sky or here in your hands. And one day, it’ll fall from the sky and hit you in the head real hard and that time, you won’t have to put it back in the sky again.
~ C. JoyBell C.

Photograph by Schristia on Flickr
#stars #faith #livelife #letitgo #sunset


Sometimes Life is too Hard to be Alone,
and sometimes Life is too Good to be Alone.
~ Elizabeth Gilbert

Photo: Alone by Errys Wiskan

#alone #solitude #livelife #digitalart


Can anything be so elegant
as to have few wants,
and to serve them one’s self?
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Photographer: Kassandra Elena Vizerskaya
Model: Katerina Garkusha
#selfadmiration #selfindulgence #surrealism

Helping Hand

There is no exercise better for the heart
than reaching down and lifting people up.
~ John Holmes

Photo by Matveev Stas
#helpinghand #friendship #skyscraper #cityscape



It was the last night that she would breathe the same air as he, or look out over the deep sea and up into the star blue heaven.  A dreamless eternal night awaited her, for she had no soul and had not been able to win one.
Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid, 1836

Photo – Far, Far From Land :
Kristen McMenamy by Tim Walker
for W Magazine, December 2013


I’ve always believed there are moments in our lives which can be defined as a transition between the before and after, between the cause and the effect.
~ Benjamin X. Wretlind

Photo – Transition by TwOsE on Flickr
#transition #causeandeffect #beforeandafter #trees #livelife

Power of Desire

Never, never underestimate

Never, never underestimate
the Power of Desire.
If you want to live badly enough,
you can Live.
The great question, at least for me, was:
How do I decide I want to Live?
~ Marya Hornbacher

Photo by Vadim Stein
#desire #livelife


Do not spoil what you have
by Desiring what you have not;
remember that what you now Have
was once among the things
you only Hoped for.
~ Epicurus

Photo: Flight of Fancy by Elena Marina and Nicole Pearson
#silouette #sunset #aerialyoga #desire #hope #livelife


But if you love and must needs have desires, let these be your desires:
– To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night.
– To know the pain of too much tenderness.
– To be wounded by your own understanding of love; And to bleed willingly and joyfully.
– To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving;
– To rest at noon hour and meditate love’s ecstasy;
To return home at eventide with gratitude;
– To sleep with a prayer for the beloved in your heart and  a song of praise on your lips.
~ Kahlil Gibran

Real World

We’re wired to expect the world to be brighter and more meaningful and more obviously interesting than it actually is. And when we realize that it isn’t, we start looking around for the real world.
~ Lev Grossman

Photo: Gabriel, La voie des anges by Marc Lamey on 500px
source http://is.gd/3T6ErC
via http://is.gd/Jk6tXx

#world #real interesting


Five percent of the people think;
Ten percent of the people think they think;
and the other Eighty-Five percent
would rather Die than Think.
~ Thomas Edison


A mother’s hardest to forgive.
Life is the fruit she longs to hand you
Ripe on a plate. And while you live,
Relentlessly she understands you.
~ Phyllis McGinley

Photo: Sebastião Salgado – Childrens ward in the Korem refugee camp.Ethiopia, 1984



To crave and to have are as like as a thing and its shadow. For when does a berry break upon the tongue as sweetly as when one longs to taste it, and when is the taste refracted into so many hues and savors of ripeness and earth, and when do our senses know any thing so utterly as when we lack it? And here again is a foreshadowing — the world will be made whole. For to wish for a hand on one’s hair is all but to feel it. So whatever we may lose, very craving gives it back to us again.
~ Marilynne Robinson

Photo: sexy_strawberry__by_chickmagnet11011 on deviantart
#crave #shadow #berries #senses #desire

You Can Fly

The moment you doubt whether you can Fly,
You Cease for ever to be able to Do it.
~ J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

Dutch Angels by Julien Oncete
#fly #capability #doubt #livelife #believe #imagination

Sleep Walk

Might there come a time
When we stand over a grave
And mourn ourselves?
Mourn the past, a previous life?
Shall we weep for the passing of time?
Shall we grieve for unfulfilled dreams?
In my naivety; in my belief
In immortal youth,
I sleep walk through life.
Someone… wake me up.
Please. Wake me up.
~ Samantha Young

Photo by Turculet Mihail
via http://is.gd/VUKV2E
source http://is.gd/5QVZrL
#dreams #mourn #time #livelife #awake

Good and Bad

There is so much Good in the Worst of Us,
And so much Bad in the Best of Us,
That it hardly Behooves any of Us
To Talk about the rest of Us.
~ Edward Wallis Hoch

Photo by Zac A Pagett
#gossip #goodandbad #livelife

Sees the Dawn

A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.
~ Oscar Wilde

Split Point Lighthouse , Great Ocean Road , Victoria , Australia
The Morning View by Paul Emmings on Fivehundredpx
Source http://is.gd/2UogjZ
via http://is.gd/Bk9lRc
#sunrise #dawn #pier #dock

Hide Behind

It’s time to forget about the past,
To wash away what happened last,
Hide behind an empty face,
Don’t act too much, just say,
’Cause this is just a game.*
~ 30 Seconds to Mars

Photo – femina arcana by Alfred Georg Weissenegger on deviantart
via http://is.gd/Orgfn2 source  http://is.gd/2d2lZb
#hide #livelife


Please believe that things are good with me,
and even when they’re not,
they will be soon enough.
And I will always believe the same about you.
~ Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower


In this world, full often,
our Joys are only the tender Shadows
which our Sorrows Cast.
~ Henry Ward Beecher

Photo by Aleksey Bedny aka Alexey Menschikov
#love #shadow #sorrow #joy #livelife #heart

We are Glass

We may Shine, we may Shatter,
We may be picking up the pieces here on after,
We are Fragile, we are Human,
And we are shaped by the Light we let through us,
We Break fast, cause we are Glass.
We are Glass.
~ Thompson Square

Photo – Through the Glass by Carla Mascaro
#glass #fragile #human #light #shine #shatter #break #liveife #raindrops

Struggle Against

Success is not measured by what you accomplish,
but by the opposition you have encountered,
and the courage with which you have maintained
the struggle against overwhelming odds.
~ Orison Swett Marden

Photo: Serg Vostrikov – Antigravitation
#success #accomplishment #opposition #encounter #courage #struggle #livelife

Feeling Alive

To hear never-heard sounds,
To see never-seen colors and shapes,
To try to understand the imperceptible
Power pervading the world;
To fly and find pure ethereal substances
That are not of matter
But of that invisible soul pervading reality.
To hear another soul and to whisper to another soul;
To be a lantern in the darkness
Or an umbrella in a stormy day;
To feel much more than know.
To be the eyes of an eagle, slope of a mountain;
To be a wave understanding the influence of the moon;
To be a tree and read the memory of the leaves;
To be an insignificant pedestrian on the streets
Of crazy cities watching, watching, and watching.
To be a smile on the face of a woman
And shine in her memory
As a moment saved without planning.
~ Dejan Stojanovic

Photo: Matthew Scherfenberg
#feeling #alive #livelife #light #darkness #smile #happiness #rain

Walk your Road

Life is filled with unanswered questions, but it is the courage to seek those answers that continues to give meaning to life. You can spend your life wallowing in despair, wondering why you were the one who was led towards the road strewn with pain, or you can be grateful that you are strong enough to survive it.
~ J.D. Stroube, Caged by Damnation

Photo by Kemal Özkılıç
#road #question #answer #courage #seek #livelife #despair #survival

silence opens

A word into the silence thrown
always finds its echo somewhere
where silence opens hidden lexicons.
~ Dejan Stojanovic

Monica Denevan – Echo, Burma, 2006
#echo #silence #contemplation #lexicon #reflection

My Life

Rich will be my life if I
can keep my memories full
and brimming, and record
them on clear-eyed
mornings while I set
joyously to work setting
pen to holy craft.
~ Roman Payne, Rooftop Soliloquy

Photo: Pier by Kamal-Q on deviantart
in Ocean City, MD
#pier #shadow #livelife

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


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


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

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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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

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


“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



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




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

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


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

Model: St. Merrique
#pastandfuture #truth #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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Save Myself

I realize nobody’s coming to save me. I must save myself. I must be my own super hero. Although I am open to a sidekick.
~ Karen Salmansohn

Portfolio by Radek Dranikowski

#realize #save #livelife #surreal


It is known that there are an infinite number of worlds, simply because there is an infinite amount of space for them to be in. However, not every one of them is inhabited. Therefore, there must be a finite number of inhabited worlds. Any finite number divided by infinity is as near to nothing as makes no odds, so the average population of all the planets in the Universe can be said to be zero. From this it follows that the population of the whole Universe is also zero, and that any people you may meet from time to time are merely the products of a deranged imagination.
~ Douglas Adams, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (Hitchhiker’s Guide, #2)

My dream is beginning by Hanson Mao
http://is.gd/3arz5A #road #universe #infinite#path #livelife #imagination #meaningless #calculation #theory #mathematics

Memory of Non-Existance

Our memory is a more perfect world than the universe: it gives back life to those who no longer exist.
~ Guy de Maupassant

Photo by Fan Ho
#livelife #memory #dream

Why Sad?

Why people are sad?
“That’s simple,” says the old man.”
“They are the prisoners of their personal history. Everyone believes that the main aim in life is to follow a plan. They never ask if that plan is theirs or if it was created by another person. They accumulate experiences, memories, things, other people’s ideas, and it is more than they can possibly cope with. And that is why they forget their dreams.
~ Paulo Coelho, The Zahir

Photo by Jessica Drossin

#livelife #dreams #plan

I’m Tired

Every day I think, ‘Gosh, you look a bit tired today,’
and it’s just recently occurred to me
that it’s not that I’m tired,
it’s that this is the way I look now.
~ Liane Moriarty, Big Little Lies

Photo by Svetlana Belyaeva
#tied #livelife


When our perils are past, shall our gratitude sleep?
~George Canning

duong quoc dinh on deviantart

#gratitude #sleep #past #peril

Roaming the Earth

At last, you will not be remembered for roaming the earth as a non-entity, but by every word, and every miracle, and every love, and every seed that ever came from the innermost part of your heart.
~ Michael Bassey Johnson

Photo by Gundega Dege
#livelife #earth #heart #love

Path to the End

We rest; a dream has power to poison sleep
We rise; one wand’ring thought pollutes the day.
We feel, conceive, or reason; laugh or weep,
Embrace fond woe, or cast our cares away,
It is the same: for, be it joy or sorrow,
The path of its departure still is free.
Man’s yesterday may ne’er be like his morrow;
Nought may endure but Mutability!
~Percy Bysshe Shelley

together to the end by nikolay aleksandrov
#livelife #whatislife #feeling #path

Be Content

Be content to love, to dazzle in the light,
If only for moments…
And then be gone,
With gladness in your heart,
Before the creeping shadows
Claim too much your sadness at leaving.
~ Scott Hastie

Photo: Just a bit of lighting by Rui Palha

#light #moments #love #gladness #gratitude #shadow #livelife #content


If you have to shout to prove your point,
you’re probably wrong.
~ Aleksandra Ninkovic

#livelife #shout#yell


Fear is the glue that keeps you stuck.
Faith is the solvent that sets you free.
~ Shannon L. Alder

#fear #faith #livelife

Ti White on 500px

Love Giving

You can give without loving, but you can never love without giving. The great acts of love are done by those who are habitually performing small acts of kindness. We pardon to the extent that we love. Love is knowing that even when you are alone, you will never be lonely again. & great happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved. Loved for ourselves. & even loved in spite of ourselves.
~ Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

Kite Aerial Photography Rob Huntley -on Flickr
#love #livelife #heart


We kissed for about
the thousandth time,
No promises,
no demands,
Just solid rebuilding
of shattered trust.
~ Ellen Hopkins, Crank

#livelife #love #kiss #promise #demand

Fly Above

You can build walls all the way to the sky and I will find a way to fly above them. You can try to pin me down with a hundred thousand arms, but I will find a way to resist. And there are many of us out there, more than you think. People who refuse to stop believing. People who refuse to come to earth. People who love in a world without walls, people who love into hate, into refusal, against hope,and without fear.
~ Lauren Oliver

Photo by Duong Quog-Dinh
http://is.gd/PXiOrh #hope#dreams #love #livelife


It was being a runner that mattered, not how fast or how far I could run. The joy was in the act of running and in the journey, not in the destination. We have a better chance of seeing where we are when we stop trying to get somewhere else. We can enjoy every moment of movement, as long as where we are is as good as where we’d like to be. That’s not to say that you need to be satisfied forever with where you are today. But you need to honor what you’ve accomplished, rather than thinking of what’s left to be done (p. 159).
~ John Bingham, No Need for Speed: A Beginner’s Guide to the Joy of Running

Morning in Yalta by Sergey Titov
#running #joy #livelife #morning #sunrise #ice #winter

Dance of Infinity

Death is a part of Life, they are dancing together the dance of infinity in front of the gates of Time. We can live our dreams as we are dreaming our future. Time is the Endless Consciousness
~ Grigoris Deoudis

NYC Dance Project was created by Ken Browar and Deborah Ory, who live in Greenpoint, Brooklyn .#artpeople www.artpeoplegallery

#dance #infinity #death #time #consciouness


You should open these doors
with care and caution-
but, first, you must know how to close them.
And above all,
you must know which doors
should be left unopened…
~ Michael Bentine, Doors of the Mind

#doors #open #close #livelife

Threshold to Wisdom

Men who know themselves are no longer fools. They stand on the threshold of the door of Wisdom.
~ Havelock Ellis

#wisdom #threshold #fool #livelife

Death is Alive

Death truly does have life,
and walks with and lives through us everyday.
~ Nicholas A. McGirr, Life of Death

Photo by Richard Tallent

#life #death #livlife

See the World

There are times to stay put, and what you want will come to you, and there are times to go out into the world and find such a thing for yourself.
~ Lemony Snicket, Horseradish

Confederation Bridge, New Brunswick.Canada by MaxGag on flickr

#time #stayput #search


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

The White Sky V by Stefano Bonazzi
#feeling #shy #loud #livelife


Let there be no scales to weigh your un-known treasure; And seek not the depths of your knowledge with staff or sounding line.  For self is a sea boundless and measureless.
~ Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

Photo by David Knight n Tumblr
#livelife #innerpeace #sea

I myself am

I always am in a role, lovely – for you, for them – even for myself. Yeah… Even when I’m alone, I am still in a role – and I myself am the most exacting audience I have ever had.
` Simona Panova, Nightmarish Sacrifice

#hide #alone #livelife


Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world.
~ Arthur Schopenhauer

Photo by Gérard Castello-Lopes
#vision #perception #limit #livelife #bridge

Take the Lead

The task of the leader is to get their people from where they are to where they have not been.
-~ Henry Kissinger

#follow #leader #livelife #duck


Though nothing can bring back the hour
Of splendor in the grass, of glory in the flower;
We will grieve not, rather find
Strength in what remains behind;
In the primal sympathy
Which having been must ever be…
~ William Wordsworth

Surrealism by Thomas Barbey
#glory #statusofliberty #livelife

Give Life a Meaning

Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does.
It is up to you to give [life] a meaning.
~ Jean-Paul Sartre

Photo by Andrew Ling

#livelife #freedom #desert


Truth is what is true, and it’s not necessarily factual. Truth and fact are not the same thing. Truth does not contradict or deny facts, but it goes through and beyond facts.
~ Madeleine L’Engle

Photo by Gonzalo Villar
#truth #fact #livelife #surrealism #digitalarts

To Be

The Best Polo Photography Anywhere

“I am too alone in the world, and yet not alone enough
to make every moment holy.
I am too tiny in this world, and not tiny enough
just to lie before you like a thing,
shrewd and secretive.
I want my own will, and I want simply to be with my will,
as it goes toward action;
and in those quiet, sometimes hardly moving times,
when something is coming near,
I want to be with those who know secret things
or else alone.
I want to be a mirror for your whole body,
and I never want to be blind, or to be too old
to hold up your heavy and swaying picture.
I want to unfold.
I don’t want to stay folded anywhere,
because where I am folded, there I am a lie.
and I want my grasp of things to be

true before you. I want to describe myself
like a painting that I looked at
closely for a long time,
like a saying that I finally understood,
like the pitcher I use every day,
like the face of my mother,
like a ship
that carried me
through the wildest storm of all.”
~ Rainer Maria Rilke

Pitch Black Photohgraphy
https://is.gd/iCtgSE #love #alone #solitude #livelife

A world of my own

If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn’t. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn’t be. And what it wouldn’t be, it would.
~ Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass

Photo: Alice Bellotto
#world #solitude #livelife #water #nude #throughthelookingglass

Black Hole

Black holes ain’t as black as they are painted. They are not the eternal prisons they were once thought. Things can get out of a black hole both on the outside and possibly to another universe. So if you feel you are in a black hole, don’t give up — there is a way out.
~ Stephen Hawking

Photo by Jaxson Pohlman

#blackhole #giveup


Our life is composed greatly from dreams, from the unconscious, and they must be brought into connection with action. They must be woven together.
~ Anaïs Nin

Photo by Silviu Sandulescu
#dream #livelife #unconscious #connection


I love the silent hour of night,
For blissful dreams may then arise,
Revealing to my charmed sight
What may not bless my waking eyes.
~ Anne Brontë

Jaxson Pohlman Photography – Beyond
#silent #love #night #bliss #livelife #snow


If animals could speak, the dog would be a blundering outspoken fellow; but the cat would have the rare grace of never saying a word too much.
~ Mark Twain
#grace #livelife

To See

And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.
~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Photo by Gonzalo Villar
#secret #see #invisible #livelife


To thine own self be true,
and it must follow, as the night the day,
thou canst not then be false to any man.
~ William Shakespeare

Sheep by Eliseo Miciu
#sheep #follow #livelife


People need to stand up for their wrongs,
as they stand up for their rights.
~ Anthony Liccione

Photo: Prism of life 1 by Vitaliy and Elena Vasilieva
#wrong #right #standup #livelife


It was not the feeling of completeness I so needed, but the feeling of not being empty.
~ Jonathan Safran Foer

Laetita Casta by Cedric Bihr for Madame Figaro May 2016
#empty #complete #feeling #livelife


If you love your dad, it’s tough when he dies. If you don’t like your dad, it’s tough when he dies. Because you lose that guy. Whatever you didn’t get, you miss. And what you did get, you miss.
~ Jimmy Iovine

Dad by Kleemass on deviantart
#happyfathersday #father #dad #papa


But if you love and must needs have desires,
Let these be your desires:
To melt and be like a running brook
that sings its melody to the night.
To know the pain of too much tenderness.
To be wounded by your own understanding of love;
And to bleed willingly and joyfully.
To wake at dawn with a winged heart
And give thanks for another day of loving;
To rest at noon hour and meditate love’s ecstasy;
To return home at eventide with gratitude;
And then to sleep with a prayer for
the beloved in your heart
And a song of praise on your lips.
~ Kahlil Gibran

Photo: Erwin Olaf – para Lavazza
#love #desire #lust #livelife #thankful #gratitude #graceful

Blend In

The thing about chameleoning your way through life is that it gets to where nothing is real.
~ John Green, An Abundance of Katherines
#blendin #livelife


Twilight, again. Another ending.
No matter how perfect the day is,
it always has to end.
~ Stephenie Meyer

#twilight #ending #beginning #livelife


We must risk delight. We can do without pleasure,
but not delight. Not enjoyment. We must have
the stubbornness to accept our gladness in the ruthless
furnace of this world. To make injustice the only
measure of our attention is to praise the Devil.
~ Jack Gilbert, Refusing Heaven

Photo by Bang Sanghyeok
#risk #injustice #livelife #delight


If you really want to escape the things that harass you, what you’re needing is not to be in a different place but to be a different person.
~ Seneca, Letters from a Stoic

Vladimir Ivanovitch – PUDRA
#livelife #different #escape

Constant Fear

If we live in a state of constant fear,
can we remain human?
~ Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The First Circle

Brian Bielman Photography
#fear #livelife #human


Every one of us is, in the cosmic perspective, precious. If a human disagrees with you, let him live. In a hundred billion galaxies, you will not find another.
~ Carl Sagan, Cosmos

White deer by Margarita Kareva
#agree #perspective #livelife


All great and precious things are lonely.
~John Steinbeck, East of Eden

#loneliness #livelife


Melancholy and sadness are the start of doubt… doubt is the beginning of despair; despair is the cruel beginning of the differing degrees of wickedness.
Comte de Lautreamont
#sadness #doubt #despair #livelife


There is some kind of a sweet innocence in being human- in not having to be just happy or just sad- in the nature of being able to be both broken and whole, at the same time.
~ C. JoyBell C.

Photo by Max Eremine
#happiness #innocence #sadness #nature



Beware of those who are bitter,
For they will never allow you
To enjoy your fruit.

Beware of those who criticize you
When you deserve some praise for an achievement,
For they secretly desire to be worshiped.

Beware of those who are needy or stingy,
For they would rather sting you
Than give you anything.

Beware of those who are always hungry,
For they will feed you to the wolves
Just to get paid.

Beware of those who speak negatively
About everything and everybody,
For a negative person will never say
A positive thing about you.

Beware of those who are bored
And not passionate about life,
For they will bore you with reasons
For not living.

Beware of those who are too focused with
Polishing and beautifying their outer shells,
For they lack true substance to understand
That genuine beauty is in the heart
That resides inside.

Beware of those who step in the path of your dreams,
For they only dream to have the ability
To take half your steps.

Beware of those who steer you away
From your heart’s true happiness,
For it would make them happy to see you
Steer yourself next to them,
Sitting with both your hearts bitter.

Those who are critical don’t like being criticized,
And those who are insensitive have a deficiency in their senses.

And finally,
Beware of those who tell you to BEWARE.
They are too aware of everything –
And live alone, scared.

Poetry by Suzy Kassem

Photo: Vitality Sokol – Havelock island, Kala Pathar beach , sunrise
#beware #livelife #sunrise


The inferno of the living is not something that will be; if there is one, it is what is already here, the inferno where we live every day, that we form by being together. There are two ways to escape suffering it. The first is easy for many: accept the inferno and become such a part of it that you can no longer see it. The second is risky and demands constant vigilance and apprehension: seek and learn to recognize who and what, in the midst of inferno, are not inferno, then make them endure, give them space.
~ Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities

Kuwaiti oil fires during Operation Desert Storm

#inferno #livelife #burning #oilfield


It is not easy to keep silent when silence is a lie.
~ Victor Hugo

Paradoxical Silence by Philomena-Famulok
#slience #livelife #lie


You know you’re in a good place when you no longer are interested in looking back. You prefer to enjoy the journey.
~ Karen Salmansohn

Forward by Paulo Abrante

#lookingforward #hope #livelife #forward #road #journey


You know you’re in a good place when you no longer are interested in looking back. You prefer to enjoy the journey.
~ Karen Salmansohn

Forward by Paulo Abrante

#lookingforward #hope #livelife #forward #road #journey


The way animals walked that they were keeping time to some kind of music. Maybe it was the song in their own hearts that they walked to.
~Laura Adams Armer

#walk #livelife #song


I’ve lived to bury my desires
and see my dreams corrode with rust
now all that’s left are fruitless fires
that burn my empty heart to dust.

Struck by the clouds of cruel fate
My crown of Summer bloom is sere
Alone and sad, I watch and wait
And wonder if the end is near.

As conquered by the last cold air
When Winter whistles in the wind
Alone upon a branch that’s bare
A trembling leaf is left behind.
~ Alexander Pushkin

Photo: Vitaly Sokol

#desire #love #livelife


If you don’t get everything you want,
think of the things you don’t get
that you don’t want.
~ Oscar Wilde

#want #need #desire

Evil’s Purity

Do you believe in an evil possessed of its own purity?
or does every act intend some good?…
~ Brent Weeks, Shadow’s Edge

Photo: Bermuda by Andrew Lucas on 500px
#good #evil #purity #livelife #question #believe #possess

The Odd

Sometimes you just need to know when a fight is best saved for another day when the odds are more in your favour.
~ A.J. Darkholme, Rise of the Morningstar

#livelife #fight #favor


For the great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie—deliberate, contrived, and dishonest—but the myth—persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic. Too often we hold fast to the clichés of our forebears. We subject all facts to a prefabricated set of interpretations. We enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.

(Commencement Address at Yale University, June 11 1962)
~ John F. Kennedy

Holly Rose Emery by Donna Trope for Under The Influence
#cliches #livelife #fabricated #interpretation #opinion#dogma #truth #lies

Life Lesson

Some people will hate you for the mistakes they make. That’s why they never learn and will continue always making the same mistake and would be blaming everyone they come across. A person who has never been at fault, has never learned his or her life lessons.
~ De philosopher DJ Kyos

Vladimir Konnov on 500px

#mistakes #lessons #learning #livelife #blame


Perseverance is not a long race;
it is many short races one after another.
~ Walter Elliott

#Perseverance #race #livelife #clare
Moon Gazing. by Karl-Shakurg


We are torn between nostalgia for the familiar and an urge for the foreign and strange. As often as not, we are homesick most for the places we have never known.
~ Carson McCullers

#familiar #adventure #nostalgia #unknown #flight #plane #earth


Darkness falls upon Humanity
and faces become terrible
things that wanted more than there was.

all our days are marked with unexpected affronts
– some disastrous, others less
so but the process is wearing and continuous.
Attrition rules. most give way
leaving empty spaces where people should be.

and now as we ready to self-destruct
there is very little left to kill
which makes the tragedy
less and more much much more.
~ Charles Bukowski

ld mirror.. by Elena Shumilova on 500px
#selfdestruct #livelife #tragedy


This is a mournful discovery.
1) Those who agree with you are insane
2) Those who do not agree with you are in power.
~ Philip K. Dick, VALIS

#discovery #livelife #power #insane


He was still too young to know that the heart’s memory eliminates the bad and magnifies the good, and that thanks to this artifice we manage to endure the burden of the past.
~ Gabriel García Márquez, Love in the Time of Cholera

#Memories #past #burden #livelife #Endure

Relax and Float

To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim you don’t grab hold of the water, because if you do you will sink and drown. Instead you relax, and float.
~ Alan Watts

Photo: Brett Weston
#float #trust #livelife #swim #water #faith


We awaken by asking the right questions. We awaken when we see knowledge being spread that goes against our own personal experiences. We awaken when we see popular opinion being wrong but accepted as being right, and what is right being pushed as being wrong. We awaken by seeking answers in corners that are not popular. And we awaken by turning on the light inside when everything outside feels dark.
_~ Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun

 Star Wars by Albert Dros
#darkness #life #livelife #right #light #question #awake #opinion


“There’s a space between the beginning and the end,
In that place we suffer, and we see our loved
ones suffer because us.
There’s a space between our birth and death,
a space where people laugh and shed their tears,
a place of broken hearts, and celebrations,
a place where People pray and God ignores their pain,
In life we love and then we cheat;
We lust and then repent,
In life we die, and die again,
And then we hope our new rebirth.”
~ Quetzal

The Chapel of Light by Andrew Waddington on 500px

#rebirth #reborn #love #circleoflife #livelife


I don’t believe that if you do good, good things will happen. Everything is completely accidental and random. Sometimes bad things happen to very good people and sometimes good things happen to bad people. But at least if you try to do good things, then you’re spending your time doing something worthwhile.
~ Helen Mirren

#karma #accident #livelife #goodandbad #worthwhile #cloud #sun


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If we’re missing life it’s probably because we’re expecting it to reveal itself to us, rather than realizing that life is revealed by us looking for it.
~ Craig D. Lounsbrough

together united by nick verbelchuk

#livelife #clare #tree #missing #expect#reveal

Point of View

The most fatal illusion is the settled point of view. Since life is growth and motion, a fixed point of view kills anybody who has one.
~ Brooks Atkinson
#perspective#illusion #pointofview #livelife


Let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be expected from us, and that true homage comes from the heart as well as from the lips, and shows itself in deeds.
~Theodore Roosevelt

Photo by Shane Michael Black
#thankful #expectation #livelife


“I am not a Sunday morning inside four walls
with clean blood
and organized drawers.
I am the hurricane setting fire to the forests
at night when no one else is alive
or awake
however you choose to see it
and I live in my own flames
sometimes burning too bright and too wild
to make things last
or handle
myself or anyone else
and so I run.

run run run
far and wide
until my bones ache and lungs split
and it feels good.
Hear that people? It feels good
because I am the slave and ruler of my own body
and I wish to do with it exactly as I please”
~ Charlotte Eriksson

#burn #livelife #clare #fire #alive

For it is Life

Look to this day:
For it is life, the very life of life.
In its brief course
Lie all the verities and realities of your existence.
The bliss of growth,
The glory of action,
The splendour of achievement
Are but experiences of time.

For yesterday is but a dream
And tomorrow is only a vision;
And today well-lived, makes
Yesterday a dream of happiness
And every tomorrow a vision of hope.
Look well therefore to this day;
Such is the salutation to the ever-new dawn!
~ Kalidasa

#livelife #happiness #dream #hope #santamonica


You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection.
~ Buddha
#love #search #affection #livelife


Forms disappear,
words remain,
to signify the impossible.
~ Augusto Roa Bastos

#impossible #disappear #livelife


No human face is exactly the same in its lines on each side, no leaf perfect in its lobes, no branch in its symmetry. All admit irregularity as they imply change; and to banish imperfection is to destroy expression, to check exertion, to paralyze vitality. All things are literally better, lovelier, and more beloved for the imperfections which have been divinely appointed, that the law of human life may be Effort, and the law of human judgment, Mercy.
~ John Ruskin

Khatuna Lorig, Olympic Archer, ESPN
#perfection #livelife #symmetry

My Way

And now the end is near
And so I face the final curtain,
My friends, I’ll say it clear,
I’ll state my case of which I’m certain.
I’ve lived a life that’s full; I’ve traveled each and every highway
And more, much more than this, I did it my way.

For what is a man, what has he got?
If not himself, then he has naught.
To say the things he truly feels;
And not the words of one who kneels.
The record shows I took the blows –
And did it my way!
_~ Paul Anka



Having perfected our disguise, we spend our lives searching for someone we don’t fool.
~ Robert Brault

Photo by Elke Vogelsang
#disguise #perfect #fool

Ice Cold

Ice is most welcome in a cold drink on a hot day.
But in the heart of winter, you want a warm hot mug with your favorite soothing brew to keep the chill away.
When you don’t have anything warm at hand, even a memory can be a small substitute.
Remember a searing look of intimate eyes.
Receive the inner fire.
~ Vera Nazarian

Photo by Stevint in Instagram
#winter #snow #warm #love #livelife #reflection #night #light #cabin


Everything measurable passes,
everything that can be counted has an end.
Only three things are infinite:
the sky in its stars,
the sea in its drops of water,
and the heart in its tears.
~ Gustave Flaubert

The incredible race to the infinity ~ Ulises Sandoval

#infinite #forever #sky #water #sun #ocean #livelife #count


There is darkness inside all of us, though mine is more dangerous than most. Still, we all have it—that part of our soul that is irreparably damaged by the very trials and tribulations of life. We are what we are because of it, or perhaps in spite of it. Some use it as a shield to hide behind, others as an excuse to do unconscionable things. But, truly, the darkness is simply a piece of the whole, neither good nor evil unless you make it so.
~ Jenna Maclaine, Bound By Sin

#darkness #goodandevil #sin #livelife #trial #hide


Nothing burns like the cold.
~ George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

Standing in the Rain by Ana Livingston

#cold #burn #rain #livelife


There is a force more powerful than steam and electricity: the will.
~ Fernán Caballero

Ar Men Lighthouse, off Île de Sein, Brittany, France by Breizh’scapes Photographes on 500px
#will #force #livelife

I am One

I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.
~ Edward Everett Hale

#livelife #Iamone #ability


None are more hopelessly enslaved than
those who falsely believe they are free.
~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Photo by Lara Zankoul
#freedom #hope #believe #true #false #livelife #enslaved


Nothing can cure the soul but the senses,
just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul.
~ Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

#soul #cure #sense #livelife #sad


It is better to live your own destiny imperfectly than to live an imitation of somebody else’s life with perfection.
Anonymous, The Bhagavad Gita

#livelife #destiny #perfection
Photo by Acey Harper

Manufactured Reality

Today we live in a society in which spurious realities are manufactured by the media, by governments, by big corporations, by religious groups, political groups… So I ask, in my writing, What is real? Because unceasingly we are bombarded with pseudo-realities manufactured by very sophisticated people using very sophisticated electronic mechanisms. I do not distrust their motives; I distrust their power. They have a lot of it. And it is an astonishing power: that of creating whole universes, universes of the mind. I ought to know. I do the same thing.
~ Philip K. Dick

Long Shadows by Richard Heersmink on 500px
#livelife #society #people #media #power #shadow #reality

Do Wrong

You will be required to do wrong no matter where you go. It is the basic condition of life, to be required to violate your own identity. At some time, every creature which lives must do so. It is the ultimate shadow, the defeat of creation; this is the curse at work, the curse that feeds on all life. Everywhere in the universe.
~ Philip K. Dick, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Photo by Elijah Henderson
#livelife #clare #wrong #right #identity


The best consolation in misfortune or affliction of any kind will be the thought of other people who are in a still worse plight than yourself; and this is a form of consolation open to every one. But what an awful fate this means for mankind as a whole!
~ Arthur Schopenhauer, On the Suffering of the World

Photo by Vadim Stein
#consolation #affliction #suffering #fate #livelife


A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom. But the tumult soon subsides. Time makes more converts than reason.
~ Thomas Paine, Common Sense

Photo by Acey Harper

#commonsense #right #wrong #thinking #livelife #habit #tumult


I’m sure the universe is full of intelligent life.
It’s just been too intelligent to come here.
~ Arthur C. Clarke

Photo: Mike Berenson – Colorado Captures – Arches National Park
#livelife #intelligent #universe


Perhaps when we find ourselves wanting everything
it is because we are dangerously near to wanting nothing.
~ Janet Malcolm, The Silent Woman: Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes

Zac Photography
#livelife #want #need


There are times when the actual experience of leaving something makes you wish desperately that you could stay, and then there are times when the leaving reminds you a hundred times over why exactly you had to leave in the first place.
~Shauna Niequist, Bittersweet: Thoughts on Change, Grace, and Learning the Hard Way

#departure #leave #livelife #stay

who you really are

There is a limit to how much you can change
to be liked for who you really are.
~Robert Brault

Photo by Kutlu Kutluer
#livelife #limit #change


Absence diminishes little passions and increases great ones, as the wind extinguishes candles and fans a fire.
~ François de La Rochefoucauld

Photo by Neil Snape

#passion #absence #livelife


How easy it is for so many of us today to be undoubtedly full of information yet fully deprived of accurate information.
~ Criss Jami, Healology

#accurate #information


For the great majority of mankind are satisfied with appearances, as though they were realities, and are often more influenced by the things that seem than by those that are.
~ Niccolo Machiavelli

Photo by Alexey Titarenko

#livelife #satisfy #reality #appearance

Flee Bitter

Betrayed and wronged in everything, I’ll flee this bitter world where vice is king, And seek some spot unpeopled and apart, Where I’ll be free to have an honest heart.
~ Molière, The Misanthrope

Photo: Matsuki, K – Sunlight in the morning, 1929
#betray #livelife #honest #vice #honest

What it would be

If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn’t. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn’t be. And what it wouldn’t be, it would. You see?
~ Lewis Carroll

Photo by Huseyin Sahin
#nonsense #reality #livelife


Peeping in
“Enter your inner self in order to see the life you desire.”
~ Aniekee Tochukwu Ezekiel

#peep #innerself #livelife #desire


To recognize untruth as a condition of life–that certainly means resisting accustomed value feelings in a dangerous way; and a philosophy that risks this would by that token alone place itself beyond good and evil.
~ Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil

#good #evil #livelife #resist #risks #truth

Photo by trevor nicholls on flickr

Green Lights

If all men are created equal, that is final.
If they are endowed with inalienable rights, that is final.
If governments derive their just powers
from the consent of the governed, that is final.
No advance, no progress can be made beyond these propositions.
~ Calvin Coolidge

#equlity #livelife #progress #greenlights

I Exist

I am. I am, I exist, I think, therefore I am; I am because I think, why do I think? I don’t want to think any more, I am because I think that I don’t want to be, I think that I . . . because . . . ugh!
~ Jean-Paul Sartre, Nausea

Photo by spacebypixel x Michael Marcheco Miami, Fl •
#livelfe #because #exist

Little Human

A human being – what is a human being? Everything and nothing. Through the power of thought it can mirror everything it experiences. Through memory and knowledge it becomes a microcosm, carrying the world within itself. A mirror of things, a mirror of facts. Each human being becomes a little universe within the universe!
~ Guy de Maupassant

Photo by Katrin Korffman
#livelife #clare #human #facts #mirror

Beauty of Life

If a man cannot understand the beauty of life,
it is probably because life never
understood the beauty in him.
_~ Criss Jami, Killosophy _

Photo by David Oakill

#happiness #livelife #beauty


I let one thing result from another. Of course, all of it could have been just loosely connected coincidences. And whether that’s true or not, I know the intention was there. Because when I want something to happen-or not happen- I begin to look at all events and all things as relevant, an opportunity to take or avoid.
~ Amy Tan, The Joy Luck Club

#luck #conincidence #livelife #relevant


The timeless in you is aware of life’s timelessness. And knows that yesterday is but today’s memory and tomorrow is today’s dream.
~ Kahlil Gibran

#awareness #livelife #time #yesterday #today #memory #dream

Money Can’t Buy

Top 15 Things Money Can’t Buy
Time. Happiness. Inner Peace. Integrity. Love. Character. Manners. Health. Respect. Morals. Trust. Patience. Class. Common sense. Dignity.
~Roy T. Bennett

Photo by Taras Kuščynskyj


Endurance, after all, is the only reason we even exist. We think of ourselves as nature’s deadliest animals, but the truth is, a naked human is the biggest wimp in the wild. We have no fangs, no claws, no strength, and no speed.
~ Christopher McDougall

Tomas Rucker, Musetouch
#nake #livelife #endurance #exist


The tragedy of life is in what dies inside a man while he lives – the death of genuine feeling, the death of inspired response, the awareness that makes it possible to feel the pain or the glory of other men in yourself.
~ Norman Cousins

#livelife #feeling #meaningoflife #death #awareness

What We Are

Inside us there is something that has no name,
that something is what we are.
_~ José Saramago, Blindness _

#soul #livelife #whatweare


Oh, the comfort, the inexpressible
Comfort of feeling safe with a person,
Having neither to weight thoughts,
Nor measure words–but pouring them
All right out–just as they are
Chaff and grain together,
Certain that a faithful hand will
Take and sift them,
Keep what is worth keeping,
And with the breath of kindness
Blow the rest away.
~ George Eliot

#livelife #faith #empathy #comfort

Limit Within

We pass through this world but once. Few tragedies can be more extensive than the stunting of life, few injustices deeper than the denial of an opportunity to strive or even to hope, by a limit imposed from without, but falsely identified as lying within.
~ Stephen Jay Gould, The Mismeasure of Man

Castello Monforte; Borgo Vecchio; Cathedra, Campobasso, Italy
#hope #livelife #strive #limit

Hiding from Echos

Listen to the sadness,
the echoes in my mind,
the place where I usually hide,
but now I cannot find.
Why had it happened?
What had I done?
Where was I going?
Now I’m on the run.
Hiding from the echoes,
the pounding in my ears,
the beatings getting louder,
it isn’t death, I fear!
― Anthony T. Hinck

#livelife sadness #echo


It is a person’s unquenchable thirst for wonder
That sets them on their initial quest for truth.
The more doors you open, the smaller you become.
The more places you see and the more people you meet,
The greater your curiosity grows.
The greater your curiosity, the more you will wander.
The more you wander, the greater the wonder.
The more you quench your thirst for wonder,
The more you drink from the cup of life.
The more you see and experience, the closer to truth you become.
The more languages you learn, the more truths you can unravel.
And the more countries you travel, the greater your understanding.
And the greater your understanding, the less you see differences.
And the more knowledge you gain, the wider your perspective,
And the wider your perspective, the lesser your ignorance.

Hence, the more wisdom you gain, the smaller you feel.
And the smaller you feel, the greater you become.
The more you see, the more you love —
The more you love, the less walls you see.
The more doors you are willing to open,
The less close-minded you will be.
The more open-minded you are,
The more open your heart.
And the more open your heart,
The more you will be able to
Send and receive —
Truth and TRUE

~ Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

Photo by Robert Doisneau
#love #livelife #openyourmind #openeye

World’s Weight

Tired, tired with nothing,
tired with everything,
tired with the world’s weight
he had never chosen to bear.
~ F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Beautiful and Damned

#tired #livelife #weight #bear

Losing It

Some lose all mind and become soul,insane.
some lose all soul and become mind, intellectual.
some lose both and become accepted
~ Charles Bukowski

#soul #mind #livelife #lose #insane #crazy


Greatness lies, not in being strong, but in the right using of strength; and strength is not used rightly when it serves only to carry a man above his fellows for his own solitary glory. He is the greatest whose strength carries up the most hearts by the attraction of his own.
~ Henry Ward Beecher

Photo by Olivier Valsecchi
#ivelife #strength #solitary #greatness #glory


Hope is possibly the only inexhaustible resource on earth.
~ Martina Boone, Illusion

#hope #livelife #resources #red #inexhaustible

Believe to be Just

The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just.
~ Abraham Lincoln

Holy Tree by Stijn Dijkstra
#believe #livelife #probability #struggle


Memory haunts me from age to age, and passion leads me by the hand–evil have I done, and with sorrow have I made acquaintance from age to age, and from age to age evil shall I do, and sorrow shall I know till my redemption comes.
~ H. Rider Haggard, She

#memory #evil #livelife #haunted #sorrow #passion #redemption


Nothing prevents us being natural so much as the desire to appear so.
~ François de La Rochefoucauld

Photo by Sylvio Testa
#beauty #livelife #clare

This Rain

“Suddenly this defeat.
This rain.
The blues gone gray
And the browns gone gray
And yellow
A terrible amber.
In the cold streets
Your warm body.
In whatever room
Your warm body.
Among all the people
Your absence
The people who are always
Not you.
I have been easy with trees
Too long.
Too familiar with mountains.
Joy has been a habit.

This rain.”
~ Jack Gilbert

Photo by André di Lucca, flickr
#rain #lone #alone #livlife

To Live Life

To hear never-heard sounds,
To see never-seen colors and shapes,
To try to understand the imperceptible
Power pervading the world;
To fly and find pure ethereal substances
That are not of matter
But of that invisible soul pervading reality.
To hear another soul and to whisper to another soul;
To be a lantern in the darkness
Or an umbrella in a stormy day;
To feel much more than know.
To be the eyes of an eagle, slope of a mountain;
To be a wave understanding the influence of the moon;
To be a tree and read the memory of the leaves;
To be an insignificant pedestrian on the streets
Of crazy cities watching, watching, and watching.
To be a smile on the face of a woman
And shine in her memory
As a moment saved without planning.
~ Dejan Stojanovic

Smith Rock.OR. Michael Shainblum – 2017 Solar Eclipse
#shine #light #solareclipse #livelife


You can’t stop the future
You can’t rewind the past
The only way to learn the secret
…is to press play.
~ Jay Asher, Thirteen Reasons Why

#play # livelife #future #past #rewind


“From too much love of living
From hope and fear set free,
We thank with brief thanksgiving
Whatever gods may be
That no life lives for ever;
That dead men rise up never;
That even the weariest river
Winds somewhere safe to sea.

Then star nor sun shall waken,
Nor any change of light:
Nor sound of waters shaken,
Nor any sound or sight:
Nor wintry leaves nor vernal,
Nor days nor things diurnal;
Only the sleep eternal
In an eternal night.”
~ Algernon Charles Swinburne, The Garden of Proserpine

#livelife #thankful #eternal

We Are All ONE

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.
~ Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities



Time is not a thing, thus nothing which is,
and yet it remains constant in its passing away
without being something temporal
like the beings in time.
~ Martin Heidegger

#constant #time #temporal#livelife
Brian Phelan – Shems, April, 2017, from the Kilkenny Roots Festival series


We are all wonderful, beautiful wrecks.
That’s what connects us–
that we’re all broken,
all beautifully imperfect.
~ Emilio Estevez

Photo by Hélène Desplechin
#broken #imperfect #livelife #wreck

Season of Darkness

It was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way.
~ Charles Dickens – A Tale of Two Cities

Photo: Life on the Streets – Sergio Larrain at Rencontres

#season, #light #darkness #winter #despair #heaven #hell

lying in between

The man who refuses to judge, who neither agrees nor disagrees, who declares that there are no absolutes and believes that he escapes responsibility, is the man responsible for all the blood that is now spilled in the world. Reality is an absolute, existence is an absolute, a speck of dust is an absolute and so is a human life. Whether you live or die is an absolute. Whether you have a piece of bread or not, is an absolute. Whether you eat your bread or see it vanish into a looter’s stomach, is an absolute.

There are two sides to every issue: one side is right and the other is wrong, but the middle is always evil. The man who is wrong still retains some respect for truth, if only by accepting the responsibility of choice. But the man in the middle is the knave who blanks out the truth in order to pretend that no choice or values exist, who is willing to sit out the course of any battle, willing to cash in on the blood of the innocent or to crawl on his belly to the guilty, who dispenses justice by condemning both the robber and the robbed to jail, who solves conflicts by ordering the thinker and the fool to meet each other halfway. In any compromise between food and poison, it is only death that can win. In any compromise between good and evil, it is only evil that can profit. In that transfusion of blood which drains the good to feed the evil, the compromise is the transmitting rubber tube.
~ Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

Photo by Klaus Kampert
#good #evil #truth #livelife #absolute

Seek Dream

The end of wisdom is to dream high enough
to lose the dream in the seeking of it.
~ William Faulkner

Photo: ADRIEN on flickr

#livelife #wisdom #toureiffel #snow #dream #seek


Yes: I exist inside my body.
I’m not carrying the sun and the moon in my pocket
I don’t want to conquer worlds because I slept badly,
And I don’t want to eat the world for breakfast
because I have a stomach.
No: a son of the earth, who, if he jumps, it’s wrong,
A moment in the air that’s not for us,
And only happy when his feet hit the ground again,
Pow! In reality where nothing’s missing!

~ Alberto Caeiro (6/20/1919)

#livelife #indifferent #exist #survive


For I do not exist: there exist but the thousands of mirrors that reflect me. With every acquaintance I make, the population of phantoms resembling me increases. Somewhere they live, somewhere they multiply. I alone do not exist.~ Vladimir Nabokov

#exist #reflect #mirror #livelife
Photo: Huseyin Sahin


Who controls the past controls the future.
Who controls the present controls the past.
~ George Orwell, 1984

#past #future #present #livelife #clare

Photo: Benn Mitchell “Lonely Man”, New York City. Such intrigue created through the use of the taller than life shadow and the natural dark vignette around the edges.


Slates of Grey

Sullen faces like slates of grey—
What I’d seen on a walk today.

Bodies rushing bodies bolting
Time for life a disregarding.

Money to make and to grow old
What about the hands to hold?

Deadlines, projects, people to meet
What about our own two feet.

Sullen faces like slates of grey…
What I’d see most anyday.
~ Jess C. Scott, Trouble

#citylife #grey #livelife #building


Even the knowledge of my own fallibility cannot keep me from making mistakes. Only when I fall do I get up again.
~ Vincent Van Goth

#fall #mistake #getup #livelife


Let others determine your worth, and you’ve already lost, because no one wants people worth more than themselves
~ Peter V. Brett, The Painted Man

#worth #lost #livelife #beyourself


Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.
~ Norman Vincent Peale

#moon #stars #livelife #shoot


I refuse to join any club that would have me as a member.
~ Groucho Marx

#livelife #blackcat


I have found both freedom and safety in my madness; the freedom of loneliness and the safety from being understood, for those who understand us enslave something in us.
~ Kahlil Gibran, The Madman

Marisa Papen by Kesler Tran
#freedom #loneliness #enslave #livelife

Sunrise & Sunset


Each day is born with a sunrise
and ends in a sunset, the same way we
open our eyes to see the light,
and close them to hear the dark.
You have no control over
how your story begins or ends.
But by now, you should know that
all things have an ending.
Every spark returns to darkness.
Every sound returns to silence.
And every flower returns to sleep
with the earth.
The journey of the sun
and moon is predictable.
But yours,
is your ultimate
Suzy Kassem
#livelife #sunset #sunrise
Photo by W B Milner


Each night, when I go to sleep, I die. And the next morning, when I wake up, I am reborn.
~ Mahatma Gandhi
#livelife #sleep #reborn

Time in Heaven

The Earth, dost thou say? What has the Earth ever realized, that drop of frozen mud, whose Time is only a lie in the Heavens?
~ Auguste de Villiers de l’Isle-Adam, Axël

#livelife #earth #time #heaven
Vietnam’s Son Doong Cave


The right way to wholeness is made up of fateful detours and wrong turnings.
~ Carl Jung
livelife #wrongturn

Light Up

Just as one candle lights another and can light thousands of other candles, so one heart illuminates another heart and can illuminate thousands of other hearts.
~ Leo Tolstoy

#candle #livelife #heart #help #compassion


Nothing in the world is more dangerous than

Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
~ Martin Luther King Jr.

John Farrar Photography


and conscientious stupidity.
~ Martin Luther King Jr.

John Farrar Photography

#livelife #freedom #ignorance


Dreaming permits each and everyone of us
to be quietly Insane every Night of out Lives.
~ William Dement

Underwater Photography by Rafal Makiela
#dreams #insane #livelife #life

Land of Sleep

To quench my longing I bent me low
By the streams of the spirits of Peace that flow
In that magical wood in the land of sleep.
~ Sarojini Naidu

#dreams #path #wood #peace #livelife #autumn


If the thing you want beyond anything cannot be,
it is much better to recognize it and go forward,
instead of dwelling on one’s Regrets and Hopes.
~ Agatha Christie

Photograph by Zena Holloway
#livelife #moveforward #hopes #dreams #regret