"Do not ask your children
to strive for extraordinary lives.
Such striving may seem admirable,
but it is the way of foolishness.
Help them instead to find the wonder
and the marvel of an ordinary life.
Show them the joy of tasting
tomatoes, apples and pears.
Show them how to cry
when pets and people die.
Show them the infinite pleasure
in the touch of a hand.
And make the ordinary come alive for them.
The extraordinary will take care of itself."
- William Martin, The Parent’s Tao Te Ching: Ancient Advice for Modern Parents (via quotes-shape-us)
"What are the chances you’d ever meet someone like that? he wondered. Someone you could love forever, someone who would forever love you back? And what did you do when that person was born half a world away? The math seemed impossible."
- Rainbow Rowell, Eleanor & Park (via quotes-shape-us)
"It’s better to have something to remember than anything to regret."
- Frank Zappa (via quotes-shape-us)
"He made it so hard not to love him. When he was sweet like this, I remembered why I did. Used to love him, I mean. I remembered everything."
- Jenny Han, The Summer I Turned Pretty (via quotes-shape-us)
"The past is never where you think you left it."
- Katherine Anne Porter (via observando)
"If you treat an individual as he is, he will remain how he is. But if you treat him as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be."
- Goethe (via observando)
"A man who procrastinates in his choosing will inevitably have his choice made for him by circumstance."
- Hunter S. Thompson (via observando)