"Forgiveness is huge.
You know when you have resentment how horrible that feels. You know when you feel jealous. You know when you’re angry. You know when you have no way to get rid of that, how crippling and how debilitating that is. So if you live a life that’s dedicated to revenge, and holding onto that, you can’t move forward. It’s an impossible thing.
So sometimes when you’re feeling vulnerable, or hurt, the easiest thing to do is to spring to anger, because it feels so active.
So to forgive doesn’t mean you say it’s alright. It’s something you have to just make the decision, and it’s a struggle, you have to dedicate yourself to it; it’s like a muscle. You have to make the decision, and use [it]."
— Susan Sarandon, on forgiveness
"The propagandist’s purpose is to make one set of people forget that certain other sets of people are human."
— Aldous Huxley
"We live in a culture where saying “fuck”, or using the middle finger, is far more offensive than famine, war, murder, destruction of our planet, child abuse, rape, homelessness, and illiteracy."
"Anger is an energy which people use in order to act, but when you are angry, you are not lucid. And you might do wrong things. That is why compassion is a better energy. And the energy of compassion is very strong."
Thích Nhất Hạnh
I need have this tattooed on the inside of my eye lids.
"Anarchism rests squarely on a recognition that men are not angels, and hence that it is intolerably dangerous and insolent to give men power, as heads of state or their lackeys, over other men. The statists are the ones who need to be told repeatedly that men are not angels; that no man is good enough, wise enough, and properly entitled to substitute his will for the will of peaceful and honest others."
— Robert Higgs (via disobey)
(Source: freemarketliberal, via disobey)
"All digital communications…there are ways to look at digital communications in the past. I can’t go into detail of how that’s done, or what’s done, but I can tell you no digital communication is secure. And so these communications will be found out, the conversation will be known, and it’s just a question of whether or not Kathryn Russel. decides to own up to what was said prior to that information being known, or after the fact."
— Tim Clemente, former FBI counterterrorism agent, right after the Boston bombings, re: wire tapping.
"You are stronger than you think you are. Achieve, achieve, achieve. Wallow in pity? Wallow in hatred? Yeah, that’s kind of easy to do, but to pick one’s self up and move forward [is the goal]."
— Myrlie Evers-Williams
"Judging another person does not define who they are; it defines who you are."
"Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem, first make sure that you are not, in fact, just surrounding yourself with assholes."
— William Gibson
"I’d like to live in a simpler world, where a chicken can cross the road without his intentions being called into question."
"There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you."
— Maya Angelou
"Lose friends over politics? It’s common but sad and rather pointless … politics specializes in turning people on each other. To participate in this — to throw yourself into the mess the state creates and be buffeted around by it — means letting politics win in your own life … I would only end a friendship if a person demands that I agree with his or her political position as a condition. I would not be the one to impose that condition."
— Jeffrey Tucker (via the-altar)
"I refuse to tip-toe through life only to arrive safely at my death."