"I heard once that real love doesn’t ask what is in it for me; it just gives unconditionally. It just tries to take the weight out of somebody else’s pack, lessen his load, and if it gets reciprocated, that’s great, but that isn’t what you did it for."
— Donald Miller, Through Painted Deserts (via plusgregory)
"I think I fall in love a little bit with anyone who shows me their soul. This world is so guarded and fearful. I appreciate rawness so much."
— Emery Allen (via maybe-lisa)
(Source: lovespulse, via fluffylighter)
"Marriage isn’t for you. You don’t marry to make yourself happy, you marry to make someone else happy."
— This recently married man just realized marriage is not for him.
"In French, you don’t really say “I miss you.” You say “tu me manques,” which is closer to “you are missing from me.” I love that. “You are missing from me.” You are a part of me, you are essential to my being. You are like a limb, or an organ, or blood. I cannot function without you."
— (via gnerdy-temps)
"For love, love was all in life that mattered; without it, there was no point in having lived at all."
— Andrew Holleran, Dancer From The Dance
"Your naked body should only belong to those who fall in love with your naked soul."
— Charlie Chaplin (via offontheweb)
"I would love to wake up next to you, in a tent somewhere in the woods."
— (via thoughtlessoblivion)
"When I was about 20 years old, I met an old pastor’s wife who told me that when she was young and had her first child, she didn’t believe in striking children, although spanking kids with a switch pulled from a tree was standard punishment at the time. But one day, when her son was four or five, he did something that she felt warranted a spanking–the first in his life. She told him that he would have to go outside himself and find a switch for her to hit him with.
The boy was gone a long time. And when he came back in, he was crying. He said to her, “Mama, I couldn’t find a switch, but here’s a rock that you can throw at me.”
All of a sudden the mother understood how the situation felt from the child’s point of view: that if my mother wants to hurt me, then it makes no difference what she does it with; she might as well do it with a stone.
And the mother took the boy into her lap and they both cried. Then she laid the rock on a shelf in the kitchen to remind herself forever: never violence. And that is something I think everyone should keep in mind. Because if violence begins in the nursery one can raise children into violence.”
— Astrid Lindgren, author of Pippi Longstocking, 1978 Peace Prize Acceptance Speech (via withoutawarning)
(Source: jillymomcraftypants, via marbled-artisan)
"Some people describe certain physical connections as being like electricity. Sparks flying. When Chris and I touch, it’s different. I think of the feel of water. The way it is when you wade into the ocean and a small wave cascades against you, swirling sand over you and awakening every pore."
— Left Drowning - Jessica Park (via briannareads)
(Source: read-a-butterflying-book, via fuckyeahreading)