Live with effort: tomorrow you will be a better person even if tomorrow is not.
Rakishi, “Things my daughter was told.” cir. 1965 (via sorakeem)
When people are insulting you, there is nothing so good for them as not to say a word — just to look at them and think. When you will not fly into a passion people know you are stronger than they are, because you are strong enough to hold in your rage, and they are not, and they say stupid things they wished they hadn’t said afterward. There’s nothing so strong as rage, except what makes you hold it in — that’s stronger. It’s a good thing not to answer your enemies.
Frances Hodgson Burnett, A Little Princess (via wordsnquotes)
People in general attach too much importance to words. They are under the illusion that talking effects great results. As a matter of fact, words are, as a rule, the shallowest portion of all the argument. They but dimly represent the great surging feelings and desires which lie behind. When the distraction of the tongue is removed, the heart listens.
Theodore Dreiser, Sister Carrie (via wordsnquotes)
Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.
Carl Jung (via wordsnquotes)
Man is the only creature that consumes without producing. He does not give milk, he does not lay eggs, he is too weak to pull the plough, he cannot run fast enough to catch rabbits. Yet he is lord of all the animals. He sets them to work, he gives back to them the bare minimum that will prevent them from starving, and the rest he keeps for himself.
George Orwell, Animal Farm (via larmoyante)