and I am out with lanterns, looking for myself.
Emily Dickinson, Letters of Emily Dickinson, edited by Mabel Loomis Todd (via nyc-taxi)
One clear sign that you are in an unhealthy relationship is that you find yourself compromising your values and beliefs to keep the other person happy. Take a stand for what you believe, what is important to you, for who you are. Don’t allow yourself to become someone you don’t like.
The journey between what you once were and who you are now becoming is where the dance of life really takes place.
The trouble with real life is that you don’t know whether you’re the hero or just some nice chap who gets bumped off in chapter five to show what a rotter the villain is without anyone minding too much.
Sarah Caudwell, The Sirens Sang of Murder (via j-august)
I am still at war with a battle that is already lost.
That is why it is so important to let certain things go. To release them. To cut loose. People need to understand that no one is playing marked cards; sometimes we win and sometimes we lose. Don’t expect to get anything back, don’t expect recognition for your efforts, don’t expect your genius to be discovered or your love to be understood. Complete the circle. Not out of pride, inability, or arrogance, but simply because whatever it is no longer fits in your life. Close the door, change the record, clean the house, get rid of the dust. Stop being who you were and become who you are.
Your value doesn’t decrease based on someone’s inability to see your worth.