“I think the hardest thing in life is to forgive. Hate is self destructive. If you hate somebody, you’re not hurting the person you hate, you’re hurting yourself. It’s a healing, actually, it’s a real healing…forgiveness.”—Louis Zamperini (via exodesuu)
“There is a loneliness that can be rocked. Arms crossed, knees drawn up; holding, holding on, this motion, unlike a ship’s, smooths and contains the rocker. It’s an inside kind—wrapped tight like skin. Then there is a loneliness that roams. No rocking can hold it down. It is alive, on its own. A dry and spreading thing that makes the sound of one’s own feet going seem to come from a far-off place.”—Toni Morrison, from Beloved (Alfred A. Knopf, 1987)
“A beautiful day begins with a beautiful mindset. When you wake up, take a second to think about what a privilege it is to simply be alive and healthy. The moment you start acting like life is a blessing, I assure you it will start to feel like one.”—(via cultivate-solitude)
“There are moments in my life where I’ve thought, “Oh yeah I wish I could talk to my mother about this” and then I’m like, “well not my mother, but a mother.””—Wyatt Cenac is on the latest episode of The Champs podcast (which I hate - but it’s Wyatt) and he was surprisingly candid about the strained relationships he has with his parents - and I can relate 100%. I’ve been trying to articulate this sentiment for most of my adult life. (via fish-tayls)
Look, I’m glad ‘12 Years [A Slave]’ got made and it’s wonderful that people are seeing it and there is another view of what happened in America. But I’m not real sure why Steve McQueen wanted to tackle that particular sort of thing.
[‘Fruitvale Station’] explains things like the shooting of Trayvon Martin, the problems with stop and search, and is just more poignant. America is much more willing to acknowledge what happened in the past: ‘We freed the slaves! It’s all good!’ But to say: ‘We are still unnecessarily killing black men’ – let’s have a conversation about that.
“It’s hard to write about the idea — and reality — of your “good friends” not actually being your friends. The fact that some of your rocks, you barely even like — the people you feel stuck with, because you forgot what it was like before they were around. And conversely, the people who feel stuck with you, for the very same reason. But those friendships often exist, because they’re comfortable. And they’re convenient. And you all know you’re growing apart, but no one wants to acknowledge it. Or accept the fact that you drift away from people, the people you once created so many good memories with. And ultimately, loving people, but not necessarily liking them.”—Rembert Browne, http://grantland.com/hollywood-prospectus/girls-friendship-is-magic/