"Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them."
"Strangely enough, this is the past that somebody in the future is longing to go back to."
I've learned to let go, not hold on so tight. To open the jar at just the right moment, and enjoy the light.
"She wanted to be irresponsible, she wanted to be looked after, to be told that she didn't have to worry about a thing and that someone else would take care of everything. How easy life would be without having grown-up problems to worry about. And then she could grow up all over again..."
Time takes it all. Whether you want it to or not. Time takes it all, time bears it away, and in the end, there is only darkness. Sometimes we find others in that darkness. And sometimes we lose them there again.
“And my first bit of free advice is this: You are alive. Your whole life is still before you. More terrible things will happen to you. Wonderful things will happen, too. Don’t run from life. Embrace it.”
--Robin Jones Gunn
“I have only known her for two years. But if you took every memory, every moment, if you stretched them end to end—they’d reach forever.”
--Jodi Picoult, 'My Sister’s Keeper'
“I like to smell things and look at things, and sometimes stay up all night, walking, and watch the sun rise.”
“The positive way to look at this is that from here things can only go up. But I’ve been up, and I always felt like a trespasser. A transient at the top. It’s like I’ve got a visa for happiness, but for sadness I’ve got a lifetime pass.”
Imagine if you suddenly learned that the people, the places, the moments most important to you were not gone, not dead, but worse, had never been. What kind of hell would that be?
"Fame to me is only a temporary and partial happiness, that's not what fulfills me. It warms you a bit, but the warming is temporary. It might be kind of a relief to be finished. It's sort of like you don't know what kind of yard dash you're running, and then you're at the finish line and you sort of sigh -- you've made it. But fame will go by -- and so long. I've had you, fame. I've always known it was fickle."
--Marilyn Monroe, in her last interview, which Life published a week before her death