“Life is a paradox. If you want to be saved, you got to go to hell first. If you want to affect change in the world or cause a revolution in any area of life, you’re going to upset people. So some people will view what you’re doing as honorable, something to be admired or something good. And other people will look at what you’re doing as negative, bad or something that needs to be punished. And that’s the beauty of life - everybody sees things differently - but if you want to be a revolutionary you have to be prepared to make enemies.”
Sometimes suffering is just suffering. It doesn’t make you stronger. It doesn’t build character. It only hurts.
When you accept other people, you have to accept yourself too, and that sometimes is the hardest thing.
— Cyndi Lauper - The Colbert Report, Apr. 15
Love is people, a person. A friend of ours, Hugh Bishop of Mirfield, says in one of his books, ‘Love is not an emotion. It is a policy.’ Those words have often helped me when all my feelings were unlovely. […] I am slowly coming to understand with my heart as well as my head that love is not a feeling. It is a person.
I’m asked all the time in interviews about who I am, and I know a few people my age who have a strong sense of self, but I couldn’t say I know myself and sum it up and give it to you in a little package. I don’t know myself at all yet.
The worst monsters are self-made. They are people like you and me, but they have taken a terrible turn. They let everything awful, everything sad take up all of the breathing room in their hearts, until all they know is revenge. Every generation has its troubles, Nancy. When the troubles can’t be contained, the monster comes out. One thing I do know is monsters, human or otherwise, can’t stand hope. They can’t stand being near a good heart. They try to destroy anything honest and good. They can’t bear to remember how they once were.
— Renate gets deep in Nancy Drew: The Captive Curse.
Fantasy is escapist, and that is its glory. If a soldier is imprisioned by the enemy, don’t we consider it his duty to escape?…If we value the freedom of mind and soul, if we’re partisans of liberty, then it’s our plain duty to escape, and to take as many people with us as we can!