"Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It’s a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity."
"No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader."
"Collect books, even if you don’t plan on reading them right away. Nothing is more important than an unread library."
"Never allow someone to be your priority while allowing yourself to be their option."
"It’s been a long time since I’ve been me."
"Letting there be room for not knowing is the most important thing of all. When there’s a big disappointment, we don’t know if that’s the end of the story. It may just be the beginning of a great adventure. Life is like that. We don’t know anything. We call something bad; we call it good. But really we just don’t know."
Pema Chödrön, When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times (via purplebuddhaproject
"There is nothing more truly artistic than to love people."