"People seem to think embracing life means to jump off cliffs and kiss strangers. Maybe it’s just slowly learning to love yourself."
"The sun is perfect and you woke this morning. You have enough language in your mouth to be understood. You have a name, and someone wants to call it. Five fingers on your hand and someone wants to hold it. If we just start there, every beautiful thing that has and will ever exist is possible. If we start there, everything, for a moment, is right in the world."
"Opening your heart and being courageous and telling people that you care about them or like them or that you think they’re special only makes you a better, bigger, kinder, softer, more loving person and it only attracts more love into your life."
"Her heart sank into her shoes as she realized at last how much she wanted him. No matter what his past was, no matter what he had done. Which was not to say that she would ever let him know, but only that he moved her chemically more than anyone she had ever met, that all other men seemed pale beside him."
"I think I finally get why it’s better to love and lose than never love. And I think it has everything to do with the soul’s circumference of itself. I think the soul, possibly existing, possibly immortal, is still very much naive. It needs great invisible food carried by emotion to grow, and this food is joy and suffering. I do not like that suffering is food for the soul but I cannot deny that this is one of the more effective courses. And suffering is a food you eat without notice or prep. On your plate, in your belly before you know you sat down. I think that men who avoid love do so because they want to avoid suffering. Their souls have no texture or minor chord. There is nothing refined in them. For suffering refines one as well. There was my love, ended abruptly. Now I am left eating this. As the days pass and as the soul digests, the palate seems to grow. I no longer mock a man who keeps on his wedding ring. I understand people I’ve never met. Something of the pain unites us, makes us more human. What is this? Why does this occur? Why should anything unite, cultivate, increase through pain? These mysteries and I would have missed them if I had remained a child in my emotions and refused the love glorious that ultimately led me to sorrow."
"as surely as the sun & the moon rise, you deserve the world. from the tips of your toes to the hair that shines like a halo around your head, you deserve better. you deserve to be happy, you deserve to feel full. we strive for lightness, for fullness, for life in our every day existence but some days we forget that in order to achieve these things we must be present in ourselves. we cannot simple watch the world exist around us & expect to achieve these things. it’s time to step up, to be an active participant in your life. you hold the pen to a story without an ending. there is no eraser but there are endless pages to write & rewrite. you deserve the life you only dream of living, & you can make that happen for yourself if you just start putting actions to your thoughts & run like mad towards your wildest dreams. but babies, remember, be kind. always be kind."
Emma Stone in Burberry Prorsum (F/W 2012) at a press conference for The Amazing Spiderman in Seoul. I love how her red Brian Atwood pumps & the turquoise neckline add just a little brightness to the autumnal palette.