“Heroes didn’t leap tall buildings or stop bullets with an outstretched hand; they didn’t wear boots and capes. They bled, and they bruised, and their superpowers were as simple as listening, or loving. Heroes were ordinary people who knew that even if their own lives were impossibly knotted, they could untangle someone else’s. And maybe that one act could lead someone to rescue you right back.”—Jodi Picoult (Second Glance)
There just is no avoiding it: There will be times in your life where you will be stabbed by someone or something or perhaps the world itself, and when it’s all you can do to keep your eyes open and your breath even, and your legs from giving out from underneath you, your ears will hear nothing but screams of disappointment for bleeding all over the carpet.
“Hearts united in pain and sorrow
will not be separated by joy and happiness.
Bonds that are woven in sadness
are stronger than the ties of joy and pleasure.
Love that is washed by tears
will remain eternally pure and faithful.”—Khalil Gibran (via myquotelibrary)
“I know that’s what people say— you’ll get over it. I’d say it, too. But I know it’s not true. Oh, youll be happy again, never fear. But you won’t forget. Every time you fall in love it will be because something in the man reminds you of him.”—Betty Smith (A Tree Grows in Brooklyn)