You deserve to take up space.
Maybe you think you’ll be entitled to more happiness later by forgoing all of it now, but it doesn’t work that way. Happiness takes as much practice as unhappiness does. It’s by living that you live more. By waiting you wait more. Every waiting day makes your life a little less. Every lonely day makes you a little smaller. Every day you put off your life makes you less capable of living it.
Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our lives.
Grace, then, is grace – that is to say, it is sovereign, it is free, it is sure, it is unconditional, and it is everlasting.
Rejoicing in ordinary things is not sentimental or trite. It actually takes guts. Each time we drop our complaints and allow everyday good fortune to inspire us, we enter the warrior’s world.
I say I’m in love with her. What does that mean?
It means I review my future and my past in the light of this feeling. It is as though I wrote in a foreign language that I am suddenly able to read. Wordlessly, she explains me to myself. Like genius she is ignorant of what she does.
Jeanette Winterson, The Passion
Your pervasive belief in your own radness is part of the job. It is, in fact, the battery to the whole shebang.
You have witchcraft in your lips.
Wasn’t that the definition of home? Not where you are from, but where you are wanted.
Abraham Verghese, Cutting of the Stone