The average pencil is seven inches long, with just a half-inch eraser — in case you thought optimism was dead.
When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know. But if you listen, you may learn something new.
Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice. It is the protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity and a decent life. While poverty persists, there is no true freedom.
As if you were on fire from within.
The moon lives in the lining of your skin.
Though my soul may set in darkness, it will rise in perfect light;
I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.
Not everything made you stronger. It was possible to survive, yet still be crippled for your trouble. Sometimes it was okay to run away, to skip the test, to chicken out. Or at least to get some help.
But I didn’t understand then. That I could hurt somebody so badly she would never recover. That a person can, just by living, damage another human being beyond repair.
Come, live in my heart, and pay no rent.
Curious that we spend more time congratulating people who have succeeded than encouraging people who have not.