… the socialization of boys regarding masculinity is often at the expense of women. I came to realize that we don’t raise boys to be men, we raise them not to be women (or gay men). We teach boys that girls and women are “less than” and that leads to violence by some and silence by many. It’s important for men to stand up to not only stop men’s violence against women but, to teach young men a broader definition of masculinity that includes being empathetic, loving and non-violent. — Don McPherson, former NFL quarterback, feminist and educator (via albinwonderland)
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I am a cage, in search of a bird. — Franz Kafka
I can’t stand it to think my life is going so fast and I’m not really living it. — The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway
Wherever you stand, be the soul of that place. — Rumi
There were people who went to sleep last night,
poor and rich and white and black,
but they will never wake again.
And those dead folks would give anything at all
for just five minutes of this weather
or ten minutes of plowing.
So you watch yourself about complaining.
What you’re supposed to do
when you don’t like a thing is change it.
If you can’t change it,
change the way you think about it.
You can never have too much sky. You can fall asleep and wake up drunk on sky, and sky can keep you safe when you are sad. — Sandra Cisneros, “The House on Mango Street”
I have to believe that caring for myself is not self indulgent. Caring for myself is an act of survival. — Audre Lorde
Ask her what she craved, and she’d get a little frantic about things like books, the woods, music. Plants and the seasons. Also freedom. — Charles Frazier
Forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future. Give everyone a smile. Spend so much time improving yourself that you have no time left to criticize others. Be too big for worry and too noble for anger. — Norman Vincent Peale
He who grows in grace remembers that he is but dust, and he therefore does not expect his fellow Christians to be anything more. He overlooks ten thousand of their faults, because he knows his God overlooks twenty thousand in his own case. He does not expect perfection in the creature, and, therefore, he is not disappointed when he does not find it. — Charles H. Spurgeon