“If a writer is so cautious that he never writes anything that cannot be criticized, he will never write anything that can be read. If you want to help other people you have got to make up your mind to write things that some men will condemn.
”—Thomas Merton, New Seeds of Contemplation (via whiskey river)
“The unhappy person resents it when you try to cheer him up, because that means he has to stop dwelling on himself and start paying attention to the Universe. Unhappiness is the ultimate form of self-indulgence. When you’re unhappy, you get to pay a lot of attention to yourself. You get to take yourself oh so very seriously.
”—Tom Robbins, Jitterbug Perfume (via fernsandmoss)
Make no mistake, this is about you. This is about you, sitting there, reading this. This is about you, touching the keyboard, reading this. This is about artifice — this is about you knowing that this isn’t about you. But make no mistake, this is about you. It has always been about you. It has always been about you reading this, even though you have never read this, even though you are reading this for the first time.
“Quantum physics tells us that nothing that is observed is unaffected by the observer. That statement, from science, holds an enormous and powerful insight. It means that everyone sees a different truth, because everyone is creating what they see.
”—Neale Donald Walsch (via nirvikalpa)