"A quiet secluded life in the country, with the possibility of being useful to people to whom it is easy to do good, and who are not accustomed to have it done to them; then work which one hopes may be of some use; then rest, nature, books, music, love for one’s neighbor — such is my idea of happiness."
- Leo Tolstoy (via observando)

Strategy for a Marathon

observando:

I will start
when the gun goes off.
I will run
for five miles.
Feeling good,
I will run
to the tenth mile.
At the tenth
I will say,
Only three more
to the halfway.”
At the halfway mark,
13.1 miles,
I will know
fifteen is in reach.
At fifteen miles
I will say,
'You've run twenty before,
keep going.
At twenty
I will say,
Run home.”

― Marnie Mueller

"Life is hard, and children have to be told how hard life can be…So they will be sympathetic to others. So they will understand that some people have it harder than they do and that a trip through this world can be a wildly different experience, depending on what chemicals are raging through one’s mind."
- Matthew Quick, The Silver Linings Playbook (via quoted-books)
"But the you who you are tonight is the same you I was in love with yesterday, the same you I’ll be in love with tomorrow."
- Gayle Forman, If I Stay (via hqlines)
"Under the greenwood tree,
Who loves to lie with me
And tune his merry note,
Unto the sweet bird’s throat;
Come hither, come hither, come hither.
Here shall he see
No enemy
But winter and rough weather."
- William Shakespeare (via observando)