life in general

We all need to look into the dark side of our nature - that’s where the energy is, the passion. People are afraid of that because it holds pieces of us we’re busy denying.

—Sue Grafton (via awakenedvibrations)

Listen to me carefully.
Don’t you dare love me
through the blood of the girls
who came before me.
If you can’t love me
without taking the knife
to someone else,
I’d rather you didn’t love me
at all.

—“but you’re prettier than she was” and other bad words, by Ashe Vernon (via latenightcornerstore)

(via catscratch-fever)

Empathy is really the opposite of spiritual meanness. It’s the capacity to understand that every war is both won and lost. And that someone else’s pain is as meaningful as your own.

—Barbara Kingsolver (via words-and-coffee)