“Life is messy, Ren. It's not easy and it's definitely not for the timid. Everyone has a past. Things that stab them right between the eyes. Old grudges. Old shame. Regrets that steal your sleep and leave you awake until you fear for your own sanity. Betrayals that make your soul scream so loud you wonder why no one else hears it. In the end, we are all alone in that private hell. But life isn't about learning to forgive those who have hurt you or forgetting the past. It's about learning to forgive yourself for being human and making mistakes. Yes, people disappoint us all the time. But the harshest lessons come when we disappoint ourselves. When we put our trust and our hearts into the hands of the wrong person and they do us wrong. And while we may hate them for what they did, the one we hate most is ourself for allowing them into our private circle. How could I have been so stupid? How could I let them deceive me? We all go through that. It's humanity's brotherhood of misery.”
“But life isn’t about learning to forgive those who have hurt you or forgetting your past. It’s about learning to forgive yourself for being human and making mistakes.”
“If we're lucky, we find the one person who will hold our trust and keep it sacred and safe against all attackers. That one soul who will restore our belief that people are decent and kind, and that life, while messy, is still the most wondrous gift anyone can know. But until that day comes, we have to try and remember that home isn't a specific place or person. It's a feeling we carry inside ourselves. That touch of the divine that lights a fire inside us that burns out the past and consumes the pain until nothing is left but a warmth that allows us to love others more than ourselves. A warmth that only grows when we do right even while others seek to do us wrong. Peace is knowing that one life, no matter how trivial it seems, touches thousands of others, and learningto respect that about all people. While you may not mean much to the world, to those who know and love you, you are their entire world. And it is knowledge that no one can hurt you unless you allow them to. The only power they have isn't something they're taken or demanded. It's what we give them by choice. And while it is imperative that we value the lives of others, it is equally important to value our own.”
“We can't change what we've done, but we can always change what we're going to do.”
“Ren frowned as he surveyed the madness they were knee-deep in. “Why are you under such heavy fire?”
Nick gave him a droll stare. “Oh, I don’t know. But we’re really enjoying it. Fear has such a wonderfully romantic scent to it that they ought to turn it into cologne and deodorant. Eau de Ew. Let’s all just take a minute, and bask in it.”
“In spite of rumourd, I haven't completely gone to the darkside yet. But damn, those cookies are good." Come to the dark side. We have cookies.”
“Life is messy, Ren. It's not easy and it's definitely not for the timid. Everyone has a past.”
“Love isn’t an obligation. You don’t owe someone your loyalty and you damn well don’t owe them your heart. It’s an emotion, and it’s born from mutual respect and generosity. It is not cruel and it is not judging. It comes from a willingness to live in complete and utter misery for the benefit of another. But when it’s real, you don’t feel that misery at all. The thought of their face, the scent of their skin brings a light to that darkness so bright that it drives out everything else.”
- Ren Waya”
“Most men die many times in their lives. The man we become invariably slaughters the child we once were. His knowledge of the world murders the babe's innocence.
from Time Untime by Sherrilyn Kenyon”
“One day, a young boy went up to his grandfather, who was an old Cherokee chief. ‘Edudi?’ the boy asked. ‘Why are you so sad?’ The old chief bit his lip and rubbed his belly as if his stomach pained him unmercifully. ‘There is a terrible fight inside me, Uhgeeleesee’, the chief said sternly. ‘One that will not let me sleep of give me peace’. ‘A fight Grandfather? I don’t understand. What kind of fight is inside you?’ The old chief knelt in front of the boy to explain. ‘Deep inside my heart, I have two wolves. Each strong enough to devour the other, they are locked in constant war. One is evil through and through. He is revenge, sorrow, regret, rage, greed, arrogance, stupidity, superiority, envy, guilt, lies, ego, false pride, inferiority, self-doubt, suspicion and resentment. The other wolf is everything kind. He is made of peace, blissful tranquillity, wisdom, love and joy, hope and humility, compassion, benevolence, generosity, truth, faith and empathy. They circle each other inside my heart and they fight one another at all times. Day and night. There is no letup. Not even while I slumber’. The boy’s yes widened as he sucked his breath in sharply. ‘How horrible for you’. His grandfather shook his head at these words and tapped the boy’s chest right where his own heart was located. ‘It’s not just horrible for me. This same fight is also going on inside you and every single person who walks this earth with us’. Those words terrified the little boy. ‘So tell me Grandfather, which of the wolves will win this fight?’ The old chief smiled at his grandson and he cupped his young cheek before he answered with one simple truth. ‘Always the one we feed’.
Be careful what you feed, child. For the beast will follow you home and live with you until you either make a bed for it to stay, or find the temerity to drive it out.”
“Come to the dark side. We have cookies.”
“Todo el mundo tiene un pasado. Cosas que te apuñalan justo entre los ojos. Viejos rencores. Antiguas vergüenzas. Remordimientos que te roban el sueño y te mantienen despierto hasta que temes por tu propia cordura. Traiciones que hacen que tu alma grite tan fuerte que te preguntas porque nadie más lo oye. Al final, estamos absolutamente solos en ese infierno privado. Pero la vida no se trata de aprender a perdonar a los que te han herido u olvidar tu pasado. Trata sobre perdonarte a ti mismo por ser humano y cometer errores. Sí, las personas nos decepcionan todo el tiempo. Pero las lecciones más duras vienen cuando nos decepcionamos a nosotros mismo.”
“But hatred and rage solve nothing. Like a might fire, they quickly consume whatever is fed them.Yet it can't last. Soon enough, they devour all around them and burn out, leaving nothing but a hollowed shell no longer capable of feeling anything at all. (First Guardian)”
“He was an Atlantean...older than dirt and dirt's great-grandfather.”
“The man speaks Southern football, now shut up.”
“I don't do vague. If I want to call you a coward, I will bock at you in no uncertain terms. Chicken shit."
“We all make mistakes. It’s part of growing. The trick isn’t to be perfect. It’s to find a place of solace in the mind so that it doesn’t cane you for trusting the wrong person or following after the wrong dream. All of us fall victim to harmful guile at some point.”
“You’re not going to bite me with your fangs, are you?”
“I don't do vague. If I want to call you a coward, I will bock at you in no uncertain terms.”
“Of course, it would help if the manwould keep his shirt on whenever he came into her unconscious mind. What kind of person didn't have the decency to keep himself clothed while barging into her dreams.
a little modesty went a long way.
Yeah, but clothes on a body so fine was its own form of obscenity.
shh, mind, have some decency yourself.”
“Su rabia y pérdida, la entiendo perfectamente, y no la culpo en lo más mínimo. No hay peor sensación que tener todo tu mundo destrozado y que no haya nada que puedas hacer para detenerlo. Sentirte en completa y absoluta miseria, y mirar alrededor y ver un mundo que en realidad no da una mierda por ti... eso te golpea a un nivel que agradezco a los dioses no puedas entender o imaginar. Porque nadie debería conocer ese tipo de infierno. Estás perdido en el dolor, gritando a pleno pulmón pidiendo ayuda y nadie te escucha. A nadie le importa. Ellos siguen con sus putrefactas vidas, ajenos a tu agonía. Y cuando llega el momento en que te das cuenta de lo solo que estás... de lo poco que les importas a otras personas, pierdes todo el funcionamiento cognitivo. Te conviertes en un animal rabioso. Todo lo que importa entonces es que les hagas comprender tu dolor. Sacarlos de su ciega autocomplacencia para que compartan ese infierno tuyo. En ese momento, quieres sentir su sangre en las manos. Saborearla en tus labios. Bañarte en ella hasta estar borracho y tener la piel arrugada. Ese es el lugar de locura que vive profundamente dentro de todos. La mayoría de la gente puede tocarlo una, quizás dos veces en su vida, pero jamás llegan a traspasarlo.”
“Okay, no more jokes about ladybugs making you their bitch.”
“that the most honorable thing in life is not to live it selfishly, but to take risks for those we love.”
“Ain't real big on fear. I tried it once, and well… didn't like the taste of it. Burped it up for days afterwards and have no intention of doing that again. "
“But no one could change the mind of someone else. That was for them to do. And if they weren’t willing, then there was no magic in existence to make them see what they didn’t want to see.”
“Deep inside your heart there are two wolves. Each strong enough to devour the other, they are in constant war. One is evil through and through. He is revenge, rage, greed, arrogance, stupidity, superiority, envy, guilt, lies, ego, false-pride, inferiority, self-doubt, suspicion, and resentment. The other wolf is everything kind. He is made of peace, blissful tranquility, wisdom, love and joy, hope and humility, compassion, benevolence, generosity, truth, faith, and empathy. They circle each other inside your heart and they fight one another at all times. Day and night. There is no letup. Not even while you sleep. Be careful which wolf you feed. For that beast will follow you home and live with you until you either make a bed for it to stay, or find the temerity to drive it out.”
“For some people the past is so vicious that it creates a loop of bad memories that runs constantly inside their hearts. A loop so bad that sometimes it reaches out to those capable of seeing it to let us know to take extra care of the ones who were hurt. It tells us to let them know that just because the world is eat up with mean, it doesn't mean we all are. That even though the past hurt them, it doesn't have to destroy their future. Give as many smiles away as you can. They're free and make the world a much prettier place. You may not have the best clothes or the latest in shoes, but everyone has a unique designer smile that is worth millions, especially for those who need its warmth.”
“Ren...Did you know that Winston Churchill, the greatest orator of all time and one of the greatest leaders in the world, had a speech impediment? All of us botch our words from time to time. And honestly I'd much rather stammer than put my foot in my mouth, and I've done more than my fair share of that. You have no reason to be embarrassed or ashamed for a biological misfire you can't help. It's not an indictment on your intelligence, but it is on the the humanity and decency of anyone cruel enough to mock you for it.”
“we all have more than our share of pains and sorrow. Embarrassments and things that haunt us. From that, no one is ever immune, no matter how good or perfect a life you think they live. Shame and hurt spare no one.”
“But life isn’t about learning to forgive those who have hurt you or forgetting your past. It’s about learning to forgive yourself for being human and making mistakes. Yes, people disappoint us all the time. But the harshest lessons come when we disappoint ourselves. When we put our trust and our hearts into the hands of the wrong person and they do us wrong. And while we may hate them for what they did, the one we hate most is ourself for allowing them into our private circle. How could I have been so stupid? How could I let them deceive me? We all go through that. It’s humanity’s Brotherhood of Misery.”
“To reign is worth ambition though in Hell: Better to reign in Hell, then serve in Heav’n.”
“Do you think it's possible that love multiples? We're taught to think it divides. There's only so much to go around, like diamonds. It multiples.”
“You’ve been going hard ever since it happened. Why don’t you take some time to properly mourn her, find a way to get your life back?” “How do I do that, Kim? The sonofabitch who killed her is still walking free. How am I just supposed to move on?” “I don’t know.” Kim’s gaze went to her desk. She swallowed hard, like she was choking down rocks. “But you need to get your act together, or I’m”
“And it’s the same thing everywhere all the time whether they’re stuffing themselves with chips paella or pizza it’s the same crew a filthy crew the rich who trample over you the poor who hate you for your money the old who dodder the young who sneer the men who show off the women who open their legs. I’d rather stay at home reading a thriller although they’ve become so dreary nowadays. The TV too what a clapped-out set of fools! I was made for another planet altogether I mistook the way.”
“My memories came back like a punch in the face. Only good.”
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