“Every persons’ definition of happy may hold a different meaning. I feel it’s important that you recognize what that meaning is for you and once you have defined it, understand that it is up to you to walk toward it.
“It’s so very easy to blame those around us or circumstances we find ourselves in for our happiness. What we do not always realize is that we have control of nothing but our inner voice and a choice. A choice to make our lives more amazing than we thought possible.
“Your happiness depends on you, and while it may not always be clear or it may seem like a dark path to walk, when we realize the light comes from within, the search for it elsewhere is no longer required.”
-Lisa J, “Define Your Happy and Walk Toward It“
“Stories of imagination tend to upset those without one.”
–Terry Pratchett, Foreword from The Definitive Illustrated Guide to Fantasy
“Every experience God gives us, every person He puts in our lives, is the perfect preparation for the future only He can see.”
-Corrie Ten Boom, The Hiding Place
You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
You cannot help little men by tearing down big men.
You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.
You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
You cannot establish sound security on borrowed money.
You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than you earn.
You cannot build character and courage by destroying men’s initiative and independence.
And you cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they can and should do for themselves.
–Reverend William H. J. Boetcker, “The Ten Cannots”
“Romance eludes us most when we try to force it. True romance, these budding, little moments that promise great things, arises all by itself, often seemingly out of nowhere.”
Härzenwort, in the comments of “Love and Marriage and Practicality.”
“People want to be heard more then anything, but people also want to know that the one who’s listening wants to hear them.”
-Mathew S., “Want To Brush Up On Your Empathy? Like All Skills, Training Can Help“
“I would encourage all who read this not to give up trying. You may take two steps forward then fall three steps back. The important thing is that you don’t stay back there. Pick yourself up and try and try again.”
-Rethinking Scripture, “Personal Progress Report“
“We often forget that things fade away and people can never be our everything because we’re all finite with limited minds and limited lifespans and limited abilities that wither slowly and just like books collect dust, we deteriorate with age or illness.
“[T]hat’s where the beauty of solitude comes in.”
-Nitin, “When the mountains whisper“
“It’s not our pain we fear but the reminder of our own vulnerability.“
-Charli Mills, January 23 Flash Fiction Challenge.
“To be a successful writer and enjoy the perks of paid writing, one must first understand what business they are in – and that is the entertainment business. One does not have to resort to silly antics to entertain, because you can do the same thing with horror or heartbreak, maybe even clever word play or just plain good writing – but in the end, it is primarily entertainment and we as writers are primarily entertainers.”
–Almost Iowa, in the comments of “Why Do You Write?“