"The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry."
— Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms (via leslieseuffert)
"Boss, coworker, spouse, roommate, mother, father, child—who are the people you really dislike and wish would simply go away? Who’s on your list? Be grateful to them: they’re your own special gurus, showing up right on time to keep you honest. It’s the troublemakers in your life who cause you to see that you’ve shut down[…]. If you didn’t get angry at them, […]you would never be able to cultivate patience. If you didn’t envy them, were jealous of them, you would never think to stretch beyond your mean-spiritedness and try to rejoice in their good fortune. If you never met your match, you might think you were better than everybody else and arrogantly criticize their neurotic behaviour rather than do something about your own."
— Pema Codron, Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change, page 73 (via dogsfromeggs)