If, like Archers, we have a target to aim at, we are more likely to hit the right mark.
—Aristotle: Nicomachean Ethics (1094a 24-25)
We choose our favourite author as we do our friend, from a conformity of humor and disposition. Mirth or passion; sentiment or reflection; whichever of these most predominates our temper, it gives us a peculiar sympathy with the writer who resembles us.
—David Hume: “Of the Standard of Taste.”
The word is not just a sound or a written symbol. The word is a force; it is the power you have to express and communicate, to think, and thereby create the events in your life.
Don Miguel Ruiz- The Four Agreements, p. 26.
In your whole life, nobody has ever abused you more than you have abused yourself. And the limit of your self-abuse is exactly the limit you will tolerate from someone else. If someone abuses you a little more than you abuse yourself, you will probably walk away from that person. But if someone abuses you a little less than you abuse yourself, you will probably stay in the relationship and tolerate it endlessly […] why? Because in your belief system you say, ‘I deserve it. This person is doing me a favor by being with me. I’m not worthy of love and respect. I’m not good enough.’
Don Miguel Ruiz- The Four Agreements, p.20.
She reached an age where, all of a sudden, she realized that the life she was living was, in fact, HER life. The clay of her being, so long infinitely malleable, had been formed, hardened into what now seemed a palpable, unchanging object, a shell she inhabited. It shocked her then. It shocked her now, like a slap in the face.
—“A Reliable Wife” ~Robert Goolrick.
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.