"There must be those among whom we can sit down and weep and still be counted as warriors."
— Adrienne Rich (via kushandwizdom)
"There was another life that I might have had, but I am having this one."
— Kazuo Ishiguro (via kushandwizdom)
The e-mail I received when I woke up this morning… Emma, you rock…
​It’s here! I can’t believe the last first day of classes (for most of you, at least) has finally arrived. ​Enjoy your second / third / last lap - I’m incredibly jealous!
I was browsing in a bookstore in Cambridge this summer and stumbled upon Thomas Huxley’s A Liberal Education. The entire essay is worth reading, but this passage, in particular, made me think of you:
"That man, I think, has had a liberal education who has been so trained in youth that his body is the ready servant of his will, and does with ease and pleasure all the work that, as a mechanism, it is capable of; whose intellect is a clear, cold, logic engine, with all its parts of equal strength, and in smooth working order; ready, like a steam engine, to be turned to any kind of work, and spin the gossamers as well as force the anchors of the mind; whose mind is stored with a knowledge of the great and fundamental truths of nature and of the laws of her operations; one who, no stunted ascetic, is full of life and fire, but whose passions are trained to come to heel by a vigorous will, the servant of a tender conscience; who has learned to love all beauty, whether of nature or of art, to hate all vileness, and to respect others as himself."
Here’s to (your) liberal education, yeah? Love you all, have a great day!

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"That we go numb along the way is to be expected. Even the bravest among us, who give their lives to care for others, go numb with fatigue, when the heart can take in no more, when we need time to digest all we meet. Overloaded and overwhelmed, we start to pull back from the world, so we can internalize what the world keeps giving us. Perhaps the noblest private act is the unheralded effort to return: to open our hearts once they’ve closed, to open our souls once they’ve shied away, to soften our minds once they’ve been hardened by the storms of our day.”

―Mark Nepo, “Hearing the Cries of the World” from our summer 2013 issue (which happened to be our 150th issue of Parabola.

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"Do not look at yourself with disgust, you are a gift to this earth. You are beautiful, you are a light, an energy, an essence. You are nature herself."
— Heidi Pickett (via krissybelle)

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"Sometimes awful things have their own beauty."
— Christopher Isherwood, A Single Man (via feellng)

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