“Compassion hurts. When you feel connected to everything, you also feel responsible for everything. And you cannot turn away. Your destiny is bound with the destinies of others. You must either learn to carry the universe or be crushed by it. You must grow strong enough to love the world, yet empty enough to sit down at the same table with its worst horrors.”—Andrew Boyd (via thefinest-blog)
Today on my way home there was a singer heading home from practice on the same train. She struck up a conversation with two construction workers on their way home and ended up singing for them (yes, on the train).
When she left they started talking about opera singers and who they liked and who…
“I’m not the silly romantic you think. I don’t want the heavens or the shooting stars. I don’t want gemstones or gold. I have those things already. I want…a steady hand. A kind soul. I want to fall asleep, and wake, knowing my heart is safe. I want to love, and be loved.”—Shana Abé (via at-home-in-nature)
“When we pass judgment on books that we deem “girly” by calling them “girly” or suggesting that anything girly is lightweight or inconsequential, we pass judgment on to the readers. We tell them that their interests and preferences don’t matter. And because those readers frequently are girls, we continue to impress upon them that they and their desires are lesser.”—Kelly Jensen on Books for Boys and Girls: Problems with Gendered Reading (read it)