“No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”—Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom (1995)
“Hip-hop reflects the truth, and the problem is that hip-hop exposes a lot of the negative truth that society tries to conceal. It’s a platform where we could offer information, but it’s also an escape.”— Busta Rhymes (via jcblade)
“This sentence has five words. Here are five more words. Five-word sentences are fine. But several together become monotonous. Listen to what is happening. The writing is getting boring. The sound of it drones. It’s like a stuck record. The ear demands some variety. Now listen. I vary the sentence length, and I create music. Music. The writing sings. It has a pleasant rhythm, a lilt, a harmony. I use short sentences. And I use sentences of medium length. And sometimes, when I am certain the reader is rested, I will engage him with a sentence of considerable length, a sentence that burns with energy and builds with all the impetus of a crescendo, the roll of the drums, the crash of the cymbals—sounds that say listen to this, it is important.”—Gary Provost, 100 Ways to Improve Your Writing (via captainswans)
Even when I am not comfortable with myself, I am still worthy in the mind of Christ. Even when I feel like less I know that He has made me more. I’m not prepared to accept anything less than what He is prepared to give me. In my moments of vulnerability and weakness, I still stand firm because I know that my my worth is found in Him. I hold fast to His strength in my weakness, His perfection in my imperfections. I trust in his promises and rely on His all consuming love for me.
“Cherish your solitude. Take trains by yourself to places you have never been. Sleep out alone under the stars. Learn how to drive a stick shift. Go so far away that you stop being afraid of not coming back. Say no when you don’t want to do something. Say yes if your instincts are strong, even if everyone around you disagrees. Decide whether you want to be liked or admired. Decide if fitting in is more important than finding out what you’re doing here.”—Eve Ensler (via katemess)
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.”—Melody Beattie (via yogachocolatelove)
“Every single time my heart beats, and my lungs expand, God is telling me, ‘keep living. I’m not finished with you yet.’”—"His love is deeper than an ocean floor, run to his arms like an open door" God I need you. I need this. (via ryannrevolt)