The idea that sex is something a woman gives a man, and she loses something when she does that, which again for me is nonsense. I want us to raise girls differently where boys and girls start to see sexuality as something that they own, rather than something that a boy takes from a girl.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

(Source: try-so-to-live, via a-thousand-words)

Penélope Cruz
When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it—always.

— Mahatma Gandhi

(Source: observando, via randombeautysls)

Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love.

— Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet.

(Source: observando, via daimesonhosparabrincar)

Find meaning. Distinguish melancholy from sadness. Go out for a walk. It doesn’t have to be a romantic walk in the park, spring at its most spectacular moment, flowers and smells and outstanding poetical imagery smoothly transferring you into another world. It doesn’t have to be a walk during which you’ll have multiple life epiphanies and discover meanings no other brain ever managed to encounter. Do not be afraid of spending quality time by yourself. Find meaning or don’t find meaning but ‘steal’ some time and give it freely and exclusively to your own self. Opt for privacy and solitude. That doesn’t make you antisocial or cause you to reject the rest of the world. But you need to breathe. And you need to be.

— Albert Camus, Notebooks 1951-1959.

(Source: starrywavves, via lapetitemandarine)

Calvin said, ‘Do you know that this is the first time I’ve seen you without your glasses?’

'I'm blind as a bat without them. I'm near-sighted, like father.'

'Well, you know what, you've got dream-boat eyes,' Calvin said. 'Listen, you go right on wearing your glasses. I don't think I want anybody else to see what gorgeous eyes you have.'

— Madeleine L’Engle, A Wrinkle in Time.

Paloma Picasso, Marisa Berenson, and Loulou de la Falaise.
She was surprised that, having thought the thought, conceded the fact, she was no more hurt, cared no more, than during her previous frenzied endeavours to escape it. And this absence of acute, unbearable pain seemed to her unjust, as If she had been denied some exquisite solace of suffering which the full acknowledgment should have given her.

— Nella Larsen, Passing.

There was such love as she had dreamed, and she meant to go on believing in it and cherishing the thought that she was worthy of it.

— Edith Wharton, The Reef.