Clearly define the person you want to be. — Who exactly do you want to be? What kind of person do you want to be? What are your personal ideals? Whom do you admire? What are their special traits that you would make your own?

It’s time to stop being vague. If you wish to be an extraordinary person, if you wish to be wise, then you should explicitly identify the kind of person you aspire to become. If you have a daybook, write down who you’re trying to be, so that you can refer to this self-definition. Precisely describe the demeanor you want to adopt so that you may preserve it when you are by yourself or with other people.

— Epictetus, The Art of Living  (via modernhepburn)

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“Everybody sees what you seem, but few know what you are.”
— Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince (via whyallcaps)

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“The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.”
— Thomas Merton (via psych-facts)

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“I like to watch people. Sometimes I ride the subway all day and look at them and listen to them. I just want to figure out who they are and what they want and where they’re going.”
— Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 (via psych-facts)

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“Oh me! Oh life! of the questions of these recurring,
Of the endless trains of the faithless, of cities fill’d with the foolish,
Of myself forever reproaching myself, (for who more foolish than I, and who more faithless?)
Of eyes that vainly crave the light, of the objects mean, of the struggle ever renew’d,
Of the poor results of all, of the plodding and sordid crowds I see around me,
Of the empty and useless years of the rest, with the rest me intertwined,
The question, O me! so sad, recurring—What good amid these, O me, O life? Answer.
That you are here—that life exists and identity,
That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.”
“I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. If you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good.”
— Roald Dahl (via ablogwithaview)

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“Madness is a prerequisite for any good journalist”
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“I always feel like August should be the end of the year. It’s like everything is swirling toward a climax right now but in a few weeks, without any bitterness, it will be September again and things will be soft and cool and crisp.
“Don’t hold onto your bitterness.” That’s what I keep saying to myself.”
— Grant Van Sant, In Defense of Loneliness
“Life – not my life but life in general is immortal, cold and immutable, remote, and indifferent. Dirt only accumulates, and no amount of time or scrubbing can wash away the past.”
— Grant Van Sant, In Defense of Loneliness
“I am infinitely saddened by the fact that most of our weaknesses are not overcome but instead outgrown. They are not defeated by any triumph of the will, but after hours of intense worry and struggle, they are simply forgotten, absentmindedly abandoned for some new, subtler, and still more alluring form of self-destruction.”
— Grant Van Sant, In Defense of Loneliness