“Let me ask you something. If someone prays for patience, you think God gives them patience? Or does he give them the opportunity to be patient? If he prayed for courage, does God give him courage, or does he give him opportunities to be courageous? If someone prayed for the family to be closer, do you think God zaps them with warm fuzzy feelings, or does he give them opportunities to love each other?”—Evan Almighty
“As humans, everyday we go about our business. And all that time, we know the things we love, the people we love, at any time can all be taken away. We live knowing that and we keep going anyway.”—Little Children
“Tell you what? You can have all that stuff back AND we’ll throw in White Entertainment Television and stop shooting you.
In return we’ll take the 90% of the seats in Congress, $95,000 more wealth than the average White family, a 75% home ownership rate to your 48%, lower interest rates, 83% of the board seats in Fortune 500 companies, better healthcare, a 4 year longer life expectancy than you and dominance of the other 5000 television channels.
We’ll also need about one out of every eight White men to report immediately to prison. Feel free to rock, paper, scissors that shit amongst yourselves.
Nice doing business with you.”—
“We don’t always have a choice how we get to know one another. Sometimes, people fall into our lives cleanly—as if out of the sky, or as if there were a direct flight from Heaven to Earth—the same sudden way we lose people, who once seemed they would always be part of our lives.”—John Irving
“I found every single successful person I’ve ever spoken to had a turning point. The turning point was when they made a clear, specific unequivocal decision that they were going to achieve success. Some people make that decision at 15 and some people make it at 50, and most people never make it at all.”—Brian Tracy
“So avoid using the word ‘very’ because it’s lazy. A man is not very tired, he is exhausted. Don’t use very sad, use morose. Language was invented for one reason, boys - to woo women - and, in that endeavor, laziness will not do. It also won’t do in your essays.”—John Keating, Dead Poet’s Society (via supprosetry)
“You say that you love rain, but you open your umbrella when it rains. You say that you love the sun, but you find a shadow spot when the sun shines. You say that you love the wind, but you close your windows when wind blows. This is why I am afraid, you say that you love me too.”—William Shakespeare (via 36974)
“I have found it easier to identify with the characters who verge upon hysteria, who were frightened of life, who were desperate to reach out to another person. But these seemingly fragile people are the strong people really.”—Tennessee Williams (via 36974)
“There are only two worlds - your world, which is the real world, and other worlds, the fantasy. Worlds like this are worlds of the human imagination: their reality, or lack of reality, is not important. What is important is that they are there. these worlds provide an alternative. Provide an escape. Provide a threat. Provide a dream, and power; provide refuge, and pain. They give your world meaning. They do not exist; and thus they are all that matters.”—Neil Gaiman, The Books of Magic (via misswallflower)
What do you think of people who have Depression, Anxiety Disorders, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, etc? Do you know someone who has a mental illness? How do you (or would you) treat someone with a mental illness? Do you think there is a stigma towards mental illnesses? Should people be more informed about them?
If you have a longer response, feel free to answer in my Ask box or email me at twelvfifteen@gmail. I’d really like to know your opinions…