If you want to know where your heart is,
look to where your mind wanders


When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,


When funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.

Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When he might have won if he’d stuck it out.
Don’t give up, though the pace seems slow –
You may succeed with another blow.

Often the goal is nearer than
It seems to a faint and faltering man;
Often the struggler has given up
When he might have captured the victor’s cup,
And he learned too late, when the night slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out –
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are –
It may be near when it seems afar;
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit –
It’s when things seem worst that you mustn’t quit.


Cheer up my love, because this too shall pass!

Look at the stars, look how they shine for you.

Voici mon secret. Il est très simple:
on ne voit bien qu’avec le coeur.
L’essentiel est invisible pour les yeux.

Hier mein Geheimnis. Es ist ganz einfach:
Man sieht nur mit dem Herzen gut.
Das Wesentliche ist für die Augen unsichtbar.

He aquí mi secreto. Es muy simple:
no se ve bien sino con el corazón.
Lo esencial es invisible a los ojos.

Aquí tens el meu secret. És molt senzill:
només s’hi veu bé amb el cor.
L’essencial és invisible als ulls.

Le petit prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

The bend in the road is not the end of the road unless you refuse to take the turn.


del inglés

“En psicología, el término resiliencia se refiere a la capacidad de los sujetos para sobreponerse a períodos de dolor emocional y traumas. Cuando un sujeto o grupo es capaz de hacerlo, se dice que tiene una resiliencia adecuada, y puede sobreponerse a contratiempos o incluso resultar fortalecido por los mismos. El concepto de resiliencia se corresponde aproximadamente con el término «entereza».”
(via wikipedia)

“I think one way people cope is by developing a skewed perception of themselves that allows them to overcome and do things they thought they couldn’t do before.”

Preface, A Million Little Pieces –  James Frey


“People need their broken places, their secrets and their stories. Once you have these things, only then you can go on.”

The Center of Winter – Marya Hornbacher

“…the best way out is always through.”

A Servant to Servants – Robert Frost

Instructions for life.

        • Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.
        • Memorize your favourite poem.
        • Don’t believe all you hear, spend all you have or sleep all you want.
        • Believe in love at first sight.
        • Never laugh at anyone’s dreams.
        • Love deeply and passionately. You might get hurt but it is the only way to live life completely.
        • In disagreements, fight fairly.
        • Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
        • Call your mom.
        • When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.
        • Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship.
        • When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps.
        • Smile when picking up the phone. The caller will hear it in your voice.
        • Open your arms to change but don’t let go of your values.
        • Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
        • Read more books and watch less TV.
        • Trust in God but lock your car.
        • Read between the lines.
        • Share your knowledge. It’s a way to achieve immortality.
        • Be gentle with the earth.
        • Never interrupt when you are being flattered.
        • Mind your own business.
        • Don’t trust anyone who doesn’t close their eyes when they kiss you.
        • Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.
        • Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a stroke of luck.
        • Learn the rules then break some.
        • Remember that your character is your destiny.
        • Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.
        • To handle yourself, use your head.
        • To handle others, use your heart.