My father had taught me to be nice first, because you can always be mean later, but once you’ve been mean to someone, they won’t believe the nice anymore. So be nice, be nice, until it’s time to stop being nice, then destroy them.
Why do you put your self esteem in the hands of complete strangers?
What’s terrible is to pretend that second-rate is first-rate. To pretend that you don’t need love when you do; or you like your work when you know quite well you’re capable of better.
― Doris Lessing, The Golden Notebook (via feellng)
What and how much had I lost by trying to do only what was expected of me instead of what I myself had wished to do?
― Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man (via feellng)
When you compare the sorrows of real life to the pleasures of the imaginary one, you will never want to live again, only to dream forever.
― Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo (via feellng)