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Magnanimous people have no vanity, they have no jealousy, and they feed on the true and the solid wherever they find it. And, what is more, they find it everywhere.
Van Wyck Brooks
Voices long silenced now must speak and be heard. We need a modern movement — strong yet gentle, driven by love — that brings about the demise of competition, calls forth all beauty and says to the women to our right and left, “You are on my team too.”

Ismo Hölttö

Maybe the first time you saw her you were ten. She was standing in the sun scratching her legs. Or tracing letters in the dirt with a stick. Her hair was being pulled. Or she was pulling someone’s hair. And a part of you was drawn to her, and a part of you resisted—wanting to ride off on your bicycle, kick a stone, remain uncomplicated. In the same breath you felt the strength of a man, and a self-pity that made you feel small and hurt. Part of you thought: Please don’t look at me. If you don’t, I can still turn away. And part of you thought: Look at me.
Nicole Krauss

Birgitta Bachmann

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Graciela Iturbide. Cementerio (Cemetery). Juchitán, Oaxaca, Mexico. 1988

I think human consciousness is a tragic misstep in human evolution. We became too self aware; nature created an aspect of nature separate from itself. We are creatures that should not exist by natural law. We are things that labor under the illusion of having a self, a secretion of sensory experience and feeling, programmed with total assurance that we are each somebody, when in fact everybody’s nobody.
Nic Pizzolatto
For children, love is a feeling; for adults, it is a decision. Children wait to learn if their love is true by seeing how long it lasts; adults make their love true by never wavering from their commitment.
Orson Scott Card

Shades of Red

Photo by Caruso Furyk

Umbrellas shade novice monks at a pagoda in Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma)