“It’s like everyone tells a story about themselves inside their own head. Always. All the time. That story makes you what you are. We build ourselves out of that story.”—Patrick Rothfuss (via amandaonwriting)
“From the beginning of this love I’ve felt that unless I threw myself into it unreservedly, committing myself to it whole-heartedly, fully and forever, there would be absolutely no chance for me, and if I’ve thrown myself into it in the above-mentioned way, that doesn’t alter the fact that the chance is very small. But does it matter to me if the chance is larger or smaller? I mean, must I, can I, take that into account when I love? No — no thought to the winnings — one loves because one loves.”—Vincent van Gogh
“Failure is inevitable. Every scientist was told no over and over. The ones we remember, the ones who changed our lives, the Curies, the Salks, the Barnards. They’re the ones who wouldn’t take no for an answer.
Failure is inevitable, unavoidable but failure should never get the last word. You have to hold on to what you want. You have to not take no for an answer and take what’s coming to you. Never give in, never give up. Stand up. Stand up and take it.”—Meredith Grey(Season10, Ep.12-Get Up, Stand Up)
“It’s a common belief that positive thinking leads to a happier, healthier life. As children, we’re told to smile and be cheerful and put on a happy face. As adults, we’re told to look on the bright side, to make lemonade, see glasses as half full. Sometimes reality can get in the way of our ability to act the happy part though. Your health can fail, boyfriends can cheat, friends can disappoint. It’s in these moments when you just want to get real, drop the act and be your true, scared, unhappy self.
Ask most people what they want out of life and the answer’s simple: To be happy. Maybe it’s this expectation, the wanting to be happy, that keeps us from getting there. Maybe the more we try to will ourselves to states of bliss the more confused we get to the point where we don’t recognize ourselves. Instead we just keep smiling, trying like hell to be the happy people we wish we were. Until eventually, it hits us. It’s been there all along. Not in our dreams, our hopes but in the known, the comfortable, the familiar.”—Meredith Grey (Season6, Ep.22-Shiny Happy People)