"When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful."
— Eric Thomas (via runningxctf)
Pierre-Ambroise Bosse after leading almost the whole race but ending up last in the 800m, Euro Champs.
"You just do it. You force yourself to get up. You force yourself to put one foot before the other, and God damn it, you refuse to let it get to you. You fight. You cry. You curse. Then you go about the business of living. That’s how I’ve done it. There’s no other way."
— Elizabeth Taylor (via drapetomania)
"And you know what you learn if you’re a New Yorker? The world doesn’t owe you a damn thing."
"Everyone doesn’t feel like this. The darkness is a lie."
"'Awakening,' it seemed, was not so much concerned with truth and cognition, but with experiencing and proving oneself in the real world. When you had such an awakening, you did not penetrate any closer to the core of things, to truth; you grasped, accomplished, or endured only the attitude of your own ego to the momentary situation. You did not find laws, but came to decisions; you did not thrust your way into the center of the world, but into the center of your own individuality. That, too, was why the experience of awakening was so difficult to convey, so curiously hard to formulate, so remote from statement. Language did not seem designed to make communications from this realm of life. If, once in a great while, someone were able to understand, that person was in a similar position, was a fellow sufferer or undergoing a similar awakening."
— Herman Hesse, The Glass Bead Game
"Another long run, hoping to put distance between me and everything else. The farther, the better. Only problem is, the distance is just temporary, because no matter how far I go, I always have to come back."
— Lisa Shroeder, Chasing Brooklyn (via quoted-books)