I finally figured out that I’m solitary by nature, but at the same time I know so many people; so many people think they own a piece of me. They shift and move under my skin, like a parade of memories that simply won’t go away. It doesn’t matter where I am, or how alone - I always have such a crowded head.
Charles de Lint, Memory and Dream
You don’t ever have to feel guilty about removing toxic people from your life. It doesn’t matter whether someone is a relative, romantic interest, employer, childhood friend, or a new acquaintance — you don’t have to make room for people who cause you pain or make you feel small. It’s one thing if a person owns up to their behavior and makes an effort to change. But if a person disregards your feelings, ignores your boundaries, and continues to treat you in a harmful way, they need to go.
Daniell Koepke (via sorakeem
If you love yourself, you love others. If you hate yourself, you hate others. Because in relationship with others … the other is nothing but a mirror.
Osho (via onlinecounsellingcollege
The most unconventional thing that I did, as a teenager, was nothing. I wasn’t really terribly interested in many things. I didn’t go out, I had no social life, I didn’t have any friends. I just, really, sat in for years and years and years, reading. Which, of course, is quite perverse.
Morrissey (via leogursky