About the children

“For the hundredth time I repeat, there are many questions that could be asked, but I ask you only one- about the children- because I believe it conveys fully and clearly what I am trying to tell you. Listen, even if we assume that every person must suffer because his suffering is necessary to pay for eternal harmony, still do tell me, for God’s sake, where the children come in. I can understand the concept of solidarity in sin and also solidarity in retribution. But how can there be solidarity in sin with small children? And if it is true that children share the responsibility for the sins committed by their fathers, then that concept must be true in some different world from the world I know, and it is quite beyond my grasp.”
-Ivan Karamazov, from Brothers Karamazov, Book 5, Chapter 4


August Quotes

“August rain: the best of the summer gone, and the new fall not yet born. The odd uneven time.”
Sylvia Plath

“I think she was afraid to love sometimes. I think it scared her. She was the type to like things that are concrete, like the ocean. Something you could point to and know what it was… And I think that’s why she struggled with love. She couldn’t touch it. She couldn’t hold on to it and make sure it never changed.”
Carrie Ryan, The Dead-Tossed Waves

“I am made for autumn. Summer and I have a fickle relationship, but everything about autumn is perfect to me. Wooly jumpers, Wellington boot, scarves, thin first, then thick, socks. The low slanting light, the crisp mornings, the chill in my fingers, those last warm sunny days before the rain and the wind. Her moody hues and subdued palate punctuated every now and again by a brilliant orange, scarlet or copper goodbye. She is my true love.” ― Alys Fowler

“I am a woman with a body. For that I offer no explanation, shame, excuse or apology. In a culture obsessed with women shrinking, confidence is controversial. It is courage. I’m taking my peace back.”
Erin Brown

“I have counseled many young men to break up with the woman they were dating because they had made her their life. She was the sun of his universe, around which he orbited. A man needs a much bigger orbit than a woman. He needs a mission, a life purpose, and needs to know his name. Only then is he fit for a woman, for only then does he have something to invite her into.”
John Eldredge, Wild At Heart

“She did not plan; she merely let herself go, and the overwhelming life in her did the rest. It is only when youth is gone and experience has given us a sort of cheap courage that most of us realize how simple such things are.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald, First Blood

A string of thoughts…

I came across these quotes recently, and it’s as if they formed a complete thought made just for me. I am always thankful for the wisdom of others.

“People have a hard time letting of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.”

~Thich Nhat Hanh

“Of course I’ll hurt you. Of course you’ll hurt me. Of course we will hurt each other. But this is the very condition of existence. To become spring, means accepting the risk of winter. To become presence, means accepting the risk of absence.”

~The Little Prince

THIS QUOTE {is me}

“A serious girl, when she finds someone who calms her spirit and quiets her busy thoughts, will love you so fiercely, it will defy even her own logic and reasoning.”


A Better Shape

“Suffering has been stronger than all other teaching, and has taught me to understand what your heart used to be. I have been bent and broken, but – I hope – into a better shape.” 

~Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

I just realized after reading this quote, that I have never been a better Crystal than I am right now in this moment. I’ve recently felt like my life has halted in some respects, like the possibility of happiness is not within my grasp. But really, I’ve never been more prepared to receive happiness, to achieve, to face this world, than right now. All the experiences – especially the most recent revelations –  have given me strength and clarity, along with providing me a good deal of suffering. And who am I to think I will escape suffering in this life? This moment is completely new and full of possibility.