"You don’t need anyone’s affection or approval in order to be good enough. When someone rejects or abandons or judges you, it isn’t actually about you. It’s about them and their own insecurities, limitations, and needs, and you don’t have to internalize that. Your worth isn’t contingent upon other people’s acceptance of you — it’s something inherent. You exist, and therefore, you matter. You’re allowed to voice your thoughts and feelings. You’re allowed to assert your needs and take up space. You’re allowed to hold onto the truth that who you are is exactly enough. And you’re allowed to remove anyone from your life who makes you feel otherwise."
- Daniell Koepke (via wordsnquotes)

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"…who knows how deep the Heart is and how much it holds?"
- Emily Dickinson, Selected Letters of Emily Dickinson, edited by Thomas H. Johnson (via litverve)

You feel it most when it all goes silent, the small groan of a lonely heart; and it whispers to you, reminding you that you miss the heartbeat of someone you have not met. You start to realize how much you want it, how it has become something more than a longing, but rather, a deep and cruel pain that refuses to let go.

Then you breathe in deeply, and you live, because life is not found in tomorrow, but in every beat of your own heart. This is how you keep that lonely heart at bay, by being, and being, and being until all becomes calm again. Your roots do not dig into the soil of empty promises, but in the depths of present reality; so grow, and grow, and grow, until spring has bloomed and the world is full of life again.

- T.B. LaBerge // Things I’m still learning at 25 (via tblaberge)

(via tblaberge)

"There are several kinds of love. One is a selfish, mean, grasping, egotistical thing which uses love for self-importance. This is the ugly and crippling kind. The other is an outpouring of everything good in you — of kindness and consideration and respect — not only the social respect of manners but the greater respect which is recognition of another person as unique and valuable. The first kind can make you sick and small and weak but the second can release in you strength, and courage and goodness and even wisdom you didn’t know you had."
- John Steinbeck (via wordsnquotes)

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"It’s not fair
because I would have given you the whole world
if you had only asked
(you didn’t)
and I would have pulled the string that ties my bones together
(from the marrow outward)
and I would have made the stars shine a little brighter
if you said you were lost
I would have been anything for you
and I guess that’s what I did wrong.
I loved you too deeply
too widely
and too fondly
and you didn’t love me at all."
- "I’m Tired of Missing You" (via madisenkuhn)

(Source: loserpoets, via awaywardwanderer)

"But sometimes we get sad about things and we don’t like to tell other people that we are sad about them. We like to keep it a secret. Or sometimes we are sad but we don’t really know we are sad. So we say we aren’t sad. But really we are."
- Mark Haddon (via versteur)

(Source: hellanne, via heeavyboots)