“How terribly sad it is that people are made in such a way that they get used to something as extraordinary as living.”

Jostein Gaardner

“Why do you put your self-esteem in the hands of complete strangers?”

Helena Bonham Carter 

“You’re not the kind of girl who settles. Keep not settling.”

Joy Wilson

“We can’t hate ourselves into a version of ourselves we can love.”

Lori Deschene

“I think the reason why twentysomethings are so fixated on age is because we feel a pressure to be a certain way at 23, at 25, at 29. There are all of these invisible deadlines with our careers and with love and drinking and drugs. I can’t do coke at 25. I need to be in a LTR at 27. I can’t vomit from drinking at 26. I just can’t! We feel so much guilt for essentially acting our age and making mistakes. We’re obsessed with this idea of being domesticated and having our shit together. It’s kind of sad actually because I don’t think we ever fully get a chance to enjoy our youth. We’re so concerned about doing things “the right way” that we lose any sense of pleasure in doing things the wrong way. Youth may be truly wasted on the young.”

Why Do Twentysomethings Always Feel So Old | Ryan O’Connell 

“God forbid
a woman be more
than her
body.”

Michelle K., Angry Women and Diet Commercials.

“The hardest period in life is one’s twenties. It’s a shame because you’re your most gorgeous and you’re physically in peak condition. But it’s actually when you’re most insecure and full of self-doubt. When you don’t know what’s going to happen, it’s frightening.”

Helen Mirren, Esquire interview

“Nostalgia is a
dirty liar
that insists things
were better
than they seemed.”

Michelle K., I Can’t Stop Questioning It.

“Spend your free time the way you like, not the way you think you’re supposed to. Stay home on New Year’s Eve if that’s what makes you happy. Skip the committee meeting. Cross the street to avoid making aimless chitchat with random acquaintances. Read. Cook. Run. Write a story.”

Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

“I got dressed this morning. For myself.
Put on eye liner. for myself.

Put on my favorite red lipstick. for myself.

Showed a bit of skin. for myself
I wanted to be beautiful. For myself.”

“My father had taught me to be nice first, because you can always be mean later, but once you’ve been mean to someone, they won’t believe the nice anymore. So be nice, be nice, until it’s time to stop being nice, then destroy them.”

Laurell K. Hamilton

“What horrifies me most is the idea of being useless: well-educated, brilliantly promising, and fading out into an indifferent middle age.”

Sylvia Plath

“Girls are trained to say, ‘I wrote this, but it’s probably really stupid.’ Well, no, you wouldn’t write a novel if you thought it was really stupid. Men are much more comfortable going, ‘I wrote this book because I have a unique perspective that the world needs to hear.’ Girls are taught from the age of seven that if you get a compliment, you don’t go, ‘Thank you’, you go, ‘No, you’re insane.’”

Lena Dunham

“Let them miss you. Sometimes when you’re always available, they take you for granted because they think you’ll always stay.”

Anonymous

“I want to be beautiful for myself. Not for anyone or anything but for myself.”

Unknown



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