“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”
Congrats, Class of 2014!
(Especially, you, Michelle)
Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure… than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.
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“Once in the midst of a seemingly endless winter, I discovered within myself an invincible spring.”
“someone can be madly in love with you and still not be ready. they can love you in a way you have never been loved and still not join you on the bridge. and whatever their reasons you must leave. because you never ever have to inspire anyone to meet you on the bridge. you never ever have to convince someone to do the work to be ready. there is more extraordinary love, more love that you have never seen, out here in this wide and wild universe. and there is the love that will be ready.”
— nayyirah waheed (via nayyirahwaheed)
“And another reason that I’m happy to live in this period is that we have been forced to a point where we are going to have to grapple with the problems that men have been trying to grapple with through history, but the demands didn’t force them to do it. Survival demands that we grapple with them. Men, for years now, have been talking about war and peace. But now, no longer can they just talk about it. It is no longer a choice between violence and nonviolence in this world; it’s nonviolence or nonexistence. That is where we are today.”
-Martin Luther King, Jr.
People are coming. They must not catch us here
Definitionless in this strict atmosphere.
-Gwendolyn Brooks, excerpt from “A Lovely Love”
p.s. Never heard of Gwendolyn Brooks? Here’s a few reasons why you ought to look her up: She became the first black author to win the Pulitzer Prize. She was appointed the second Poet Laureate of Illinois. Her awe-inspiring poetry that celebrates and questions and explores “lives actually lived.” And because she’s from Chicago, which everyone knows, is the greatest city in the States.