“Bran thought about it. ‘Can a man still be brave if he’s afraid?’
‘That is the only time a man can be brave,’ his father told him.”
**George RR Martin
“I wasn’t offering her pity,” Mrs. Caswell said impatiently. “Tragedies don’t interest me, tragedies and heartbreaks are all alike, what matters is how a person meets them, how they survive them. Given the inevitability of losses and disappointments in life, that’s where the challenge is and the uniqueness. I was offering her sympathy.”
~~ Dorothy Gilman (Mrs. Pollifax)
You’ll feel so homesick that you’ll want to die, and there’s nothing you can do about it apart from endure it. But you will, and it won’t kill you. And one day the sun will come out – you might not even notice straight away, it’ll be that faint. And then you’ll catch yourself thinking about something or someone who has no connection with the past. Someone who’s only yours. And you’ll realize… that this is where your life is.
You never spoke a word,
But I heard words nonetheless.
And so I left.
And I never said a word.
But words you heard nonetheless.
Until, one day, you left.
If only we had said the words. . .
The real words left unsaid.
“Why? Why do only selfish people live, but those with a heart and the righteous die? The heaven have made such a cruel choice. Is there no fairness in this world?”
~ Wei Zheng (Nirvana in Fire)
**I think perhaps it is this sense of Fairness and Justice that separates the good from the bad. The good know what should be done and do it, regardless of benefit to themselves. The bad see only what they would like to be done, seeing only the benefit to themselves. The less fairness the world displays, the worse you know things are.