"The growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully in a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs."
— George Eliot | Middlemarch
I don’t know how to be alone.
"By putting aside our selfish interests to serve someone or something larger than ourselves — by devoting our lives to “giving” rather than “taking” — we are not only expressing our fundamental humanity, but are also acknowledging that that there is more to the good life than the pursuit of simple happiness."
— Emily Esfahani Smith | “There’s more to life than being happy” an article on Viktor Frankl
(Source: The Atlantic)
"When over the years someone has seen you at your worst, and knows you with all your stengths and flaws, yet commits him- or herself to you wholly, it is a consummate experience. To be loved but not known is comforting but superficial. To be known and not loved is our greatest fear. But to be fully known and truly loved is, well, a lot like being loved by God. It is what we need more than anything. It liberates us from pretense, humbles us out of our self righteousness, and fortifies us for any difficulty life can throw at us"
— Tim Keller | The Meaning of Marriage: Finding Happiness in Your Most Profound Relationship