"In the midst of hate, I found there was, within me, an invincible love. In the midst of tears, I found there was, within me, an invincible smile. In the midst of chaos, I found there was, within me, an invincible calm. I realized, through it all…that in the middle of winter, I finally found that within me there lies an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger—something better, pushing right back."
"Anyone that hates on you is always below you, because they’re just jealous of what you have."
"Revolutionary coalitions have always tended to consist of a kind of alliance between children of the professional class who reject their parents’ values, and talented children of the popular classes who managed to win themselves a bourgeois education, only to discover that acquiring a bourgeois education does not actually mean one gets to become a member of the bourgeoise. Even US counter-insurgency experts have long known the surest harbingers of revolutionary ferment in any country is the growth of a population of unemployed and impoverished college graduates: that is, young people bursting with energy, and access to the entire history of radical thought."
"I prefer maritime laws over laws on land. Maritime laws only exist to guarantee safe passage. There are no loopholes or biases to favor more powerful vessels. Every ship is equal, and no one is more powerful than the sea."
(via Humans of New York)
"If you pursue excellence, success will be guaranteed."
"Be somebody nobody thought you could be."
"Thereafter, one enters into battle with that historical creation, Oneself, and attempts to re-create oneself according to a principle more humane and more liberating: one begins the attempt to achieve a level of personal maturity and freedom which robs history of its tyrannical power, and also changes history."
James Baldwin, “The White Man’s Guilt”
"It is important to expect nothing, to take every experience, including the negative ones, as merely steps on the path, and to proceed."
"The Netherlands is a perfect gateway for US travelers. Many Dutch speak English well and are extremely friendly and courteous — and well hung! I was there last summer and ended up feeling like the Holland Tunnel by the end of my visit."
Lady Bunner in Out Magazine
"As you imagine and visualize and verbalize your new story, in time you will believe the new story, and when that happens, the evidence will flow swiftly into your experience. A belief is only a thought you continue to think; and when your beliefs match your desires, then your desires must become your reality."