True Sympathy


One should sympathise with the entirety of life, not with life’s sores and maladies merely, but with life’s joy and beauty and energy and health and freedom.”

“Anybody can sympathise with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature—it requires, in fact, the nature of a true Individualist—to sympathise with a friend’s success.

“But it must be remembered that while sympathy with joy intensifies the sum of joy in the world, sympathy with pain does not really diminish the amount of pain.  It may make man better able to endure evil, but the evil remains.”

The Soul of Man Under Socialism by Oscar Wilde (Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wild)

Wishing Myself Back Home


“…All these things I want are bad.
And so I wish…
I wish…I wish…
What DO I wish I had?”

“And so…
I think
there are some things
I do not wish to be.”

“And that is why
I think that I
Just wish to be like ME.”

I Wish That I Had Duck Feet, written by Theo LeSieg (AKA: Theodor Seuss Geisel and Dr. Seuss) and illustrated by B Tobey

Work Ethic Death


“Retire? Never. I love knowing the world needs me.”

The day the doctors told my father he could no longer work was the day he accepted his death sentence.”

In my anger for his leaving me, I somehow missed the lesson in my father’s passing. My father could not be a retiree. He could not free himself from the identity of being a successful businessman. When he could no longer hold on to that identity, he quit...When he had to give up his formula for prestige, he gave up his will to survive. I desperately tried to help him see what else he could accomplish if he redefined his goals. I didn’t see that his addiction to achievement was killing him.

Wander Woman: How High-Achieving Women Find Contentment and Direction by Marcia Reynolds

Seeing Things Others Won’t


“I discovered I’d been granted special powers in exchange for my suffering. Now I can see things others won’t. I can withstand pain that would break most people. I possess a determination that’s practically superhuman and the wrath of a fearsome goddess. I am the avenger. The punisher. The dispenser of dues…”

Cornered: 14 Stories of Bullying and Defiance edited by Rhoda Belleza

From the introduction:

But bullying starts with adults. It starts with controlling parents who will do almost anything to maintain that control, and teachers who don’t tolerate kids finding their ways through natural developmental stages…Back before language we absorb through all our senses. If we grow up experiencing domestic violence, even if it isn’t aimed at us, we learn the ways of violence…It’s too easy to look for bullying kids and try to stop them from being bullies. That usually results in making them more devious. Let’s call it meanness. Let’s call it indecency. And let’s understand that it never starts with the kid.

Permanent Choices


I am wearing a gray shirt, blue jeans, black shoes—new clothes, but beneath them, my Dauntless tattoos. It is impossible to erase my choices. Especially these.

Allegiant (Divergent Trilogy, Book 3) by Veronica Roth



” I wanted a little of that swagger that comes with being able to gaze at a far horizon through eyes of chipped granite and say with a slow, manly sniff, “Yeah, I’ve shit in the woods.”

A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail (Official Guides to the Appalachian Trail) by Bill Bryson

Transforming Individualism


What sort of person would cling to the hope that someone else would return to give meaning to her life? What sort of quivering parasite needed someone else to validate her existence?

Her resolution grew as she left the settlement behind. She could change. She wasn’t chained to her past. She could become someone who wasn’t merely a product of what others had done to her. It wasn’t too late.

She had a place now and a life, and it was one of her own making.

Blood of Dragons (Rain Wilds Chronicles Book 4) by Robin Hobb

She Liked To Fight


“Joy flattened herself against the wall beside the door. She breathed slow and deep. She could die here if she wasn’t careful. But Joy had discovered something during her encounter in the desert, something she had not expected. She liked to fight.”

Gooseberry Bluff Community College of Magic: The Thirteenth Rib by David J. Schwartz

Standing Up For Yourself


When I look back on my life, I was invisible for so many years before I became invisible. I never did stand up for myself. If you don’t stand up before you become invisible, what chance do you have of making people pay attention to you when you aren’t there?

They’ve trained themselves not to notice things because the less they notice the more we’ll just take care of it for them.

Calling Invisible Women by Jeanne Ray

Masks, Skin and a Chance to Just Be


They had been forced into the roles of well-mannered daughters or girlfriends, and a secret life gave these women a chance to be themselves. Putting on a cape and mask liberated these women to live the kind of life that they dreamed of—one where they could help make their world a better place.

The Supergirls: Fashion, Feminism, Fantasy, and the History of Comic Book Heroines by Mike Madrid