"Love is a verb, not a noun. It is active. Love is not just feelings of passion and romance. It is behavior. If a man lies to you, he is behaving badly and unlovingly toward you. He is disrespecting you and your relationship. The words “I love you” are not enough to make up for that. Don’t kid yourself that they are."
— Susan Forward, When Your Lover Is a Liar (via creatingaquietmind)
(Source: simply-quotes, via creatingaquietmind)
"They always show the guys shouting “Death to America!!” Just once I wish the media would show us, I don’t know, baking a cookie. I’ve been to Iran, we have cookies, I swear. Just once, I want the media to be like, “Okay, we’re going to go to Mohammed in Iran” and then a guy would appear like “Hello, I’m Mohammed… and I’m just baking a cookie."
— Maz Jobrani, an Iranian-American, on the way Middle Easterners are depicted in mainstream media. (via yoko-ono-made-me-deaf)
(Source: yourfriendlycomrade, via caffeinederivative)
"When perfectionism is driving us, shame is always riding shotgun and fear is the backseat driver."
— Brené Brown (via larmoyante)
"You don’t have to be what other people want you to be. You don’t have to be interesting or agreeable or entertaining. You don’t have to tone yourself down, quiet your voice, or hide your feelings. You don’t have to be outgoing or spontaneous or sociable. You don’t have to be thin or beautiful or anyone’s definition of attractive. You don’t have to be anyone other than who you authentically are, and you sure as hell don’t have to spend your time and energy trying to convince people that you’re worth keeping around. The right people are going to recognize your worth. They are going to respect you, appreciate you, and accept you, without forcing you to compromise who you are. Life is too short, and your happiness is far too important, to make room for anyone who treats you otherwise."
— Daniell Koepke (via internal-acceptance-movement)