— Jonathan Safran Foer (via kari-shma) (via slaughterhousefive)
“ You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness. ”
“ Grief, a type of sadness that most often occurs when you have lost someone you love, is a sneaky thing, because it can disappear for a long time, and then pop back up when you least expect it. ”
I know these memorials, and you’ve been through many, are bittersweet moments for you, because as you sit here right now, unlike a month ago, everything’s come back in stark relief. It’s not a thought, it’s precise. You remember that god-awful empty feeling; you remember being sucked into your own chest and that feeling of hollowness.
My prayer for you is 10 years later, when you think of them that it brings a smile to your lips before it brings a tear to your eye.”
(Source: The New York Times)
“ All of us have sadness and disappointment in our lives and hopefully we grow stronger for it. ”
“ Sadness gives depth. Happiness gives height. Sadness gives roots. Happiness gives branches. Happiness is like a tree going into the sky, and sadness is like the roots going down into the womb of the earth. Both are needed, and the higher a tree goes, the deeper it goes, simultaneously. The bigger the tree, the bigger will be its roots. In fact, it is always in proportion. That’s its balance. ”