"These Mr. Know-it-alls are occasionally, even quite frequently, to be met within a certain social stratum. They know everything, all the restless inquisitiveness of their minds and all their abilities are turned irresistibly in one direction, certainly for lack of more important life interests and perspectives, as a modern thinker would say. The phrase “they know all” implies, however, a rather limited sphere: where so-and-so works, who he is acquainted with, how much he is worth, where he was governor, who he is married to, how much his wife brought him, who his cousins are, who his cousins twice removed are, etc., etc., all in the same vein. For the most part these know-it-alls go about with holes at the elbows and earn a salary of seventeen roubles a month. The people whose innermost secrets they know would, of course, be unable to understand what interests guide them, and yet many of them are positively consoled by this knowledge that amounts to a whole science; they achieve self-respect and even the highest spiritual satisfaction."
— Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Idiot (via theogreinthegarden)
"If you do follow your bliss you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. Follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be."
— Joseph Campbell (via wordslessspoken)
"The best advice I can give you, is that everything is a matter of perception, it’s all in how you look at things.
We’re used to viewing them in a certain way, but that hasn’t done any good so far has it? So view things differently, any way you want."
— E.Queen (via thatkindofwoman)
(Source: copywrited, via thatkindofwoman)