While browsing the blog A Cup of Jo, I came across an interesting post titled What’s the Most Beautiful Thing You’ve Ever Read? It got me thinking and I realized that I hadn’t read anything beautiful in a while.
Ever since I started blogging I have been more inclined to read and share things that are motivating or inspirational rather than beautiful. I used to exclusively pursue only the beautiful things and I think I need to get back to that a little.
I think I’ll start by sharing a few of my past favorites:
“They call you heartless; but you have a heart and I love you for being ashamed to show it.”
— Friedrich Nietzsche
I’m unsure exactly which of Nietzsche’s works this comes from but I love this quote. I think loving someone who doesn’t show their heart very much can be sad and profoundly beautiful.
I know because I happen to love someone very deeply who is just like that. My girlfriend is naturally quiet and secretive with her feelings and I don’t know why but I love her even more for it, despite the fact that it has on occasion made me sad as well.
People often think her harsh or uncaring but I have seen that she has a bigger heart than most. I imagine a lot of people in the world like that.
“Basically we are all looking for someone who knows who we are and will break it to us gently.”
— Robert Brault
All humans are flawed, but in being flawed we are more perfectly human. It’s so contradictory. Not only that but while we know we are flawed we cannot stand to have anyone tell us about our flaws. We like to pretend we are perfect. Then, while pretending to be perfect, we hope to find someone who will accept us flaws and all.
God we are so messed up.
But I think this quote sums it all up nicely. We want someone who will see us for who we are and tell us honestly about all the good and bad. But even when it happens we hope they will tell us gently because nothing hurts more that finding out the person you love hates your flaws as much as you do.
Kiss your own fingertips
And hug your own curves.
You are made of waves and honey
And spicy peppers when necessary.
You are a goddess,
I hope you haven’t forgotten
This poem is probably the most beautiful thing I have ever read. It’s a poem for, and about, every woman. Reading it just makes you feel special. Reading it makes you feel, for just a moment, completely comfortable and happy in your own skin.
Every line is truth and magic. Every woman ought to kiss and hug herself, and aren’t we all made of waves and honey and spicy peppers? We are each of us a goddess and even though we often forget, I hope we can learn to remember.
There are many more quotes and bits of writing I have read and collected that I think are beautiful, and I think I will share more of them with you regularly.
But what about you? Have you read anything, a line from a story, a quote, a poem, that you consider to be beautiful?
If so, share in the comments :)