Never try to do anything that is outside of who you are. A forced smile is a sign of what feels wrong in your heart, so recognize it when it happens. Living a lie will reduce you to one.
—― Ashly Lorenzana
We see the world, not as it is, but as we are — or, as we are conditioned to see it. When we open our mouths to describe what we see, we in effect describe ourselves, our perceptions, our paradigms.
—― Stephen R. Covey
The introvert is pressured daily, almost from the moment of awakening, to respond and conform to the outer world.
—Marti Olsen Laney, The Introvert Advantage: How to Thrive in an Extrovert World (via introvertdear)
The American idea of racial progress is measured by how fast I become white.
—James Baldwin, “On Language, Race, and the Black Writer” (via rosadefuego)