"In their search for gold, the alchemists discovered other things—gun powder, china, medicines, the laws of nature. There is a sense in which we are all alchemists."
- Schopenhauer, Counsels and Maxims, The Rules of Life, pg. 16
"Our life is like a journey on which, as we advance, the landscape takes a different view from that which it presented at first, and changes again, as we come nearer. This is just what happens—especially with our wishes. We often find something else, nay, something better than what we were looking for; and what we look for, we often find on a very different path from that on which we began a vain search. Instead of finding, as we expected, pleasure, happiness, joy, we get experience, insight, knowledge—a real and permanent blessing, instead of a fleeting and illusory one."
- Schopenhauer, Counsels and Maxims, The Rules of Life, pg. 15
"Try not to confuse attachment with love. Attachment is about fear and dependency, and has more to do with love of self than love of another. Love without attachment is the purest love because it isn’t about what others can give you because you’re empty. It is about what you can give others because you’re already full."
- (via thatkindofwoman)
(Source: day488, via guerrillamamamedicine)