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"This family is a test. It is only a test. Had it been an actual family, you would have received love, care and compassion."

"Later on things did stop and time ended, and she perched on a single spot, weightless and empty in herself. Quite detached from her body, her mind stole out, prowling like a cat in the shadows, searching. And it found that there was nothing on any side of her, that she hung like a point, like a star in the empty sky." - Shirley Grau

"Fear imprisons, Faith liberates.
Fear disheartens, Faith encourages.
Fear sickens, Faith heals.
Fear makes useless, Faith makes serviceable--
and most of all:
Fear puts hopelessness at the heart of life, while
Faith rejoices in its God."                            
-Harry Emerson Fosdick

"Love makes intellectual pretzels of us all."  
- Sarah Bird in New York Times Magazine

"If a problem has no solution, it may not be a problem, but a fact-not to be solved, but to be coped with over time."
- Shimon Peres

"I believe in an open mind, but not so open that your brains fall out."  
-Arthur Hays Sulzberger

"The goal in recovery is not to show others how much we hurt or have hurt. The goal is to stop our pain and to share that solution with others."

"Always keep a dream in your pocket.
Dream deep dreams and reach for the highest dreams."

"Like a river, my body changes as the moment changes, and if I could do the same, there would be no gaps in my life, no memory of past trauma to trigger new pain, no anticipation of future hurt to make me contract in fear."
- Deepak Chopra

"A friend is someone who understands your past, believes in your future,
and accepts you today just the way you are."

"The goal in recovery is not to show others how much we hurt or have hurt. The goal is to stop our pain and to share that solution with others."

"Our potential for helping others is far greater when we detach, work on ourselves, and stop trying to force others to change with us."

"Our willingness and capacity to feel hurt will eventually be matched by our willingness and capacity to feel joy."

"We can become free of the patterns of the past. We are recovering. Progress is the goal."

"Part of self-acceptance is releasing other people's opinions about you. Be with people who make you feel good. Never let someone else's opinion about you affect your view of yourself."

"Emotional pain doesn't have to devastate us. We can sit still, feel the pain, figure out if there's something we need to do to take care of ourselves, and then go on with our lives."

It is never too late to be what you might have been.
- George Eliot

"There is nothing in this world that can replace what my father took from me, yet, I will spend the rest of my life searching for it."
- Deneane Thomsen

"Surviving well is your finest revenge. "
- Morgan Nite

I started finding the people inside me...the prostitute that's really angry because I judge her
so harshly ...the self-righteous virgin who knows everything about sex and has never made love.
- Tori Amos

You can compartmentalize different sides of yourself - put them onto different shelves and then bring them out when you need them.
- Tori Amos

Healing takes courage, and we all have courage, even if we have to dig a little to find it.
- Tori Amos

People are afraid of what they might find if they try to analyze themselves too much, but you have to crawl into the wound to discover what your fears are. Once the bleeding starts, the cleansing can begin. - Tori Amos

As memory may be a paradise from which we cannot be driven,
it may also be a hell from which we cannot escape.
- John Lancaster Spalding

The world needs anger. The world often continues to allow evil because it isn't angry enough.  -Bede Jarrett

Unfortunately, sometimes people don't hear you until you scream.
-Stefanie Powers