You think that you are an iconoclast, but you’re not. You just move, or replace what you cannot have. If you fail at something, you retreat into something else. Nothing changes you…. I left you because I knew I could never change you. You would stand in the room so still sometimes, as if the greatest betrayal of yourself would be to reveal one more inch of your character.
Michael Ondaatje, The English Patient
Thought I couldn’t live without you
It’s gonna hurt when it heals too
Even though I really love you
I’m gonna smile cause I deserve to
Quickly I’m learning to love again
All I know is I’mma be Ok.
How can I be reasonable? To me our love was everything and you were my whole life. It is not very pleasant to realize that to you it was only an episode.
W. Somerset Maugham, The Painted Veil
Love really is blind. When you love someone, you don’t really see the person for who they really are, you see them through rose-colored glasses. You don’t want to consider that this person may be disrespecting you, degrading you, or hurting you in any way, and if they do, you let it slide. But at what point do you decide enough is enough? At what point do you face the person they really are? At what point will you have enough self respect to walk away?
And here I am, I cannot believe it.
Sometimes it is such a dream, a dream,
where I stand up in the face of the wind,
like now, it blows at my jacket,
and my eyelids flick a little bit,
while I stare disbelieving… .
The third day of spring,
and four years later, I can tell you,
how a man can endure, how a man
can become so cruel, how he can die
or become so cold. I can tell you this,
I have seen it every day, every day,
and still I am strong enough to love you,
love myself and feel good;
even as the earth shakes and trembles,
and I have not a thing to my name,
I feel as if I have everything, everything.
~Jimmy Santiago Baca