"In order to draw blood from Majnun the surgeon sharpened his lancet. Majnun wept and said, “I fear that in place of blood out will flow longing for Layla.”"
"It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend."
— William Blake
"Nothing makes a woman more beautiful than the belief that she is beautiful."
— Sophia Loren
"In a way, you are poetry material; You are full of cloudy subtleties I am willing to spend a lifetime figuring out. Words burst in your essence and you carry their dust in the pores of your ethereal individuality."
— Franz Kafka, Letters To Milena
"Still, the longer I was around her, the more I could see the colours of her mind and the recesses of her heart. There was a beast in there. But there was also a girl who was afraid of being a beast, and who wondered if other people had beasts in their hearts too. There was strength, and there was also just the determination to look strong. She guarded herself like a secret."
— Jodi Lynn Anderson, Tiger Lily
"I had to wonder if men were so blinded by beauty that they would feel privileged to live their lives with an actual demon, so long as it was a beautiful demon."
— ― Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha
"People are distracted by objects of desire,
and afterwards repent of the lust they’ve indulged, because they have indulged with a phantom and are left even farther from reality than before."
"I’m for truth, no matter who tells it. I’m for justice, no matter who it is for or against. I’m a human being, first and foremost, and as such I’m for whoever and whatever benefits humanity as a whole."
— Malcolm X
"People are strange: They are constantly angered by trivial things, but on a major matter like totally wasting their lives, they hardly seem to notice."
— Charles Bukowski
"The perfect woman
By Paulo Coelho
Nasrudin was talking to a friend, who asked him:
‘Have you never considered getting married, Mullah?’
‘I have,’ replied Nasrudin. ‘In my youth, I resolved to find the perfect woman. I crossed the desert and reached Damascus, and I met a lovely, very spiritual woman, but she knew nothing of the world. I continued my journey and went to Isfahan; there I met a woman who knew both the spiritual and the material world, but she was not pretty. Then I decided to go to Cairo, where I dined in the house of a beautiful woman, who was both religious and a connoisseur of material reality.’
‘Why didn’t you marry her, then?’
‘Alas, my friend, she was looking for the perfect man.’"