Emilie. USA. University. Little sister ♥︎ Books + coffee + cat
[Main blog] since April 18, 2010.
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It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

Theodore Roosevelt; Excerpt from the speech “Citizenship In A Republic” delivered at the Sorbonne, in Paris, France on 23 April, 1910.

Emma Watson listed this as her favorite quote (x) & I just love that. By an American President too oddly enough! :) 

What you are lies with you. If you are lazy, and accept your lot, you may live in it. If you are willing to work, you can write your name anywhere you choose, among the only ones who live beyond the grave in this world, the people who write books that help, make exquisite music, carve statues, paint pictures, and work for others. Never mind the calico dress, and the coarse shoes. Work at your books, and before long you will hear yesterday’s tormentors boasting that they were once classmates of yours.

—  Gene Stratton-Porter, A Girl of the Limberlost

Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.

1 John 4:11-12 (ESV)

If you’re going through a tough time right now listen to this it’s so inspirational and this beautiful girl’s smile will brighten your day a little bit! xo

My best friend, Emily, tells the story of her teacher’s battle(s!) with cancer through art—a must watch!

itsbrittnicole after the Dove awards

itsbrittnicole after the Dove awards

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

— James 1:17

The Lord will be our God and delight in all our ways, so that we shall see much more of His wisdom, power, goodness, and truth than formerly we have been acquainted with. We shall find that the God of Israel is among us, when ten of us shall be able to resist a thousand of our enemies, when He shall make us a praise and glory, that men shall say of succeeding plantations, the Lord make it like that of New England. For we must consider that we shall be as a city upon a hill, the eyes of all people are upon us.

— John Winthrop, “A Model of Christian Charity” (1630)

“Let God chisel,” said the woman. “Let God make you and mold you.” Because he has an image of you that is probably far better than you could ever imagine.

“I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free,” Michelangelo said about one of his creations. It is the same for us. At the hands of the sculptor, we can rise out of the rock, free to become the masterpiece he already sees within.

—Jaletta Albright Desmond (x)

He uses our problems for His miracles. This was my first lesson in learning to trust Him completely…

— Corrie ten Boom, Tramp for the Lord

May the God of hope fill you with all joy & peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

— Romans 15:13