qotd: miracles


Most people are not, in action, worth very much; and yet, every human being is an unprecedented miracle. One tries to treat them as the miracles they are, while trying to protect oneself against the disasters they’ve become.

—James Baldwin, No Name in the Street

qotd: love


Love is a constant negotiation, a constant conversation; to love someone is to lay yourself open to rejection and abandonment; love is something you can earn but not extort.

—Rebecca Solnit, “Every Man an Island”