The right combination of words can convey a lifetime of emotion and music has a magical way of evoking feelings in a limited space. I’ll never forget the painful wailing in Your House (Alanis Morissette). The secretive joy of being in her lover’s home, and the shattering tragedy in discovering his deception. The song itself is stripped bare of any musical accompaniment, which only enforces the searing pain she feels.
This week, I’m bringing you a list of lyrics and quotes that show, in a few words, a view into another persons world. For those of you on Instagram, I post a quote each day meant to inspire, and encourage you to write. You can follow me @ everythingonpaperisperfect. Don’t forget your weekly homework at the bottom of this (and every) blog post.
“I don’t have a choice but I’d still choose you.” (Civil Wars, Poison & Wine)
“Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift.”
(― Mary Oliver)
“I’m friends with the monster that’s under my bed
Get along with the voices inside of my head.” (Monster, Rihanna & Eminem)
“She, she screams in silence, all her doubts were someone else’s point of view.” (She, Green Day)
“Sometimes loneliness makes the loudest noise.”
(― Aaron Ben-Ze’ev)
“I’ll worship like a dog at the shrine of your lies
I’ll tell you my sins and you can sharpen your knife
Offer me that deathless death
Good God, let me give you my life.”
(Take Me Church, Hozier)
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
(― Martin Luther King Jr., A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches)
“There is never a time or place for true love. It happens accidentally, in a heartbeat, in a single flashing, throbbing moment.”
(― Sarah Dessen, The Truth About Forever)
“You may not be her first, her last, or her only. She loved before she may love again. But if she loves you now, what else matters? She’s not perfect—you aren’t either, and the two of you may never be perfect together but if she can make you laugh, cause you to think twice, and admit to being human and making mistakes, hold onto her and give her the most you can. She may not be thinking about you every second of the day, but she will give you a part of her that she knows you can break—her heart. So don’t hurt her, don’t change her, don’t analyze and don’t expect more than she can give. Smile when she makes you happy, let her know when she makes you mad, and miss her when she’s not there.”
(― Bob Marley)
“You don’t love someone because they’re perfect, you love them in spite of the fact that they’re not.”
(― Jodi Picoult, My Sister’s Keeper)
“The greatest good you can do for another is not just share your riches, but to reveal to him his own.”
(― Benjamin Disraeli)
“All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost; The old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost.” (― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring)
“That’s what careless words do. They make people love you a little less.” (― Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things)
Your homework: Create a playlist of songs that move you. Press play, and write!
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