He smiled understandingly-much more than understandingly. It was one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it, that you may come across four or five times in life. It faced—or seemed to face—the whole external world for an instant, and then concentrated on you with an irresistible prejudice in your favor. It understood you just as far as you wanted to be understood, believed in you as you would like to believe in yourself.
F. Scott Fitzgerald (via arreter)
I wish I could smile like this for you, all of you.
Why do they always teach us that it’s easy and evil to do what we want and that we need discipline to restrain ourselves? It’s the hardest thing in the world, to do what we want. And it takes the greatest kind of courage. I mean, what we really want.
|—||Ayn Rand (via arreter)|