"To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself."
Thich Nhat Hanh (via onlinecounsellingcollege)
On struggling with being darker skinned black,
"… And my mother again would say to me, "You can’t eat beauty. It doesn’t feed you." And these words plagued and bothered me; I didn’t really understand them until finally I realized that beauty was not a thing that I could acquire or consume, it was something that I just had to be.
And what my mother meant when she said you can’t eat beauty, was that you can’t rely on how you look to sustain you. What is fundamentally beautiful is compassion for yourself and for those around you. That kind of beauty enflames the heart and enchants the soul.”
- Lupita Nyong’o
Stathis N. Kalyvas in A Micro-Level Perspective on the Dynamics of Conflict, Violence, and Development, edited by Patricia Justino, Tilman Brück, and Philip Verwimp.(via oupacademic)