Jesus says, When someone hits you on one cheek, give him the other. And if someone takes your coat, snatches it, give him your shirt also. And if someone forces you to carry his load for one mile, tell him that you are ready to carry it for two miles. This is patent foolishness, but very meaningful. If you can do this, these techniques will be for you. Jesus is preparing his disciples for sudden enlightenment. Just think about it. If you can be so innocent, so trusting, that if the other is hitting you, he must be hitting you for your good – so give him the other cheek also, and let him hit it. The other’s goodness is believed in, trusted in; no one is your enemy. When Jesus says, Love your enemies, this is the meaning. No one is your enemy; don’t see the enemy anywhere. That doesn’t mean that there will not be enemies and there will not be people who will exploit you. There will be. They will exploit you. But be exploited – and don’t be cunning. Just look at that dimension: be exploited but don’t be cunning. Be exploited but don’t be mistrusting, don’t disbelieve, don’t lose faith. That is more valuable than anything others can cheat you of. Nothing else is so valuable. But
     ― Osho,
  
    
      The Book of Secrets: 112 Meditations to Discover the Mystery Within

Jesus says, When someone hits you on one cheek, give him the other. And...

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Jesus says, When someone hits you on one cheek, give him the other. And if someone takes your...
Alone. Ha! Right, like that was going to happen. Katie’s heart raced and her stomach was full of butterflies—no, she mentally corrected herself, not butterflies. Those lovely creatures flew around gracefully, sweeping their wings in wide, slow arcs. Whatever had invaded her belly was a lot more manic than innocent little butterflies. Maybe hummingbirds. Yeah, she thought, hummingbirds. Their wings going a mile a minute and shredding her stomach lining sounded about right.
     ― Melanie Shawn,
  
    
      My First: Jason & Katie

Alone. Ha! Right, like that was going to happen. Katie’s heart raced and her...

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Alone. Ha! Right, like that was going to happen. Katie’s heart raced and her stomach was full of...
Be courteous, kind, and forgiving. Be gentle and peaceful each day. Be warm and human and grateful. Be thoughtful and trustful and childlike, Be witty and happy and wise. Be honest and love all your neighbors. Be obsequious, purple, and clairvoyant. Be pompous, obese, and eat cactus. Be dull and boring and omnipresent. Criticize things that you don't know about. Be oblong and have your knees removed. Be sure to stop at stop signs, And drive fifty-five miles an hour.Pick up a hitchhiker foaming at the mouth.And when you get home get a master's degree in geology. Be tasteless , rude, and offensive.Live in a swamp and be three- dimensional.Put a live chicken in your underwear.Go into a closet and suck eggs. "Now, everyone," repeat Added- Ladies only: Never make love to bigfoot!Men only: Hello, my name is bigfoot.
     ― Steve Martin- Born Standing Up

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Be courteous, kind, and forgiving. Be gentle and peaceful each day. Be warm and human and grateful. Be...
For three days and three nights, Phædrus stares at the wall of the bedroom, his thoughts moving neither forward nor backward, staying only at the instant. His wife asks if he is sick, and he does not answer. His wife becomes angry, but Phædrus listens without responding. He is aware of what she says but is no longer able to feel any urgency about it. Not only are his thoughts slowing down, but his desires too. And they slow and slow, as if gaining an imponderable mass. So heavy, so tired, but no sleep comes. He feels like a giant, a million miles tall. He feels himself extending into the universe with no limit. He begins to discard things, encumbrances that he has carried with him all his life. He tells his wife to leave with the children, to consider themselves separated. Fear of loathsomeness and shame disappear when his urine flows not deliberately but naturally on the floor of the room. Fear of pain, the pain of the martyrs is overcome when cigarettes burn not deliberately but naturally down into his fingers until they are extinguished by blisters formed by their own heat. His wife sees his injured hands and the urine on the floor and calls for help. But before help comes, slowly, imperceptibly at first, the entire consciousness of Phædrus begins to come apart — to dissolve and fade away. Then gradually he no longer wonders what will happen next. He knows what will happen next, and tears flow for his family and for himself and for this world.
     ― Robert Pirsig

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For three days and three nights, Phædrus stares at the wall of the bedroom, his thoughts moving neither...
If I were you, I'd wake up every day at dawn to see the sun come up. Then I'd go back to bed. I'd screw a different woman every night and mean it when I told her I loved her. I'd read a mystery and stop halfway through so I'd have something to wonder about. I'd see how many grapes I could fit in my mouth. I'd drive a hundred miles an hour. I'd stay sober in the morning, drunk in the afternoon, high at night. I'd have Chinese food an tacos for dinner, spaghetti for breakfast and blueberry pie for lunch. Then I'd have anything I wanted in between, 'cause son"—here he took another hit, then looked at the ground, shaking his head—"pretty much all your choices are about to go away.
     ― Jon Wells,
  
    
      He Died All Day Long

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If I were you, I'd wake up every day at dawn to see the sun come up. Then...
Love has its speed. It is a spiritual speed. It is a different kind of speed from the technological speed to which we are accustomed. It goes on in the depth of our life, whether we notice or not, at three miles an hour. It is the speed we walk and therefore the speed the love of God walks.
     ― Kosuke Koyama,
  
    
      Three Mile an Hour God: Biblical Reflections

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Love has its speed. It is a spiritual speed. It is a different kind of speed from the...
Sweet friend, you don’t have to search for a different life in order to enjoy life; you simply have to embrace the one you have by putting Christ at the center and asking Him to help you enjoy life, despite life.
     ― Tracie Miles,
  
    
      Love Life Again: Finding Joy When Life Is Hard

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Sweet friend, you don’t have to search for a different life in order to enjoy life; you simply...
You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves.
     ― Mary Oliver,
  
    
      Dream Work

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You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for a...
She pressed her cheek against his heart and lay there, grateful for the time she’d had with him, however short or long it had been, grateful she had known him, grateful that once, when she was young, she had experienced a love so strong that it did not go away, that decades and distance and miles and children and lies and letters could never make it disappear. She held him in her arms and said to him all she needed to say.
     ― Marjan Kamali,
  
    
      The Stationery Shop

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She pressed her cheek against his heart and lay there, grateful for the time she’d had with him,...
Margot, can I talk to you for a minute?Margot pretends to be busy counting out silverware. Sure, what’s up, Daddy?Daddy glances at me, and I look back down at the tomatoes. I am staying for moral support. I would prefer if Ravi stayed in the guest room.Margot bites her lip. Why?There’s an awkward silence before Daddy says, I’m just not comfortable--But Daddy, we’re in college…You do realize we’ve shared a bed before, right?Wryly he says, I had my suspicions, but thank you for that confirmation.I’m almost twenty years old. I’ve been living away from home, thousands of miles away, for nearly two years. Margot glances at me and I shrink down. I should’ve left when I had the chance. Lara Jean and I aren’t little kids anymore--Hey, don’t bring me into this, I say, as jokingly as I can.
     ― Jenny Han,
  
    
      Always and Forever, Lara Jean

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Margot, can I talk to you for a minute?Margot pretends to be busy counting out silverware. Sure, what’s...