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I have to say that the single most important lesson I learned in 25 years talking every single day to people was that there is a common denominator in our human experience. Most of us, I tell ya, we don’t want to be divided. What we want—the common denominator that I found in every single interview—is that we want to be validated. We want to be understood.

I’ve done over 35,000 interviews in my career, and as soon as that camera shuts off everyone always turns to me and inevitably in their own way ask this question: “was that ok?”

I heard it from President Bush. I heard it from President Obama. I’ve heard it from heroes and from housewives. I’ve heard it from victims and perpetrators of crime. I even heard it from BE-YON-CÉ in all of her Beyoncé-ness. She finishes performing, hands me the microphone, and says “was that ok?” [x]

Super interesting and cool to think about.

(via creatingaquietmind)

#humanity #quotes #oprah Winfrey #connection #relationships

"You could tell he was in love by the way he looked at her. Other girls were faint stars; she was his sun."



yes, please.

(via calmingcalamity)

(via calmingcalamity)

#quotes #this #relationships #love

"You are allowed to be alive. You are allowed to be somebody different. You are allowed to not say goodbye to anybody or explain a single thing to anyone, ever."

- Augusten Burroughs (via calmingcalamity)

(via calmingcalamity)

#quotes #augusten burroughs #freedom #relationships #decisions

"You don’t have to save me. Just hold my hand while I save myself."

- (via calmingcalamity)

(via calmingcalamity)

#quotes #support #relationships

"Be with someone who you don’t have to hide from, in any way. Whether it’s your morning face before you’ve put your make up on, an embarrassing story to tell about something that happened on your way home, or an ambition you’ve had since you were six… make sure you end up with someone who knows all of it and still loves you. A person you can tell your whole life to is a person worth spending a life with."

- (via smashtheurn)

(via creatingaquietmind)

#relationships #honesty #acceptance #love

"If people want to let you go, just let them do it. They may not understand who you are. So don’t play around with fire; don’t give them their cake and let them eat it too. Here is your rule of thumb: they either commit to you or get none of you."

- Joey Furjanic, The Heartbreak Hotel: How Long Will You Stay? (via larmoyante)

(via myserendipitydreams)

#quotes #relationships #commitment #joey furjanic #this


white cellar door

"You’re not the kind of girl who settles. Keep not settling."

- Joy Wilson (via thatkindofwoman)

(via thatkindofwoman)

#quotes #don't settle #reminders #joy wilson #love #life #relationships

"My soul will find yours."

- Jude Deveraux, A Knight in Shining Armor  (via undecidead-girl)

(via intermittentennui)

#quotes #relationships #jude deveraux #a knight in shining armor