In the morning he woke among the peaks incredibly white against the muted sky. There is something greater than the life of the cities, greater than money and possessions; there is a manhood that can never be taken away. For this, one gives everything.

James Salter, Solo Faces

When a man in a melancholy mood is left teta-a-tete with the sea, or any landscape which seems to him grandiose, there is always, for some reason, mixed with melancholy, a conviction that he will live and die in obscurity, and he reflectively snatches up a pencil and hastens to write his name on the first thing that comes handy.

Anton Chekhov

Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death.

Anais Nin (via man-of-prose)

Always reach, always strive, always work for more, for better. Never settle for where you are.  You’re right Anais, it is a kind of death.