"The greatest gift you can give someone is the space to be his or herself, without the threat of you leaving.”
— Kai, Lessons in Life #39  (via forlornes)
"You will not leave me, you have said so many times, but I want to be very close to you in every respect; don’t withhold from me any part of you, not even your complaints. Stay with me entirely, dearest, stay for me as you are; I would not wish a single hair on your head to turn any way other than it does. Don’t try to be gay if you are not. For cheerfulness, resolutions are not enough, cheerful circumstances are needed as well. I won’t find you any more attractive if you look better, I shall only find you as attractive as I do now. The nearness I feel to you is too great for any change of moods, of appearance, to have any effect on my relationship with you. I will only be unhappy when you are unhappy, and out of love for you as much as out of self-interest I will attempt to remove the unhappiness.”
Franz Kafka, from Letters To Felice (via violentwavesofemotion)
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