Sometimes a quote is what you need to get through the day. Something you can write down and check back in with when you’re worn out by the struggle, when the future scares the shit out of you, and the easy exit starts sounding good. Because sometimes I don’t want to fight anymore. Done, quit it all, step through the black doorway and fall into the great nowhere.
It’s been a rough winter on the farm and spring hasn’t been much easier but this quote gives me the strength to push on and believe in what I’m doing despite all the mean bastards and (what seems like) hopeless odds.
So here it is, friends, the good Sophie Scholl on bravery in the midst of the shit-storm. It gives me chills every time.
“The real damage is done by those millions who want to ‘survive.’ The honest men who just want to be left in peace. Those who don’t want their little lives disturbed by anything bigger than themselves. Those with no sides and no causes. Those who won’t take measure of their own strength, for fear of antagonizing their own weakness. Those who don’t like to make waves—or enemies. Those for whom freedom, honor, truth, and principles are only literature. Those who live small, mate small, die small. It’s the reductionist approach to life: if you keep it small, you’ll keep it under control. If you don’t make any noise, the bogeyman won’t find you. But it’s all an illusion, because they die too, those people who roll up their spirits into tiny little balls so as to be safe. Safe?! From what? Life is always on the edge of death; narrow streets lead to the same place as wide avenues, and a little candle burns itself out just like a flaming torch does. I choose my own way to burn.”