20 Brilliant musings by Rupi Kaur

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“i want to apologize to all the women i have called beautiful
before i’ve called them intelligent or brave
i am sorry i made it sound as though
something as simple as what you’re born with
is all you have to be proud of
when you have broken mountains with your wit 
from now on i will say things like
you are resilient, or you are extraordinary
not because i don’t think you’re beautiful
but because i need you to know
you are more than that”

“you tell me to quiet down cause my opinions make me less beautiful but i was not made with a fire in my belly so i could be put out i was not made with a lightness on my tongue so i could be easy to swallow i was made heavy half blade and half silk difficult to forget and not easy for the mind to follow”

“i don’t know what living a balanced life feels like
when i am sad
i don’t cry i pour
when i am happy
i don’t smile i glow
when i am angry
i don’t yell i burn
the good thing about 
feeling in extremes 
is when i love 
i give them wings 
but perhaps 
that isn’t 
such a good thing 
cause they always 
tend to leave and 
you should see me 
when my heart is broken 
i don’t grieve”

“I didn’t leave because 
I stopped loving you, 
I left because the longer 
I stayed the less I loved myself.”

“what is stronger than the human heart which shatters over and over and still lives”

“my heart woke me crying last night
how can i help i begged
my heart said
write the book”

“how you love yourself is
how you teach others
to love you”

“do not bother holding on to
that thing that does not want you

-you cannot make it stay”

“he only whispers i love you as he slips his hands down the waistband of your pants this is where you must understand the difference between want and need you may want that boy but you certainly don’t need him”

“The thing about writing is I can’t tell if it’s healing or destroying.”