Thursday, November 12, 2015


I was on the hunt for great literary quotes, and I came across this one from the 1890 Charles Dickens book, Great Expectations. I've never read it. Maybe I will one day. But the quote is something I believe in wholeheartedly. I find it so sad that in our society, people are afraid to cry. People are afraid they will be judged harshly by others if they are seen crying. Men, particularly, are socialized to hide their tears, or better yet, don't ever even admit to having them. SO SAD! Kids make fun other kids who cry (at certain ages anyway). People are seen as having their emotions "out of control" if they weep. I could go on and on... but I'll just say tears are natural and human and necessary. If tears are arising, pushing them back is not healthy. Sure, there are times when crying is less than convenient, and sometimes we can push them back temporarily so that we can cry in safety—by ourselves or with someone we can lean on... someone we trust. I love this quote so much—the way it's worded and the message it clearly communicates. One day, if I read the book, I'll know the context in which Dickens meant it in the story. But it stands alone just perfectly.

I created two versions (just in terms of color and effect). Not sure which one I like better. You?

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