So when people leave, I’ve learned the secret: let them. Because, most of the time, they have to.
Let them walk away and go places. Let them have adventures in the wild without you. Let them travel the world and explore life beyond a horizon that you exist in. And know, deep down, that heroes aren’t qualified by their capacity to stay but by their decision to return.— The Staying Philosophy (Everyday Isa)
"I used to be a cop."
"They kick you out for stealin’?" She laughed, showing a few gold teeth. "Takin’ bribes?"
I shook my head. “Shooting kids,” I said.
She laughed louder. “No way, ” she said. “They don’t kick you out for that. They give you a promotion, make you the chief.”— Lawrence Block, WHEN THE SACRED GIN MILL CLOSES (Kindle ed.,1986), 265, loc. 2522. (via mattfractionblog)