"When adults say, “Teenagers think they are invincible” with that sly, stupid smile on their faces, they don’t know how right they are. We need never be hopeless, because we can never be irreparably broken. We think that we are invincible because we are. We cannot be born, and we cannot die. Like all energy, we can only change shapes and sizes and manifestations. They forget that when they get old. They get scared of losing and failing. But that part of us greater than the sum of our parts cannot begin and cannot end, and so it cannot fail."

 John Green, Looking for Alaska (via amortizing)

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47 photos of strangers will redefine your notions of beauty

What does it mean to feel beautiful?

If the lovely new collabortion between professional photographers Alison Luntz and Viola Gaskell and eBay Fashion is any indication, the answer has little to do with physical appearance.

The photographers asked more than 80 strangers throughout New York City and Seattle what makes them feel beautiful as part of their aptly titled photo series, “What Makes Me Feel Beautiful.” While many subjects mentioned things like makeup and clothing, others interpreted beauty as the feeling they got when singing, dancing, hanging out with friends or simply sitting outside on a sunny day.

What these photos will remind you about being beautiful

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