Criss Jami

Birth: May 29, 1987
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With a hint of good judgment, to fear nothing, not failure or suffering or even death, indicates that you value life the most. You live to the extreme; you push limits; you spend your time building legacies. Those do not die.

The harder you fall, the heavier your heart; the heavier your heart, the stronger you climb; the stronger you climb, the higher your pedestal.

A young outcast will often feel that there is something wrong with himself, but as he gets older, grows more confident in who he is, he will adapt, he will begin to feel that there is something wrong with everyone else.

Love is as simple as the absence of self given to another. God, when invited, fills the void of any unrequited love; hence loving is how one is drawn closer to God no matter its most horrific repercussions.

To be heroic is to be courageous enough to die for something; to be inspirational is to be crazy enough to live a little.

Find a purpose to serve, not a lifestyle to live.

Confidence is like a dragon where, for every head cut off, two more heads grow back.

Soar with wit. Conquer with dignity. Handle with care.

You have to lift a person up before you can really put them in their place.

If you’re waiting until you feel talented enough to make it, you’ll never make it.

I do not care about happiness simply because I believe that joy is something worth fighting for.

Pride and power fall when the person falls, but discoveries of truth form legacies that can be built upon for generations.

Have nuts and be nuts.

The power of hope! Even a lack of ambition can, for a time, pay off as a necessary facet, as long as hope outweighs it.

In our worldly perceptions of Jesus, we tend to embrace the kindness of his love (‘be encouraged’) but not the discipline of his love (‘and sin no more’). But with the whole scope of his love, or maturity in Christ, we begin relying on him for guidance where we would prefer him to walk beside us rather than behind us.

Easily mistaken, it is not about a love for adversity, it is about knowing a strength and a faith so great that adversity, in all its adverse manifestations, hardly even exists.

To say that one waits a lifetime for his soulmate to come around is a paradox. People eventually get sick of waiting, take a chance on someone, and by the art of commitment become soulmates, which takes a lifetime to perfect.

- Criss Jami

I would rather a romantic relationship turn into contempt than turn into apathy. The passion in the extremities make it appear as though it once meant something. We grow from hot or cold, but lukewarm is the biggest insult.

- Criss Jami

If love is blind, then maybe a blind person that loves has a greater understanding of it.

- Criss Jami

It often occurs that pride and selfishness are muddled with strength and independence. They are neither equal nor similar; in fact, they are polar opposites. A coward may be so cowardly that he masks his weakness with some false personification of power. He is afraid to love and to be loved because love tends to strip bare all emotional barricades. Without love, strength and independence are prone to losing every bit of their worth; they become nothing more than a fearful, intimidated, empty tent lost somewhere in the desert of self.

- Criss Jami

Popular culture is a place where pity is called compassion, flattery is called love, propaganda is called knowledge, tension is called peace, gossip is called news, and auto-tune is called singing.

- Criss Jami

The reality of loving God is loving him like he’s a Superhero who actually saved you from stuff rather than a Santa Claus who merely gave you some stuff.

- Criss Jami

It’s not at all hard to understand a person; it’s only hard to listen without bias.

- Criss Jami

Friends ask you questions; enemies question you.

- Criss Jami

To me it seems that too many young women of this time share the same creed. ‘Live, laugh, love, be nothing but happy, experience everything, et cetera et cetera.’ How monotonous, how useless this becomes. What about the honors of Joan of Arc, Beauvoir, Stowe, Xena, Princess Leia, or women that would truly fight for something other than just their own emotions?

- Criss Jami

Closed in a room, my imagination becomes the universe, and the rest of the world is missing out.

- Criss Jami

When you’re socially awkward, you’re isolated more than usual, and when you’re isolated more than usual, your creativity is less compromised by what has already been said and done. All your hope in life starts to depend on your craft, so you try to perfect it. One reason I stay isolated more than the average person is to keep my creativity as fierce as possible. Being the odd one out may have its temporary disadvantages, but more importantly, it has its permanent advantages.

- Criss Jami

Good works is giving to the poor and the helpless, but divine works is showing them their worth to the One who matters.

I will never deny that life isn’t fair. It seems as though when a woman leaves a man she is strong and independent, but when a man leaves a woman he is a pig and a jerk.

- Criss Jami

To be heroic is to be courageous enough to die for something; to be inspirational is to be crazy enough to live a little.

- Criss Jami

I think there is a song out there to describe just about any situation.

Find a purpose to serve, not a lifestyle to live.

- Criss Jami

The harder you fall, the heavier your heart; the heavier your heart, the stronger you climb; the stronger you climb, the higher your pedestal.

The motive behind criticism often determines its validity. Those who care criticize where necessary. Those who envy criticize the moment they think that they have found a weak spot.

Good works is giving to the poor and the helpless, but divine works is showing them their worth to the One who matters.

The harder you fall, the heavier your heart; the heavier your heart, the stronger you climb; the stronger you climb, the higher your pedestal.

A young outcast will often feel that there is something wrong with himself, but as he gets older, grows more confident in who he is, he will adapt, he will begin to feel that there is something wrong with everyone else.

Love is as simple as the absence of self given to another. God, when invited, fills the void of any unrequited love; hence loving is how one is drawn closer to God no matter its most horrific repercussions.

To be heroic is to be courageous enough to die for something; to be inspirational is to be crazy enough to live a little.

Find a purpose to serve, not a lifestyle to live.

Confidence is like a dragon where, for every head cut off, two more heads grow back.

With a hint of good judgment, to fear nothing, not failure or suffering or even death, indicates that you value life the most. You live to the extreme; you push limits; you spend your time building legacies. Those do not die.

Soar with wit. Conquer with dignity. Handle with care.

You have to lift a person up before you can really put them in their place.

If you’re waiting until you feel talented enough to make it, you’ll never make it.

I do not care about happiness simply because I believe that joy is something worth fighting for.

Pride and power fall when the person falls, but discoveries of truth form legacies that can be built upon for generations.