But what does it mean to be strong? Is it something you can attain only by lying to yourself? I’m sorry, but I think hiding your true self— pretending to be different from what you are— is a form of cowardice. Don’t you think it’s important to acknowledge who you are? Having the courage to be able to admit what you love… Enjoying what you love… And being true to yourself… Isn’t that also what it means to be strong?
It was not just her appearance that made her beautiful. Beauty was not a static picture; it was essence, it was spirit, it was that which animated. It was best expressed in movement, behaviour, accomplishment. A beautiful woman was a complete and dynamic woman.