"The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials."
— Confucius 

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"That’s the thing about depression: A human being can survive almost anything, as long as she sees the end in sight. But depression is so insidious, and it compounds daily, that it’s impossible to ever see the end."
— Elizabeth Wurtzel 

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These are the eerie images taken of abandoned mental health asylums across Europe where even the beds remain untouched. Sven Fennema, 33, snapped the ghostly pictures as he wandered around the empty asylums in Italy and Germany.The photographer, from Krefeld, Germany, walked through the dusty buildings where gurneys have been left to rust and medical cabinets remain locked up.
Photo credit: Sven Fennema
"As time goes on, you’ll understand. What lasts, lasts; what doesn’t, doesn’t. Time solves most things. And what time can’t solve, you have to solve yourself."

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