“If I Seek [Beauty] Elsewhere Because I Do Not Find Her at Home, My Search Will Prove a Fruitless One.”

“Such is beauty ever — neither here nor there, now nor then, neither in Rome nor in Athens, but wherever there is a soul to admire. If I seek her elsewhere because I do not find her at home, my search will prove a fruitless one.”
— Henry David Thoreau

* Interested in starting your own happiness project? If you’d like to take a look at my personal Resolutions Chart, for inspiration, just email me at grubin at gretchenrubin dot com. Just write “Resolutions Chart” in the subject line.

  • Qconklin

    I disagree going out in to the world to find examples of beauty it makes me more capable of finding it at home for I know what it looks like. Also we must learn what beauty is so we can create it in our own environment, our own harts and our own lives.

    This is a fine statement for Thoreau to make sitting on the edge of warden pound but for those of us trapped in sterile suburbia or the inner city we must make our own beauty or at least go abroad to study it so that we may recognize its more subtle flavors at home.

  • Mike Crosby

    The older I get, the more I enjoy Thoreau.

    Wow Gretchen, that is beautiful.

  • LivewithFlair

    This is a perfect post for today! I was using Google Street View and imaging all the other places I could live. This is a recipe for depression. I remembered that my location doesn’t create happiness: http://www.livewithflair.blogspot.com/

  • Happiness project? Hmm.
    What would it be like to be happy for no reason and notice how that happened so others could do it too?