Gretchen Rubin

“A Man Gets an Immense Amount of Satisfaction from the Knowledge of Having Done Good Work.”

“A Man Gets an Immense Amount of Satisfaction from the Knowledge of Having Done Good Work.”

You increase your self-respect when you feel you’ve done everything you ought to have done, and if there is nothing else to enjoy, there remains that chief of pleasures, the feeling of being pleased with oneself. A man gets an immense amount of satisfaction from the knowledge of having done good work and of having made the best use of his day, and when I am in this state I find that I thoroughly enjoy my rest and even the mildest forms of recreation.

-- Diary of Eugene Delacroix

Delacroix was an artist, and he was also a brilliant writer, and I highly recommend reading his Diary. It's fascinating -- particularly if you're interested in subjects like art, creativity, and productivity.

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