Gretchen Rubin

Daily Quotes

September 19th, 2019
“At these best moments a great humility fused with a great ambition: to be only what I was, but to the utmost of what I was.”
- Stephen Spender, World Within World

September 18th, 2019
“Would all, who cherish such wild wishes, but look around them, they would oftenest find their sphere of duty, of prosperity and happiness, within those precincts, and in that station where Providence itself has cast their lot. Happy they who read the riddle without a weary world-search, or a lifetime spent in vain!”
- Nathaniel Hawthorne, “The Threefold Destiny”

September 17th, 2019
“On a really clean tablecloth, the smallest speck of dirt annoys the eye. At high altitudes, a moment’s self-indulgence may mean death.”
- Dag Hammarskjold, Markings

September 16th, 2019
“This is suffering’s lesson: pay attention. The important part might come in a form you do not recognize.”
- Sarah Manguso, The Two Kinds of Decay

September 13th, 2019
“We may, by fixing our attention almost fiercely on the facts actually before us, force them to turn into adventures; force them to give up their meaning and fulfill their mysterious purpose.”
- G. K. Chesterton, Tremendous Trifles

September 12th, 2019
“Traveling makes one modest: one sees what a tiny place one occupies in the world.”
- The Letters of Gustave Flaubert, 1830-1857

September 11th, 2019
“Even in his most artificial creations, nature is the material upon which man has to work.”
- Marcel Proust, Swann’s Way

September 10th, 2019
"It is in vain to say human beings ought to be satisfied with tranquility; they must have action; and they will make it if they cannot find it."
- Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre

September 9th, 2019
“Who looks upon a river in a meditative hour, and is not reminded of the flux of all things?”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Nature,” Selected Essays, Lectures and Poems

September 6th, 2019
“A house in which there are no people—but with all the signs of tenancy—can be a most tranquil good place. People take up space in a house out of proportion to their size.”
- Muriel Spark, The Portobello Road

September 5th, 2019
“[There are] three possible ways to find meaning in life—even up to the last moment, the last breath…1) a deed we do, a work we create; 2) an experience, a human encounter, a love; and 3) when confronted with an unchangeable fate (such as an incurable disease), a change of attitude toward that fate.”
- Victor Frankl, Recollections

September 4th, 2019
“Most of us are experts at solving other people’s problems, but we generally solve them in terms of our own and the advice we give is seldom for other people but for ourselves.”
- Nan Fairbrother, The House in the Country

September 3rd, 2019
“Thinking about monastic ideals is not the same as living up to them, but at any rate such thinking has an important place in a monk’s life, because you cannot begin to do anything unless you have some idea what you are trying to do.”
- Thomas Merton, The Sign of Jonas

September 2nd, 2019
“What we want out of a vacation changes as we age. It changes from vacation to vacation. There was a time when it was all about culture for me. My idea of a real break was to stay in museums until my legs ached and then go stand in line to get tickets for an opera or a play. Later I became a disciple of relaxation and looked for words like beach and massage when making my plans. I found those little paper umbrellas that balanced on the side of rum drinks to be deeply charming then. Now I strive for transcendent invisibility and the chance to accomplish the things I can’t get done at home. But as I pack up my room at the Hotel Bel-Air, I think the best vacation is the one that relieves me of my own life for a while and then makes me long for it again.”
- Ann Patchett, “Do Not Disturb,” in This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage

August 30th, 2019
“I suppose the more you have to do, the more you learn to organise and concentrate—or else get fragmented into bits. I have learned to use my ‘ten minutes.’ I once thought it was not worth sitting down for a time as short as that; now I know differently and, if I have ten minutes, I use them, even if they bring only two lines, and it keeps the book alive.”
- Rumer Godden, A House with Four Rooms

August 29th, 2019
“It is not always in this world the people who bring us fine roses to whom we are most friendly.”
- Marcel Proust, The Guermantes Way

August 28th, 2019
“I had wanted to come back to Greenwich Village ever since I had left Waverly Place, and since moving to West Eleventh Street, I have never lived anyplace else. I do not want to. That is not because of what the Village is but because of what I have made it, and what I have made it depends on who I am at the time.”
- Mary Cantwell, Manhattan, When I Was Young

August 27th, 2019
“To do nothing at all is the most difficult thing in the world, the most difficult and the most intellectual.”
- Oscar Wilde, The Critic as Artist Part II

August 26th, 2019
“Forever—is composed of Nows—"
- Emily Dickinson, The Poems of Emily Dickinson

August 23rd, 2019
“I didn’t entirely like this glossy new surface, because it made the school look like a museum, and that’s exactly what it was to me, and what I did not want it to be. In the deep, tacit way in which feeling becomes stronger than thought, I had always felt that the Devon School came into existence the day I entered it, was vibrantly real while I was a student there, and then blinked out like a candle the day I left.”
- John Knowles, A Separate Peace

August 22nd, 2019
“Even paradise must have rules.”
- Mary Oliver, “Flow,” Long Life

August 21st, 2019
“The years from 7 to 13 seem to be particularly formative. We are young enough to be innocent and impressionable, yet old enough to think and feel deeply about what is happening to us.”
- Ysenda Maxtone Graham, Mr. Tibbits’s Catholic School

August 20th, 2019
“The desire of being believed, the desire of persuading, of leading, and directing other people, seems to be one of the strongest of all our natural desires.”
- Adam Smith, The Theory of Moral Sentiments

August 19th, 2019
“Experience, contrary to popular belief, is mostly imagination.”
- Ruth Benedict

August 16th, 2019
“There is a myth, sometimes widespread, that a person need only do inner work…that a man is entirely responsible for his own problems; and that to cure himself, he need only change himself…The fact is, a person is so formed by his surroundings, that his state of harmony depends entirely on his harmony with his surroundings.”
- Christopher Alexander, The Timeless Way of Building

August 15th, 2019
“To be really happy and really safe, one ought to have at least two or three hobbies, and they must all be real.”
- Winston Churchill, “Hobbies”

August 14th, 2019
“To live is so startling, it leaves but little room for other occupations.”
- Emily Dickinson, letter

August 13th, 2019
“Is life so wretched? Isn’t it rather your hands which are too small, your vision which is muddied? You are the one who must grow up.”
- Dag Hammarskjold, Markings

August 12th, 2019
“The bird a nest, the spider a web, man friendship.”
- William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell

August 9th, 2019
“To be driven by our appetites alone is slavery, while to obey a law that we have imposed on ourselves is freedom.”
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau, The Social Contract

August 8th, 2019
“We are interested in others, when they are interested in us.”
- Publius Syrus

August 7th, 2019
“One does not play Bach without having done scales. But neither does one play a scale merely for the sake of the scale.”
- Simone Weil, Gravity and Grace

August 6th, 2019
“Read at whim! Read at whim!”
- Randall Jarrell

August 5th, 2019
“Good manners are made up of petty sacrifices.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Social Aims” in The Complete Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson

August 2nd, 2019
“How often the prospect of future happiness is thus sacrificed to one’s impatient insistence upon an immediate gratification!”
- Marcel Proust, Swann’s Way

August 1st, 2019
“In 1970 I felt so lonely that I could not give; now I feel so joyful that giving seems easy. I hope that the day will come when the memory of my present joy will give me the strength to keep giving even when loneliness gnaws at my heart.”
- Henri Nouwen, The Genesee Diary

July 31st, 2019
“It is much easier to extinguish a first desire than to satisfy all of those that follow it.”
- La Rochefoucauld

July 30th, 2019
“There is a communion of more than our bodies when bread is broken and wine drunk.”
- M.F.K. Fisher, The Art of Eating

July 29th, 2019
“There are no new truths, but only truths that have not been recognized by those who have perceived them without noticing.”
- Mary McCarthy, “The Vita Activa”, The New Yorker, October 18, 1958

July 26th, 2019
“Most people take action by habit in small things more often than in important things.”
- Mary Oliver, “Habits, Differences, and the Light That Abides,” Long Life

July 25th, 2019
“Always, as one arrives, here is the old acceleration of the pulse—the mountainous gray skyline glimpsed from the Triboro Bridge, the cheerful games of basketball and handball being played on the recreational asphalt beside the FDR Drive, the startling, steamy, rain-splotched intimacy of the side streets where one’s taxi slows to a crawl, the careless flung beauty of the pedestrians clumped at the street corners. So many faces, costumes, packages, errands! So many preoccupations, hopes, passions, lives in progress!”
- John Updike, “Is New York City Inhabitable?”

July 24th, 2019
“One of the consolations of old age is the intense pleasure I now get from nature. It seems that in youth I was too busy confronting life and experience to stand still and gaze.”
- P. D. James, Time to Be in Earnest

July 23rd, 2019
“We love the things we love for what they are.”
- Robert Frost, “Hyla Brook”

July 22nd, 2019
“Habit is, of all the plants of human growth, the one that has least need of nutritious soil in order to live.”
- Marcel Proust, The Guermantes Way

July 19th, 2019
“Action and feeling go together…by regulating the action, which is under the more direct control of the will, we can indirectly regulate the feeling.”
- William James, Talks to Teachers on Psychology and to Students on Some of Life’s Ideals

July 18th, 2019
“Sometimes deliberate people look for their island and conquer it, and sometimes the dream of the island can be a passive symbol for what is one step beyond reach. The island—at last, privacy, remoteness, intimacy, a rounded whole without bridges or fences.”
- Tove Jansson, “The Island,” The Paris Review

July 17th, 2019
“Like the bee, we distill poison from honey for our self-defense—what happens to the bee if it uses its sting is well known.”
- Dag Hammarskjold, Markings

July 16th, 2019
“For whatever we lose (like a you or a me)
it’s always ourselves we find in the sea.”
- e.e. cummings, “maggie and milly and molly and may”

July 15th, 2019
“Everyone knows the power of things: life is solidified in them, more immediately present than in any of its instants.”
- Simone de Beauvoir, A Very Easy Death

July 12th, 2019
“The constant remaking of order out of chaos is what life is all about, even in the simplest domestic chores such as clearing the table and washing the dishes after a meal…but when it comes to the inner world, the world of feeling and thinking, many people leave the dishes unwashed for weeks so no wonder they feel ill and exhausted.”
- May Sarton, Recovering

July 11th, 2019
“It has been well observed, that the misery of man proceeds not from any single crush of overwhelming evil, but from small vexations continuously repeated.”
- Samuel Johnson, “Pope,” in Selected Writings

July 10th, 2019
“Pessimism like calumny is easy to do, and attracts immediate attention. The gossiper and the writer may find this out soon enough, and a little encouragement from the current mood will procure them successes that bring endless imitators in their trail. On the other hand saying good things about life in general and individuals in particular and making it interesting is a serious task which few can achieve with credit."
- Bernard Berenson, Sunset and Twilight

July 9th, 2019
“The fact is, that, of all God’s gifts to the sight of man, colour is the holiest, the most divine, the most solemn…The purest and most thoughtful minds are those which love color the most.”
- John Ruskin, The Stones of Venice

July 8th, 2019
“For whatever reason, the heart cannot separate the world’s appearance and actions from morality and valor, and the power of every idea is intensified, if not actually created, by its expression in substance. Over and over in the butterfly we see the idea of transcendence. In the forest we see not the inert but the aspiring. In water that departs forever and forever returns, we experience eternity.”
- Mary Oliver, “Wordsworth’s Mountain,” Long Life

July 3rd, 2019
"Happiness and misery are not absolute but depend on the direction in which you are tending and consist in a progression towards better or worse."
- Samuel Butler, The Note-books of Samuel Butler

July 2nd, 2019
“Happiness, knowledge, not in another place but this place,
not for another hour, but this hour…”
- Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass

July 1st, 2019
“Most of our faculties lie dormant because they can rely upon Habit, which knows what there is to be done and has no need of their services. But on this morning of travel, the interruption of the routine of my existence, the unfamiliar place and time, had made their presence indispensable. My habits…for once were missing, and all my faculties came hurrying to take their place.”
- Marcel Proust, Within a Budding Grove

June 28th, 2019
“Silence was the cure, if only temporarily, silence and geography. But of what was I being cured? I do not know, have never known. I only know the cure. Silence, and no connections except to landscape.”
- Mary Cantwell, Manhattan, When I Was Young

June 27th, 2019
Who goes to dine must take his Feast
Or find the Banquet mean –
The Table is not laid without
Till it is laid within.
- Emily Dickinson, “Who goes to dine must take his Feast”

June 26th, 2019
“It is not necessary that you leave the house. Remain at your table and listen. Do not even listen, only wait. Do not even wait, be wholly still and alone. The world will present itself to you for its unmasking, it can do no other, in ecstasy it will writhe at your feet.”
- Franz Kafka, The Zurau Aphorisms

June 25th, 2019
“There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”
- William Shakespeare, Hamlet

June 24th, 2019
“Sometimes something can look beautiful just because it’s different in some way from the other things around it. One red petunia in a window box will look very beautiful if all the rest of them are white, and vice-versa.”
- Andy Warhol, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol: From A to B and Back Again

June 21st, 2019
“In our era, the road to holiness necessarily passes through the world of action.”
- Dag Hammarskjold, Markings

June 20th, 2019
“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.”
- Eugene Delacroix, Journal

June 19th, 2019
“Some people just shouldn’t be disturbed in their inclinations, whether large or small. A reminder can instantly turn enthusiasm into aversion and spoil everything.”
- Tove Jansson, Fair Play

June 18th, 2019
Dreams, books, are each a world; and books, we know, Are a substantial world, both pure and good: Round these, with tendrils strong as flesh and blood, Our pastime and our happiness will grow.
- William Wordsworth, Personal Talk

June 17th, 2019
“We try to discover in things…the reflection of what our soul has projected on to them; we are disillusioned when we find that they are in reality devoid of the charm which they owed, in our minds, to the association of certain ideas.”
- Marcel Proust, Swann’s Way

June 14th, 2019
“With what pleasure do we look upon a family, through the whole of which reign mutual love and esteem, where the parents and children are companions for one another, without any other difference than what is made by respectful affection on the one side, and kind indulgence on the other, . . .”
- Adam Smith, The Theory of Moral Sentiments

June 13th, 2019
“Fundamental happiness depends more than anything else upon what may be called a friendly interest in persons and things.”
- Bertrand Russell

June 12th, 2019
“I suppose every one has a mental picture of the days of the week, some seeing them as a circle, some as an endless line…Mine is a wavy line proceeding to infinity, dipping to Wednesday which is the colour of old silver dark with polishing and rising again to a pale gold Sunday.”
- Angela Thirkell, Three Houses

June 11th, 2019
“Almost every wise saying has an opposite one, no less wise, to balance it.”
- George Santayana

June 10th, 2019
“Perhaps it is only in childhood that books have any deep influence on our lives. In later life we admire, we are entertained, we may modify some views we already hold, but we are more likely to find in books merely a confirmation of what is in our minds already…What do we ever get nowadays from reading to equal the excitement and the revelation in those first fourteen years?”
- Graham Greene, The Lost Childhood

June 7th, 2019
“A difference of taste in jokes is a great strain on the affections.”
- George Eliot, Daniel Deronda

June 6th, 2019
“Years later I figured out why he [Ivan Karp] was such a successful art dealer--this may sound strange, but I believe it was because art was his second love. He seemed to love literature more, and he put the serious side of his nature into that…Some people are even better at their second love than their first, maybe because when they care too much, it freezes them, but knowing there’s something they’d rather be doing gives them a certain freedom.”
- Andy Warhol, POPism

June 5th, 2019
“In the shapeliness of a life, habit plays its sovereign role.”
- Mary Oliver, “Habits, Differences, and the Light That Abides,” Long Life

June 4th, 2019
“I sometimes think how much the shaping of a destiny and the binding of a couple together depend on successful meetings and the avoidance of snares. A door which one thought was closed, a watch that is slow, a false step, a traffic jam, a sleeping car available…and your fate is settled…We walk across a cemetery of happiness missed for lack of a word, a gesture, an airy bubble; and how many people, meant for each other, have passed each other by in the fog?”
- Maurice Goudeket, Close to Colette: An Intimate Portrait of a Woman of Genius

June 3rd, 2019
“The sacrifice of pleasures is of course itself a pleasure.”
- Muriel Spark, Loitering With Intent

May 31st, 2019
“Happiness is essentially a state of going somewhere wholeheartedly, one-directionally, without regret or reservation.”
- W.H. Sheldon

May 30th, 2019
“And the eighth and ninth, the tenth, eleventh, twelfth trips? What have they to do with me, the gastronomical me? What sea changes were there, to make me richer, stranger? I grew older with each one, like every other wanderer. My hungers altered: I knew better what and how to eat, just as I knew better how I loved other people, and even why.”
- M.F.K. Fisher, The Gastronomical Me

May 29th, 2019
“We are not permitted to choose the frame of our destiny. But what we put into it is ours.”
- Dag Hammarskjold, Markings

May 28th, 2019
“Out of date, perhaps, but who wasn’t these days? Out of date, but loyal to his own time. At a certain moment, after all, every man chooses: will he go forward, will he go back? There was nothing dishonorable in not being blown about by every little modern wind. Better to have worth, to entrench, to be an oak of one’s own generation.”
- John Le Carre, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

May 27th, 2019
“The natural flights of the human mind are not from pleasure to pleasure, but from hope to hope.”
- Samuel Johnson, Selected Writings

May 24th, 2019
“I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart. I am, I am, I am.”
- Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

May 23rd, 2019
“How strange painting is, it delights us with representations of objects that are not pleasing in themselves!”
- Eugene Delacroix, The Journal of Eugene Delacroix

May 22nd, 2019
“The greatest of all human delusions is that there is a tangible goal, and not just direction towards an ideal aim. The idea that a goal can be attained perpetually frustrates human beings, who are disappointed at never getting there, never being able to stop.”
- Stephen Spender, World Within World

May 21st, 2019
“Sheltered and isolated by the water that is at the same time an open possibility.”
- Tove Jansson, “The Island,” The Paris Review

May 20th, 2019
“It is never easy to confront life-changing news, especially when you are deeply embroiled in the everyday and the banal, which we always are. They absorb almost everything, make almost everything small, apart from the few events that are so immense that they lay waste to all the everyday trivia around you."
- Karl Ove Knausgaard, My Struggle, Book 2

May 17th, 2019
“The different and the novel are sweet, but regularity and repetition are also teachers.”
- Mary Oliver, “Habits, Differences, and the Light That Abides,” Long Life

May 16th, 2019
“I was entirely happy. Perhaps we feel like that when we die and become a part of something entire, whether it is sun and air, or goodness and knowledge. At any rate, that is happiness; to be dissolved into something complete and great.”
- Willa Cather, My Antonia

May 15th, 2019
“Since every man is obliged to promote happiness and virtue, he should be careful not to mislead unwary minds, by appearing to set too high a value upon things by which no real excellence is conferred.”
- Samuel Johnson, The Rambler No. 66

May 14th, 2019
“We lived our lives as if life was forever. To live one’s life without a sense of time is to squander it.”
- Diana Trilling, The Beginning of the Journey

May 13th, 2019
“Life has no other discipline to impose, if we would but realize it, than to accept life unquestioningly. Everything…we deny, denigrate or despise, serves to defeat us in the end. What seems nasty, painful, evil, can become a source of beauty, joy and strength, if faced with an open mind. Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to realize it as such.”
- Henry Miller, The Henry Miller Reader

May 10th, 2019
“Nothing is more becoming to the mind than its own natural manner; from this proceeds its ease, its grace, and all its powers, whether real or apparent. All constraint injures it to force its springs, destroys it. We all carry about us indices of our destiny; these must not be effaced, but watched, if our career is not to be a miserable failure.”
- Joubert, Pensees

May 9th, 2019
“When asked, “What disturbs him now about himself?” E. B. White answered, ‘I am bothered chiefly by my little fears that are the same as they were almost 70 years ago. I was born scared and am still scared. This has sometimes tested my courage almost beyond endurance.’”
- E.B. White, quoted in “Notes and Comment by Author,” by Israel Shenker, New York Times, July 11, 1969

May 8th, 2019
“Yet occasionally we discover in the folds of an old handkerchief a shell or insignificant stone that had once embodied our happiest of afternoons.”
- Patti Smith, Just Kids

May 7th, 2019
“If sleep is the apogee of physical relaxation, boredom is the apogee of mental relaxation. Boredom is the dream bird that hatches the egg of experience.”
- Walter Benjamin, “The Storyteller”

May 6th, 2019
“There is a place in me I haven’t gone yet.”
- Gail Godwin, notes when starting her novel Flora

May 3rd, 2019
“Sartaj was thinking about how uncanny an animal this life was, that you had to seize it and let go of it at the same time, that you had to enjoy but also plan, live every minute and die every moment.”
- Vikram Chandra, Sacred Games

May 2nd, 2019
“There is no such thing as an empty space or an empty time. There is always something to see, something to hear.”
- John Cage, Silence

May 1st, 2019
“The life of sensation is the life of greed; it requires more and more. The life of the spirit requires less and less; time is ample and its passage sweet.”
- Annie Dillard, The Writing Life

April 30th, 2019
“To enjoy the excitement of pleasure, but to be free from its vices and ill effects,--to have the sweet, and leave the bitter untasted,--that has been my study. The preachers tell us that this is impossible. It seems to me that hitherto I have succeeded fairly well. I will not say that I have never scorched a finger,--but I carry no ugly wounds.”
- Anthony Trollope, An Autobiography

April 29th, 2019
“Change was such an elusive thing. A man could say every day that he wanted to change his life, was going to change it, and every day the lament became merely a part of the life he was already living, so that the desire for change was in fact a kind of stasis that allowed the unchanged life to continue, because at least the man knew to disapprove of it, which reassured him not all was lost.”
- Rachel Kushner, The Mars Room

April 26th, 2019
“Beauty has its purposes, which, all our lives and at every season, it is our opportunity, and our joy, to divine.”
- Mary Oliver, “Wordsworth’s Mountain,” Long Life

April 25th, 2019
“When your toil has been a pleasure, you have not earned money merely, but money, health, delight, and moral profit, all in one.”
- Robert Louis Stevenson

April 24th, 2019
“It takes a certain amount of effort to be miserable and another kind of effort to be happy, and I was willing to do the work of happiness. I figured even if I couldn’t make Lucy deeply happy, I could provide the kind of happiness that would seem hollow if we had the money or the time to stay in it too long…I booked Lucy a massage and had her eyelashes dyed. I took her for a pedicure. I bought her the best pate I could find in Nashville along with Spaghetti-O’s and Hungry Jack biscuits and everything else I knew she liked. We went to a bad movie and then stayed for a second bad movie. I took her shopping and bought her whatever she wanted. And she was happy, and I was happy.”
- Ann Patchett, Truth and Beauty

April 23rd, 2019
“The soul makes the body.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson, “The Poet”

April 22nd, 2019
“What you see and hear depends a good deal on where you are standing: it also depends on what sort of person you are.”
- C. S. Lewis, The Magician’s Nephew

April 19th, 2019
“Oh, man! admire and model thyself after the whale! Do thou, too, remain warm among ice. Do thou, too, live in this world without being of it. Be cool at the equator; keep thy blood fluid at the Pole. Like the great dome of St. Peter’s, and like the great whale, retain, O man! in all seasons a temperature of thine own.”
- Herman Melville, Moby Dick

April 18th, 2019
“When you enter an art gallery or an antique shop, you see what you hope will surprise and delight you, but a bookstore does not show what it is selling…It is from the collective impression, from the sight of many books wedged together on many shelves, that the mysterious good feel comes. Is there something that leaks out of the closed books, some subliminal message about culture and aspiration?”
- Janet Malcom, “Three Sisters”

April 17th, 2019
“The late summer sun slanted across the piney slopes, and the air was full of fragrance, and the click of the ancient hand-turned balls made an easy music. A big farm woman brought us tea and bread, and pots of wild green honey. It was one of the most idyllic moments I have ever known, very sharp, like a Breughel painting.”
- M.F.K. Fisher, The Gastronomical Me

April 16th, 2019
“No human face is exactly the same in its lines on each side, no leaf perfect in its lobes, no branch in its symmetry. All admit irregularity as they imply change; and to banish imperfection is to destroy expression, to check exertion, to paralyze vitality. All things are literally better, lovelier, and more beloved for the imperfections which have been divinely appointed, that the law of human life may be Effort, and the law of human judgment, Mercy.”
- John Ruskin

April 15th, 2019
“How selfish soever man may be supposed, there are evidently some principles in his nature, which interest him in the fortunes of others, and render their happiness necessary to him, though he derives nothing from it, except the pleasure of seeing it.”
- Adam Smith, The Theory of Moral Sentiments

April 12th, 2019
“To be happy at home is the ultimate result of all ambition, the end to which every enterprise and labour tends.”
- Samuel Johnson

April 11th, 2019
“…that best portion of a good man’s life, his little, nameless, unremembered, acts of kindness and of love.”
- William Wordsworth

April 10th, 2019
“Failure after long perseverance is much grander than never to have a striving good enough to be called a failure.”
- George Eliot, Middlemarch

April 9th, 2019
“No man knows how bad he is till he has tried very hard to be good…Only those who try to resist temptation know how strong it is.”
- C.S. Lewis

April 8th, 2019
“I love a broad margin to my life.”
- Henry David Thoreau, Walden

April 5th, 2019
“The habit of being happy enables one to be freed, or largely freed, from the dominance of outward conditions.”
- Robert Louis Stevenson

April 4th, 2019
“The true spirit of conversation consists more in bringing out the cleverness of others than in showing a great deal of it yourself; he who goes away pleased with himself and his own wit is also greatly pleased with you.”
- Jean de La Bruyère, “Of Society and Conversation”, The Characters of Jean de La Bruyère

April 3rd, 2019
“Let us decide on the route that we wish to take to pass our life, and attempt to sow that route with flowers.”
- Madame du Chatelet

April 2nd, 2019
“Would you rather love the more, and suffer the more; or love the less, and suffer the less? That is, I think, finally, the only real question.”
- Julian Barnes, The Only Story

April 1st, 2019
“The truest mark of being born with great qualities is to be born without envy.”
- La Rochefoucauld

March 29th, 2019
“Sometimes I look back and think my whole adult life has been underlined with a feeling of waiting – waiting for something to happen, waiting for circumstances to change, waiting for the right man or the right job or the right shoes-and-clothes-and-haircut to swoop down from above and change me, to infuse me from the outside in with a feeling of well-being and validation and peace of mind.”
- Caroline Knapp, “Clearing Up: Grief in Sobriety, Confronting Loss Once More, with Feeling,” from The Merry Recluse

March 28th, 2019
“…every life has at least one fairy palace in its span. Usually these miracles happen when a person is young, but still wide-eyed enough to catch the magic that older people have forgotten or pushed away. For countless children, Disneyland has it…For both tourists and natives, the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace does well…prancing horses, flashing sabers, plumes and capes and trumpets in the fog…the Palace is in safe hands, a solid dream. Sometimes people can know two palaces before Lady Luck calls it quits, but of course they are never of equal enchantment…[For me] the lesser of the two palaces was the Pig’n’Whisle, a stylish ice-cream parlor in Los Angeles.”
- M.F.K. Fisher

March 27th, 2019
“Humor is the antidote to over thinking. It’s a way of saying that life is paradoxical. Humor contains contradictions; it does not resolve them but revels in them. It says that the right way to exist among the contradictions, paradoxes, and absurdities of life is to cope with them through laughter.”
- Bob Mankoff, How About Never: Is Never Good For You

March 26th, 2019
“There is a surprisingly large number of people who go around dreaming about an island.”
- Tove Jansson, “The Island,” the Paris Review

March 25th, 2019
“Cease to use your hands, and you have lopped off a huge chunk of your consciousness.”
- George Orwell, The Road to Wigan Pier

March 22nd, 2019
“Good habits, imperceptibly fixed, are far preferable to the precepts of reason.”
- Mary Wollstonecraft, Original Stories from Real Life

March 21st, 2019
“If I consider my life honestly, I see that it is governed by a certain very small number of patterns of events which I take part in over and over again…when I see how very few of them there are, I begin to understand what huge effect these few patterns have on my life, on my capacity to live. If these few patterns are good for me, I can live well. If they are bad for me, I can’t.”
- Christopher Alexander, The Timeless Way of Building

March 20th, 2019
"One of the breakthrough moments [of doing stand-up comedy] for me was realizing that...you can take all the classes you want and learn and practice and get all the advice from other people, but it's really like learning an instrument that has never existed until you were born. No one can tell you how to play that instrument."
- Jordan Peele, "Key and Peele," in Sick in the Head: Conversations About Life and Comedy by Judd Apatow

March 19th, 2019
“How much hope, expectation, and sheer hard work goes into the smallest success! There is no being sure of anything except that whatever has been created will change in time...”
- May Sarton, Plant Dreaming Deep

March 18th, 2019
“People often ask themselves the right questions. Where they fail is in answering the questions they ask themselves, and even there they do not fail by much…But it takes time, it takes humility and a serious reason for searching.”
- William Maxwell, Time Will Darken It

March 15th, 2019
"There is a way of refusing that is so gracious... that the refusal gives as much pleasure as the gift."
- St. Therese of Lisieux, The Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux

March 14th, 2019
“To refuse what life offers is to chance not recognizing happiness if it comes your way.”
- Maurice Goudeket, Close to Colette: An Intimate Portrait of a Woman of Genius

March 13th, 2019
“The love of pleasure is destined by its very nature to defeat itself and end in frustration.”
- Thomas Merton, The Seven Storey Mountain

March 12th, 2019
“He who can believe himself well, will be well.”
- Ovid

March 11th, 2019
“Not to find one’s way about in a city is of little interest. But to lose one’s way in a city, as one loses one’s way in a forest, requires practice.”
- Walter Benjamin, A Berlin Childhood Around 1900

March 8th, 2019
"The things that we love tell us what we are."
- Thomas Merton

March 7th, 2019
"You learn more about a person by living in his house for a week than by years of running into him at social gatherings.”
- Phillip Lopate

March 6th, 2019
"To live in perpetual want of little things is a state, not indeed of torture but of constant vexation."
- Samuel Johnson

March 5th, 2019
"Order is Heaven's first law."
- Alexander Pope

March 4th, 2019
"If you want a golden rule that will fit everybody, this is it: have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful."
- William Morris

March 1st, 2019
“It doesn’t really matter whether you’re first rate, second rate, or third rate, but it’s of vital importance…that you do the very best you can with the powers that are given you. It’s idle to strive for things out of your reach, just as it’s utterly immoral to be slothful about the qualities you have.”
- Lawrence Durrell, The Paris Review interview

February 28th, 2019
“The truth is that when a human being is not eating, drinking, sleeping, making love, talking, playing games or merely lounging about—and these things will not fill up a lifetime—he needs work and usually looks for it, though he may not call it work.”
- George Orwell, The Road to Wigan Pier

February 27th, 2019
“Character is destiny.”
- Heraclitus

February 26th, 2019
“When a situation develops gradually, no matter how weird that situation is, you get used to it.”
- Andy Warhol, POPism

February 25th, 2019
“We are so accustomed to disguising our true nature from others, that we end up disguising it from ourselves.”
- La Rochefoucauld

February 22nd, 2019
“Every man is, no doubt, by nature, first and principally recommended to his own care; and as he is fitter to take care of himself, than of any other person, it is fit and right that it should be so.”
- Adam Smith, The Theory of Moral Sentiments

February 21st, 2019
“The greatest gift is the passion for reading. It is cheap, it consoles, it distracts, it excites, it gives you knowledge of the world and experience of a wide kind.”
- Elizabeth Hardwick, The Paris Review, interview

February 20th, 2019
“The most congenial social occasions are those ruled by cheerful deference of each for all.”
- Goethe, Maxims and Reflections

February 19th, 2019
“The way to love anything is to realise that it might be lost.”
- G. K. Chesterton, “The Advantages of Having One Leg”

February 18th, 2019
“The patterns of our lives reveal us. Our habits measure us.”
- Mary Oliver, Long Life, “Habit, Differences, and the Light That Abides”

February 15th, 2019
“There is no excellent beauty, that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.”
- Francis Bacon

February 14th, 2019
“It isn’t enough to love; we must prove it.”
- St. Therese of Lisieux, Story of a Soul

February 13th, 2019
“The road up and the road down is one and the same.”
- Heraclitus

February 12th, 2019
“Every smallest stroke of virtue or of vice leaves its never so little scar.”
- William James, Habit
February 11, 2019
“We prefer to see those to whom we do good than those who do good to us.”
- La Rochefoucauld

February 8th, 2019
“My greatest skill has been to want but little.”
- Henry David Thoreau, Walden

February 7th, 2019
“But then one regrets the loss even of one’s worst habits. Perhaps one regrets them the most. They are such an essential part of one’s personality.”
- Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

February 6th, 2019
“If you do the same thing every day at the same time for the same length of time, you’ll save yourself from many a sink. Routine is a condition of survival.”
- Flannery O’Connor, letter to “A,” 10 Feb 62

February 5th, 2019
“Life is barren enough surely with all her trappings; let us therefore be cautious of how we strip her.”
- Samuel Johnson, Hester Lynch Piozzi, Anecdotes of the Late Samuel Johnson

February 4th, 2019
"Assume a virtue, if you have it not.
That monster, Custom, who all sense doth eat
Of habits evil, is angel yet in this,
That to the use of actions fair and good
He likewise gives a frock or livery,
That aptly is put on. Refrain to-night,
And that shall lend a kind of easiness
To the next abstinence; the next more easy:
For use can almost change the stamp of nature,
And master even the devil, or throw him out,
With wondrous potency."
- William Shakespeare, Hamlet

February 1st, 2019
“Idleness is often covered by turbulence and hurry. He that neglects his known duty and real employment naturally endeavours to crowd his mind with something that may bar out the remembrance of his own folly, and does anything but what he ought to do with eager diligence, that he may keep himself in his own favour.”
- Samuel Johnson, Selected Writings

January 31st, 2019
“Wherever you are it is your own friends who make your world.”
- William James

January 30th, 2019
“Energy is the only life, and is from the Body.”
- William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell

January 29th, 2019
“It is harder to fight against pleasure than against anger.”
- Heraclitus

January 28th, 2019
“There is in this world no function more important than that of being charming. The forest glade would be incomplete without the humming-bird. To shed joy around, to radiate happiness, to cast light upon dark days, to be the golden thread of our destiny, and the very spirit of grace and harmony, is not this to render a service?”
- Victor Hugo, Toilers of the Sea

January 25th, 2019
“Everything that makes more of you than you have ever been, even in your best is right. Every intensification is good.”
- Rainer Maria Rilke

January 24th, 2019
“It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.”
- Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

January 23rd, 2019
“Three things in human life are important: The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind.”
- Henry James

January 22nd, 2019
“There are three main avenues on which one arrives at meaning in life. The first is by creating a work or doing a deed. The second is by experiencing something or encountering someone; in other words, meaning can be found not only in work but also in love…Most important, however, is the third avenue to meaning in life: even the helpless victim of a hopeless situation, facing a fate he cannot change, may rise above himself, may grow beyond himself, and by so doing change himself.”
- Viktor Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning

January 21st, 2019
"Forgiveness is not an occasional act; it is a permanent attitude."
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 18th, 2019
“Curiosity is one of the permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous intellect. Every advance into knowledge opens new prospects, and produces new incitements to further progress.”
- Samuel Johnson, Rambler

January 17th, 2019
“It was on a bright day of midwinter, in New York. The little girl who eventually became me, but as yet was neither me nor anybody else in particular, but merely a soft anonymous morsel of humanity—this little girl, who bore my name, was going for a walk with her father. The episode is literally the first thing I can remember about her, and therefore I date the birth of her identity from that day.”
- Edith Wharton, A Backward Glance

January 16th, 2019
“A state of affairs which leads to daily vexation is not the right state.”
- Goethe

January 15th, 2019
“Eternity is in love with the productions of time.”
- William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell

January 14th, 2019
“He who chases two hares will catch neither.”
- Publius Syrus

January 11th, 2019
“There is no creature whose inward being is so strong that it is not greatly determined by what lies outside it.”
- George Eliot, Middlemarch

January 10th, 2019
“Prosperity doth best discover vice, but adversity doth best discover virtue.”
- Francis Bacon

January 9th, 2019
“Anxiety and Ennui are the Scylla and Charybdis on which the bark of human happiness is most often wrecked.”
- William Edward Hartpole Lecky, The Map of Life

January 8th, 2019
“…the man who works so moderately as to be able to work constantly, not only preserves his health the longest, but in the course of the year, executes the greatest quantity of works.”
- Adam Smith

January 7th, 2019
“When we are happy we are always good, but when we are good we are not always happy.”
- Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

January 4th, 2019
“Every day I walk myself into a state of well-being and walk away from every illness; I have walked myself into my best thoughts, and I know of no thought so burdensome that one cannot walk away from it.”
- Kierkegaard, letter, 1847

January 3rd, 2019
“To see things in their true proportion, to escape the magnifying influence of a morbid imagination, should be one of the chief aims of life.”
- William Edward Hartpole Lecky, The Map of Life

January 2nd, 2019
“I only study the things I like; I apply my mind only to matters that interest me. They’ll be useful—or useless—to me or to others in due course, I’ll be given—or not given—the opportunity of benefiting from what I’ve learned. In any case, I’ll have enjoyed the inestimable advantage of doing things I like doing and following my own inclinations.”
- Nicolas de Chamfort

January 1st, 2019
“Yet the definition we have made of ourselves is ourselves. To break out of it, we must make a new self. But how can the self make a new self when the selflessness which it is, is the only substance from which the new self can be made?”
- Robert Penn Warren, All the King’s Men

December 31st, 2018
“Nothing is ever the same as they said it was. It’s what I’ve never seen before that I recognize.”
- Diane Arbus

December 28th, 2018
“Everything that frees our spirit without giving us control of ourselves is ruinous.”
- Goethe

December 27th, 2018
“It is impossible to win the great prizes of life without running risks, and the greatest of all prizes are those connected with the home.”
- Theodore Roosevelt

December 26th, 2018
“There is no substitute for the comfort supplied by the utterly taken-for-granted relationship."
- Iris Murdoch, A Severed Head

December 25th, 2018
“A good conscience is a continual Christmas.”
- Benjamin Franklin

December 24th, 2018
“Things do not change; we change.”
- Henry David Thoreau

December 21st, 2018
“Purity strikes me as the most mysterious of the virtues and the more I think about it the less I know about it.”
- Flannery O’Connor, The Habit of Being

December 20th, 2018
“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; but remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.”
- Epicurus

December 19th, 2018
"Liberty is the daughter of authority properly understood. For to be free is not to do what one pleases; it is to be the master of oneself, it is to know how to act within reason and to do one's duty."
- Emile Durkheim, Education and Sociology

December 18th, 2018
“It is a great thing if you can persuade people that they are somehow or other partakers in a mystery. It makes them feel bigger.”
- Robert Louis Stevenson

December 17th, 2018
“Man has no Body distinct from his Soul; for that call’d Body is a portion of Soul discern’d by the five Senses.”
- William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell

December 14th, 2018
“Life is a train of moods like a string of beads, and as we pass through them, they prove to be many-colored lenses which paint the world their own hue, and each shows only what lies in its focus.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Experience,” from The Complete Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson

December 13th, 2018
“Touch has its ecstasies.”
- Helen Keller, The World I Live In

December 12th, 2018
“Nothing is so exhausting as indecision, and nothing is so futile.”
- Bertrand Russell

December 11th, 2018
“Hold to the now, the here, through which all future plunges to the past.”
- James Joyce, Ulysses

December 10th, 2018
It's all I have to bring today—
This, and my heart beside—
This, and my heart, and all the fields—
And all the meadows wide—
Be sure you count—should I forget
Some one the sum could tell—
This, and my heart, and all the Bees Which in the Clover dwell.
- Emily Dickinson, “It's all I have to bring today”

December 7th, 2018
“Gardening is one of the rewards of middle age, when one is ready for an impersonal passion, a passion that demands patience, acute awareness of a world outside oneself, and the power to keep on growing through all the times of drought, through the cold snows, toward those moments of pure joy when all failures are forgotten and the plum tree flowers.”
- May Sarton, Plant Dreaming Deep

December 6th, 2018
“Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”
- William Morris

December 5th, 2018
“Energy is Eternal Delight.”
- William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell

December 4th, 2018
To a friend troubled by melancholy, Samuel Johnson suggested: “If you are idle, be not solitary; if you are solitary, be not idle.”
- Samuel Johnson letter to James Boswell, October 27, 1779

December 3rd, 2018
“Meaning is not a property of the world, but something we attach to the world.”
- Karl Ove Knausgaard, My Struggle: Book 6

November 30th, 2018
“Seeing them come and go [from the graveyard], and come and stay, I began to be moved by a compassion that seemed to come to me from outside. I never said to myself that it was happening. It just came to me, or I came to it. As I buried the dead and walked among them, I wanted to make my heart as big as Heaven to include them all and love them and not be distracted. I couldn’t do it, of course, but I wanted to.”
- Wendell Berry, Jayber Crow

November 29th, 2018
“There is a charm, even for homely things, in perfect maintenance.”
- Louis Auchincloss

November 28th, 2018
“Be patient and tough; someday this pain will be useful to you.”
- Ovid, Amores

November 27th, 2018
“One lives in the naïve notion that later there will be more room than in the entire past.”
- Elias Canetti, The Human Province

November 26th, 2018
“If we do not alter with the times, the times yet alter us. We may stand perfectly still, but our surroundings shift round and we are not in the same relationship to them for long; just as a chameleon, matching perfectly the greenness of a leaf, should know that the leaf will one day fade.”
- Elizabeth Taylor, A Game of Hide-and-Seek

November 23rd, 2018
“There is something in living close to the great elemental forces of nature that causes people to rise above small annoyances and discomforts.”
- Laura Ingalls Wilder, essay, February 1917

November 22nd, 2018
“Sweep everything under the rug for long enough, and you have to move right out of the house.”
- Rachel Ingalls, Mrs. Caliban

November 21st, 2018
“He who is and remains true to himself and to others has the most attractive quality of the greatest talent.”
- Goethe

November 20th, 2018
“One does not deceive oneself about the consequences of one’s acts; one deceives oneself about the ease with which one can live with those consequences.”
- John Williams, Augustus

November 19th, 2018
“You tend to close your eyes to truth, beauty and goodness because they give no scope to your sense of the ridiculous.”
- W. Somerset Maugham

November 16th, 2018
“It is interesting how keen people are for you to do something they would never dream of doing themselves.”
- Rachel Cusk, Outline

November 15th, 2018
“One looks at maps, and does not truly apprehend the extent and variety of the world.”
- John Williams, Augustus

November 14th, 2018
“The sense of unhappiness is so much easier to convey than that of happiness.”
- Graham Greene, The End of the Affair

November 13th, 2018
“There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified, and new prejudices to be opposed.”
- Samuel Johnson, The Rambler No. 86 (12 January 1751)

November 12th, 2018
“The infinite wonders of the universe are revealed to us in exact measure as we are capable of receiving them. The keenness of our vision depends not on how much we can see, but on how much we feel….Nature sings her most exquisite songs to those who love her.”
- Helen Keller, The World I Live In

November 9th, 2018
“The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.”
- Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

November 8th, 2018
“Once in those very early days my brother brought into the nursery the lid of a biscuit tin which he had covered with moss and garnished with twigs and flowers so as to make it a toy garden or a toy forest. That was the first beauty I ever knew. What the real garden had failed to do, the toy garden did. It made me aware of nature—not, indeed, as a storehouse of forms and colors but as something cool, dewy, fresh, exuberant….As long as I live my imagination of Paradise will retain something of my brother’s toy garden.”
- C. S. Lewis, Surprised by Joy

November 7th, 2018
“There is no fun in doing nothing when you have nothing to do. Wasting time is merely an occupation then, and a most exhausting one.”
- Jerome K. Jerome

November 6th, 2018
“Now there are some things we all know but we don’t take’m out and look at’m very often. We all know that something is eternal. And it ain’t houses and it ain’t names, and it ain’t earth, and it ain’t even the stars—everyone knows in their bones that something is eternal, and that something has to do with human beings.”
- Thornton Wilder, Our Town

November 5th, 2018
"There was another life that I might have had, but I am having this one.”
- Kazuo Ishiguro, interview

November 2nd, 2018
“The world only exists in your eyes—your conception of it. You can make it as big or as small as you want to.”
- F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Crack-Up

November 1st, 2018
“It’s not enough to understand; you’ve got to do something.”
- Sandra Day O’Connor

October 31st, 2018
“The world as it is would always be a reminder of the world that was, and of the world that is to come.”
- Wendell Berry, Jayber Crow

October 30th, 2018
“Choose what is best, and habit will make it pleasant and easy.”
- Plutarch

October 29th, 2018
“What we read with inclination makes a much stronger impression. If we read without inclination, half the mind is employed in fixing the attention; so there is but one half to be employed on what we read.”
- Samuel Johnson in James Boswell’s The Life of Samuel Johnson

October 26th, 2018
“Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing nor that, but simply growth. We are happy when we are growing.”
- William Butler Yeats

October 25th, 2018
“At Chartres I saw reverence rendered visible, and there my pilgrim spirit came to rest.”
- Anne Truitt, Turn: The Journal of an Artist

October 24th, 2018
“You tend to close your eyes to truth, beauty and goodness because they give no scope to your sense of the ridiculous.”
- W. Somerset Maugham

October 23rd, 2018
“The pleasure of perfume [is] among the most elegant and also most honorable enjoyments in life.”
- Pliny, Natural History

October 22nd, 2018
“Where Thou art—that—is Home.”
- Emily Dickinson

October 19th, 2018
“The hallmark of a decision in line with one’s character is ease and contentment, and an ample, even provision of natural energy.”
- Anne Truitt, Turn: The Journal of an Artist

October 18th, 2018
“Each time of life has its own kind of love.”
- Leo Tolstoy, “Family Happiness”

October 17th, 2018
“A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense.”
- Proverbs 19:11

October 16th, 2018
“Ah! There is nothing like staying home for real comfort.”
- Jane Austen, Emma

October 15th, 2018
“Anything you’re good at contributes to happiness.”
- Bertrand Russell

October 12th, 2018
"Smell is a potent wizard that transports us across a thousand miles and all the years we have lived."
- Helen Keller, The World I Live In

October 11th, 2018
“I am, and I am going to be, the kind of person I have trained myself to be. In a way that almost amounts to just retribution, I am stuck with the results of all my choices.”
- Anne Truitt, Turn: The Journal of an Artist

October 10th, 2018
“Nothing is stronger than habit.”
- Ovid

October 9th, 2018
“That which gives the strongest habitual pleasure, whether it be innate or acquired, will in the great majority of cases ultimately dominate.”
- William Edward Hartpole Lecky, The Map of Life Conduct and Character

October 8th, 2018
“A sheltered life can be a daring life as well. For all serious daring starts from within.”
- Eudora Welty, One Writer’s Beginnings

October 5th, 2018
“The least strained and most natural ways of the soul are the most beautiful; the best occupations are the least forced.”
- Montaigne

October 4th, 2018
“Endurance is only the beginning. There must be acceptance and the knowledge that sorrow fully accepted brings its own gifts. For there is an alchemy to sorrow. It can be transmuted into wisdom, which, if it does not bring joy, can yet bring happiness.”
- Pearl S. Buck, The Child Who Never Grew

October 3rd, 2018
“One lives in the naive notion that later there will be more room than in the entire past.”
- Elias Canetti, The Human Province

October 2nd, 2018
“If I had to describe perfect happiness, I might say it is hearing the first bars of the overture to "The Marriage of Figaro" as the orchestra starts to play at the beginning of the evening. Even writing the words brings a smile.”
- Claire Tomalin, A Life of My Own

October 1st, 2018
“My mind works in idleness. To do nothing is often my most profitable way.”
- Virginia Woolf

September 28th, 2018
“For surely to be wise is the most desirable thing in all the world.”
- Cicero

September 27th, 2018
“The creative mind plays with the objects it loves.”
- Carl Jung, Psychological Types

September 26th, 2018
“Our great and glorious masterpiece is to live appropriately.”
- Michel de Montaigne

September 25th, 2018
“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.”
- F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

September 24th, 2018
“The real pleasure-seeking is the combination of luxury and austerity in such a way that the luxury can really be felt.”
- G.K. Chesterton, "On Pleasure-Seeking"

September 21st, 2018
“The temperament that produces a talent for little things is the oppos

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