Quotes August 12, 2021

Courtesy of Gretchen Rubin Moment of Happiness

“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.”
Soren Kierkegaard, letter, 1847 (italics in the original)
“People often ask themselves the right questions. Where they fail is in answering the questions they ask themselves.”
William Maxwell, Time Will Darken It
“Looser types—people who are not busy weighing and measuring every little thing—are used to accidents, coincidences, chance, things getting out of hand, things sneaking up on them. They are the happy children of life, to whom life happens for better or worse.”
Laurie Colwin, “A Mythological Subject,” The Lone Pilgrim
“Beauty is as much about how and whether you look as what you see.”
John Green, The Anthropocene Reviewed
“The way in which people miss their opportunities is melancholy.”
Elizabeth von Arnim, The Solitary Summer
“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
“Do not look back. And do not dream about the future, either. …Your duty, your reward—your destiny—are here and now.”
Dag Hammarskjold, Markings