Quotes August 18, 2022

Courtesy of Gretchen Rubin Moment of Happiness

 
 
I’d once been like that, so lonely that I craved further loneliness. Even after I’d made a few friends in college, I would still go out of my way to create whatever conditions I needed that might allow me to be alone.
YAA GYASI
Transcendent Kingdom
 
 
 
 
Only that day dawns to which we are awake.
HENRY DAVID THOREAU
Walden
 
 
 
 
That is Morning. To cease for a bright hour to be a prisoner of this sickly body and to become as large as the World.
RALPH WALDO EMERSON
Journals, March 27th, 1838
 
 
 
 
In a curious way spirit must sometimes follow body, just as at other times spirit leads.
PEARL BUCK
A Bridge for Passing
 
 
 
 
Hurry, hurry, open every door! says my heart.
MARY OLIVER
“Habits, Differences, and the Light That Abides,” Long Life: Essays and Other Writings
 
 
 
 
There is no agony like bearing an untold story inside you.
ZORA NEALE HURSTON
Dust Tracks on a Road
 
 
 
 
I’m glad to report that even now, at this late day, a blank sheet of paper holds the greatest excitement there is for me—more promising than a silver cloud, prettier than a little red wagon. It holds all the hope there is, all fears. I can remember, really quite distinctly, looking a sheet of paper square in the eyes when I was seven or eight years old and thinking, ‘This is where I belong, this is it.’
E. B. WHITE
Letter, January 1947
 
 
 
 
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
 
 
 
 
Color is the most sacred element of all visible things.
JOHN RUSKIN
Modern Painters
 
 
 
 
I would never have chosen this path, but I am very glad to be who I am, here.
AUDRE LORDE
The Cancer Journals
 
 
 
 
First forget inspiration. Habit is more dependable. Habit will sustain you whether you’re inspired or not. Habit will help you finish and polish your stories. Inspiration won’t. Habit is persistence in practice.
OCTAVIA E. BUTLER
“Furor Scribendi,” Bloodchild: and Other Stories
 
 
 
 
There is in the soul a taste for the good, just as there is in the body an appetite for enjoyment.
JOSEPH JOUBERT
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