Quotes August 30, 2018

Courtesy of Gretchen Rubin

“One can have no smaller or greater mastery than mastery of oneself.”
Leonardo da Vinci
“Reproof should not exhaust its power upon petty failings.”
Samuel Johnson
“Home was quite a place when people stayed there.”
E.B. White
“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”
Leo Tolstoy
“Brass shines with constant usage, a beautiful dress needs wearing, leave a house empty, it rots.”

“Take rest; a field that has rested gives a beautiful crop.”
“Happiness is a place between too much and too little.”
Finnish proverb
“A little studied negligence is becoming to a garden.”
Eleanor Perenyi, Green Thoughts
“Books have their idiosyncrasies as well as people, and will not show me their full beauties unless the place and time in which they are read suits them.”
Elizabeth von Arnim, The Solitary Summer
“My garden is an honest place. Every tree and every line are incapable of concealment, and tell after two or three months exactly what sort of treatment they have had. The sower may mistake and sow his peas crookedly: the peas make no mistake but come and show his line.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Journal
“Excellent encourages one about life generally; it shows the spiritual wealth of the world.”
George Eliot, Daniel Deronda
“I am a great believer in the seasons. Even here in my own world, I have no relish for sweet corn in January or strawberries in November.”
Pearl S. Buck, My Several Worlds
“We seldom learn the true want of what we have till it is discovered that we can have no more.”
Samuel Johnson, Selected Writings
“If you look at a thing, the very fact of your looking changes it…if you think about yourself, that very fact changes you.”
Robert Penn Warren
“If people knew what Matisse, supposedly the painter of happiness, had gone through, the anguish and tragedy he had to overcome to manage to capture that light which has never left him, if people knew all that, they would also realize that this happiness, this light, this dispassionate wisdom which seems to be mine, are sometimes well-deserved, given the severity of my trials.”
Henri Matisse, interview, Matisse on Art
“It is so many years before one can believe enough in what one feels even to know what the feeling is.”
William Butler Yeats
“I like my town but I can’t say exactly what I like about it. I don’t think it’s the smell. I’m too accustomed to the monuments to want to look at them. I like certain lights, a few bridges, café terraces. I love passing through a place I haven’t seen for a long time.”
Georges Perec, Species of Spaces and Other Pieces, “The Town”
“What is one’s personality, detached from that of the friends with whom fate happens to have linked one? I cannot think of myself apart from the influence of the two or three greatest friendships of my life, and any account of my own growth must be that of their stimulating and enlightening influence.”
Edith Wharton, A Backward Glance
“After all, a vacation is not a matter of place or time. We can take a wonderful vacation in spirit, even though we are obliged to stay at home, if we will only drop our burdens from our minds for a while. But no amount of travel will give us rest and recreation if we carry our work and worries with us.”
Laura Ingalls Wilder, essay September 1919