Quotes February 26, 2019

Courtesy of Gretchen Rubin

“My greatest skill has been to want but little.”
Henry David Thoreau, Walden
“We prefer to see those to whom we do good than those who do good to us.”
La Rochefoucauld
“Every smallest stroke of virtue or of vice leaves its never so little scar.”
William James, Habit
“The road up and the road down is one and the same.”
“It isn’t enough to love; we must prove it.”
St. Therese of Lisieux, Story of a Soul
“There is no excellent beauty, that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.”
Francis Bacon
“The patterns of our lives reveal us. Our habits measure us.”
Mary Oliver, Long Life, “Habit, Differences, and the Light That Abides”
“The way to love anything is to realise that it might be lost.”
G. K. Chesterton, “The Advantages of Having One Leg”
“The most congenial social occasions are those ruled by cheerful deference of each for all.”
Goethe, Maxims and Reflections
“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
“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
“We are so accustomed to disguising our true nature from others, that we end up disguising it from ourselves.”
La Rochefoucauld
“When a situation develops gradually, no matter how weird that situation is, you get used to it.”
Andy Warhol, POPism