Quotes July 02, 2019

Courtesy of Gretchen Rubin

“There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”
William Shakespeare, Hamlet
“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
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”
“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
“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
“Happiness, knowledge, not in another place but this place,
not for another hour, but this hour…”
Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass