Quotes July 13, 2021

Courtesy of Gretchen Rubin Moment of Happiness

“There is no agony like bearing an untold story inside you.”
Zora Neale Hurston, Dust Tracks on a Road
“It is all a question of weeding out what you yourself like best to do, so that you can live most agreeably in a world full of an increasing number of disagreeable surprises.”
M.F.K. Fisher, How to Cook a Wolf
“Our duties and our needs, in all the fundamental thing for which we were created, come down in practice to the same thing.”
Thomas Merton, The Seven Storey Mountain
“This is your home, my friend, do not be driven from it; great men have done great things here, and will again, and we can make America what America must become.”
James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time
“A desire of knowledge is the natural feeling of mankind; and every human being, whose mind is not debauched, will be willing to give all that he has to get knowledge.”
James Boswell, The Life of Samuel Johnson
“You know that book; you forget the title after you’ve returned it and over the years you try to look it up a few times, but you never find it again.”
Helen Oyeyemi, Boy, Snow, Bird
“There is in the soul a taste for the good, just as there is in the body an appetite for enjoyment.”
Joseph Joubert, Pensées
“In 1970 I felt so lonely that I could not give; now I feel so joyful that giving seems easy. I hope that the day will come when the memory of my present joy will give me the strength to keep giving even when loneliness gnaws at my heart.”
Henri Nouwen, The Genesee Diary
“Her green mind made the world around her green.”
Wallace Stevens, “Description Without Place”
“I thought there was great honor in doing journalism that was in direct service to people.”
Ron Lieber
“I have a strong sense of self—what I want to do, what I don’t want to do.”
Carla Hall
“I take a lot of pride in my routines.”
Ramit Sethi
“When you’re little they don’t want to hear from you, but when you’re a lawyer they want you to question everything.”
Jordan Harbinger
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.
“The mind…is rarely so disturbed, but that the company of a friend will restore it to some degree of tranquility and sedateness.”
Adam Smith, The Theory of Moral Sentiments
Fail small, not big.
Gretchen Rubin