“The pleasure of perfume [is] among the most elegant and also most honorable enjoyments in life.”
Pliny, Natural History
“You tend to close your eyes to truth, beauty and goodness because they give no scope to your sense of the ridiculous.”
W. Somerset Maugham
“At Chartres I saw reverence rendered visible, and there my pilgrim spirit came to rest.”
Anne Truitt, Turn: The Journal of an Artist
“Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing nor that, but simply growth. We are happy when we are growing.”
William Butler Yeats
“What we read with inclination makes a much stronger impression. If we read without inclination, half the mind is employed in fixing the attention; so there is but one half to be employed on what we read.”
Samuel Johnson in James Boswell’s The Life of Samuel Johnson
“Choose what is best, and habit will make it pleasant and easy.”
“The world as it is would always be a reminder of the world that was, and of the world that is to come.”
Wendell Berry, Jayber Crow
“It’s not enough to understand; you’ve got to do something.”
Sandra Day O’Connor
“The world only exists in your eyes—your conception of it. You can make it as big or as small as you want to.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Crack-Up
Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more.
Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.
Vincent Van Gogh
Caring is not just another goal: it is a way of being embodied.
I am everybody and every time,
I always call myself by your name.
God is not always silent, and man is not always blind. In every man’s life there are moments when there is a lifting of the veil.
Rabbi Abraham Heschel