Quotes November 17, 2019

Courtesy of Gretchen Rubin

“The great thing in this world is not so much where we stand as in what direction we are moving.”
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Senior
“All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.”
Friedrich Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols
“A little tap on the window-pane, as though something had struck it, followed by a plentiful light falling sound, as of grains of sand being sprinkled from a window overhead, gradually spreading, intensifying, acquiring a regular rhythm, becoming fluid, sonorous, musical, immeasurable, universal: it was the rain.”
Marcel Proust, Swann’s Way
“The important question is not, what will yield to man a few scattered pleasures, but what will render his life happy on the whole amount.”
Joseph Addison
“What man actually needs is not a tensionless state but rather the striving and struggling for a worthwhile goal, a freely chosen task. What he needs is not the discharge of tension at any cost but the call of a potential meaning waiting to be fulfilled by him.”
Viktor Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning
“Accepting oneself does not preclude an attempt to become better.”
Flannery O’Connor
“Of all the tasks which are set before man in life, the education and management of his character is the most important, and, in order that it should be successfully pursued, it is necessary that he should make a calm and careful survey of his own tendencies, unblinded either by the self-deception which conceals errors and magnifies excellences, or by the indiscriminate pessimism which refuses to recognize his powers for good. He must avoid the fatalism which would persuade him that he has no power over his nature, and he must also clearly recognize that this power is not unlimited.”
William Edward Hartpole Lecky, The Map of Life
“All knowledge is interesting to a wise man, and the knowledge of nature is interesting to all men.”
Matthew Arnold
“What so great happiness as to be beloved, and to know that we deserve to be beloved? What so great misery as to be hated, and to know that we deserve to be hated?”
Adam Smith, The Theory of Moral Sentiments