“No effort is required to define or even attain happiness, but enormous concentration is needed to abandon everything else.”
Quentin Crisp, The Naked Civil Servant
“We followed a path in between the trees, and there, in the middle of the wood, stood an apple tree laden with apples. The children were as astonished as I was, apple trees are supposed to grow in gardens, not wild out in the forest. Can we eat them, they asked. I said yes, go ahead, take as many as you want. In a sudden glimpse, as full of joy as it was of sorrow, I understood what freedom is.”
Karl Ove Knausgaard, Autumn
“Everything is raw material. Everything is relevant. Everything is usable. Everything feeds into my creativity. But without proper preparation, I cannot see it, retain it, and use it.”
“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
“What is far off may be more familiar to us than what is quite near.”
Marcel Proust, The Guermantes Way
“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
“An egoist lives in poverty. A kind person lives in abundance.”
You are loved.
Maybe not by yourself, today.
But maybe, just for today, you could pretend to love yourself.
How about tomorrow, too?
By the end of the week, you might actually believe that you are loved.