Tag: Gretchen Rubin Moment of Happiness

Quotes December 06, 2022

Courtesy of Gretchen Rubin Moment of Happiness

 
 

The great thing in this world is not so much where we stand as in what direction we are moving.
OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES
The Autocrat at the Breakfast Table
 
 
 
 
I have reached the stage now where luxury is not in fine possessions but in carefree possessions, and the greatest luxury of all would be the completely expendable.
NAN FAIRBROTHER
The House in the Country
 
 
 
 
Mix a little foolishness with your prudence: it’s good to be silly at the right moment.
HORACE
Odes
 
 
 
 
Rich colours actually look more luminous on a grey day, because they are seen against a somber background and seem to be burning with a lustre of their own. Against a dark sky all flowers look like fireworks.
G. K. CHESTERTON
“The Glory of Grey” from In Defense of Sanity
 
 
 
 
Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity!
HENRY DAVID THOREAU
Walden
 
 
 
 
One tree is like another tree, but not too much. One tulip is like the next tulip, but not altogether. More or less like people—a general outline, then the stunning individual strokes.
MARY OLIVER
Upstream: Selected Essays
 
 
 
 
Our streets are calendars containing who we were and who we will be next.
COLSON WHITEHEAD
The Colossus of New York
 
 
 
 
Sweep everything under the rug for long enough, and you have to move right out of the house.
RACHEL INGALLS
Mrs. Caliban
 
 
 
 
If we do not alter with the times, the times yet alter us. We may stand perfectly still, but our surroundings shift round and we are not in the same relationship to them for long; just as a chameleon, matching perfectly the greenness of a leaf, should know that the leaf will one day fade.
ELIZABETH TAYLOR
A Game of Hide-and-Seek
 
 
 
 
There are years that ask questions and years that answer.
ZORA NEALE HURSTON
Their Eyes Were Watching God 
 
 
 
 
I should pursue only those habits that would make me feel freer and stronger.
Look for happiness under your own roof.
GRETCHEN RUBIN

Quotes November 19, 20 & 21, 2022

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The sacrifice of pleasures is of course itself a pleasure.
MURIEL SPARK
Loitering with Intent
 
 
 
 
People who want to write either do it or they don’t.
OCTAVIA BUTLER
Bloodchild and Other Stories
 
 
 
 
The sense of unhappiness is so much easier to convey than that of happiness.
GRAHAM GREENE
The End of the Affair
 
 
 
 
I’ve got to accept limitations before I can discover my possibilities.
JAMES BALDWIN
Conversations with James Baldwin
 
 
 
 
There is no excellent beauty, that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.
FRANCIS BACON
“Of Beauty” in Essays
 
 
 
 
There is no comfort anywhere for anyone who dreads to go home.
LAURA INGALLS WILDER
Little Town on the Prairie
 
 
 
 
As you probably know for yourself, dear reader, it’s the stories of our childhood that make the deepest impressions and last the longest
STEPHEN KING
Fairy Tale
 
 
 
 
There are jobs, there are chores, and there is work.
Life Work
So plant your own garden and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.
JORGE LUIS BORGES
“You Learn”
 
 
 
 
Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home.
MATSUSO BASHO
The Narrow Road to the Deep North
  
 
 
 
One must never be either content with, or impatient with, oneself.
SAMUEL JOHNSON
“Pope” in Selected Writings
 
 
 
 
It is interesting how keen people are for you to do something they would never dream of doing themselves.
RACHEL CUSK
Outline
 
 
 
 
What’s fun for other people may not be fun for you—and vice versa.
Happiness comes not from having more, not from having less, but from wanting what we have.
The most important step is the first step.
GRETCHEN RUBIN

Quotes November 03, 2022

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I realized I was as happy as I’d ever been in my life. It was the happiness of the right-before, when everything is potential and no branch on the tree of possibility has yet been closed off by action.
DAWN DRZAL
The Bread and the Knife
 
 
 
 
Each meal should be a treat and one ought to bless every day which brings with it a good digestion and the precious gift of hunger.
IRIS MURDOCH
The Sea, the Sea
 
 
 
 
Those who are not grateful soon begin to complain of everything.
THOMAS MERTON
Thoughts in Solitude
 
 
 
 
A sheltered life can be a daring life as well. For all serious daring starts from within.
EUDORA WELTY
One Writer’s Beginnings
 
 
 
 
So often you have to run away from home and visit other homes first before you can clearly see your own.
SANDRA CISNEROS
A House of My Own: Stories from My Life
 
 
 
 
Her green mind made the world around her green.
WALLACE STEVENS
“Description Without Place”
 
 
 
 
Why some things—a word, a glance, a scene glimpsed from a window, a random memory, a fragrance, a conversational anecdote, a fragment of music, or of a dream—have the power to stimulate us to intense creativity while most others do not, we are unable to say.
JOYCE CAROL OATES
The Faith of the Writer
 
 
 
 
As soon as I have a deadline, I work much better. Time unbounded is hard to handle.
MAY SARTON
Journal of Solitude
 
 
 
 
What lies in our power to do, lies in our power not to do.
ARISTOTLE
 
 
 
 
Nothing in fact makes anyone who loves someone who is sick happier than to see the loved one eating.
ANDREW HOLLERAN
The Kingdom of Sand
 
 
 
 
Any pleasure that does no harm to other people is to be valued.
BERTRAND RUSSELL
Conquest of Happiness
 
 
 
 
I am no bird; and no net ensnares me; I am a free human being with an independent will.
CHARLOTTE BRONTE
Jane Eyre
 
 
 
 
Happiness is a choice. Happiness is a habit. And happiness is something you have to work hard at. It does not just happen.
LESLIE JORDAN
How Y’all Doing?

Quotes October 17, 2022

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If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain;
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.
EMILY DICKINSON
“If I Can Stop One Heart From Breaking”
 
 
 
 
The way we are living,
timorous or bold,
will have been our life.”
SEAMUS HEANEY
Elegy
 
 
 
 
It is the bell that moves, but you who ring. It is the sun that shines, but you who see.
JOSEPH JOUBERT
The Notebooks of Joseph Joubert
 
 
 
 
What a wonderful life I’ve had! I only wish I’d realized it sooner.
COLETTE quotes by ROBERT PHELPS
Belles Saisons: A Colette Scrapbook
 
 
 
 
For the love of God and my sisters (so charitable toward me) I take care to appear happy and especially to be so.
ST. THERESE OF LISIEUX
Story of a Soul
 
 
 
 
Associate with people who are likely to improve you.
SENECA
 
 
 
 
You accept life as it is, you see it as it is before you can change it.
JAMES BALDWIN
Conversations with James Baldwin
 
 
 
 
We read books to find out who we are.
URSULA K. LE GUIN
The Language of the Night
 
 
 
 
Sometimes you are aware when your great moments are happening and sometimes they arise from the past. Perhaps it’s the same with people.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Burning the Days
 
 
 
 
There is no duty we so much underrate as the duty of being happy.
ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON
An Apology for Idlers
 
 
 
 
The gods never make any of their gifts without adding to it a drawback.
W. SOMERSET MAUGHAM
The Summing Up

 
 
 
 
The place that hurts isn’t always the place that’s injured.
What we do every day matters more than what we do once in a while.
Pouring out ideas is better for creativity than doling them out by the teaspoon.
We can build happier lives only on the foundation of our own nature.
GRETCHEN RUBIN

Quotes October 03, 2022

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Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Great Gatsby
 
 
 
 
Bad luck in small doses can cast a glittering light on the rest of life.
ANN PATCHETT
Sometimes the Luck Is In the Fall
 
 
 
 
Most of us are experts at solving other people’s problems, but we generally solve them in terms of our own and the advice we give is seldom for other people but for ourselves.
NAN FAIRBROTHER
The House in the Country
 
 
 
 
She generally gave herself very good advice (though she very seldom followed it)
LEWIS CARROLL
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
 
 
 
 
Now is life very solid or very shifting? I am haunted by the two contradictions.
VIRGINIA WOOLF
A Writer’s Diary
 
 
 
 
Sometimes something can look beautiful just because it’s different in some way from the other things around it. One red petunia in a window box will look very beautiful if all the rest of them are white, and vice-versa.
ANDY WARHOL
The Philosophy of Andy Warhol: From A to B and Back Again
 
 
 
 
Neither does the tree hold back its leaves but lets them flow open or glide away when the time is right.
MARY OLIVER
“Habits, Differences, and the Light That Abides” from Long Life
 
 
 
 
We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.
KURT VONNEGUT
Mother Night
 
 
 
 

Quotes October 01, 2022

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There are two ways of getting home; and one of them is to stay there. The other is to walk round the whole world till we come back to the same place.
G. K. CHESTERTON
The Everlasting Man
 
 
 
 
The pleasure of doing a thing in the same way at the same time every day, and savouring it, should be noted.
ARNOLD BENNETT
Journal, April 14, 1913
 
 
 
 
He began to think that who you are when you’re with somebody may matter more than whether you love her.
ANNE TYLER
The Accidental Tourist
 
 
 
 
I cannot think of myself apart from the influence of the two or three greatest friendships of my life, and any account of my own growth must be that of their stimulating and enlightening influence.
EDITH WHARTON
A Backward Glance
 
 
 
 
Every now and then a man’s mind is stretched by a new idea or sensation, and never shrinks back to its former dimensions.
OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES
The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table
 
 
 
 
Appearances are not held to be a clue to the truth,’ said his cousin. ‘But we seem to have no other.
IVY COMPTON-BURNETT
Manservant and Maidservant
 
 
 
 
A rose looks different when you can smell it. A ballroom looks different when you can hear music.
HENRY GRUNWALD
Twilight: Losing Sight, Gaining Insight
 
 
 
 
Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to realize it as such.
HENRY MILLER
The Henry Miller Reader
 
 
 
 
Choose the bigger life.
GRETCHEN RUBIN

 
 
 
 

Quotes September 06, 2022

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You would not find the boundaries of the soul, though you traveled every road.
HERACLITUS
 
 
 
 
If you want to enjoy the rewards of being loved, you also have to submit to the mortifying ordeal of being known.
TIM KREIDER
“Oof” in I Wrote tHis Book Because I Love You
 
 
 
 
What a joy it is in life when you happen to have a clean, warm kitchen.
OLGA TOKARCZUK
Drive Your Plow Over The Bones of the Dead
 
 
 
 
In a time of destruction, create something.
MAXINE HONG KINGSTON
The Fifth Book of Peace
 
 
 
 
Books have their idiosyncrasies as well as people, and will not show me their full beauties unless the place and time in which they are read suits them.
ELIZABETH VON ARNIM
The Solitary Summer
 
 
 
 
A single sound by itself is neither musical nor not musical. It is simply a sound. And no matter what kind of a sound it is, it can become musical by taking its place in a piece of music.
JOHN CAGE
“A Composer’s Confessions”
 
 
 
 
We garden for tomorrow, and thereafter. We garden in expectation, and that is why it is so invigorating.
PENELOPE LIVELY
Life in the Garden
 
 
 
 
The fountain of content must spring up in the mind … he, who has so little knowledge of human nature, as to seek happiness by changing any thing, but his own dispositions, will waste his life in fruitless efforts, and multiply the griefs which he purposes to remove.
SAMUEL JOHNSON
The Rambler No. 6
 
 
 
 
The bird, the bee, and the bat all fly, but they use different kinds of wings.
Nothing is more exhausting than the task that’s never started.
GRETCHEN RUBIN

Quotes August 22, 2022

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The majority of what sat there spoke to my father’s sense of the world—or the world as he’d like us to know it: a vast and varied place full of mystery and order, just those two forces working together and upon each other in ceaselessly fascinating ways.
TRACY K. SMITH
Ordinary Light
 
 
 
 
Then he rustled his feathers, curved his slender neck, and cried joyfully, from the depths of his heart, ‘I never dreamed of such happiness as this, while I was an ugly duckling.
HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN
The Ugly Duckling
 
 
 
 
But real flowers can never be dispensed with. If they could, human life would be a different affair altogether.
VIRGINIA WOOLF
Jacob’s Room
 
 
 
 
If you know what somebody wants, you know what he is like.
W. H. AUDEN
The Dyer’s Hand and Other Essays
 
 
 
 
Sartaj was thinking about how uncanny an animal this life was, that you had to seize it and let go of it at the same time, that you had to enjoy but also plan, live every minute and die every moment.
VIKRAM CHANDRA
Sacred Games
 
 
 
 
The discovery of a new dish confers more happiness on humanity, than the discovery of a new star.
JEAN ANTHELME BRILLAT-SAVARIN
The Physiology of Taste, or Meditation on Transcendent Gastronomy
 
 
 
 
Strangers have a reality for me on the bus that they cannot have on the freeway, simply because we’ve agreed to be in an enclosed space in which we are subject to each other’s actions.
JENNY ODELL
How to Do Nothing
 
 
 
 
The place that hurts isn’t always the place that’s injured.
GRETCHEN RUBIN

 
 
 
 

Quotes August 18, 2022

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I’d once been like that, so lonely that I craved further loneliness. Even after I’d made a few friends in college, I would still go out of my way to create whatever conditions I needed that might allow me to be alone.
YAA GYASI
Transcendent Kingdom
 
 
 
 
Only that day dawns to which we are awake.
HENRY DAVID THOREAU
Walden
 
 
 
 
That is Morning. To cease for a bright hour to be a prisoner of this sickly body and to become as large as the World.
RALPH WALDO EMERSON
Journals, March 27th, 1838
 
 
 
 
In a curious way spirit must sometimes follow body, just as at other times spirit leads.
PEARL BUCK
A Bridge for Passing
 
 
 
 
Hurry, hurry, open every door! says my heart.
MARY OLIVER
“Habits, Differences, and the Light That Abides,” Long Life: Essays and Other Writings
 
 
 
 
There is no agony like bearing an untold story inside you.
ZORA NEALE HURSTON
Dust Tracks on a Road
 
 
 
 
I’m glad to report that even now, at this late day, a blank sheet of paper holds the greatest excitement there is for me—more promising than a silver cloud, prettier than a little red wagon. It holds all the hope there is, all fears. I can remember, really quite distinctly, looking a sheet of paper square in the eyes when I was seven or eight years old and thinking, ‘This is where I belong, this is it.’
E. B. WHITE
Letter, January 1947
 
 
 
 
It is in vain to say human beings ought to be satisfied with tranquility; they must have action; and they will make it if they cannot find it.
CHARLOTTE BRONTE
Jane Eyre
 
 
 
 
Color is the most sacred element of all visible things.
JOHN RUSKIN
Modern Painters
 
 
 
 
I would never have chosen this path, but I am very glad to be who I am, here.
AUDRE LORDE
The Cancer Journals
 
 
 
 
First forget inspiration. Habit is more dependable. Habit will sustain you whether you’re inspired or not. Habit will help you finish and polish your stories. Inspiration won’t. Habit is persistence in practice.
OCTAVIA E. BUTLER
“Furor Scribendi,” Bloodchild: and Other Stories
 
 
 
 
There is in the soul a taste for the good, just as there is in the body an appetite for enjoyment.
JOSEPH JOUBERT
Pensées

Quotes July 31, 2022

Courtesy of Gretchen Rubin Moment of Happiness

Pouring out ideas is better for creativity than doling them out by the teaspoon.

What’s familiar is easy to ignore.

No predictability, no surprise.

What we do every day matters more than what we do once in a while.

One of the best ways to make ourselves happy in the present is to recall happy times from the past. Photos are a great memory-prompt, and because we tend to take photos of happy occasions, they weight our memories to the good.

Sometimes, to keep going, we have to allow ourselves to stop.

Enthusiasm is a form of social courage.
GRETCHEN RUBIN