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Quotes December 19, 2020

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“Light, that first phenomenon of the world, reveals to us the spirit and living soul of the world through colors.”
Johannes Itten, The Elements of Color
 
 
 
 
“There is no substitute for the comfort supplied by the utterly taken-for-granted relationship.”
Iris Murdoch, A Severed Head
 
 
 
 
“There is another side of Kanchenjunga and of every mountain—the side that has never been photographed and turned into postcards. That is the only side worth seeing.”
Thomas Merton, The Other Side of the Mountain: Journal Vol. 7
 
 
 
 
“Silence is a strange thing to us who live: we desire it, we fear it, we worship it, we hate it. There is a divinity about cats, as long as they are silent: the silence of swans gives them an air of legend.”
Keith Douglas, Alamein to Zem Zem
 
 
 
 
“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
 
 
 
 
“There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.”
Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

Quotes December 12, 2020

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“It is easy to be heavy; hard to be light.”
G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy
 
 
 
 
“I should say that happiness is being where one is and not wanting to be anywhere else.”
Michael Frayn, A Landing on the Sun
 
 
 
 
“Here was peace. She pulled in her horizon like a great fish-net. Pulled it from around the waist of the world and draped it over her shoulder. So much of life in its meshes! She called in her soul to come and see.”
Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God
 
 
 
 
“His mother saw that he was not lonesome, and because she was an understanding mother, even though she was a cow, she let him just sit there and be happy.”
Munro Leaf, The Story of Ferdinand
 
 
 
 
“I think my mind becomes clearer when I am in the presence of nature. Unfortunately, the realization of my sensations is always a very painful process with me. I can’t seem to express the intensity which beats upon my senses. I haven’t at my command the magnificent richness of color which enlivens Nature…Look at that cloud; I should like to be able to paint that!”
Paul Cezanne, in Cezanne by Ambroise Vollard
 
 
 
 
“Before I manage to really wear myself down on a walk, there is often so much to think about. Children, work, unanswered messages. When my strength is reduced, I no longer have the resources to think about much, and that’s when the smells, the sounds and the ground seem to draw much closer to my experience. It’s as if my senses open to their surroundings.”
Erling Kagge, Walking One Step at a Time
 
 
 
 
“Everything turns out to be valuable that one does for one’s self without thought of profit.”
Marguerite Yourcenar, Memoirs of Hadrian
 
 
 
 
“Failure after long perseverance is much grander than never to have a striving good enough to be called a failure.”
George Eliot, Middlemarch
 
 
 
 
“There is gold paint, but Rembrandt didn’t use it to paint a golden helmet.”
Ludwig Wittgenstein, Remarks on Color
 
 
 
 
[Of the reading she did in her childhood] “I do not regret the trash. It has harmed me in no way. It was a help, because acquiring the reading habit early is the important thing. Taste and natural development will take care of the rest later on.”
Zora Neale Hurston, Dust Tracks on a Road
 
 
 
 
“My mind works in idleness. To do nothing is often my most profitable way.”
Virginia Woolf, Diary, February 16, 1930
 
 
 
 
“Yes, I’ve always been a dreamer, and yes, I have always tried. And dreams are special things. But dreams are of no value if they’re not equipped with wings and feet and hands and all that. If you’re going to make a dream come true, you’ve got to work with it. You can’t just sit around. That’s a wish. That’s not a dream.”
Dolly Parton, interview, Bust June/July 2014
 
 
 
 
Gretchen Rubin: Ideas for How to “Exorcise” 2020.

Quotes November 29, 2020

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“The whole language of writing for me is finding out what you don’t want to know, what you don’t want to find out. But something forces you anyway.”
James Baldwin, The Paris Review
 
 
 
 
“In the Hall of Gems at the Museum of Natural History in New York, I once stood in front of a huge piece of sulfur so yellow I began to cry.”
Diana Ackerman, A Natural History of the Senses
 
 
 
 
“But then one regrets the loss even of one’s worst habits. Perhaps one regrets them the most. They are such an essential part of one’s personality.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
 
 
 
 
“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 a Writer
 
 
 
 
“Those who are not grateful soon begin to complain of everything.”
Thomas Merton, Thoughts in Solitude
 
 
 
 
“How oft, amid those overflowing streets,
Have I gone forward with the crowd, and said
Unto myself, “The face of every one
That passes by me is a mystery!”
William Wordsworth, The Prelude
 
 
 
 
“To walk is something much larger than a list of advantages you can read in an ad for vitamins…Why do we walk? Where do we walk from and what is our destination? We all have our own answers. Even if you and I walk next to each other, we can experience the walk differently.”
Erling Kagge, Walking One Step at a Time
 
 
 
 
“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
 
 
 
 
“Of course reading and thinking are important but, my God, food is important too. How fortunate we are to be food-consuming animals. 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
 
 
 
 
“‘Safe! safe! safe!’ the pulse of the house beats wildly. Waking, I cry ‘Oh, is this your buried treasure? The light in the heart.'”
Virginia Woolf, Haunted House
 
 
 
 
“The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest.”
William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
 
 
 
 

Quotes November 16, 2020

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“Talent is insignificant. I know a lot of talented ruins. Beyond talent lie all the usual words: discipline, love, luck, but, most of all, endurance.”
James Baldwin, Paris Review Interviews II
 
 
 
 
“It is easy to be heavy; hard to be light.”
G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy
 
 
 
 
“She generally gave herself very good advice (though she very seldom followed it).”
Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
 
 
 
 
“Each of us is born with a box of matches inside us but we can’t strike them all by ourselves.”
Laura Esquivel, Like Water for Chocolate

Quotes November 10, 2020

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“It is curious how the act of writing leads to confession.”
Sigrid Nunez, The Friend
 
 
 
 
“Let us decide on the route that we wish to take to pass our life, and attempt to sow that route with flowers.”
Émilie du Châtelet
 
 
 
 
“I found that I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say in any other way—things I had no words for.”
Georgia O’Keefe, interview in the 1977 documentary O’Keefe
 
 
 
 
“I was entirely happy. Perhaps we feel like that when we die and become a part of something entire, whether it is sun and air, or goodness and knowledge. At any rate, that is happiness; to be dissolved into something complete and great.”
Willa Cather, My Antonia
 
 
 
 
“The fact is that very few things have so much effect on the feeling inside a room as the sun shining into it.”
Christopher Alexander, A Pattern Language
 
 
 
 
“Silence was the cure, if only temporarily, silence and geography. But of what was I being cured? I do not know, have never known. I only know the cure. Silence, and no connections except to landscape.”
Mary Cantwell, Manhattan, When I Was Young
 
 
 
 
“The Brain—is wider than the Sky—
For—put them side by side—
The one the other will contain
With ease—and you—beside— ”
Emily Dickinson, “Poem 632”
 
 
 
 
“I was made for the library, not the classroom.The classroom was a jail of other people’s interests. The library was open, unending, free.”
Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me
 
 
 
 
“We are all born for love. It is the principle of existence, and its only end.”
Benjamin Disraeli
 
 
 
 
“Smell is a potent wizard that transports us across a thousand miles and all the years we have lived.”
Helen Keller, The World I Live In
 
 
 
 
“There is only one time that is important— Now! It is the most important time because it is the only time when we have any power.”
Leo Tolstoy, What Men Live By and Other Tales
 
 
 
 
“Colors are the deeds and sufferings of light.”
Goethe, Scientific Studies
 
 
 
 
It’s easier to demand a lot from yourself when you’re giving a lot to yourself.
Gretchen Rubin

Quotes October 26, 2020

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“Colors win you over more and more. A certain blue enters your soul. A certain red has an effect on your blood pressure.”
Henri Matisse, interview
 
 
 
 
“There is just as much beauty visible to us in the landscape as we are prepared to appreciate,—not a grain more.”
Henry David Thoreau, “Autumnal Tints”
 
 
 
 
“I had begun to see the past like this: there is a line; you can draw it yourself, or sometimes it gets drawn for you; either way, there it is, your past, a collection of people you used to be and things you used to do. Your past is the person you no longer are, the situations you are no longer in.”
Jamaica Kincaid, Lucy
 
 
 
 
“If something is going to happen to me, I want to be there.”
Albert Camus, The Stranger
 
 
 
 
“Choice of attention—to attend to this and ignore that—is to the inner life what choice of action is to the outer. In both cases a man is responsible for his choice and must accept the consequences.”
W.H. Auden, The Complete Works of W. H. Auden, volume VI
 
 
 
 
“[Love] seems to be the unknown country from which no traveler ever returns. What seems to be a returning pilgrim is another person born in the strange country with the same-looking ears and hands. He is a stranger to the person who fared forth, and a stranger to family and old friends. He is clothed in mystery henceforth and forever.”
Zora Neale Hurston, Dust Tracks on a Road

Quotes October 18, 2020

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“There are unheralded tipping points, a certain number of times that we will unlock the front door of an apartment. At some point you were closer to the last time than you were to the first time, and you didn’t even know it. You didn’t know that each time you passed the threshold you were saying good-bye.”

“Our streets are calendars containing who we were and who we will be next.”
Colson Whitehead, The Colossus of New York
 
 
 
 
“What will die with me when I die, what pathetic or fragile form will the world lose? The voice of Macedonio Fernandez, the image of a red horse in the vacant lot at Serrano and Charcas, a bar of sulphur in the drawer of a mahogany desk?”
Jorge Luis Borges, “The Witness”
 
 
 
 
“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
 
 
 
 
“Humor is the antidote to overthinking. It’s a way of saying that life is paradoxical. Humor contains contradictions; it does not resolve them but revels in them. It says that the right way to exist among the contradictions, paradoxes, and absurdities of life is to cope with them through laughter.”
Bob Mankoff, How About Never: Is Never Good For You?
 
 
 
 
“The fire had burned to embers, the company was gone. We walked in the icy darkness with the old, limping dog. Nothing on the empty road, no cars, no sound, no lights. The year turning, cold stars above. My arm around her. Feeling of courage. Great desire to live on.”
James Salter, Burning the Days
 
 
 
 
“The brilliance of the rose and the whiteness of the lily do not lessen the perfume of the violet or the sweet simplicity of the daisy.”
Thérèse de Lisieux, Story of a Soul
 
 
 
 
“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
 
 
 
 
“The creative mind plays with the objects it loves.”
Carl Jung, Psychological Types
 
 
 
 
“We can only know others by ourselves.”
Robert Louis Stevenson, The Lantern-Bearers and Other Essays
 
 
 
 
“The great thing in this world is not so much where we stand as in what direction we are moving.”
Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

Quotes October 05, 2020

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“It may well be that those whose work is their pleasure are those who most need the means of banishing it at intervals from their minds.”
Winston Churchill, Painting as a Pastime
 
 
 
 
“Remember every room has its gloom and the great thing to do is to find the color that will cut that gloom.”
Gertrude Stein, Everybody’s Autobiography
 
 
 
 
“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”
 
 
 
 
“I shall never forget how the red ball of the sun hung on the horizon and raced along with the train for a short space, and then plunged below the belly-band of the earth. There have been other suns that set in significance for me, but that sun! It was a book-mark in the pages of a life.”
Zora Neale Hurston, Dust Tracks on a Road
 
 
 
 
“I had spent my whole life trying to fit in, but it would take the rest of my life to realize that some men are just meant to stand out.”
Charles M. Blow, Fire Shut Up in My Bones
 
 
 
 
“For some people, a fixed state of irritation is oxygen. I understand this all too well.”
Jamaica Kincaid, My Garden

 
 
 
 

Quotes September 27, 2020

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“Many of us know the joy and excitement not so much of creating the new as of redeeming what has been neglected, and this excitement is particularly strong when the original condition is seen as holy or beautiful.”
J. B. Jackson, The Necessity for Ruins: and Other Topics
 
 
 
 
“At a certain point one stands on the isthmus and sees clearly the Atlantic and Pacific of life. There is the destiny of going one way or the other and you must choose.”
James Salter, Burning the Days
 
 
 
 
“As habit is more dependable than inspiration, continued learning is more dependable than talent.”
Octavia Butler, “Furor Scribendi,” Bloodchild and Other Stories
 
 
 
 
“Nothing is so simultaneously familiar and alien as that which has been present all along.”
Jenny Odell, How to Do Nothing
 
 
 
 
“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
 
 
 
 
To be good is noble; but to show others how to be good is nobler and no trouble.
Mark Twain
 
 
 
 
“I know all about the despair of overcoming chronic temptation. It is not serious, provided self-offended petulance, annoyance at breaking records, impatience, etc., don’t get the upper hand. No amount of falls will really undo us if we keep picking ourselves up each time…The only fatal thing is to lose one’s temper and give up.”
C.S. Lewis, Letters, January 20, 1942
 
 
 
 

Quotes September 16, 2020

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“Each of us is born with a box of matches inside us but we can’t strike them all by ourselves.”
Laura Esquivel, Like Water for Chocolate (Amazon, Bookshop)
 
 
 
 
“Each age brings with it its own light, its particular feeling for space, as a definite need.”
Henri Matisse, “The Role and Modalities of Colour”
 
 
 
 
“I shall never have the garden I have in my mind, but that for me is the joy of it; certain things can never be realized and so all the more reason to attempt them.”
Jamaica Kincaid, My Garden (Book): (Amazon, Bookshop)
 
 
 
 
“I became unique and I felt I was needed: my own eyes were needed in order that the copper-red of the beech could be set against the blue of the cedar and the silver of the poplars. When I went away, the landscape fell to pieces, and no longer existed for anyone; it no longer existed at all.”
Simone de Beauvoir, Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter (Amazon, Bookshop)
 
 
 
 
“So coming back from a journey, or after an illness, before habits had spun themselves across the surface, one felt that same unreality, which was so startling; felt something emerge. Life was most vivid then.”
Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse (Amazon, Bookshop)
 
 
 
 
“When asked how to create the open-mode mental state necessary for creativity, John Cleese explained:
‘I can at least tell you how to get yourselves into the open mode. You need five things:
Space
Time
Time
Confidence
A 22 inch waist
Sorry, my mind was wandering. I’m getting into the open mode too quickly. Instead of a 22 inch waist, you need humor. I do beg your pardon.'”
John Cleese, “Lecture on Creativity”
 
 
 
 
“Contemplate the extent and stability of the heavens, and then at last cease to admire worthless things.”
Boethius