‘You’re beautiful and charming and smart, and everyone is more impressed with me when I have you on my arm.’
I spit into the sink. “So, what you’re saying is, I’m your Rolex watch.”
Moira might have just been delighted—she didn’t mind roughing it when she could actually get away. But she knew most of her key personnel, and their idea of roughing it was getting coffee they poured themselves …
The Right Kind of Trouble
It is easy to forget how full the world is of people, full to bursting, and each of them imaginable and consistently misimagined.
Like integrity, love of life was not a subject to be studied, it was a contagion to be caught. And you had to catch it from someone who had it.
Lois McMaster Bujold,
“We need never be ashamed of our tears.”
“He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.”
“If one thinks that one is happy, that is enough to be happy.”
Madame de la Fayette
“Compassionate people ask for what they need. They say no when they need to, and when they say yes, they mean it. They’re compassionate because their boundaries keep them out of resentment.”
The greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances.
US first lady
“Out of date, perhaps, but who wasn’t these days? Out of date, but loyal to his own time. At a certain moment, after all, every man chooses: will he go forward, will he go back? There was nothing dishonorable in not being blown about by every little modern wind. Better to have worth, to entrench, to be an oak of one’s own generation.”
John Le Carre, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
That is the true perfection of man, to find out his imperfections.
philosopher and theologian
“As soon as you stop wanting something you get it. I’ve found that to be absolutely axiomatic.”
Andy Warhol, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol: From A to B and Back Again
I propose that one attribute of the production of those makers we call artists, historically and culturally, constitutes a kind of prosthetic activity to address an unforgettable and irreconcilable absence.
Character is not cut in marble—it is not something solid and unalterable. It is something living and changing, and may become diseased as our bodies do.
George Eliot (1819-1880)