Quotes August 20, 2019

Courtesy of Gretchen Rubin

“We are interested in others, when they are interested in us.”
Publius Syrus
“To be driven by our appetites alone is slavery, while to obey a law that we have imposed on ourselves is freedom.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau, The Social Contract
“The bird a nest, the spider a web, man friendship.”
William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
“Is life so wretched? Isn’t it rather your hands which are too small, your vision which is muddied? You are the one who must grow up.”
Dag Hammarskjold, Markings
“To live is so startling, it leaves but little room for other occupations.”
Emily Dickinson, letter
“To be really happy and really safe, one ought to have at least two or three hobbies, and they must all be real.”
Winston Churchill, “Hobbies”
“There is a myth, sometimes widespread, that a person need only do inner work…that a man is entirely responsible for his own problems; and that to cure himself, he need only change himself…The fact is, a person is so formed by his surroundings, that his state of harmony depends entirely on his harmony with his surroundings.”
Christopher Alexander, The Timeless Way of Building
“The desire of being believed, the desire of persuading, of leading, and directing other people, seems to be one of the strongest of all our natural desires.”
Adam Smith, The Theory of Moral Sentiments
“Experience, contrary to popular belief, is mostly imagination.”
Ruth Benedict