“We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.”
A large heart can be filled with very little.
“We lived our lives as if life was forever. To live one’s life without a sense of time is to squander it.”
Diana Trilling, The Beginning of the Journey
“One of the consolations of old age is the intense pleasure I now get from nature. It seems that in youth I was too busy confronting life and experience to stand still and gaze.”
P. D. James, Time to Be in Earnest
“So coming back from a journey, or after an illness, before habits had spun themselves across the surface, one felt the same unreality, which was so startling; felt something emerge. Life was most vivid then.”
Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse
“I do not know which to prefer,
The beauty of inflections
Or the beauty of innuendoes,
The blackbird whistling
Or just after.”
Wallace Stevens, “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird,” The Palm at the End of the Mind
Listen to the music.
I am the concert that flows from the mouth of every creature,
singing with the myriad chords.
Empathy is about finding echoes of another person in yourself.
If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.
I believe that the world was created and approved by love, that it subsists, coheres, and endures by love, and that, insofar as it is redeemable, it can be redeemed only by love.
Children who develop strong, caring relationships with all the people and living things around them will be more grounded and ultimately more prepared to function in, and meaningfully contribute to, an increasingly complex society.