Quotes January 08, 2022

Courtesy of Gretchen Rubin Moment of Happiness

Passions weaken, but habits strengthen, with age, and it is the great task of youth to set the current of habit and to form the tastes which are most productive of happiness in life.
The Map of Life
We can take a wonderful vacation in spirit, even though we are obliged to stay at home, if we will only drop our burdens from our minds for a while. But no amount of travel will give us rest and recreation if we carry our work and worries with us.
“September 1919” from The Selected Letter of Laura Ingalls Wilder
It is awfully important to know what is and what is not your business.
Lectures in America
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.
“The Glory of Grey” from In Defense of Sanity
Every now and then a man’s mind is stretched by a new idea or sensation, and never shrinks back to its former dimensions.
The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table
One of the best ways to make yourself happy is to make someone else happy; one of the best ways to make someone else happy is to be happy yourself.
Now is always the best time to begin.

5 things making me happy

I love everything about candy except eating it, and one of my favorite New York City shops is Economy Candy on the Lower East Side. So much candy! M&Ms in every color, everything gummy or chocolate-covered or Star Wars, giant lollipops, gag-gift candy, and all kinds of nostalgic candy. So I was very interested to read about the history of the shop—turns out it started back in 1937.

I love reading but I also love re-reading. In the last month of #Read21in2021 I happily revisited Susanna Clarke’s Piranesi. (Amazon, Bookshop) How I love, love, love that novel.
Do you re-read? What book have you read the most times?

Sometimes, loving gestures, repeated over time, can become invisible to us. But when that loving structure is removed, we really feel it. A friend’s story was a helpful reminder to appreciate those subtle, loving acts.

I’m a huge fan of the work of Scarlett Thomas, so I was happy to learn that she has a new memoir, 41-Love (Bookshop, Amazon). I can’t wait to read it (I do love memoirs). If you want to read one of her novels, I recommend starting with PopCo or The End of Mr. Y.

My study of the five senses has made me even more enthusiastic about optical illusions, and I was mesmerized by this piece highlighting the winners of the Best Illusion of the Year Contest. What color Crocs did you see?