Quotes May 12, 2018

Courtesy of Gretchen Rubin

“Iron rusts from disuse; stagnant water loses its purity and in cold weather becomes frozen; even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind.”
Leonardo da Vinci
“Mix a little foolishness with your prudence: it’s good to be silly at the right moment.”
Horace, Odes
“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
“If I am doing nothing, I like to be doing nothing to some purpose. That is what leisure means.”
Alan Bennett, A Question of Attribution
“I said to myself…never pretend that the things you haven’t got are not worth having.”
Virginia Woolf, Diary, January 2, 1923
“And then something happened. Suddenly the room seemed suffused with the dream, and I could not think why. Three men appeared out of nowhere, playing guitars. Pilar Wayne leaned slightly forward, and John Wayne lifted his glass almost imperceptibly toward her. “We’ll need some Pouilly-Fuisé for the rest of the table,” he said, “and some red Bordeaux for the Duke.”
We all smiled, and drank the Pouilly-Fuisé for the rest of the table and the red Bordeaux for the Duke, and all the while the men with the guitars kept playing, until finally I realized what they were playing, what they had been playing all along: “The Red River Valley” and the theme from The High and the Mighty. They did not quite get the beat right, but even now I can hear them, in another country and a long time later, even as I tell you this.”
Joan Didion, “John Wayne: A Love Song”
“Happiness, knowledge, not in another place but this place,
not for another hour but this hour”
Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass
“Everything has been said before. But since nobody listens we have to keep going back and beginning all over again.”
Andre Gide, Le Traite du Narcisse
“There are two ways of getting home; and one of them is to stay there. The other is to walk round the whole world till we come back to the same place.”
G. K. Chesterton, The Everlasting Man
“It is folly for him to rule over others who cannot govern himself.”
Publius Syrus
“One of the secrets of a happy life is continuous small treats.”
Iris Murdoch, The Sea, the Sea
“It is not sufficiently considered that men more frequently require to be reminded than informed.”
Johnson, Rambler
“There is almost 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
“Quiet minds cannot be perplexed or frightened, but go on in fortune or misfortune at their own private pace, like a clock during a thunderstorm.”
Robert Louis Stevenson, An Inland Voyage
“Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.”
Guillaume Appollinaire