Quotes October 23, 2018

Courtesy of Gretchen Rubin

“For surely to be wise is the most desirable thing in all the world.”
“If I had to describe perfect happiness, I might say it is hearing the first bars of the overture to “The Marriage of Figaro” as the orchestra starts to play at the beginning of the evening. Even writing the words brings a smile.”
Claire Tomalin, A Life of My Own
“My mind works in idleness. To do nothing is often my most profitable way.”
Virginia Woolf
“One lives in the naive notion that later there will be more room than in the entire past.”
Elias Canetti, The Human Province
“The least strained and most natural ways of the soul are the most beautiful; the best occupations are the least forced.”
“Endurance is only the beginning. There must be acceptance and the knowledge that sorrow fully accepted brings its own gifts. For there is an alchemy to sorrow. It can be transmuted into wisdom, which, if it does not bring joy, can yet bring happiness.”
Pearl S. Buck, The Child Who Never Grew
“A sheltered life can be a daring life as well. For all serious daring starts from within.”
Eudora Welty, One Writer’s Beginnings
“That which gives the strongest habitual pleasure, whether it be innate or acquired, will in the great majority of cases ultimately dominate.”
William Edward Hartpole Lecky, The Map of Life Conduct and Character
“Each time of life has its own kind of love.”
Leo Tolstoy, “Family Happiness”
“A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense.”
Proverbs 19:11
“Ah! There is nothing like staying home for real comfort.”
Jane Austen, Emma
“Anything you’re good at contributes to happiness.”
Bertrand Russell
“The hallmark of a decision in line with one’s character is ease and contentment, and an ample, even provision of natural energy.”
Anne Truitt, Turn: The Journal of an Artist
“Smell is a potent wizard that transports us across a thousand miles and all the years we have lived.”
Helen Keller, The World I Live In
“Any pleasure that does no harm to other people is to be valued.”
Bertrand Russell, Conquest of Happiness
“Where Thou art—that—is Home.”
Emily Dickinson