Quotes October 29, 2019

Courtesy of Gretchen Rubin

“The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land…the only way to go to England is to go away from it.”
G. K. Chesterton, “The Riddle of the Ivy,” Tremendous Trifles
“An eccentricity made a regular thing of ceases to provoke remark.”
Sylvia Townsend Warner, “Winged Creatures” in Kingdoms of Elfin
“October is a fine and dangerous season in America. It is dry and cool and the land is wild with red and gold and crimson, and all the lassitudes of August have seeped out of your blood, and you are full of ambition. It is a wonderful time to begin anything at all.”
Thomas Merton, The Seven Storey Mountain
“One day when I was studying with Schoenberg, he pointed out the eraser on his pencil and said, ‘This end is more important than the other.’”
John Cage, Silence
“One is happy as a result of one’s own efforts, once one knows of the necessary ingredients of happiness—simple tastes, a certain degree of courage, self-denial to a point, love of work, and, above all, a clear conscience. Happiness is no vague dream, of that I now feel certain.”
George Sand

“For me, the challenge of middle age was not to stand still.”
Jon Katz, A Dog Year