“It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.” Seneca
A wish I have for myself…
A child’s world is fresh and new and beautiful, full or wonder and excitement. It is our misfortune that for most of us that clear-eyed vision, that true instinct for what is beautiful and awe-inspiring, is dimmed and even lost before we reach adulthood. If I had influence with the good fairy who is supposed to preside over the christening of all children, I should ask that her gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life, as an unfailing antidote against the boredom and disenchantment of later year…the alienation from the sources of our strength.
“Not everything that counts can be counted and not everything that’s counted truly counts”
“What you resist not only persists but will grow in size.”
To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of the intelligent people
and the affection of children;
to earn the appreciation of honest critics
and endure the betrayal of false friends;
to appreciate beauty;
to find the best in others;
to leave the world a bit better
whether by a healthy child, a garden patch,
or a redeemed social condition;
to know that one life has breathed easier
because you lived here.
This is to have succeeded.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Never stand begging for that which you have the power to earn.”
-Miguel de Cervantes
The first to apologize is the bravest. The first to forgive is the strongest. The first to forget is the happiest.
Marcus Aurelius’s Meditations is giving me goosebumps. In short, don’t take sides, don’t be spoiled, don’t gossip.
This is what dinner parties are for: the lively exchange of ideas, plus food and booze…It’s the most sensual setting for potentially groundbreaking debate and mutual discovery ever invented.
– Brunch is Hell: How to Save the World by Throwing a Dinner Party” (Little, Brown)
“Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at.”