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Louise Penny
“They waited for life to happen to them. They waited for someone to save them. Or heal them. They did nothing for themselves.”
Louise Penny, Still Life

Henri-Frédéric Amiel
“Let mystery have its place in you; do not be always turning up your whole soil with the plowshare of self-examination, but leave a little fallow corner in your heart ready for any seed the winds may bring, and reserve a nook of shadow for the passing bird; keep a place in your heart for the unexpected guests, an altar for the unknown God. Then if a bird sing among your branches, do not be too eager to tame it. If you are conscious of something new - thought or feeling, wakening in the depths of your being - do not be in a hurry to let in light upon it, to look at it; let the springing germ have the protection of being forgotten, hedge it round with quiet, and do not break in upon its darkness.”
Henri-Frédéric Amiel, Amiel's Journal

Clifford Odets
“Any idiot can face a crisis—it’s day to day living that wears you out.”
Clifford Odets

Marcus Aurelius
“Do not disturb yourself by picturing your life as a whole; do not assemble in your mind the many and varied troubles which have come to you in the past and will come again in the future, but ask yourself with regard to every present difficulty: 'What is there in this that is unbearable and beyond endurance?' You would be ashamed to confess it! And then remind yourself that it is not the future or what has passed that afflicts you, but always the present, and the power of this is much diminished if you take it in isolation and call your mind to task if it thinks that it cannot stand up to it when taken on its own.”
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

“she was explaining to me that I had won nothing, that in the world there is nothing to win, that her life was full of varied and foolish adventures as much as mine, and that time simply slipped away without any meaning, and it was good just to see each other every so often to hear the mad sound of the brain of one echo in the mad sound of the brain of the other.”
Elena Ferrante, The Story of a New Name

New Years' Book Resolutions Looking Back/Looking Forward (2015/2016) (Select)
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Description: Well, let's see how 2014 went and make more unrealistic, dreaming, but totally well-intentioned resolutions for 2015!
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Description: Because this year I'm really going to do it! No really! What? Come on, what's with that smile?
One Foot Out The Door (Select)
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