Posts tagged quotes
Posts tagged quotes
At this particular moment in history, privileged, industrialized nations have lessened much of what makes us unhappy: widespread poverty, illness, famine. Yet we are still unfulfilled, turning increasingly to yoga, church, Match.com, drugs, clinical therapy and retail therapy. What is at the root of our collective stress, and how can we find our way to contentment?
The Happy Life: The Search for Contentment in the Modern World ;-) by David Malouf (Pantheon 2013).
TGIF! Doesn’t this sound like the perfect way to warm up a cold day?
“There exists, for everyone, a sentence - a series of words - that has the power to destroy you. Another sentence exists, another series of words, that could heal you. If you’re lucky you will get the second, but you can be certain of getting the first.”
― Philip K. Dick, VALIS
“As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect.”
― Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis
"A life without unfulfilled desire is not what you want. A life without unfulfilled desire is a life without desire."
- from “Troubleshooting,” a part of the story collection Sorry Please Thank You by Charles Yu
“Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.”
― John Steinbeck
"Writers are really people who write books not because they are poor, but because they are dissatisfied with the books which they could buy but do not like."
― Walter Benjamin, Illuminations: Essays and Reflections
"I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound or stab us. If the book we’re reading doesn’t wake us up with a blow to the head, what are we reading for?"
— Franz Kafka
'Tis the good reader that makes the good book; in every book he finds passages which seem to be confidences or sides hidden from all else and unmistakably meant for his ear; the profit of books is according to the sensibility of the reader; the profound thought or passion sleeps as in a mine, until it is discovered by an equal mind and heart. - Ralph Waldo Emerson