Quotes That I Like

“The tricky thing about rumination is that it feels like it’s helpful, but there’s no action taken, and you don’t move forward to some sort of solution.”
-Carla Grayson

“Find meaning. Distinguish melancholy from sadness. Go out for a walk. It doesn’t have to be a romantic walk in the park, spring at its most spectacular moment, flowers and smells and outstanding poetical imagery smoothly transferring you into another world. It doesn’t have to be a walk during which you’ll have multiple life epiphanies and discover meanings no other brain ever managed to encounter. Do not be afraid of spending quality time by yourself. Find meaning or don’t find meaning but “steal” some time and give it freely and exclusively to your own self. Opt for privacy and solitude. That doesn’t make you antisocial or cause you to reject the rest of the world. But you need to breathe. And you need to be.”
– Albert Camus
Notebooks, 1951-1959
Soaked In Soul

“You think when you wake up in the morning yesterday don’t count. But yesterday is all that does count. What else is there? Your life is made out of the days it’s made out of. Nothing else. You might think you could run away and change your name and I don’t know what all. Start over. And then one morning you wake up and look at the ceiling and guess who’s laying there?”
– Cormac McCarthy
No Country for Old Men

“The habits of living day to day dull the senses — the ritual of getting up each morning, brushing your teeth, commuting to work, desk tasks, coming home, preparing for another day and heading to bed — so that I often cannot see the small wonders of the everyday world (grass growing, a cloud fleeting by in the shape of a bra, the child across the street learning to ride her bike; all ordinary miracles). It is only when I am removed from habit that I can see a work of art that reveals a new mind’s vision, or when I am traveling in a foreign place, or when I fall in love. And this seems a definition of love: the removal of habit, the ordinary world made foreign and wonderfully strange, life as a great visionary work of art.”
– Brian Bouldrey, Honorable Bandit: A Walk Across Corsica

“We seek retreats for ourselves, houses in the country, seashores, mountains. But … we have in our power to retire into ourselves. For there is no retreat that is quieter and freer from trouble than our soul … perfect tranquility, the right ordering of mind.”
–Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 4.3

“Art is both love and friendship and understanding: the desire to give. It is not charity, which is the giving of things. It is more than kindness, which is the giving of the self. It is both the taking and the giving of beauty, the turning out to the light the inner folds of the awareness of the spirit. It is the recreation on another plane of the realities of the world; the tragic and wonderful realities of earth and men, and of all the interrelations of these.”
–Ansel Adams, Ansel Adams An Autobiography, excerpted from a letter from Mr. Adams to his friend Cedric Wright, 1937

“Much in the marketplace urges us toward safety, comfort, and luxury — they can be bought — but purpose and meaning are less commodifiable phenomena . . .”
–Rebecca Solnit, A Paradise Built in Hell

“Color, physically or psychologically considered, is extremely complex. While we have good reason to believe all persons with normal vision see colors the same way, the significance of colors may vary with each individual.”
–Ansel Adams

“The moment that you feel that, just possibly, YOU’RE WALKING DOWN THE STREET NAKED, exposing too much of your heart and your mind and what exists on the inside, showing too much of yourself. That’s the moment you may be starting to get it right.”
–Neil Gaiman, Make Good Art

“… not everyone lives or writes or speaks or loves or thinks the way I do. I think it’s precisely the promise of some obscurity—the thing that’s netted so many poems in the realm of “inaccessible”—that might allow my reader closer to my mind and heart, via his own.”
— Kaelyn Riley

3 Responses to Quotes That I Like

  1. There are so many great quotes here that it is almost mind-numbing to try to read them all at once, but a favorite for the moment is John Muir’s “When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe,”perhaps because I’m reading Joan Halifax’s The Fruitful Darkness at the moment.

    • Elisa says:

      I still cannot or have yet not come up with a way to correct this issue. Today, I remembered the pagination article that WordPress did. I added in the code to create pages. Please let me know if you have any suggestion that might be better. It’s hard for me to organize or categorize that is PERFECT. Forcing one quote into one way of thinking smashes up against my method of cross referencing (the ultimate correct one that I do not have–yet) lol!

  2. Great quotes indeed, thoughts to remember, words to read again and write in one’s journal. Thank you Elisa.

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