Feb 9, 2018
We hear and apprehend only what we already half know.
— Henry David Thoreau
Feb 6, 2018
The art of living is neither careless drifting on the one hand nor fearful clinging to the past and the known on the other. It consists in being completely sensitive to each moment, in regarding it as utterly new and unique, in having the mind open and wholly receptive.
— Alan Watts
Feb 2, 2018
When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.
— Max Planck
Jan 24, 2018
The greatest obstacle to having a meaningful life is the sense one has too much life left.
— Alain de Botton
Nothing any good isn’t hard.
— (via F. Scott Fitzgerald on the Secret to Great Writing: Letters of Advice to a Friend’s Teenage Daughter and to His Own – Brain Pickings)
I think we are well advised to keep on nodding terms with the people we used to be, whether we find them attractive company or not. Otherwise they turn up unannounced and surprise us, come hammering on the mind’s door at 4 a.m. of a bad night and demand to know who deserted them, who betrayed them, who is going to make amends.
As a man is, so he sees.
— Walt Whitman
Jan 19, 2018
Maul halten und Hirn einschalten.
— Christoph Waltz (via Der Schauspieler Christoph Waltz im Interview über Größenwahn und Demut - Kino/Film/Theater)
Jan 16, 2018
We're talking about a compassionate optimism, one that bears witness to the terrible things that are happening on our watch, and doesn’t shy away from the pain.
It's a courageous optimism, one that admits the profound difficulty of the tasks that lie before us, and even the possibility of total failure.
It's an intelligent optimism, informed by incredible advances in science and technology, and inspired by stories of human progress and environmental stewardship.
It's a practical optimism, which takes a long, hard look at everything that's going on around us and says, "we can do better than this."
Most importantly, it’s a collective optimism, one that recognises that progress doesn't happen by magic, but is the result of sustained, committed efforts by millions of people over decades, who keep on showing up and insisting that it's possible to create a vibrant, life sustaining global society that works for everyone.
— (via The Crunch # 51)
Jan 12, 2018
There is one simple thing wrong with you – you think you have plenty of time … If you don’t think your life is going to last forever, what are you waiting for? Why the hesitation to change? You don’t have time for this display, you fool. This, whatever you’re doing now, may be your last act on earth. It may very well be your last battle. There is no power which could guarantee that you are going to live one more minute.
— Carlos Castaneda