Henning Mankell, When the Snow Fell
So much of our time is preparation, so much is routine, and so much retrospect, that the pith of each man’s genius contracts itself to a very few hours.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson (via itsquoted)
Learn from the birds what food the thickets yield;
Learn from the beasts the physic of the field;
The arts of building from the bee receive;
Learn of the mole to plough, the worm to weave.
—Alexander Pope (via itsquoted)
Man works when he is partially involved. When he is totally involved he is at play or leisure.
—Marshall McLuhan (via itsquoted)
One can run away from anything but oneself.
—Stefan Zweig (via itsquoted)
I believe that the best way to prepare for a future life is to be kind, live one day at a time, and do the work you can do best, doing it as well as you can.
—Elbert Hubbard (via itsquoted)
Man consists in truth. If he exposes truth, he exposes himself. If he betrays truth, he betrays himself. We speak not here of lies, but of acting against conviction.
—Novalis (via itsquoted)
Seldom ever was any knowledge given to keep but to impart; the grace of this rich jewel is lost in concealment.
—Joseph Hall (via itsquoted)
Disappointment to a noble soul is what cold water is to burning metal; it strengthens, tempers, intensifies, but never destroys it.
—Eliza Tabor Stephenson (via itsquoted)
Skepticism has never founded empires, established principles, or changed the world’s heart. The great doers in history have always been men of faith.
—Edwin Hubbell Chapin (via itsquoted)