WALT WHITMAN

"Dismiss whatever insults your own soul."

OLIVER BURKEMAN

"[Research] points to an alternative approach [to happiness]: a ‘negative path’ to happiness that entails taking a radically different stance towards those things most of us spend our lives trying hard to avoid. This involves learning to enjoy uncertainty, embracing insecurity and becoming familiar with failure. In order to be truly happy, it turns out, we might actually need to be willing to experience more negative emotions – or, at the very least, to stop running quite so hard from them."

WILLAM S BURROUGHS

"Happiness is a by-product of function."

"One reads thousands of books, of poets, modern and ancient, as one meets thousands of people. What remains of it all is hard to tell."

Marguerite Yourcenar (via theparisreview)

TOD

Every moment is a key moment. Each one might be the last.

DR. FIDELIO FARAGO

"Our calculations lead us to the unwelcome conclusion that the fate of the world really does depend on our momentary condition, on, say, whether we’re cranky driving to work, or have a kind word for a clerk. How much easier it would be to know that we can be as irresponsible as we want and that only we would suffer the consequences."

I'm wanted down at the office.

JOSEPH CONRAD

The question is not how to get cured, but how to live.