“When we choose a goal and invest ourselves in it to the limits of our concentration, whatever we do will be enjoyable. And once we have tasted this joy, we will redouble our efforts to taste it again.
“This is the way the self grows.”
“Happiness cannot be captured and put in a cage but has to fly free so that we can observe it in sudden tranquil moments amidst the noise of life.”
Len, “The Bluebird of Happiness“
“[I]t’s a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait until you’re ready. I have this feeling now that actually no one is ever ready to do anything. There’s almost no such thing as ready. There’s only now. And you may as well do it now.
“I mean, I say that confidently as if I’m about to go bungee jumping or something—I’m not. I’m not a crazed risk taker. But I do think that, generally speaking, now is as good a time as any.”
-Hugh Laurie, “Hugh Laurie sings the blues,” Time Out
“The world is changed by your example, not by your opinion.”
“Don’t do something permanently stupid just because you are temporarily upset.”
-One of those internet-forever quotes.
“Bitterness is a paralytic. Love is a much more vicious motivator.”
-Sherlock Holmes, BBC Sherlock
“It’s quite possible for our own flaws to be invisible to us. However, one of the requirements of being a moral individual is self-examination. The more honestly we can explore and assess our own actions and nature, the healthier we will be.”
-Robert C. Stroud, C. S. Lewis’ Hypocrisy
“It’s not irrelevant, those moments of connection, those places where fiction saves your life. It’s the most important thing there is.”
-Neil Gaiman, Newbery Medal acceptance speech for The Graveyard Book at the annual conference of the American Library Association in Chicago, July 12, 2009.
“Those who stand at the threshold of life always waiting for the right time to change are like the man who stands at the bank of a river waiting for the water to pass so he can cross on dry land.
“Today is the day of decision.”
-Joseph B. Wirthlin, “Three Choices,” October 2003
“We need to acknowledge that the existential dread, the exhaustion, the tears, the sadness, the insomnia – and so many other pleasant things – are symptoms. Do all those things you enjoy, think long and hard about your life and find ways to make it better, stay in bed if you want to, take that long bath you’ve been dreaming of for months on end, pick up a hobby and everything, ease the symptoms, but along with all those things, please try to understand the underlying causes behind them.
“Are there external causes? Have you always had those symptoms? What triggers them?
“Otherwise, those thoughts will come back. They will grow stronger, and they will force you to realize there is something wrong. They will twist your mind, make you believe things which are not true, lead you to despair and sometimes, to the wrong way out.”
Kira Writes, “Existential crisis“