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"But the pleasant thing is to wake early, throw open the window, and lie reading in bed."

— Edward Fitzgerald, from a letter to W. F. Pollock, May 3, 1840 (via awelltraveledwoman)

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"Be happy with what you have while working for what you want."

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"Books on the bookshelves
And stacked on the floor
Books kept in baskets
And propped by the door
Books in neat piles
And in disarray
Books tucked in closets
And books on display
Books filling crannies
And books packed in nooks
Books massed in windows
And mounded in crooks
Libraries beckon
And bookstores invite
But book-filled rooms welcome
Us back home at night!"

— L.R. Knost (via awelltraveledwoman)

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"If you know yourself, you’ll not be harmed by what is said about you."

— Arab proverb (via awelltraveledwoman)

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“It is a grave error to assume that ice cream consumption requires hot weather.” —Anne Fadiman, born today in 1953

theparisreview:

“It is a grave error to assume that ice cream consumption requires hot weather.” —Anne Fadiman, born today in 1953

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"Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it."

— P.J. O’Rourke (via epiphaniesofdiogenes)

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"When you are washing the dishes, washing the dishes must be the most important thing in your life. Just as when you are drinking tea, drinking tea must be the most important thing in your life. Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the whole world revolves—slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future. Live the actual moment. Only this actual moment is life."

— Thich Nhat Hanh (via awelltraveledwoman)

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"Until you get comfortable with being alone, you’ll never know if you’re choosing someone out of love or loneliness."

— Mandy Hale  (via awelltraveledwoman)

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"If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place."

— Nora Roberts (via awelltraveledwoman)

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"As Gardiner G. Hubbard, the first president of the National Geographic Society, said in 1888, when his magazine set out to chart everything in the known universe, “The more we know, the greater we find is our ignorance.” And it can often seem as if nature — or something beyond our reckoning at least — intrudes every time we’re tempted to get above ourselves. Whenever we begin to assume we can command or comprehend quite a bit, some Icarian calamity pushes our face, tragically, in the limits of our knowledge."

— “The Folly of Thinking We Know" by Pico Iyer in The New York Times, March 20, 2014

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"The best criticism is the sort that tells you what you already know but had been reluctant to accuse yourself of."

J. D. McClatchy (via theparisreview)

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booksactually:

“If you expect nothing from anybody, you’re never disappointed.”—from The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

booksactually:

“If you expect nothing from anybody, you’re never disappointed.”

—from The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath