— Mandy Hale (via awelltraveledwoman)
"Until you get comfortable with being alone, you’ll never know if you’re choosing someone out of love or loneliness."
"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
"You need to build an ability to just be yourself and not be doing something. That’s what the phones are taking away, is the ability to just sit there…. That’s being a person…. Because underneath everything in your life there is that thing, that empty—forever empty."
— Louis C.K.
"Is my horror of corpses coeval with the discovery that I’m a time-bound “individual”? Before we were mere bodily envelopes, containing souls for a while, before these souls embarked on their journeys toward the infinite."
— “Man vs Corpse" by Zadie Smith in The New York Review of Books, December 5, 2013
"If we grew our own food, we wouldn’t waste a third of it as we do today. If we made our own tables and chairs, we wouldn’t throw them out the moment we changed the interior decor. If we had to clean our own drinking water, we probably wouldn’t contaminate it."
— Mark Boyle (via awelltraveledwoman)
"I have learned to seek my happiness by limiting my desires, rather than in attempting to satisfy them."
— John Stuart Mill