Happy Valentine’s day!
Posts published in “All Quotes”
If you think happiness is a rare bird you won’t see much of it.
I could hear the knock and whistle of the water pipes, the purr of the calico cat. And at that moment a happiness filled me that was pure and perfect and yet it was bled with despair – as if I had been handed a cup of ambrosial nectar to drink from and knew that once I finished drinking, the cup would be withdrawn forever, and nothing to come would ever taste as good.
David Leavitt, While England Sleeps
The end of the creation is that God may communicate happiness to the creature.
John Piper, Don’t Waste Your Life
We remember through all the firelit glow of a great hearth’s gleam and glare, and we looked for a space at each happy face and the love that was written there.
The ultimate meaning of the active life is to make possible the happiness of contemplation.
Josef Pieper, Happiness and Contemplation
I feel as though I should say something profound, or enact some rite, or trade something to make it official. I want to transfer some trinket which would allow me to say that she’s my girl, some kind of currency that proves to people that she likes me back. Something that would permit me to think about her all the time without feeling guilty or helpless or hopelessly far away. I guess I’m just so excited, I want to cage this thing like a tiny red bird so if can’t fly away, so it stays the same, so it’s still there the next time. For keeps, like a coin in your pocket. Like a peach pit from Mad Jack Lionel’s tree. Like scribbled words in a locked suitcase. A bright balloon to tie to your bedpost. And you want to hug it close, hold it, but not so tight it bursts.
Craig Silvey, Jasper Jones
Intent not followed by action is an insult to your design. Decide what you want, create a plan, and get your ass out there!
Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience
It turns out that what money buys has rapidly diminishing emotional returns … As long as we’re not destitute, happiness depends less on getting what we want than appreciating what we already have.
Robert B. Reich
He had learned that, as there is no situation in the world in which a man can be happy and perfectly free, so there is no situation in which he can be perfectly unhappy and unfree.
Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace