Society is commonly too cheap. We meet at very short intervals, not having had time to acquire any new value for each other.
We meet at meals three times a day, and give each other a new taste of that musty old cheese that we are. We have had to agree on a certain set of rules, called etiquette and politeness, to make this frequent meeting tolerable and that we need not come to open war.
We meet at the post office, and at the sociable, and at the fireside every night; we live thick and are in each other’s way, and stumble over one another, and I think that we thus lose some respect for one another.
Walden // Henry David Thoreau
A liberated woman is one who has sex before marriage and a job after.
// Gloria Steinem
In a painting, you should be able to discover new things each time you look at it. For me, a painting must give off sparks. It must dazzle like the beauty of a woman or a poem.
// Joan Miro
I have lived a great deal among grown-ups.
I have seen them intimately, close at hand.
And that hasn’t much improved my opinion of them.
The Little Prince // Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
She’s letting out her feelings.
The scary thing is not being able to do that.
When your feelings build up and harden and die inside,
then you’re in big trouble.
Norwegian Wood // Haruki Murakami
I am reading six books at once, the only way of reading; since, as you will agree, one book is only a single unaccompanied note, and to get the full sound, one needs ten others at the same time.
// Virginia Woolf
Surely every one realizes, at some point along the way, that he is capable of living a far better life than the one he has chosen.
Big Sur and the Oranges of Hieronymus Bosch // Henry Miller
Fifty years ago I was born a female human animal. This, I was told, meant that I was a “Woman.” But I never knew what they meant.
Am I that which I observe or that which observes me?
What is a Woman? // Leonora Carrington
Successful people are those who are willing to delay gratification and make sacrifices in the short term so that they can enjoy far greater rewards in the long term.
Eat That Frog // Brian Tracy
The importance of touch is that it places you. It is the medium of the articulation of a relationship. Touch yields two different senses–that of connection and that of separateness. It makes for a sense of oneness … as well as for a sense of difference. One thing is sure: if we are not touched, we might begin to suspect that we are not here.
Aging and its Discontents // Kathleen Woodword