"Some of my best moments on earth have been spent with my dogs."
“Follow your inner moonlight; don’t hide the madness.”
“We all basically have a lot of magic; it’s only those of us who choose to accept it that really understand it. It’s there for everyone.”
“Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.”
“I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.”
“The more you struggle to live, the less you live. Give up the notion that you must be sure of what you are doing. Instead, surrender to what is real within you, for that alone is sure….you are above everything distressing.”
“The happiest of all lives is a busy solitude.”
“Between saying and doing, many a pair of shoes is worn out.”
“And the rest is rust and stardust.”
--Vladimir Nabokov, 'Lolita'
"I have dined with kings, I've been offered wings, and I've never been too impressed."
“You can’t give up something you really believe in for financial reasons. If you die by the roadside - so be it. But at least you know you’ve tried. Ten minutes in the music scene was the equal of one hundred years outside of it.”
“The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You trade in your sense for an act. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask. There can’t be any large-scale revolution until there’s a personal revolution, on an individual level. It’s got to happen inside first.”
“You think you’re lost without any place left to go, like you need one of those kisses long and slow. At first glance it’s not what it seems, but there’s some things that I just know, like you take two sugars with a splash of cream. Take a guess where I stand. Pick a number from one to two. Take a look at the back of your hand. Just like you know it, you know me too.”
--Dwight Yoakum, 'The Back of Your Hand'
“The goal in life is to discover that you’ve always been where you were supposed to be.”
“The quickest way to know a woman is to go shopping with her.”
“You’re thinking too much. Just let it flow.”
“If you’re twenty-two, physically fit, hungry to learn and be better, I urge you to travel— as far and as widely as possible. Sleep on floors if you have to. Find out how other people live and eat and cook. Learn from them—wherever you go.”
“You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover is yourself.”
“When you are here and now, sitting totally, not jumping ahead, the miracle has happened. To be in the moment is the miracle.”
“In my soul, I am still that small child who did not care about anything else but the beautiful colors of a rainbow.”
“I promise myself that I will enjoy every minute of the day that is given me to live.”
--Thich Nhat Hanh
“All day I think about it, then at night I say it. Where did I come from, and what am I supposed to be doing? I have no idea. My soul is from elsewhere, I’m sure of that, and I intend to end up there. You are so weak. Give up to grace. The ocean takes care of each wave until it gets to shore.”
“If I had to live my life again, I’d make the same mistakes, only sooner.”
“The sign of intelligence is that you are constantly wondering. Idiots are always dead sure about every damn thing.”
“That is happiness; to be dissolved into something complete and great.”
“Everyone has ocean’s to fly, if they have the heart to do it. Is it reckless? Maybe. But what do dreams know of boundaries?”
“The only people who ever get anyplace interesting are the people who get lost.”
--Henry David Thoreau
“Gastronomical perfection can be reached in these combinations: one person dining alone, usually upon a couch or a hill side; two people, of no matter what sex or age, dining in a good restaurant; six people, of no matter what sex or age, dining in a good home.”
--M.F.K. Fisher, 'An Alphabet for Gourmets'
“..But the moment I got back in my car I knew I would never see him again, ever. It suddenly seemed obvious to me that the whole world, especially Los Angeles, was designed to protect me from these people I was meeting. There was no law against knowing them, but it wouldn’t happen. LA isn’t a walking city, or a subway city, so if someone isn’t in my house or my car we’ll never be together, not even for a moment. And just to be absolutely sure of that, when I leave my car my iPhone escorts me, letting everyone else in the post office know that I’m not really with them, I’m with my own people, who are so hilarious that I can’t help smiling to myself as I text them back.”
--Miranda July, 'It Chooses You'