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“Old Rubbish! Old Letters, Old Clothes, Old Objects that One Does Not Want to Throw Away.”

“Oh! Old rubbish! Old  letters, old clothes, old objects that one does not want to throw away. How well nature has understood that, every year, she must change her leaves, her flowers, her fruit and her vegetables, and make manure out of the mementos of her year!” –Jules Renard, Journal Do you feel that getting rid of “old rubbish” helps …


“Those Who Find Comfort in Literature…in Personal Adornment, and…in Food.”

“Maria gazed at her boots. Miss Heliotrope restored her spectacles to their proper position, [and] picked up the worn brown volume of French essays… “Humanity can be roughly divided into three sorts of people–those who find comfort in literature, those who find comfort in personal adornment, and those who find comfort in food.” –Elizabeth Goudge, The Little White Horse This …


“A Man Gets an Immense Satisfaction from the Knowledge of Having Done Good Work.”

“You increase your self-respect when you feel you’ve done everything you ought to have done, and if there is nothing else to enjoy, there remains that chief of pleasures, the feeling of being pleased with oneself. A man gets an immense amount of satisfaction from the knowledge of having done good work and of having made the best use of …


A Happiness Lesson from Claire Danes.

The September 30, 2013 issue of the New Yorker had an interesting piece, John Lahr’s Varieties of Disturbance, about actor Claire Danes. Though I’ve never watched My So-Called Life (yes, I know this is unacceptable, and it’s on my to-do list), I do love Homeland, so I was interested to read the profile. Danes was quoted saying something that really …


“We Must Be Doing Something To Be Happy.”

“To do any thing, to dig a hole in the ground, to plant a cabbage, to hit a mark, to move a shuttle, to work a pattern, –in a word, to attempt to produce any effect, and to succeed, has something in it that gratifies the love of power, and carries off the restless activity of the mind of man.  …