“The habit of being happy enables one to be freed, or largely freed, from the dominance of outward conditions.”
— Robert Louis Stevenson
— Robert Louis Stevenson
“To interact with people of a noble character is like walking in a room filled with fragrant orchids. After some time you can no longer smell their fragrance because you are now part of it.” — Confucius
“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; but remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.” — Epicurus
"There was another life that I might have had, but I am having this one.” — Kazuo Ishiguro
“I have been able to transform the solid autonomous cultural and linguistic realities that others wish to impose upon me –– a Cuban and an American, a speaker of Spanish and English. I am all of these things, but none of them, for in living polydomously I have constructed a way of being and understanding the world and of languaging that goes beyond the social, political and linguistic boundaries that have been created to bind us to one nest. My polydomous existence means that I can be read from left to right, as well as from right to left. My being forms a πολύδρομο [polydromo -- 'many roads'] which adapts to the way others read me, but leaves me entirely as myself. Some read me as an American who speaks English; others see me as a Cuban who speaks Spanish. I am neither, and yet both. From my own internal perspective, I am beyond these binaries that ask me to conform to national and linguistic identities that do not define how I live.”
— Ofelia Garcia, Living and studying polyd(r)omously: A self-reflection (2016)
"Healing may not be so much about getting better, as about letting go of everything that isn't you — all of the expectations, all of the beliefs — and becoming who you are."
- Rachel Naomi Remen
“To choose. To desire. To be.
[Be] a conquerer who transform[s] [your] rebellion into an art.
Choose your destiny even if you have to reinvent your path.
Let passion inspire you.
Desire that women have the ability to walk, run, move.
Be authentic, sincere, and natural.
… A rebel at heart.”
“Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing nor that, but simply growth. We are happy when we are growing.”
— William Butler Yeats
“Ο μύθος της αναδυόμενης Αφροδίτης μάς δείχνει ότι όσο ωραία κι αν είναι μια γυναίκα, πρέπει να 'χει λίγο αλάτι στο πνεύμα και λίγη τρικυμία στην καρδιά.” — Αλφρέντ Ντε Μισέ
"The myth of emerging Aphrodite shows us how beautiful a woman is, she must have a little salt in the spirit and a little storm in her heart." — A. De Mise
25 ρήσεις για τη δύναμη της γυναίκας // 25 Beliefs About the Power of a Woman
Σώμα, θυμήσου όχι μόνο το πόσο αγαπήθηκες,
Body, remember not only how much you were loved,
όχι μονάχα τα κρεβάτια όπου πλάγιασες,
Not only the beds that where you laid,
αλλά κ’ εκείνες τες επιθυμίες που για σένα
But also the desires that
γυάλιζαν μες στα μάτια φανερά,
Glowed clearly in your eyes
κ’ ετρέμανε μες στη φωνή -- και κάποιο
And your trembling voice -- and the
τυχαίον εμπόδιο τες ματαίωσε.
Obstacles that stopped you from action.
Τώρα που είναι όλα πια μέσα στο παρελθόν,
Now that it is all in the past,
μοιάζει σχεδόν και στες επιθυμίες
All those desires,
εκείνες σαν να δόθηκες -- πώς γυάλιζαν,
All that you gave, how they glowed,
θυμήσου, μες στα μάτια που σε κύτταζαν
Remember the eyes that circled you,
πώς έτρεμαν μες στη φωνή, για σε,
The voices that trembled, for you,
– "Lost Bodies," C. P. Kavafis
“Many of us know the joy and excitement not so much of creating the new as of redeeming what has been neglected, and this excitement is particularly strong when the original condition is seen as holy or beautiful.”
"All experience is local. All identity is experience. I'm not a national. I'm a local. I'm multilocal. See; I have no relationship with the United States, all 50 of them - not really. My relationship is with Brookline - the town where I grew up - with New York City, where I started work, with Lawrenceville, where I spend Thanksgiving. What makes America home for me is not my passport or accent but these very particular experiences. Despite my pride in Ewe culture, the Black Stars and my love of Ghanaian food, I've never had a relationship with the Republic of Ghana writ large. My relationship is with Accra, where my mother lives, where I go each year. These are the places that shaped my experience. My experience is where I'm from.
What if we asked, instead of - where are you from? - where are you a local? The difference isn't the specificity of the answer. It's the intention of the question. .... What are we really thinking, when we ask where someone comes from? And what are we really seeing when we hear an answer?"
– Taiye Selasi, How Do The Places We Call Home Inform Our Identities?
"It is our inability to be with one another that gives rise to so many of the problems we are frantically trying to solve in the first place... We should not shrink from an opportunity simply because we don't really understand it. That is the very definition of being stuck in a comfort zone. It is the dimension of our being itself that cries out for its fair share of our imagination. It's time for us to dream in multiple dimensions simultaneously. It's an honor to be with you. Thank you very much."
– How Can We Push Ourselves to Dream Big? Dan Pallotta
“Los que se queens siempre lo turner más jodido. Ella, en cambio, será ampliando Su experiencia, agrandando sus sensations, entretenida.” // “Those who stay always have it worst. Instead she will be broadening her experience, enhancing her senses, entertained.”
– Casa de Papel, Season 2
"... I had a little bit of an epiphany -- that I don't think non-procrastinators exist. That's right -- I think all of you are procrastinators. Now, you might not all be a mess, like some of us, and some of you may have a healthy relationship with deadlines, but remember: the Monkey's sneakiest trick is when the deadlines aren't there.
Now, I want to show you one last thing. I call this a Life Calendar. That's one box for every week of a 90-year life. That's not that many boxes, especially since we've already used a bunch of those. So I think we need to all take a long, hard look at that calendar. We need to think about what we're really procrastinating on, because everyone is procrastinating on something in life. We need to stay aware of the Instant Gratification Monkey. That's a job for all of us. And because there's not that many boxes on there, it's a job that should probably start today."
"The sensorium is the supposed seat of sensation, the place to which impressions from the external world are conveyed and perceived. ... The term "sensorium" comes (as does the word 'sensation') from the Latin sensus, 'the faculty of perceiving.'"
"The supreme goodness is like water. It benefits all things without contention. In dwelling, it stays grounded. In being, it flows to depths. In expression, it is honest. In confrontation, it stays gentle. In governance, it does not control. In action, it aligns to timing. It is content with its nature and therefore cannot be faulted."