When the heart grieves over what is has lost, the spirit rejoices over what it has left.
Poetry is simply the most beautiful, impressive, and widely effective mode of saying things.
I can assure you that there is the greatest practical benefit in making a few failures early in life
Thomas H Huxley
Some day no one will have to work more than two days a week... The human being can consume so much and no more. When we reach the point when the world produces all the goods that it needs in two days, as it inevitably will, we must curtail our production of goods and turn our attention to the great problem of what to do with our new leisure.
Julian S Huxley
The animals were happy as they had never conceived it possible to be. Every mouthful of food was an acute positive pleasure, now that it was truly their own food, produced by themselves and for themselves, not doled out to them by a grudging master.
I wanted to change the world. But I have found that the only thing one can be sure of changing is oneself.
It is perhaps as difficult to write a good life as to live one.
To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.
An afternoon drive from Los Angeles will take you up into the high mountains, where eagles circle above the forests and the cold blue lakes, or out over the Mojave Desert, with its weird vegetation and immense vistas. Not very far away are Death Valley, and Yosemite, and Sequoia Forest with its giant trees which were growing long before the Parthenon was built; they are the oldest living things in the world. One should visit such places often, and be conscious, in the midst of the city, of their surrounding presence. For this is the real nature of California and the secret of its fascination; this untamed, undomesticated, aloof, prehistoric landscape which relentlessly reminds the traveller of his human condition and the circumstances of his tenure upon the earth. "You are perfectly welcome," it tells him, "during your short visit. Everything is at your disposal. Only, I must warn you, if things go wrong, don't blame me. I accept no responsibility. I am not part of your neurosis. Don't cry to me for safety. There is no home here. There is no security in your mansions or your fortresses, your family vaults or your banks or your double beds. Understand this fact, and you will be free. Accept it, and you will be happy."
There is a serious defect in the thinking of someone who wants -- more than anything else -- to become rich. As long as they don't have the money, it'll seem like a worthwhile goal. Once they do, they'll understand how important other things are -- and have always been.
The story of my life is about back entrances, side doors, secret elevators and other ways of getting in and out of places so that people won't bother me.
All the adversity I've had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me... You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.
The person who can bring the spirit of laughter into a room is indeed blessed.
Bennett Alfred Cerf
If, at first, you do succeed, try to hide your astonishment.
Los Angeles Times
Love is the law, love under will.
Energy is eternal delight.
Every night and every morn Some to misery are born; Every morn and every night Some are born to sweet delight.
A life's work should be based on love.
Give us this day our daily Faith, but deliver, dear God, from Belief.