And did you get what you wanted from this life, even so? I did. And what did you want? To call myself beloved, to feel myself beloved on the earth.
— Raymond Carver
Look at the sea what does it care about offenses?
I or you pocketless of a dime may purchase the pick of the earth.
If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.
-Henry David Thoreau, Walden
Whoever loves money never has money enough.
-Ancient Hebrew Scriptures
Did you think you should enter the Garden of Bliss without such trials as came to those who passed before you?
We see as we are.
What I find is that you can do almost anything or go anywhere, if you’re not in a hurry.
-Paul Theroux, quoting Tony The Beachcomber, in The Happy Isles of Oceania
Listen: we are here on earth to fart around. Don’t let anybody tell you any different!
-Kurt Vonnegut, Timequake
Everything that occurs out of necessity, everything expected, repeated day in and day out is mute. Only chance can speak to us. We read its message much as gypsies read the images made by coffee grounds at the bottom of the cup.
-The Unbearable Lightness of Being. – Milan Kundera
Traveler, there is no path paths are made by walking.
– Antonio Machado, Cantores
If a man walk in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer; but if he spends his whole day as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making the earth bald before her time, he is esteemed an industrious and enterprising citizen.
Henry David Thoreau
History is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake.
-Stephen, Ulysses, James Joyce