Some books you promptly forget after reading the last page.
Some books you never forget because they have become part of you.
"To live everyday as if it has been stolen from death, that is how I would like to live.
To feel the joy of life... To separate oneself from the burden, the angst, the anguish
that we all encounter everyday.
To say that I am alive, I am wonderful, I am, I am. That is something to aspire to."
"...she continued her journey elsewhere,
high in the firmament where soul material gathers
and plays out all the dreams and joys
of which we temporal beings can barely conceive,
all the things that are beyond our comprehension,
but even so, are not beyond our attainment if we choose to attain them,
and believe that we truly can."
"Housekeeping is an art: it combines intuition and physical skill
to create comfort, health, beauty, order, and safety.
It is also a science, a body of knowledge that helps us
seek those goals and values wisely, efficiently, humanely."
"The act of taking care of our homes
brings comfort and consolation of the fruits of our labor
and in the increasingly rare freedom to engage in worthwhile, unalienated, honorable work."
from Mendelson, Cheryl, 1999. "Home Comforts: The Art and Science of Keeping House", Simon and Shuster, New York.
"Finally, the essential remedy is perseverance, in Greek hypomone, which is a very active thing.
It is an appeal, an increase of fidelity.
When you are in a tunnel and you see nothing at all, it is advisable to remain near the handrail;
otherwise, without noticing it, you will wander off and get turned around.
The handrail is fidelity to one's routine, fidelity to one's rule of life."
"The princess thought about what Prince Romance had said.
It sounded very interesting and exciting, but the wise princess knew
that honeymoons and wonderful feelings could not last forever."
"The man dressed in farmers' clothes and did not look like the suitors who had come to call.
Strong and handsome, his hands were rough from working in the king's fields,
and his face was tanned from the sun...
...he seemed common - yet kindness was in his manner."
"The Princess and the Kiss" is actually my favorite children's book.
I wrote about it here.
"Some of us think that when we have power, we shall revenge ourselves
on the white man who has had power,
and because our desire is corrupt, we are corrupted, and the power has no heart in it...
...There is only one thing that has power completely, and that is love.
Because when a man loves, he seeks no power, and therefore he has power."
"I have one great fear in my heart, that one day when they are turned to loving,
they will find that we are turned to hating."
"The people who work on the land are more likely to eat well at noon and sparingly in the evening,
a habit that is healthy and sensible and, for us, quite impossible.
We have found that there is nothing like a good lunch to give us an appetite for dinner.
It's alarming. It must have something to do
with the novelty of living in the middle of such an abundance of good things to eat,
and among men and women whose interest in food verges on obsession."
"In the half-light the Pine Trees looked cold and lonely,
as the Very Deep Pit seemed deeper than it was,
and Pooh's jar of honey at the bottom was something mysterious, shape and no more.
But as he got nearer to it, his nose told him that it was indeed honey,
and his tongue came out and began to polish up his mouth, ready for it."
"'There's Pooh,', he [Piglet] thought to himself.
'Pooh hasn't much Brain, but he never comes to any harm.
He does silly things, and they turn out right.'"
from Milne. A.A., 1926. Winnie-the-Pooh. Dell Publishing Co., Inc., New York.
Have a happy, productive, and restful weekend! Happy reading!