“To my wife Marissa, who takes being happy and good very seriously.” – Andrew Trigg
“There is a crack, a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” – Leonard Cohen
“I’m here alone for the first time in weeks, to take up my “real” life again at last. That is what is strange — that friends, even passionate love, are not my real life unless there is time alone in which to explore and to discover what is happening or has happened. Without the interruptions, nourishing and maddening, this life would become arid. Yet I taste it fully only when I’m alone.” – May Sarton, 1972
“Digital Minimalism: a philosophy of technology use in which you focus your online time on a small number of carefully selected and optimized activities that strongly support things you value, and then happily miss out on everything else.” – Cal Newport, 2019
“All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.” – Blaise Pascal
“Conversation enriches understanding, but solitude is the school of genius.” – Edward Gibbon.
Lenny: That was funny.
Tony: Was it though? A fat kid who still lives at home with his mum. No job, so she shoves recorders up his nose and he wants the world to know. Why would people rather be famous for being shit than not famous at all? When did it start?
– Ricky Gervais, on Afterlife
“Sometimes it helps to see ourselves through the eyes of an outside observer. Therapy and coaching can help us become more aware of ingrained patterns of behavior that we would like to change, but it is hard to catch ourselves doing these things in daily life” – Margaret Morris.
Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor. – Thich Nhat Hanh
“How we feel about ourselves, the joy we get from living, ultimately depend directly on how the mind filters and interprets everyday experiences.” – Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
“If you are pained by external things, it is not they that disturb you, but your own judgment of them. And it is in your power to wipe out that judgment now.” – Marcus Aurelius
“Individuals who require a great deal of outside information to form representations of reality in consciousness may become more dependent on the external environment for using their minds. They would have less control over their thoughts, which in turn would make it more difficult for them to enjoy experience. By contrast, people who need only a few external cues to represent events in consciousness are more autonomous from the environment. They have a more flexible attention that allows them to restructure experience more easily, and therefore achieve optimal experiences more frequently.” – Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi