How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. What we do with this hour, and that one, is what we are doing. A schedule defends from chaos and whim. It is a net for catching days. A schedule is a mock-up of reason and order—willed, faked, and so brought into being; it is a peace and a haven set into the wreck of time; it is a lifeboat on which you find yourself, decades later, still living. Each day is the same, so you remember the series afterward as a blurred and powerful pattern. — Annie Dillard
Lemons and a basket
Wonder arises when something quite new and singular is presented… [and] memory cannot, from all its stores, cast up any image that nearly resembles this strange appearance. — Adam Smith
Lemons in a white bowl
Thanks to my mother, I haven’t wasted any time dwelling on whether I’m brilliant or a fool. It’s completely unprofitable to think about it.
— Woody Allen
As quotable as ever.
There’s something in the way time moves through and around a novel, and through us and around us when we are reading it, that is singular to books, that is transcendent, that causes us to rise above the highway, to contemplate time’s passage and its meaning, and to feel its wistful power and wrenching distortions. I think this is truer and more pronounced with novels than with any other form. — Jess Walters, author of Beautiful Ruins
Cypress in Civita
Olive Trees, Civita
I didn’t begin to learn how to see until I began to learn how to paint. — Catherine Kehoe
It’s like a seven-year-old was playing SimCity when he designed Octavia St. The worst. — Moving to San Francisco, Part 2 - The Bold Italic - San Francisco
Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity. — Simone Weil
(Source: The New York Times)
Dear California, I will never leave you.
Technology appeals to us most where we are most vulnerable — Sherry Turkle Are We Plugged-In, Connected, But Alone? : NPR