“Don’t tell me the moon is shining;— Anton Chekhov
show me the glint of light on broken glass.”
“Remember that the book which bores you when you are twenty or thirty will open doors for you when you are forty or fifty – and vise versa. Don’t read a book out of its right time for you.”— Doris Lessing
“One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and, if it were possible, to speak a few sensible words.”— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
You get a wife, you get a house,
Eventually you get a mouse.
You get some words regarding mice,
You get a kitty in a trice.
By two a.m. or thereabouts,
The mouse is in, the cat is out.
It dawns upon you, in your cot,
The mouse is silent, the cat is not.
Instead of kitty, says your spouse,
You should have got another mouse.
– Ogden Nash
“What’s terrible is to pretend that second-rate is first-rate. To pretend that you don’t need love when you do; or you like your work when you know quite well you’re capable of better.”— Doris Lessing, The Golden Notebook
Scholar Chang Tuan was fond of cats,
And had seven of them,
Wonderful beasts with wonderful names.
Guardian of the East
Ten Thousand Strings of Cash
Each was worth several pieces of gold,
And nothing could persuade Chang
To part with them.
— Wang Chih (c. 1100 C.E.)
“Kindness is like snow –— Kahlil Gibran
it beautifies everything it covers.”