Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.
Comfort is the only thing our civilization can give us.
Katherine Anne Porter
L.P. Hartley, The Go-Between
Jamie Ford, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
Katharine Tynan Hinkson
J. P. Donleavy
John Millington Synge
An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one.
Charles Horton Cooley
A good painting to me has always been like a friend. It keeps me company, comforts and inspires.
A great artist is always before his time or behind it.
George Edward Moore
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A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness.
A true poet does not bother to be poetical. Nor does a nursery gardener scent his roses.
All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling.
Even when poetry has a meaning, as it usually has, it may be inadvisable to draw it out… Perfect understanding will sometimes almost extinguish pleasure.
A. E. Housman
Breathe-in experience, breathe-out poetry.
Every single soul is a poem.
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Ideally a book would have no order to it, and the reader would have to discover his own.
You cannot open a book without learning something.
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We rely upon the poets, the philosophers, and the playwrights to articulate what most of us can only feel, in joy and sorrow. They illuminate the thoughts for which we only grope; they give us the strength and balm we cannot find in ourselves. Whenever I feel my courage wavering I rush to them. They will give me the wisdom of acceptance, the will and resilience to push on.
– Helen Hayes
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity…. It turns problems into gifts, failures into success, the unexpected into perfect timing, and mistakes into important events. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.
– Melodie Beattie
Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. The consciousness of loving and being loved brings a warmth and richness to life that nothing else can bring.
– Oscar Wilde
In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.
– Robert Frost
You will face many defeats in your life, but never let yourself be defeated.
– Maya Angelou
Kindness trumps greed: it asks for sharing. Kindness trumps fear: it calls forth gratefulness and love. Kindness trumps even stupidity, for with sharing and love, one learns.
– Marc Estrin
What we do matters to us. Work may not be the most important thing in our lives or the only thing. We may work because we must, but we still want to love, to feel pride in, to respect ourselves for what we do and to make a difference.
– Sara Ann Friedman
A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.
– Christopher Reeve
How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because some day in life you will have been all of these.
– George Washington Carver