Posts in quotable
Sustainable happiness
A lot of people think of happiness as a very, very exciting emotion. They expect it to be this constant state of ecstasy — as opposed to equanimity, which is a more sustainable and attainable form of happiness, almost like a quiet joy. It doesn’t look like winning the lottery. It looks much more like sitting quietly and noticing that your life is actually wonderful.
— Hedy Kober, Yale University

I just heard the news about Anthony Bourdain, who was as ferocious about devouring life as a person could be. What a goddamn tragedy this is. What a week of flashing, blinding alarm lights. There is a crisis in this country, and even the strongest and most successful and seemingly charmed among us can't fight it on their own. And there's an enormous gulf, obviously, between a clinical depression and, I don't know, feeling the pain of certain things, which is a natural human reaction to living. Platitudes about happiness are a minor and meaningless consolation against the weight that some people feel can't be lifted. Attending to your mental health is as critical as eating your fucking vegetables, man. But don't ever think it's as easy.

In all of time
There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open.
— Martha Graham, quoted by Agnes DeMille
For the new year
I’m very, very open to possibilities, not forgetting any dream of myself. I’m open always to what’s coming. Farmers cultivate different things. I cultivate poetry and the saints, history, beauty, art. That’s what I chose.
— Jonas Mekas
Quotable: Fran Lebowitz
That I am totally devoid of sympathy for, or interest in, the world of groups is directly attributable to the fact that my two greatest needs and desires — smoking cigarettes and plotting revenge — are basically solitary pursuits. Oh, sure, sometimes a friend or two drops by and we light up together and occasionally I bounce a few vengeance ideas around with a willing companion, but actual meetings are really unnecessary.
Fran Lebowitz
The secret to life
I believe that singing is the key to long life, a good figure, a stable temperament, increased intelligence, new friends, super self-confidence, heightened sexual attractiveness and a better sense of humor.
— Brian Eno

p.s. I went to the opera last night to see my old bananas friend Draculette play "Tosca" in (surprise!) Tosca. And I loved it! I loved it so much. At the end (11:05) I was exhausted but so happy, strolling with SarahB across the plaza on a dark November's eve, and I could actually feel something old and dear and nearly forgotten step back inside my body.

Quotable: Nora Ephron
Whatever you choose, however many roads you travel, I hope that you choose not to be a lady. I hope you will find some way to break the rules and make a little trouble out there. And I also hope that you will choose to make some of that trouble on behalf of women.
— Nora Ephron