Give your heart to the trade you have learnt, and draw refreshment from it. Let the rest of your days be spent as one who has wholeheartedly committed his all to the gods, and is thenceforth no man’s master or slave.
Marcus Aurelius (AD 120 – 180),
I could retreat here.
Contemporist.com highlights this writer’s studio that’s also home to a 1,700 volume poetry library, designed by architect Eric J. Smith.
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Durston Saylo | Design: Eric J. Smith Architect
All the things that fortune favours become fruitful and pleasant only if those who possess them are also in possession of themselves and not in the power of heir property. It is a mistake to judge fortune responsible for anything that is good or bad for us. Fortune merely gives us the material for good and bad things—the preliminaries for what will turn out to be either good or bad within us.
Seneca (4 BC – AD 65),
Moral Letters to Lucilius (98.2)
All life is at
Cultural Offering, including…
Common sense and a sense of humour are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humour is just common sense, dancing.
Those who lack humour are without judgement and should be trusted with nothing. Clive James
“Simplicity is the final achievement. After one has played a vast quantity of notes and more notes, it is simplicity that emerges as the crowning reward of art.”
Among the many gems I’ve gathered from Kurt is the Frank Sinatra album, In The Wee Small Hours.
I discovered only yesterday that the
cover of Tom Waits’ The Heart of Saturday Night was based on the sleeve of the Sinatra album.
Image: Kurt Harden.
Dip into these insights and reminders from Nicholas Bate…
Life Reminder 23
Play more music, more often. It can only make you feel better.
Life Reminder 22
The deepest thinking coincides with the most brisk of walking. Rain or shine.
Life Reminder 18
Whatever you do, do it well. You feel good and you become indispensable.
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Facts stand wholly outside our gates; they are what they are, and no more; they know nothing about themselves, and they pass no judgement upon themselves. What is it, then, that pronounces the judgement? Our own guide and ruler, Reason.
Marcus Aurelius (AD 120 – 180),
This from chef Rick Stein’s Secret France.
In passing Stein remarks that in France, rather than asking “What do you do?”, people ask “What’s your métier?”—literally, what are you master of?
We should all aspire to be masters of our chosen profession.
I’m pretty sure it was episode 2:
The book’s here, but I suspect, it won’t help. Great recipes, though.
The success of any year will be determined in large part by what you choose to ignore.
Wise words from Execupundit’s Michael Wade, one of the handful of pithy, insightful bloggers who start my day.
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Stoicism for the modern world, death to the self-help book industry, and a healthy scepticism towards social media.
Happy: Why more or less everything is absolutely fine by Derren Brown is superb. It’s beautifully written, wonderfully observed, both philosophical and practical (which once upon a time were one and the same thing). Very thought-provoking.
I think I first heard of Happy from a Donald Robertson interview and it treads similar ground to
How to Think Like A Roman Emperor. However, it does so in a completely different way.
I particularly enjoyed Chapter 5, A (Very) Brief History of Happiness.
Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.
Epicurus (341 – 270 BC)
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