Quotes for a Virus Age

“Everything hinges upon our realizing the essential transitory possibilities.”
–Viktor Frankl

“Become a possibilitarian. No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see possibilities–always see them, for they are always there.”
–Norman Vincent Peale

“I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.”
–John Burroughs

“Change is the law of life.”
–John Fitzgerald Kennedy

“In our rapidly changing society we can count on only two things that will never change. What will never change is the will to change and the fear of change.”
–Harriet Goldhor Lerner

“The world is too much with us: late and soon,/getting and spending, we lay waste our powers.”
–William Wordsworth

“Money is not required to buy one necessity of the soul.”
–Henry David Thoreau

“Technology will never love you. Screens will never love you.”
–Richard Davies

“Common sense is very uncommon.”
–Horace Greeley

“Where there is no vision, the people perish.”

“Hope is essential; human beings can’t live long without it. When hope is taken away, people become so depressed that no matter what the outcome, their lives are miserable.”
–Stephanie Matthews Simonton

“An unexamined life is not worth living.”

“The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.”
–Henry David Thoreau

“Most of one’s life is a prolonged effort to avoid thinking.”
–Aldous Huxley

“Humankind/Cannot bear much reality.”
–T.S. Eliot

“Great thoughts come from the heart.”
–Marquis de Vauvenargues

“The goal of the journey is to discover yourself as consciousness.”
–Joseph Campbell

“Be where you are. Otherwise you will miss most of your life.”

“What you risk reveals what you value.”
–Jeanette Winterson

“In delay there lies no plenty.”
–William Shakespeare

“The strongest principle of growth lies in human choice.”
–George Eliot

“A man can do all things if he will.”
–Leon Battista Alberti

“You have to take care of yourself and look after yourself first, especially if you expect to look out for and take care of others.”
–Richard Davies

“If it is to be, it is up to me.”
–Shirley Hutton

“The proper study of mankind is books.”
–Aldous Huxley

“The best antidote I have found is to yearn for something. As long as you can learn, you can’t congeal; there is a forward motion to yearning.”
–Gail Godwin

“Music is the best means of digesting time.”
–W.H. Auden

“Art serves to rinse out our eyes.”
–Karl Kraus

“Poetry is a perfectly reasonable means of overcoming chaos.”
–I.A. Richards

“To live poetically is to densify life.”
–Vilhelm Ekelund

“Love seeketh not itself to please.”
–William Blake

“Touch is the meaning of being human.”
–Andrea Dworkin

“Enthusiasm is the most important thing in life.”
–Tennessee Williams

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.”
–Albert Einstein

“I am large….I contain multitudes.”
–Walt Whitman

“A multitude of small delights constitutes happiness.”
–Charles Baudelaire

“That is happiness, to be dissolved into something complete and great.”
–Willa Cather

“There is only one happiness in life–to love and be loved.”
–George Sand

“We can’t rid the world of sorrow, but we can choose to live in joy.”
–Joseph Campbell

“Cheer up–it can only get worse.”
–Pearl Bailey

“If you want to be happy, be.”
–Leo Tolstoy

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