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November 13th, 2008 . by maria

No pain in love is so hard to bear as that which comes from the impossibility of doing any service for the well-beloved, and no service is so repulsive that love cannot make it delightful and easy. -Somerset Maugham, The Hero

“If you choose to read a book today, it’s not like a hundred years ago, when that was your only option. Today, when you read a book, you’re making a conscious decision not to play a video game, not to surf the web, not to watch a movie, not to turn on the TV. It does require a certain discipline to make that decision.” Neal Stephenson

Anger, resentment, envy and self-pity are wasteful reactions that greatly drain one’s time and sap energy better devoted to productive endeavors. Of course it is important to be a good listener — but it also pays, sometimes, to be a little deaf. – Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Voltaire: “Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.”

you don’t get healthy self-esteem from constantly telling yourself how great you are, or even from other people telling you how great you are. You get healthy self-esteem from behaving in ways that you find estimable. – Gretchen Rubin,