Philip Roth (RIP): ‘Writing turns you into someone who’s always wrong’

“Writing turns you into someone who’s always wrong. The illusion that you may get it right is the perversity that draws you on.”

Philip Roth, American Pastoral

In 2016, Roth donated 3,500 of his books to his hometown library in Newark, his ‘other home.’ Among those were the fifteen books Roth said influenced his life the most.

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Monday Motivation: ‘How you do anything is how you do everything’

Below is an excerpt from The Daily Stoic, a book I always tend to when I get frazzled:

Pay attention to what’s in front of you—the principle, the task, or what’s being portrayed.

— Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 8.22

It’s fun to think about the future. It’s easy to ruminate on the past. It’s harder to put that energy into what’s in front of us right at this moment—especially if it’s something we don’t want to do. We think: This is just a job; it isn’t who I am. It doesn’t matter. But it does matter. Who knows—it might be the last thing you ever do. Here lies Dave, buried alive under a mountain of unfinished business.

There is an old saying: “How you do anything is how you do everything.” It’s true. How you handle today is how you’ll handle every day. How you handle this minute is how you’ll handle every minute.

‘Learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else’

“Learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else.” — Leonardo da Vinci, Leonardo da Vinci quotes, Leonardo da Vinci art, Leonardo da Vinci history, Leonardo da Vinci drawings, #art #paintings, Leonardo da Vinci paintings, Leonardo da Vinci kids

‘Learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else.’

Leonardo Da Vinci

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Alain de Botton: ‘Cynics are only idealists with awkwardly high standards’

Alain de Botton: 'Cynics are only idealists with awkwardly high standards' #quotes #saying #life #philosophy alain de botton quotes

“…a decision to avoid people shouldn’t imply that one has no desire whatever for company. It may simply reflect a dissatisfaction with what is available. Cynics are only idealists with awkwardly high standards. In Chamfort’s words: ‘It is sometimes said of a man who lives alone that he does not like society. This is like saying of a man that he does not like going for walks because he is not fond of walking at night in the forét de Bondy.’

Alain de Botton, Status Anxiety