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“The world is all gates, all opportunities, strings of tension waiting to be struck.”

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source: Prose Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Vol. 3 (Boston: Houghton, Osgood and Co., 1880), 267.

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via: Nellie Perera

“I got a letter from a lightning rod company this morning trying to put the fear of God in me, but with small success. Lightning seems to have lost its menace. Compared to what is going on on earth today, heaven’s firebrands are penny fireworks with wet fuses.”

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source: “Removal,” in One Man’s Meat (New York: Harper & Row, 1944), 5.

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medium: essay

notes: White wrote this essay in July 1938.

“A heavy rain is good for the fields and bad for the roads.”

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source: 1001 Yiddish Proverbs, by Fred Kogos (Secaucus, NJ: Castle Books, 1970), 26.

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medium: proverb

notes: Yiddish translation: A smagler regen iz gut far di felder un shlecht far di vegen.

“Happiness is not something that happens. It is not the result of good fortune or random chance. It is not something that money can buy or power command. It does not depend on outside events, but, rather, on how we interpret them. Happiness, in fact, is a condition that must be prepared for, cultivated, and defended privately by each person. People who learn to control inner experience will be able to determine the quality of their lives, which is as close as any of us can come to being happy.”

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source: Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience (New York: Harper Perennial, 2008), 2.

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medium: nonfiction (psychology/self-help)

“The basic question here is whether you think life is a wonderful condition, or not. I don’t, particularly. Amazingly enough, it’s not entirely to my liking.”

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source: “The Mind’s Eye” by Calvin Tomkins, in The New Yorker, December 11, 2006, 76-85.

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