One of my favorite pastimes is to visit used book stores and thrift shops to find eclectic books I might never have encountered elsewhere, in more mainstream stores.
My shelves include forgotten and somewhat strange titles, such as Man’s Rise to Civilization by Peter Farb, 1968; How to be a Lady, by Candace Simpson Giles, 2001, Five Minutes to Happiness, by Maxwell Maltz, M.D., 1962; Bliss in a Box by Susan Piver, 2001; The Seven Laws of Spiritual Success, by Deepak Chopra, 1994; If You Want To Write (actually a classic for writers) by Brenda Ueland, 1938.
Below are quotes that I think offer readers a kind of peace—whether it be directed at your own creativity, rest and relaxation for the mind, clarity, or the dignity of work—all culled from the titles above and from some of my other ‘weird’ collections of books.
I hope they can offer food for thought and maybe add some calm to your day.
You must have a room, or a certain hour or so a day, where you don’t know what was in the newspapers that morning…a place where you can simply experience and bring forth what you are and what you might be.
We shall not cease from exploration,
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started,
And know the place for the first time.
By simply letting yourself be as you are, you develop genuine sympathy toward yourself.
–Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche
What I made I lost; what I gave I have.
In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in a clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness.
Better keep yourself clean and bright. You are the window through which you must see the world.
–George Bernard Shaw
Imagination is the divine body in every man.
Keep your mind free from divisions and distractions. When your mind is detached, simple, quiet, then all things can exist in harmony, and you begin to perceive the subtle truth.
When you work you are a flute through whose heart the whispering of the hours turns to music. ….And what is it to work with love? It is to weave the cloth with threads drawn from your heart, even as if your beloved were to wear that cloth…
The misfortunes hardest to bear are those which never come.
–James Russell Lowell