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“A Moveable Feast”, Ernest Hemingway

November 2nd, 2012 · Comments Off on “A Moveable Feast”, Ernest Hemingway · Description, Reading Related, Writing

We would be together and have our books and at night be warm in bed together with the windows open and the stars bright.

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Happiness – “A Moveable Feast”, Ernest Hemingway

November 2nd, 2012 · Comments Off on Happiness – “A Moveable Feast”, Ernest Hemingway · Description, Love, Writing

We ate well and cheaply and drank well and cheaply and slept well and warm together and loved each other.

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Everything Leaves and Emptiness When It Stops – “A Moveable Feast”, Ernest Hemingway

October 29th, 2012 · Comments Off on Everything Leaves and Emptiness When It Stops – “A Moveable Feast”, Ernest Hemingway · Quotes

By then I knew that everything good and bad left an emptiness when it stopped. But if it was bad, the emptiness filled up by itself. If it was good you could only fill it by finding something better.

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The Anticipatory and Artistic Imaginations Omit and Compress – “The Art of Travel” – Alain de Botton

June 8th, 2012 · Comments Off on The Anticipatory and Artistic Imaginations Omit and Compress – “The Art of Travel” – Alain de Botton · Travel

The anticipatory and artistic imaginations omit and compress; they cut away the periods of boredom and direct our attention to critical moments, and thus, without either lying or embellishing, they lend to life a vividness and a coherence that it may lack in the distracting woolliness of the present.

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Travel Reveals the Search for Happiness – “The Art of Travel” – Alain de Botton

June 7th, 2012 · Comments Off on Travel Reveals the Search for Happiness – “The Art of Travel” – Alain de Botton · Philosophy, Travel

If our lives are dominated by a search for happiness, then perhaps few activities reveal as much about the dynamics of this quest—in all its ardour and paradoxes—than our travels.

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The Impossibility of Perfect Unhappiness – “If This Is A Man” – Primo Levi

April 13th, 2012 · Comments Off on The Impossibility of Perfect Unhappiness – “If This Is A Man” – Primo Levi · Humanism, Philosophy, Sociology

Sooner or later in life everyone discovers that perfect happiness is unrealizable, but there are few who pause to consider the antithesis: that perfect unhappiness is equally unattainable. The obstacles preventing the realization of both these extreme states are of the same nature: they derive from our human condition which is opposed to everything infinite. […]

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Children’s Talent to Endure Stems From Their Ignorance of Alternatives – “I know why the caged bird sings” – Maya Angelou

January 31st, 2012 · Comments Off on Children’s Talent to Endure Stems From Their Ignorance of Alternatives – “I know why the caged bird sings” – Maya Angelou · Uncategorized

Looking through the years, I marvel that Saturday was my favorite day in the week. What pleasures could have been squeezed between the fan folds of unending tasks? Children’s talent to endure stems from their ignorance of alternatives.

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