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Virginia Woolf on the Past and How to Live More Fully in the Present

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"The past only comes back when the present runs so smoothly that it is like the sliding surface of a deep river."

Martha Graham on the Life-Force of Creativity and the Divine Dissatisfaction of Being an Artist

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"No artist is pleased... There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others."

Gustave Doré’s Hauntingly Beautiful Illustrations for Dante’s Inferno

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

“In the middle of the journey of our life I found myself within a dark woods where the straight way was lost.”

Nietzsche on How to Find Yourself and the True Value of Education

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"No one can build you the bridge on which you, and only you, must cross the river of life."

For Seamus: A Cinematic Homage to Beloved Poet Seamus Heaney

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"There was a wonderful sense in his writing of a fresh world opening, to which we were all attending... He has created out of his own upbringing a universe."

The Science of Why We Sleep and What Happens Inside Our Brains When We Do

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

What your brain's chemical lullaby has to do with how screens are making you perennially tired.

Uncertainty and Our Search for Meaning: Legendary Psychiatrist Irvin D. Yalom on How We Glean Our Sense of Purpose

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"The search for meaning, much like the search for pleasure, must be conducted obliquely. Meaning ensues from meaningful activity: the more we deliberately pursue it, the less likely are we to find it."

The Five Life-Stages of Happiness: How Our Definition of Contentment Changes Over the Course of Our Lifetime

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"Our meaning of happiness is constantly shaped and reshaped by small choices we make every day."

The Mountain View of the Mind: Simone Weil on the Purest and Most Fertile Form of Thought

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"Our thought should be empty, waiting, not seeking anything, but ready to receive in its naked truth the object that is to penetrate it."

Barbara Walters on How to Be There for the Newly Bereaved and Heartbroken

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"Things being what they are in the world today, we are more and more driven to depend on one another's sympathy and friendship in order to survive emotionally."

Happy Birthday, William Faulkner: The Beloved Writer on Beginner’s Mind and the Mystique of the Muse

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"Now I realize for the first time what an amazing gift I had: uneducated in every formal sense, without even very literate, let alone literary, companions..."

Trailblazing Physicist David Bohm and Buddhist Monk Matthieu Ricard on How We Shape What We Call Reality

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"Reality is what we take to be true. What we take to be true is what we believe... What we believe determines what we take to be true."

Michael Faraday on Mental Discipline and How to Cure Our Propensity for Self-Deception

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"That point of self-education which consists in teaching the mind to resist its desires and inclinations, until they are proved to be right, is the most important of all."

Between Awakening and Surrender: John O’Donohue on Beauty, the Enchantment of Falling in Love, and the Vortex of Desire

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"We can slip into the Beautiful with the same ease as we slip into the seamless embrace of water; something ancient within us already trusts that this embrace will hold us."

The Four Desires Driving All Human Behavior: Bertrand Russell’s Magnificent Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"Nothing in the world is more exciting than a moment of sudden discovery or invention, and many more people are capable of experiencing such moments than is sometimes thought."

Nietzsche on the Power of Music

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

“Without music life would be a mistake.”

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