If you can understand loneliness and go beyond it, then you will find there is no need to escape, no urge to be gratified or entertained, for your mind will know a richness that is incorruptible and cannot be destroyed.
—Jiddu Krishnamurti in Think on These Things
Men are generally idle, and ready to satisfy themselves, and intimidate the industry of others, by calling that impossible which is only difficult.
Arriving at one goal is the starting point to another.
The world is full of people whose notion of a satisfactory future is, in fact, a return to the idealised past.
I'd rather be dead than singing "Satisfaction" when I'm forty-five.
—From a 1975 interview with Mick Jagger, who still performs the song at age sixty-seven
The days you work are the best days.
Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.
There's a great satisfaction in knowing that we've made good use of our days, that we've lived up to our expectations of ourselves.
—Gretchen Rubin in Better Than Before
It was wrong. But it was worth it.
—Ann Brashares in My Name Is Memory
Laziness may appear attractive, but work gives satisfaction.
Sometimes when you like where you end up, you don't care how you got there.
—Tayari Jones in An American Marriage