"The soul that lodges philosophy, ought to be of such a constitution of health, as to render the body in like manner healthful too; she ought to make her tranquillity and satisfaction shine so as to appear without, and her contentment ought to fashion the outward behaviour to her own mould, and consequently to fortify it with a graceful confidence, an active and joyous carriage, and a serene and contented countenance. The most manifest sign of wisdom is a continual cheerfulness; her state is like that of things in the regions above the moon, always clear and serene."
—Michel de Montaigne in Book I, Chapter XXV of The Essays of Montaigne, Complete
"We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us."
—Joseph Campbell quoted in A Joseph Campbell Companion: Reflections on the Art of Living
"Reading after a certain age diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking, just as the man who spends too much time in the theater is tempted to be content with living vicariously instead of living his own life."
—Albert Einstein quoted in What Life Means to Einstein, an interview with George Sylvester Viereck from the October 26, 1929 issue of The Saturday Evening Post
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