The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so sure of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts. – Bertrand Russell

If it can be solved, there is to worry, and if it can’t be solved, worry is of no use. – The Dalai Lama

When you arise in the morning think of what a privilege it is to be alive: to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love. – Marcus Aurelius

Travel is little beds and cramped bathrooms. It’s old television sets and slow Internet connections. Travel is extraordinary conversations with ordinary people. It’s waiters, gas station attendants, and housekeepers becoming the most interesting people in the world. It’s churches that are compelling enough to enter. It’s McDonald’s being a luxury. It’s the realization that you may have been born in the wrong country. Travel is a smile that leads to a conversation in broken English. It’s the epiphany that pretty girls smile the same way all over the world. Travel is tipping 10% and being embraced for it. Travel is the same white T-shirt again tomorrow. Travel is accented sex after good wine and too many unfiltered cigarettes. Travel is flowing in the back of a bus with giggly strangers. It’s a street full of bearded backpackers looking down at maps. Travel is wishing for one more bite of whatever that just was. It’s the rediscovery of walking somewhere. It’s sharing a bottle of liquor on an overnight train with a new friend. Travel is ‘Maybe I don’t have to do it that way when I get back home.

Nick Miller (nickmiller), Isn’t It Pretty to Think So? (via ethereally)

The grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.

Joseph Addison, via The Happiness Project

From on FB, food guidelines from 1917 – times have changed!

In the realm of ideas, everything depends on enthusiasm; in the real world, all rests on perseverance.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Gratitude can transform common days into Thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.

William Arthur Ward

Wherever you go, go with all your heart. Confucious via

Children must learn *how* to think, not *what* to think. Margaret Mead

Having all the answers just means you’ve been asking boring questions.

Joey Comeau, as quote in a email in March 2013

Nothing goes away until it has taught us what we need to know. Pema Chodron. 

If we can really understand the problem, the answer will come out of it, because the answer is not separate from the problem.

Jiddu Krishnamurti, as quoted in a email from March 2013

Tomorrow’s adventure … the Rose Planetarium at the NYC Museum of Natural History.

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