"Live life today like there is no coffee tomorrow."
quoted in The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking
I hope everyone is having a Happy March! We're on the eve of April, so I thought I'd share a summary of my favorite quotations from this month's reads, and since we're on the subject of coffee...
"Husserl liked coffee: long before Aron talked abou tthe phenomenology of apricot cocktails, Husserl told students in his seminars, 'Give me my coffee so that I can make phenomenology out of it.' "
At the Existentialist Cafe: Freedom, Being & Apricot Cocktails by Sarah Bakewell
(Sarah Bakewell makes existentialism not only accessible but absolutely charming. So cool to get to know these famous philosophers better.)
Both the Hygge book and the Existentialist Cafe book were new acquisitions this month - watch my book haul/unboxing to see more!
"He sauntered through life with a cheerful insouciance, and up to the age of twenty-five had only once been moved by anything in the nature of a really strong emotion - on teh occasion when, in the heart of Bond Street and at the heigh of the London season, he discouvere that his man, Meadowes, had carelessly sent him out with odd spats on."
Mulliner Nights by P.G. Wodehouse
(That 'cheerful insouciance' is what you read Wodehouse for - can't be beat.)
"I am a product of long corridors, empty sunlit rooms, upstairs indoor silences, attics explored in solitude, distant noises of gurgling cisterns and pipes, and the noise of wind under the tiles. Also, of endless books."
"You can do more with a castle in a story than with the best cardboard castle that ever stood on a nursery table."
Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life by C.S. Lewis
(Just started this and already am enjoying it SO much!)
"Discernment is that light which dissolves all darkness, dissipates ignorance, and seasons every virtue and virtuous deed. It has prudence that cannot be deceived, a strength that is invincible, a constancy right up to the end, reaching as it does from heaven to earth, that is, from the knowledge of Me to the kowledge of oneself, from love of Me to love of one's neighbors."
The Dialogue by St. Catherine of Siena
I mentioned St. Catherine of Siena along with some of my other favorite spiritual writers in my Lenten reading video! This is the perfect time of year for that sort of reading. 😊 We'll close things out with a few more words of wisdom from St. Catherine...
"So your justice is not lessened but proved by the injustices of others. That is, you show you are just through the virtue of patience. Likewise, your kindness and mildness are revealed through gentle patience in the presence of wrath. And in the face of envy, spite, and hatred your loving charity is revealed in hungry desire for the salvation of souls."