3 quotes from 3 books. Sent weekly.
“My idea of travel is downward travel really… getting to know where you are better and exploring feelings that you know more deeply. I always think that ‘knowing something by heart’ gives you a depth of possibilities which is more powerful than seeing new sights however exciting they are.”
—The Age of Insight: The Quest to Understand the Unconscious in Art, Mind, and Brain, from Vienna 1900 to the Present, by Eric R. Kandel (The quote is attributed to Lucian Freud, Sigmund Freud’s grandson)
“It is the same way everywhere; difficulty gives value to things.”
—Selected Essays, by Michel de Montaigne
“Walt Disney was a hard-drinking, pill-popping, anti-union, Communist-baiting, bad-tempered man, an obsessive, depressive, control freak. He gave names to the House of Un-American Activities Committee and proudly informed for the FBI. Disney was stingy, mildly anti-Semitic, and feared death so badly he investigated cryonics. But Disney was never cynical. He was amazingly uncynical, in fact. Disneyland is the world he wanted to live in, and as soon as he could build it, he did.
“As Richard Shackle wrote, it’s a dream without any of the dark, dangerous elements that are the essential characteristics of real dreams.”
—Violation: Collected Essays, by Sallie Tisdale