September 22, 2009

on a photo and some words...

some flowers.

"Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; but remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for." - Epicurus

I rediscovered this quotation a few weeks ago (I had written it down years ago, actually) and I haven't been able to shake it from my mind since. It's one of those things you read and are quite positive that it was written for you. You know, despite the fact that it was written by an ancient Greek philosopher. (Details, shmetails.) I know he had me in mind when he was writing this. I'm sure he was sitting there by candlelight, drinking wine, pondering the universe and was all,

"There will one day live a girl. She will be sweet, but easily flustered. She will admire many, and seek the same admiration of others. A dreamer she will be, by nature, which will help take her through life with much hope and anticipation of what is yet to come. She will have not only one, but two tragic flaws: jealousy and procrastination. Jealousy will sometimes get the best of her, and cause her to look at the world around her and envy what she does not yet have. Unfortunately, she will sometimes lose sight of all the good things that surround her every day. Still, the smile on her face will appear again, and her heart will remain light. Because she soon learns to take each step of her life as it comes - and appreciate every moment for exactly what it is. And now I will go make a sandwich. The end."

Yes, indeed. That Epicurus was quite the storyteller, eh? Such a peach.

Anyway, it's always interesting to find words that really speak to you. Especially when I'm able to look at my own life and see how I can squeeze this ancient philosopher's words into my very modern world and totally get it. Every bit of it.

And although this if probably the fluffiest post in the history of fluffiness (hey, sometimes I'm just in a fluffy mood; don't judge me) I still wanted to share that quote with you because I figured it may strike someone the same way it did me. I've always been a collector of quotes (you should have seen my notebooks in college, or my old journals) and that feeling of being inspired by someone else's words really never gets old.

Are there any quotations that have really spoken to you lately? Do share! (I may even jot them down in my new notebook. Especially if they involve happiness and mashed potatoes. Well, maybe not mashed potatoes, but you know. Something good.)


  1. Mine doesn't involve mashed potatoes but it does involve grape juice. :)
    After a really hard time in my life had ended where I lost my job, my relationship, and all my friends I was recovering and starting my photography business my friend sent me a piece of flair on facebook that said...

    "When life hands you lemons, make grape juice. Then sit back and watch the world wonder how you did it."

    It's so silly but I literally made that my mantra and went 250% at my business and making it successful. Even now, I still repeat it to myself all the time when I'm feeling down. :)


  2. I love it, I too look for inspiring quotes because I truly believe in the power of words. This quote you mentioned is one that I think a lot of people would feel like was written for them. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Oooo I love that quote, thanks for sharing.

    And I totally hear you about the jealousy thing. My most deadly sin is envy. I always seem to be wanting someone elses hair or romantic boyfriend (though my fiance is all sorts of awesome, he's no sonnet writer) or high paying, Monday through Friday job.

    And, I'm a little sheepish to admit it, but I've even caught myself being jealous of're so freaking pretty! And you take pretty pictures! And you decorate the way I do in my head! And you have such nice handwriting!

    And to pass along the quotes, one of my favorites is from my dad.

    "Always ask for what you want, the worst they can say is 'no' and you have that now."

    It's given me the courage I've needed to take chances in the past.

  4. I also collect quotes! I carry a moleskine notebook on me at all times for that purpose. I love this one!! I'll definitely be adding it to my collection - thanks for sharing!

  5. Dude, this post is TOTALLY not fluff! It's rather important. Thanks for sharing this quote -- it's really SO true!

    For example, when I'm jealous and long for having a house of my very own, I just need to remember living at home with my parents at the age of 20/21 when all I wanted to do was move out to a teeny apartment with John.

    Procrastination and jealousy -- yes, I must work on these flaws as well!

  6. Ah, yes. The jealousy. It sucks. I'm so with you on that. The best quote I've read recently is, "No matter what your lot in life is, build something on it." Love it.

  7. "You create your own reality"
    5 simple words that changed my life. It's as easy as seeing the rain giving the flowers a drink vs. being a pain in the ass. Create everything around you into happiness.

    And P.S. I love fluff!!!

  8. Perfect words for these times. I will share quotes with you later =)

  9. I love that quote and I am totally jotting that one in my journal!!! It really hit me because I am dealing with wanting what I have and being content with this part of my life.
    I have a quote that was tweeted by one of the best musicians of all time, Shawn McDonald. I re-tweeted it because it was simple and beautiful.

    "There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good, and we must hunger for them." - George Eliot

    That is all! :)

  10. I love this sentiment, it's so true- I have a problem with living in my plans for the future instead of in the present and it's the same end result: unhappiness!

    I'm working on it, and hearing from you about what you're working on makes it easier =)

  11. I adore quotes and have them written down just about everywhere. One of my current favorites -- “Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” ~Christopher Robin to Pooh, A. A. Milne

  12. Oh my gosh, I love that you quoted Epicurus. I love love love it. I teach/study philosophy all day, and I have a really hard time finding people who get that it can connect to my life sometimes. I think you get it. Awesome.

    Also, I hear you on the jealousy thing. Mine is more manifested in a "wanting to be just like someone else in certain respects." I agree with another commenter, I've felt that towards you often (yeah, even though that might make me a blog-reading creeper). You have so many wonderful qualities and talents!

    We are all in the same boat. Partially loving ourselves and partially wishing that we have what someone else has. But we're all enough. More than enough.

    And please continue rocking the Epicurus. The end.

  13. I love this quote- it seems perfectly simple yet carries a lot of weight.

  14. I love when you find a quote you really connect with. And I loove writing them down!

    This was a good one, by the way.

  15. This was a great post. If it was in facebook I would definitely click on "Like"!! :)

    Here's a recent favourite quote of mine:

    "There are times when something makes you laugh and you can't stop laughing and pretty soon you're a maniac with tears streaking down your face. Laughing like that will save your life. Or maybe it'll kill you. But what a way to go." - Will Arnett

  16. My favourite quote that I wrote in the beginning of all of my journals when I was a teen was:

    "You will make all kinds of mistakes, but as long as you are are generous and true, and also fierce, you cannot hurt the world or even seriously disturb her."

  17. I love quotations, you never know when one is going to hit you the right way.

    One of my favorites has always been from Socrates, "Wisdom begins in wonder." I've always been curious,, full of wonder? It makes me smile and feel like I'm on this adventure path in my life.

    And then, my best friend's dad once told us, "Never underestimate the number of people that are praying for you." It really sticks with me because we so often do that, forget how many people are out there on their knees for us...some that we don't even know about. It's breathtaking.

    You, lovely, are wonderful.

  18. as cliche and stupid as this will probably sound, this totally spoke to me tonight.

    i have been struggling so much with anxiety and appreciating what i have lately and i needed this so thank you.

    i may have to steal this... i need to make it my mantra right now. maybe it will help me deal with this anxiety that is consuming me.

    thank you again.

  19. Oh my goodness. You are me. Those are my fatal flaws. WEIRD.

  20. I totally have the jealousy and procrastination flaws too omg! It can be really bad sometimes.

    My favorite quote is "Be the change that you want to see in the world" from Gandhi. This really motivates me to live greener and to think positively and go out of my way to make the world a better place. If all I ever do is complain about things than I am not changing anything so this really helps me get a new perspective and kick my butt into gear.

    Fluffy posts are fine, you post a lot for a blogger! Very awesome.

  21. i love it... we are so much alike. i have the same tragic flaws. loved this fluffy posts and all your posts always!!

  22. I feel you on the quotes. My bedroom in my parents' house (where me, husband and dog currently reside) is decorated with quotes. When I redid my room 4ish years ago, I painted one wall red, and the others I wrote quotes on with a paint marker.

    I love this one:

    "Love not what you are, but what you may become." (Miguel de Cervantes)
    "You can't stay mad at somebody who makes you laugh" (Jay Leno)

    Two of my favorites.

  23. Oh, I just love this post and I love the comments because there are some really great quotes in here!

    My life mantra?

    "Wherever you are, be all there."

    That, or "be present," but that's essentially the same thing.

    LOVE that one about grape juice though. Totally swiping that.

  24. I'm loving that quote! It's one of those sayings that can be applied to a million different people at any given time and be equally relevant.

    One of my favorite quotes is by Ralph Waldo Emerson:

    "To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded."

  25. "For everything you have missed, you have gained something else, and for everything you gain, you lose something else"

    This quote is perfect for me right now with all the change going on in my life!

  26. I'm a huge fan of the ancient philosophers, and my favorite quotes are these...
    "Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle". - Plato

    "True happiness is to enjoy the present." - Seneca

  27. This is one of my favorite quotes. The other is "Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you. " (Ralph Waldo Emerson.)

  28. aww, thank you. i really needed this today.

  29. That's a wonderful quote! Currently my favorite is "When your dreams turn to dust, vacuum"

  30. That's a wonderful quote.

    Today I was walking around a school I am working at this week. I came across a poster with a long quote on it. Towards the end, it said, "Do more; expect less." It really meant a lot to me at that very moment.

    Great post! (as usual :-))

  31. Hey again :-)

    I just wrote a post inspired by this post and the quote I saw today. Have a good one!

  32. One of may favorite qoutes is:
    " Love doesn't make the world go round, it makes it worth the ride."
    I actually put this qoute on the back of my wedding photo cards that I sent to friends and family after my wedding. Also something that I like to refer back to when I feel out of sorts or the weight of the world is on my shoulders is the poem "Desiderata". Here is a link to it
    It's absolutley beautiful and guaranteed to lighten your heart. It's refreshing to see so many who strive to be better people, just making the effort goes a long way. ;)

  33. I found this quote a few days ago, and, like you, I have not been able to get it off my mind. I wrote it on a post-it and it sits on my desk.

    "A man should look for what is, and not for what he thinks should be." - Albert Einstein

    Isn't it so true?

    Thank you for sharing your quote. I also have quite the collection and yours will is the perfect addition. :-)

  34. I just wrote this quote down in my inspiration journal before I even read in your post that you wrote it down in yours! This one really spoke to me as well. You couldn't have picked better timing, as I was having a hard time dealing with the fact that my best friend who makes half my puny income is shopping for a $750k house with her boyfriend, funded by their parents, while I am just moving into my first apartment of my very own this month. It's a 1 bedroom rental for $800 a month and I momentarily lost sight of how freaking LUCKY I am to have scored it! I'm proud of my new home, I don't need to play the Keeping-Up-With-the-Joneses game.

  35. "You are always insane when you are in love." -Sigmund Freud

    "What we have once enjoyed, we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us." -Helen Keller

    "If you're not willing to feel stupid, you don't deserve to fall in love." -A Lot Like Love

    Keep the "fluff" coming!

  36. This quote definitely spoke to me. I is something I have been struggling with myself. We are just starting to look at houses and I find myself looking at things I can't afford and thinking, "Why do other people get that and I can't? When will I have my beautiful house with granite counter tops, a double oven, an oversized island, and someone to do MY landscaping??"

    Then, I heard on a radio program that very weak a discussion about how God gives you only what you need. Problems comes when you have more....and problems come when you have less.

    AND...about being envious of others...they talked about remembering that with their good comes their bad. So many times I look at bloggers and think, "Gosh...they really have it all. The perfect marriage, great clothes, babies, everything! I want that!" But sometimes things are not what they seem. Maybe I don't have their "good" for a reason. Maybe to me, it's not worth the "bad."

    I'm just glad God's in charge because I seriously could not figure it out on my own :)

  37. LOVE that quote :)

    and here are some of my favs (in no particular order:

    1. “ When we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness, and call it love – true love.” -- Robert Fulghum

    2. "rule of survival: pack your own parachute" -- T.L. Hakala

    3. "Above all, be true to yourself. If you can't put your heart in it, take yourself out of it." -- Hardy D. Jackson

    4. "You gain strength, confidence and courage by every experience in which you face fear and then do the thing you thought you could not." - Eleanor Roosevelt

  38. Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy. -Anne Frank

  39. I'm speachless right now. Like some other bloggers, noted, I am reading your post at the perfect time in my life. You are truly an inspiration. Thank you for lifting my heart today. You rock! I LOVE quotes as well. One of my favorites....
    "Dance like no one is watching. Sing like no one is listening. Love like you've never been hurt and live like it's heaven on Earth."— Mark Twain

  40. I just read this post, and that quote was exactly what I needed to think about at this time.

    Thanks for posting it!

  41. Love your quote and thanks for sharing!

    As for one that I have been loving lately-

    "Far from what I once was, but not yet what I'm going be"

  42. "Better to regret what you do instead of regret what you don't"
    I've always been too afraid to leap and do the things I want even if they seem scary now I carry this quote wherever I go.

  43. i totally feel this quote i think it was meant for me too lately ive been so jelous and thinking my friends life is better than mine i love quotes too

  44. People are like stained-glass windows.
    They sparkle and shine when the sun is out,
    but when the darkness sets in,
    their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.
    ~Elizabeth K├╝bler-Ross

    That is my favorite quote :)


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