When you are dead, you do not know you are dead. It’s only painful and difficult for others. The same applies when you are stupid.
My current reading materials consist of some magazines in Dutch, the third book of professor Yuval Harari, a memoir by Edward Snowden in audio format, and a science fiction e-book series which I read before bedtime. Those plus all the daily online tweets and feeds, give my brains sufficient material to ponder and process.
We all live partially in reality and partially in a world of make-believe.
The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater.
~J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
In times like this, one remembers the saying where we are to hope for the best, but be prepared for the worst.
Strange how paranoia can link up with reality now and then.
~Philip K. Dick, A Scanner Darkly
Starve your distractions, feed your focus.
The ultimate value of life depends upon awareness and the power of contemplation rather than upon mere survival.
Each spice has a special day to it. For turmeric it is Sunday, when light drips fat and butter-colored into the bins to be soaked up glowing, when you pray to the nine planets for love and luck.
~Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, The Mistress of Spices
The shifts of fortune test the reliability of friends.
~Marcus Tullius Cicero
Cooking is the art of adjustment.
As you get older three things happen. The first is your memory goes, and I can’t remember the other two.
~Sir Norman Wisdom