Coffee, Books, and Being Happy

A collection of quotes about a few of my favorite things.
Enjoy!

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Books:

Newhouse Mower Passage

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A book is the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought without breaking it, or explore an explosive idea without fear it will go off in your face.  It is one of the few havens remaining where a man’s mind can get both provocation and privacy.  ~Edward P. Morgan

If there’s a book you really want to read but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.  ~Toni Morrison
A good book has no ending.  ~R.D. Cumming

Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.  ~Charles W. Eliot

Let books be your dining table,
And you shall be full of delights
Let them be your mattress
And you shall sleep restful nights.
~Author Unknown

Books let us into their souls and lay open to us the secrets of our own.  ~William Hazlitt

You know you’ve read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend.  ~Paul Sweeney

To sit alone in the lamplight with a book spread out before you, and hold intimate converse with men of unseen generations – such is a pleasure beyond compare.  ~Kenko Yoshida

Fiction reveals truths that reality obscures.  ~Jessamyn West

Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience:  this is the ideal life.  ~Mark Twain

Books are not made for furniture, but there is nothing else that so beautifully furnishes a house.  ~Henry Ward Beecher

Books are lighthouses erected in the great sea of time.  ~E.P. Whipple

I divide all readers into two classes; those who read to remember and those who read to forget.  ~William Lyon Phelps

The love of learning, the sequestered nooks,
And all the sweet serenity of books.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

A house without books is like a room without windows.  ~Heinrich Mann

The best of a book is not the thought which it contains, but the thought which it suggests; just as the charm of music dwells not in the tones but in the echoes of our hearts.  ~Oliver Wendell Holmes

Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.  ~Francis Bacon

Americans like fat books and thin women.  ~Russell Baker

Reading – the best state yet to keep absolute loneliness at bay.  ~William Styron

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Coffee

Marshall Street Starbucks Syracuse

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No one can understand the truth until he drinks of coffee’s frothy goodness.  ~Sheik Abd-al-Kadir

Over second and third cups flow matters of high finance, high state, common gossip and low comedy.  [Coffee] is a social binder, a warmer of tongues, a soberer of minds, a stimulant of wit, a foiler of sleep if you want it so.  From roadside mugs to the classic demi-tasse, it is the perfect democrat.  ~Author Unknown

I believe humans get a lot done, not because we’re smart, but because we have thumbs so we can make coffee.  ~Flash Rosenberg

Coffee is the best thing to douse the sunrise with.  ~Terri Guillemets

He was my cream, and I was his coffee –
And when you poured us together, it was something.
~Josephine Baker

Coffee smells like freshly ground heaven.  ~Jessi Lane Adams

Behind every successful woman is a substantial amount of coffee.  ~Stephanie Piro

Everybody should believe in something.  I believe I’ll have another coffee.  ~Author Unknown

I have measured out my life with coffee spoons.  ~T.S. Eliot

Nothing is sad on a beautiful morning save to look down and realize you just had the last sip of coffee and the mug sits indifferently empty.  ~Terri Guillemets

Being Happy

Syracuse University Hall of Languages

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If you want to be happy, be.  ~Leo Tolstoy

Most people would rather be certain they’re miserable, than risk being happy.  ~Robert Anthony

Nobody really cares if you’re miserable, so you might as well be happy.  ~Cynthia Nelms

Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys.  If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it.  ~Fyodor Dostoevsky

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise grows it under his feet.  ~James Openheim

Happiness is like a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.  ~Nathaniel Hawthorne

Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.  ~Abraham Lincoln

Happiness held is the seed; happiness shared is the flower.  ~Author Unknown

Real elation is when you feel you could touch a star without standing on tiptoe.  ~Doug Larson

Happiness is a by-product of an effort to make someone else happy.  ~Gretta Brooker Palmer

The happy have whole days,
and those they choose.
The unhappy have but hours,
and those they lose.
~Colley Cibber

One joy scatters a hundred griefs.  ~Chinese Proverb

If you are not happy here and now, you never will be.  ~Taisen Deshimaru

Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.  ~Robert Brault

On the whole, the happiest people seem to be those who have no particular cause for being happy except that they are so.  ~William R. Inge

When you’re really happy, the birds chirp and the sun shines even on cold dark winter nights – and flowers will bloom on a barren land.  ~Grey Livingston

Some pursue happiness, others create it.  ~Author Unknown

You need to learn to be happy by nature, because you’ll seldom have the chance to be happy by circumstance.  ~Lavetta Sue Wegman


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