“I like this place and could willingly waste my time in it.”

  ― William Shakespeare

“In youth, it was a way I had,
To do my best to please.
And change, with every passing lad
To suit his theories.

But now I know the things I know
And do the things I do,
And if you do not like me so,
To hell, my love, with you.”

― Dorothy Parker, The Complete Poems of Dorothy Parker

“A quiet secluded life in the country,
  with the possibility of being useful to people to whom it is easy to do good,
  and who are not accustomed to have it done to them;
  then work which one hopes may be of some use;
  then rest, nature, books, music, love for one's neighbor
  — such is my idea of happiness.”
  ― Leo Tolstoy, Family Happiness


“You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.

― Mary Oliver