“Little by little, one travels far.”
[ J. R. R. Tolkien ]
“Do not let yourself be bothered by the inconsequential.
One has only so much time in this world,
so devote it to the work and the people most important to you,
to those you love and things that matter.
One can waste half a lifetime with people one doesn’t really like,
or doing things when one would be better off somewhere else.”
“He saw that all the struggles of life were incessant, laborious, painful,
that nothing was done quickly, without labor,
that it had to undergo a thousand fondlings,
— all the poor fumbling uncertain incompletions of human endeavor.
They went on forever and were forever incomplete,
far from perfect,
full of terrible memories of failure and fears of failure,
in the way of things,
and shining in the end.”
“It seems to me that our three basic needs,
for food and security and love,
are so mixed and mingled and entwined that we cannot straightly think of one without the others.
So it happens that when I write of hunger,
I am really writing about love and the hunger for it,
and warmth and the love of it and the hunger for it…
and then the warmth and richness and fine reality of hunger satisfied…
and it is all one.”