the doors we haven’t opened

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“Around here, however, we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious…and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”
—Walt Disney

what is the best thing for being sad?

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“The best thing for being sad,” replied Merlin, beginning to puff and blow, “is to learn something. That’s the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honour trampled in the sewers of baser minds. There is only one thing for it then — to learn. Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting. Learning is the only thing for you. Look what a lot of things there are to learn.”
—T.H. White, The Once and Future King

wisdom in one sentence – curiousity

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“The important thing is not to stop questioning.”
—Albert Einstein

“Why is it that when one man builds a wall, the next man immediately needs to know what’s on the other side?”
—George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

“The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.”
—Plutarch

“Study hard what interests you the most in the most undisciplined, irreverent and original manner possible.”
—Richard Feynmann

“She had an immense curiosity about life, and was constantly staring and wondering.”
—Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady

“… what you learn today, for no reason at all, will help you discover all the wonderful secrets of tomorrow.”
—Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth

“Curiosity is the engine of achievement.”
—Ken Robinson

“When you’re curious, you find lots of interesting things to do.”
—Walt Disney

this sums up what was wrong with me

There’s a favorite quote of mine from Dale Carnegie’s How to Stop Worrying and Start Living that really sums up what was wrong with me: “I was trying to wash today’s dishes, yesterday’s dishes and dishes that weren’t even dirty yet.” The dishes that need to be washed today are those that were used during the course of a single day.

—Fumio Sasaki, Goodbye, Things

I was desperate to convey my worth

I was desperate to convey my worth through my books. They were there to communicate one message:

I’ve read a lot of books to date. As anyone who looks at my bookshelves can see, my interests are diverse, and I’m very inquisitive. I know all about these different topics, if only in name. Though I haven’t read all the books yet, I’m definitely interested in these areas—of course I am, that’s why the books are sitting there on my bookshelf. I may not understand everything that’s discussed in these books, but I’ve read huge volumes of works including an array of publications on complex issues. I’m not very talkative and I may look like a plain, ordinary guy, but inside I’m filled with all this incredible knowledge. Perhaps I can be described as an intellectual with depth.

—Fumio Sasaki, Goodbye, Things

how many hours does happiness last?

Tal Ben-Shahar, a popular Harvard lecturer in positive psychology, became Israeli national squash champion at the age of sixteen. His five years of six-hour daily practices paid off. But once he got home after the victory ceremony, he realized that the joy had worn off and he was left with a feeling of emptiness. He told people that the happiness lasted for only three hours.

—Fumio Sasaki, Goodbye, Things

say goodbye

There’s happiness in having less. That’s why it’s time to say goodbye to all our extra things.

—Fumio Sasaki, Goodbye, Things

wisdom in one sentence – goodbye, things by fumio sasaki

“I’ve defined minimalism as (1) reducing our necessary items to a minimum, and (2) doing away with excess so we can focus on the things that are truly important to us.”

“We are more interested in making others believe we are happy than in trying to be happy ourselves.”
—FRANÇOIS DE LA ROCHEFOUCAULD

“Tyler Durden said it best in the film Fight Club: “The things you own end up owning you.”

“The Dutch philosopher Baruch de Spinoza observed that when people say something is impossible, they’ve already decided that they don’t want to do it”

“Ichiro Suzuki, one of the best baseball players in Japan and America, said the accumulation of small achievements is the only way to do something incredible. ”

“It’s possible to minimize more carefully, but I think minimizing the effort it takes to minimize is often the key to success.”

“Author Daisuke Yosumi writes that we should consider stores as our personal warehouses.”

“say goodbye to those ho-hum things.”

“The American poet Allen Ginsberg once observed that if you pay twice as much attention to your rug, it’ll mean the same thing as owning two rugs.”

“While others may like to vary their looks, there’s a stylishness to wearing the same clothes that are perfect for us and using them as a kind of personal uniform.”

“For a minimalist, the objective isn’t to reduce, it’s to eliminate distractions so they can focus on the things that are truly important.”

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.”
—Steve Jobs

“When we practice minimalism, we’ll spend less time being distracted by the media or by advertisements because we become aware that we already have everything that we need. ”

“The qualities I look for in the things I buy are (1) the item has a minimalist type of shape, and is easy to clean; (2) its color isn’t too loud; (3) I’ll be able to use it for a long time; (4) it has a simple structure; (5) it’s lightweight and compact; and (6) it has multiple uses.”

“It’s only after we’ve lost everything that we’re free to do anything.”
—Tyler Durden, Fight Club

“But the truth is, by letting go of my books, CDs, and DVDs, I was able to achieve a fundamental sense of freedom that’s hard to put into words—it’s freedom from my personas, you could say.”

“When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.”
—Lao Tzu

“When you stop comparing, you find yourself”

“I’m as proud of what we don’t do as I am of what we do.”
—Steve Jobs

“Instead of focusing on the voices of others, I focus on and believe in the voice that’s coming from me.”

“There’s a favorite quote of mine from Dale Carnegie’s How to Stop Worrying and Start Living that really sums up what was wrong with me: “I was trying to wash today’s dishes, yesterday’s dishes and dishes that weren’t even dirty yet.”

how terribly sad

How terribly sad it was that people are made in such a way that they get used to something as extraordinary as living.

—Jostein Gaarder, The Solitaire Mystery