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#1. What a waste of headspace. What a waste of consciousness. What an insult to every person struggling with illness or poverty or homelessness. What a diss to the sunshine and the sky and the birdsong and to any number of small pleasures or preoccupations that could have more joyfully and usefully occupied space … - Author: Lily Allen
Small Pleasures quotes by Lily Allen
#2. Romantic love is pure fantasy. It destroys a woman's common sense; there simply is no place for it within the walls of a rational mind. You're better off eating a plug of chocolate!" Rachel in Small Pleasures: Mya's Story - Author: Darnishia Bolden
Small Pleasures quotes by Darnishia Bolden
#3. Railroad tracks. After the train went past, we'd scramble around trying to find them, and when we did, we'd always marvel at how any trace of engraving would be completely gone. Sometimes the pennies were still hot. I remember almost burning my fingers one time. When I think back on my childhood, it's mostly about small pleasures like that. Katie shrugged, but Jo remained silent, willing her to go on. - Author: Anonymous
Small Pleasures quotes by Anonymous
#4. Success is how you collect your minutes. You spend millions of minutes to reach one triumph, one moment, then you spend maybe a thousand minutes enjoying it. If you were unhappy through those millions of minutes, what good is the thousand minutes of triumph? It doesn't equate ... Life is made of small pleasures. Good eye contact over the breakfast table with your wife. A moment of touching a friend. Happiness is made of those tiny successes. The big ones come too infrequently. If you don't have all those zillions of tiny successes, the big ones don't mean anything. - Author: Norman Lear
Small Pleasures quotes by Norman Lear
#5. The chief secret of comfort lies in not suffering trifles to vex us, and in prudently cultivating our undergrowth of small pleasures, since very few great ones, alas! are let on long leases. - Author: Richard Sharp
Small Pleasures quotes by Richard Sharp
#6. The most evocative life memories, which produced a synesthesia of emotions, consist of a host of small pleasures intertwined with the homespun stitches of love, affection, kindness, humility, and appreciation of nature. - Author: Kilroy J. Oldster
Small Pleasures quotes by Kilroy J. Oldster
#7. There is something about the pace and scale of British life - an appreciation of small pleasures, a kind of restraint with respect to greed, generally speaking - that makes life strangely agreeable. The British really are the only people in the world who become genuinely enlivened when presented with a hot beverage and a small plain biscuit. - Author: Bill Bryson
Small Pleasures quotes by Bill Bryson
#8. Small pleasures must correct great tragedies, therefore of gardens in the midst of war I bold tell. - Author: Vita Sackville-West
Small Pleasures quotes by Vita Sackville-West
#9. Anyone looking back at the log later, trying to piece together a mystery, would find nothing but times and dry entries. It was a lazy Sunday. What made it meaningful were not the facts or details, but the imperceptibles. Inner life. The smell of the beach grass and the feel of sand on a bathroom floor when changing out of a swimsuit. The heat of American summer. Line ten of the log read simply: 10:22 Condor ate second breakfast. It couldn't capture the perfect toasting of the onion bagel or the saltiness of the fish in contrast with the thickness of cream cheese. It was time lost in a book - a journey of imagination, transportation - which to others simply looks like sitting or lying stomach-down on the rug in front of a summertime fire, legs bent at the knees, up ninety degrees, kicking absently, feet languid in the air. - Author: Noah Hawley
Small Pleasures quotes by Noah Hawley
#10. For what is life, a good life, but the accumulation of small pleasures? - Author: J. Maarten Troost
Small Pleasures quotes by J. Maarten Troost
#11. Solitude sharpens awareness of small pleasures otherwise lost. - Author: Kevin Patterson
Small Pleasures quotes by Kevin Patterson
#12. Something had happened to him ove the past couple of years, something to do with being home with Aaron, sinking into the rhythm of a kid's day. The little tasks, the small pleasures. The repetition that goes beyond boredom and becomes a kind of peace. You do it long enough, and the adult world starts to drift away. You can't catch up with it, not even if you try. - Author: Tom Perrotta
Small Pleasures quotes by Tom Perrotta
#13. It may be that true happiness lies in the conviction that one has irremediably lost happiness. Then we can begin to move through life without hope or fear, capable of finally enjoying all the small pleasures, which are the most lasting. - Author: Maria Luisa Bombal
Small Pleasures quotes by Maria Luisa Bombal
#14. Love feels like a great misfortune, a monstrous parasite, a permanent state of emergency that ruins all small pleasures. - Author: Slavoj Zizek
Small Pleasures quotes by Slavoj Zizek
#15. I will never not be poor, so what does it matter if I don't pay a thing and a half this week instead of just one thing? It's not like the sacrifice will result in improved circumstances; the thing holding me back isn't that I blow five bucks at Wendy's. It's that now that I have proven that I am a Poor Person that is all that I am or ever will be. It is not worth it to me to live a bleak life devoid of small pleasures so that one day I can make a single large purchase. I will never have large pleasures to hold on to. There's a certain pull to live what bits of life you can while there's money in your pocket, because no matter how responsible you are you will be broke in three days anyway. When you never have enough money it ceases to have meaning. I imagine having a lot of it is the same thing. - Author: Linda Tirado
Small Pleasures quotes by Linda Tirado
#16. A man like Sterling wouldn't understand, even though he heals sick people. He'll never love you right. He doesn't love you right, or else you'd be home right now cooking and cleaning and waiting for him. He doesn't know how to taste your pain much less fix it. I was gonna tell him more but he closed the door in my face. I guess that's how a gentleman would do it but a real man wouldn't have whipped his wife . . ." Small Pleasures: Mya's Story (chapter, The Devil Whips His Wife) - Author: Darnishia Bolden
Small Pleasures quotes by Darnishia Bolden
#17. as in Heinrich Heine's (a contemporary of Kierkegaard's) well-known saying that one should value above everything else 'freedom, equality and crab soup'. 'Crab soup' stands here for all the small pleasures in the absence of which we become (mental, if not real) terrorists, - Author: Slavoj Zizek
Small Pleasures quotes by Slavoj Zizek
#18. She was wary, trained to expect little of life, grateful for small pleasures, on her guard against promises, accustomed to making the best of things, in the habit of both wanting and not daring to want something more. Now Miracle Polish has come along, with its air of swagger and its taunting little whisper. Why not? it seemed to say. Why on earth not? But the mirrors that strengthened me, that filled me with new life, made Monica bristle. Did she feel that I preferred a false version of her, a glittering version, to the flesh-and-blood Monica with her Band-Aids and big knees and her burden of sorrows? What drew me was exactly the opposite. In the shining mirrors I saw the true Monica, the hidden Monica, the Monica buried beneath years of discouragement. Far from escaping into a world of polished illusions, I was able to see, in the depths of those mirrors, the world no longer darkened by diminishing hopes and fading dreams. There, all was clear, all was possible. - Author: Steven Millhauser
Small Pleasures quotes by Steven Millhauser
#19. There's this mental illness, right? It's called 'anhedonia.' It means 'without pleasure.' You can look it up, though all you really need to do is look around." She motioned to the door the other women had disappeared through, and to the world at large. "A good deal of people, mostly women, spend their entire lives in this state. It's a sort of half-death. But if you recognize this, you can fix it...You focus on bliss. Small pleasures. Fill your day with as many as you can fit into twenty-four hours. You devote every possible moment not to fulfilling another person-a man-but yourself."-Suzanne
"Sounds hedonistic"- Joanna
"But once you can do this, you start attracting everyone to you. You dont need compare yourself to some other girl, no matter how young or firm or perky she is.....Trust me. A woman like this, one at her best? We're the color of the world. We're the light and the beauty. So focus on your pleasure, and the man you want can't help but realize...that he may be a prince...but your a goddess.-Suzanne - Author: Vicki Pettersson
Small Pleasures quotes by Vicki Pettersson
#20. Any day could be the last of life or liberty, so small pleasures were always worth pursuing. - Author: Lee Child
Small Pleasures quotes by Lee Child
#21. If by leaving a small pleasure one sees a great pleasure, let a wise man leave the small pleasure, and look to the great. - Author: Gautama Buddha
Small Pleasures quotes by Gautama Buddha
#22. Subtly, in the little ways, joy has been leaking out of our lives. The small pleasures of the ordinary day seem almost contemptible, and glance off us lightly ... Perhaps it's a good time to reconsider pleasure at its roots. Changing out of wet shoes and socks, for instance. Bathrobes. Yawning and stretching. Real tomatoes. - Author: Barbara Holland
Small Pleasures quotes by Barbara Holland
#23. Nations, like individuals, have been always disposed from interest or vanity to forget their day of small things; like individuals, too, they have always been unwilling to isolate their origins from the great ones who have gone before. - Author: Hutcheson Macaulay Posnett
Small Pleasures quotes by Hutcheson Macaulay Posnett
#24. Yea, she hath passed hereby, and blessed the sheaves,
And the great garths, and stacks, and quiet farms,
And all the tawny, and the crimson leaves.
Yea, she hath passed with poppies in her arms,
Under the star of dusk, through stealing mist,
And blessed the earth, and gone, while no man wist.
With slow, reluctant feet, and weary eyes,
And eye-lids heavy with the coming sleep,
With small breasts lifted up in stress of sighs,
She passed, as shadows pass, among the sheep;
While the earth dreamed, and only I was ware
Of that faint fragrance blown from her soft hair.
The land lay steeped in peace of silent dreams;
There was no sound amid the sacred boughs.
Nor any mournful music in her streams:
Only I saw the shadow on her brows,
Only I knew her for the yearly slain,
And wept, and weep until she come again. - Author: Frederic Manning
Small Pleasures quotes by Frederic Manning
#25. Because these wings are no longer wings to fly
But merely vans to beat the air
The air which is now thoroughly small and dry
Smaller and dryer than the will
Teach us to care and not to care
Teach us to sit still - Author: T. S. Eliot
Small Pleasures quotes by T. S. Eliot
#26. I place flowers in the very first rank of simple pleasures; and I have no very good opinion of the hard worldly people who take no delight in them. - Author: Mary Russell Mitford
Small Pleasures quotes by Mary Russell Mitford
#27. As things grew for me I felt like I was losing myself and wanted to stay true to myself as well. I didn't want to lose any connection I had with the audience. I felt small on a big stage and I felt like I was peaking generically to an audience. - Author: Jason Mraz
Small Pleasures quotes by Jason Mraz
#28. Auburn is a very small, quiet college town, a different kind of place geographically and culturally. - Author: Tim Hudson
Small Pleasures quotes by Tim Hudson
#29. After three years down here, I've not learned too much. But one thing I do know is that our bellies aren't big enough for revenge. It turns sour and eats you up. We'll get out, but we'll get out for the sun, the moon, and mothers, not for small-souled enemies, though we'll deal with them when we get there. - Author: N.D. Wilson
Small Pleasures quotes by N.D. Wilson
#30. Indeed, pursuing pleasure, Seneca warns, is like pursuing a wild beast: On being captured, it can turn on us and tear us to pieces. Or, changing the metaphor a bit, he tells us that intense pleasures, when captured by us, become our captors, meaning that the more pleasures a man captures, "the more masters will he have to serve. - Author: William B. Irvine
Small Pleasures quotes by William B. Irvine
#31. The brave man is he who overcomes not only his enemies but his pleasures - Author: Democritus
Small Pleasures quotes by Democritus
#32. Murder was apparently too common-place in the big city to attract much notice.
Poor Luther, thought Lucy, as she headed back to the hotel. Even in death he was only a big fish in a small pond. - Author: Leslie Meier
Small Pleasures quotes by Leslie Meier
#33. I own a few thousand snapshots, which is small by the standards of most collectors I know. I generally only buy photos I think I may actually be able to use in a book one day. I need that focus when buying, because without it I'd just buy everything and my house would be overrun with bucket loads of snapshots; there are just too many beautiful images in the world, and I'd need to own them all. - Author: Ransom Riggs
Small Pleasures quotes by Ransom Riggs
#34. I made a birdhouse," he said confidently. "And I painted it to look like Hogwarts. - Author: Megan Duke
Small Pleasures quotes by Megan Duke
#35. The baby closed its mouth, staring at him with hope and small hiccups.
"Jesus," he said. He lay down on the bed, pulling the pillow under his head, and drew the whole bundle of coat, shawl and infant up against his shirt. A tiny hand closed tight on the lace. One sob erupted, and then changed midbreath to a soft sigh.
Women, he thought sardonically, sinking in the bedclothes, with sleep revolving and closing in his head. He moved one finger, feeling a cheek as soft as down.
What's your name?
Ask the girl. Remember that ...
Maddy ...
It was wrong. I must leave thee now.
Don't cry. Don't cry, little girl ... I'm so tired. I never deserved you, did I? Maddy ... but I loved you.
I always loved you. - Author: Laura Kinsale
Small Pleasures quotes by Laura Kinsale
#36. The actual, original 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,' I have vague memories of because I was pretty small, but I loved, loved, loved it. I have only those weird, visceral little-kid memories: I remember the extreme flat, two dimensional green that was their skin or the weird pizza with no sauce - it was just like yellow, drippy cheese. - Author: Mae Whitman
Small Pleasures quotes by Mae Whitman
#37. The corridor is hardly ever found in small houses, apart from the verandah, which also serves as a corridor. - Author: Stephen Gardiner
Small Pleasures quotes by Stephen Gardiner
#38. A soul preoccupied with great ideas best performs small duties. - Author: Harriet Martineau
Small Pleasures quotes by Harriet Martineau
#39. The contemporary Christian mind is starved, and as a result we have small, impoverished souls. - Author: J.P. Moreland
Small Pleasures quotes by J.P. Moreland
#40. I recently finished a job, an HBO movie 'Getting On,' a very dark comedy. It comes from a British series of the same name. In this role I have no hair, no make up and no nails. I play a very small role; she is not over the top and sassy. - Author: Niecy Nash
Small Pleasures quotes by Niecy Nash
#41. I wished I were like those soldiers in films who run out of bullets and toss away their guns as though they would never again have any use for them, or like runaways in the desert who, rather than ration the water in the gourd, yield to thirst and swill away, then drop their gourd in their tracks. Instead, I squirreled away small things so that in the lean days ahead glimmers from the past might bring back the warmth. I began, reluctantly, to steal from the present to pay off debts I knew I'd incur in the future. This, I knew, was as much a crime as closing the shutters on sunny afternoons. But I also knew that in Mafalda's superstitious world, anticipating the worst was as sure a way of preventing it from happening.

When we went on a walk one night and he told me that he'd soon be heading back home, I realized how futile my alleged foresight had been. Bombs never fall on the same spot; this one, for all my premonitions, fell exactly in my hideaway. - Author: Andre Aciman
Small Pleasures quotes by Andre Aciman
#42. God lends me His heart to love you with. I asked for it when I found my own was too small, and it really holds you, and leaves you room to grow. - Author: Mary Haskell
Small Pleasures quotes by Mary Haskell
#43. Behold the Power of the peanut. His body mass may be small, but his influence is mighty. The last holdout in the Tower has officially fallen to him.
(Said by Pia about the effect her son 'peanut' had on the Sentinel Aryal) - Author: Thea Harrison
Small Pleasures quotes by Thea Harrison
#44. I didn't just wake up one morning and think, "I'm a boy!" It sort of crept up on me and tapped me on the shoulder a few times before I started to pay attention I began to think that the word "girl" didn't quite fit me. It was like a shoe that was too small -- it pinched me. - Author: Cat Clarke
Small Pleasures quotes by Cat Clarke
#45. 5: Social security will break small business, become a huge tax burden on our citizens, and bankrupt our country!
1944: The G.I. Bill will break small business, become a huge tax burden on our citizens, and bankrupt our country!
1965: Medicare will break small business, become a huge tax burden on our citizens, and bankrupt our country!
1994: Health care will break small business, become a huge tax burden on our citizens, and bankrupt our country! - Author: Joseph Conrad
Small Pleasures quotes by Joseph Conrad
#46. Our self-perception determines our behavior. If we think we're small, limited, inadequate creatures, then we tend to behave that way, and the energy we radiate reflects those thoughts no matter what we do. If we think we're magnificent creatures with an infinite abundance of love and power to give, then we tend to behave that way. Once again, the energy around us reflects our state of awareness. - Author: Marianne Williamson
Small Pleasures quotes by Marianne Williamson
#47. In the natural order no matter what ideals may be theoretically possible, most people more or less live for themselves and for their own interests and pleasures or for those of their own family or group, and therefore they are constantly interfering with one another's aims, and hurting one another and injuring one another, whether they mean it or not. - Author: Thomas Merton
Small Pleasures quotes by Thomas Merton
#48. Help each user personally. Sure that won't scale to a very large size, but when a startup is just starting out, it really helps you have an advantage as a small and nimble company. - Author: John Collison
Small Pleasures quotes by John Collison
#49. Pounce trotted past the newcomers, carrying a black kitten with a white bib and mittens in his mouth. The small creature hung in Pounce's grip, ears flat, hindquarters and tail curled up. It seemed as dejected as a body could be at my cat's handling…
My cat dropped his captive in Aniki's lap. He then lectured her in meows, saying, I cannot let you maul me about. Do it to him.
…Kora grabbed Pounce. "Why her?" she asked, holding Pounce up. "I'm a mage. By rights I should have a cat. You like Aniki more than you like me!"
Ersken said, "I think Pounce is in a giving mood today."
Here came my cat with a second kitten. This one was a light and dark brown ball with thin black stripes and spots. Pounce dropped it in front of Kora. - Author: Tamora Pierce
Small Pleasures quotes by Tamora Pierce
#50. I was drawn here for another reason, slept for centuries for another cause…to see something new born in you and Tahiri. And to give whatever small help I am able to give to see that birth arrive."
―Ikrit to Anakin Solo - Author: Greg Keyes
Small Pleasures quotes by Greg Keyes
#51. What does... bebita mean?"
Rider blinked and his lips slowly parted. Surprise splashed across his face. Yeah, I'd spoken in front of Hector. I felt sort of giddy. Might've only been a handful of words, but it was the first time I spoke to him. It was the first time I'd spoken to anyone in front of Rider since we crossed paths again. He'd never been around when Jayden had.
Biting down on my lip to stop from grinning, I dared a peek at Hector.
His light green eyes were wide, then he smiled broadly. "Means, uh, baby girl."
"Oh," I whispered, feeling my cheeks heat. That was kind of nice.
"It also means something he doesn't need to be calling you," Rider added, and my gaze darted back to him.
Hector chuckled, and when I glanced at him, he was grinning. One arm was flung over the back of his seat. "My bad," he murmured, but nothing about the way he looked suggested he felt any guilt.
My lips twitched into a small grin.
Rider cocked his head to the side. "Uh-huh. - Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Small Pleasures quotes by Jennifer L. Armentrout
#52. We are in danger of destroying ourselves by our greed and stupidity. We cannot remain looking inwards at ourselves on a small and increasingly polluted and overcrowded planet. - Author: Stephen Hawking
Small Pleasures quotes by Stephen Hawking
#53. Do adults realize how lucky they are? Or do they forget that these small moments are actually small miracles? I don't want to ever forget. - Author: Stephanie Perkins
Small Pleasures quotes by Stephanie Perkins
#54. Heaven is the natural spaciousness of our mind before we make it small with self-protection. - Author: Sakyong Mipham
Small Pleasures quotes by Sakyong Mipham
#55. If I were your mother, I would also warn you to beware of buildings that claim to be the houses of God. If heard it said once, jokingly, that on their days off, when they are not actively intervening in human affairs or shoring up the sweetness of the earth, the orishas get together in a little apartment in a poor section of Havana around a very big screen television and laugh themselves silly a the unceasing soap opera that is our lives, all the while puffing on good Cuban cigars and swigging cheap rum. And, darling, whether you imagine one big white distant god or many more particular brown ones who like their little pleasures, I would tell you to get off your butt and out of the house if you want to make contact. If you go to a mausoleum, you'll find dead bodies. Living gods inhabit a living world. - Author: Joyce Thompson
Small Pleasures quotes by Joyce Thompson
#56. We have new technology that allows us ... After we've blocked it, all the actors usually run over to the monitor and we can see the hallways and what's there. But I find it difficult, because you're in such a large room and you feel so small and inadequate. There's so much space around you and actors always want a prop or something just to make it comfortable. - Author: Laura Vandervoort
Small Pleasures quotes by Laura Vandervoort
#57. Reclaimed by the small-time day-to-day, pretending life is Back To Normal, wrapping herself shivering against contingency's winter in some threadbare blanket of first-quarter expenses, school committees, cable-bill irregularities, a workday jittering with low-life fantasies for which "fraud" is often too elegant a term, upstairs neighbors to whom bathtub caulking is an alien concept, symptoms upper-respiratory and lower-intestinal, all in the quaint belief that change will always be gradual enough to manage, with insurance, with safety equipment, with healthy diets and regular exercise, and that evil never comes roaring out of the sky to explode into anybody's towering delusions about being exempt. . . - Author: Thomas Pynchon
Small Pleasures quotes by Thomas Pynchon

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