Friday, March 06, 2009

Quote of the Day

"You live like this, sheltered, in a delicate world, and you believe you are living. Then you read a book, or you take a trip, and you discover that you are not living, that you are hibernating.

The symptoms of hibernating are easily detectable: first, restlessness. The second symptom (when hibernating becomes dangerous and might degenerate into death): absence of pleasure. That is all. It appears like an innocuous illness. Monotony, boredom, death.

Millions live like this (or die like this) without knowing it. They work in offices. They drive a car. They picnic with their families. They raise children. and then some shock treatment takes place, a person, a book, a song, and it awakens them and saves them from death."     
  --- Anais Nin

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4 comments:

Jade said...

Loved this Patsy. Anais Nin is full of jewels. My favorite is, "We don't see things as they are, we see things as we are" Hope you are doing well:)

Patsy Terrell said...

I'm doing Okay... still recovering... but functioning. Ms. Nin, indeed, had many words of wisdom to share. :) I love the other quote you mentioned too. We need to have lunch one day soon!

sigerson said...

We don't live until we're pushed out of our comfort zone. Chase tornadoes. Hunt rattlesnakes. Match wits with a druggie on the midnight streets of Caracas. Wander the streets of a town half a world away where you don't even know the language or even how to read the alphabet.

Then come back alive and different.

Patsy Terrell said...

I love that feeling of being "suddenly alive." It's intoxicating.