You want people to feel something when you tell a story, whether they feel happy or whether they feel sad.
– Harry Dean Stanton
Be happy, cried the Nightingale, be happy; you shall have your red rose. I will build it out of music by moonlight, and stain it with my own heart’s-blood. All that I ask of you in return is that you will be a true lover, for Love is wiser than Philosophy, though she is wise, and mightier than Power, though he is mighty. Flame-coloured are his wings, and coloured like flame is his body. His lips are sweet as honey, and his breath is like frankincense.
– Oscar Wilde
One thing that makes me very happy is to have a complicated idea and to feel that I’ve expressed myself clearly. I remember writing the ending to ‘Happier at Home.’ I wrote the entire book to build to that ending ‘now is now,’ and what I had to say was very abstract, and yet I felt satisfied that I managed to say what I wanted to say.
– Gretchen Rubin