William B. Irvine on Pleasure

“…though certain activities are pleasurable, engaging in those activities will disrupt our tranquility, and the tranquility lost will outweigh the pleasure gained.”

~ Irvine, William B. / A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy (p. 227). Oxford University Press. Kindle Edition.

Yvette Lundy on Oppression

My idea of resistance was not to die as a martyr on the altar of liberated France; I was 20 years old and I loved life too much to offer myself as a sacrifice. I had rather in mind to rot the life of the occupier … And the opportunities are not too lacking if you have a little imagination.

~ Yvette Lundy / The Times, 21st November, 2019

Penelope Lively on Ageing

“There’s this piece of contemporary mythology that the forties are the best time of your life. A load of cock, so far as I’m concerned.”

~ Penelope Lively / Passing On

James Lovegrove on Judith Kerr

“If Kerr’s books have any message at all, it is that everyone should derive a childlike satisfaction from ordinary, mundane things — family, friends, a roof over your head, a pet — and not take them for granted.”

~ James Lovegrove on Judith Kerr / Financial Times, July 19th 2019