Sachs, Wolfgang. ­Greening the North
New York: 1998. ISBN 1856495078
Page 199

A revolution in efficiency (accelerated intra-sectoral structural change) is certainly of central significance for an ecologically and economically sustainable Germany. However, it is improbable that such changes are sufficient - while economic growth continues - to achieve a reduction in material flows to the degree thought necessary in this study.

 

The international herald of tastes
From issue no. 1, april-june 1996

May suitable doses of guaranteed sensual pleasure and slow, long-lasting enjoyment preserve us from the contagion of the multitude who mistake frenzy for efficiency.

Vienne, Veronique. The Art of Doing Nothing
New York: 1998. ISBN 0609600745
Page 81

When Silence Is Golden

So, you are an expert on German typography, Japanese puppetry, or French cuisine? Don’t bring the subject up in public. The English describe a gentleman as someone who can play the bagpipes—but doesn’t.

Not talking about your favorite subject will keep it that way.
Not getting recognition will ensure you don’t become complacent.
Not strutting your stuff in front of new acquaintances will endear you to your old friends.
Not letting the world in on your secret passion will add to your mystery.
Not bragging will ward off envy.
Not tooting your horn will save you from becoming a bore.
Not saying anything when you have nothing to say will always prove wise.
Not asking for the answer will give you time to ponder the question.

William Ellery Channing, in Earth Prayers From Around The World
edited by Elizabeth Roberts and Elias Amidon
New York: 1991 ISBN 006250746
Page 10

To live content with small means,

to seek elegance rather than luxury,
and refinement rather than fashion,
to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not rich,
to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly,
to listen to stars and birds, babes and sages, with open heart,
to bear all cheerfully,
do all bravely,
await occasions,
hurry never --
in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious,
grow up through the common.
This is to be my symphony.

Jackson, Wes Becoming Native to This Place
1997. ISBN 0300069669
Page 155

I have a friend, Leland, who gets by on five hundred dollars a year. He lives in a six-by-sixteen-foot shack. He began his journey some twenty-five years ago. In some respects, he’s more important to me than Thoreau, for Thoreau’s tenure at Walden was brief. Leland’s idea is that once we start seeking pleasure, we start doing violence to people and to the landscape.

Spoken by Kevin Spacey, starring as Lester Burnham in American Beauty
Dreamworks 1999

"I guess I could be pretty pissed about what happened to me, but it’s hard to stay mad when there’s so much beauty in the world.


Sometimes I feel I am seeing it all at once, and it’s too much.

My heart feels like a balloon that’s about to burst. And then I relax and stop trying to hold onto it. And then it flows through me like rain. And I can’t feel anything but gratitude for every single moment of my stupid life.

You have no idea what I am talking about, I’m sure, but don’t worry, you will, someday."