When I was in college, I started copying down quotes from books I read—from novels, essays, poetry. I still have those hand-written notes on yellow legal sheets and they remind me how young I was—how romantic and curious.
Here’s a line from poet Algernon Swinburne: “I have lived long enough having seen one thing, that love hath an end.” Oh, the anguish.
But I also needed a career, so I liked this from Emerson’s essay on Self-Reliance. “Thy lot or portion of life is seeking after thee; therefore be at rest from seeking after it.”