From Things I’m Reading

January 22, 2013 @ 8:57 am | Filed under: Books, Commonplace Book

“The difficulty of getting rid of even one half of one’s possessions is considerable, even at removal prices. And after the standard items are disposed of—china, rugs, furniture, books—the surface is merely scratched: you open a closet door and there in the half-dark sit a catcher’s mitt and an old biology notebook.”

—E.B. White, “Removal,” One Man’s Meat

“…you should think of will-power as something that never exists in the present tense, only in the future and the past. At one moment you have decided to do or refrain from an action and the next moment you have already done or refrained; it is the only way to deal with will-power….I offer this advice without fee; it is included in the price of this book.”

—Mrs. Hutchins, the narrator of Muriel Spark’s A Far Cry from Kensington


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  1. You have just caused me to add another book to my already overflowing to-read list. It’s funny to think E.B. White wrote about getting rid of things so long ago when today it’s almost become a trend to declutter. (Except I don’t actually know if that’s what he was talking about, which is why I’ll have to read the book!)