Sunday, July 22, 2018

Weekend Words

Stanley, TAS

Quotes from – The Book of Hygge – Louisa Thomsen Brits

Happiness is like a butterfly; the more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder.
- Henry David Thoreau

The greatest hazard of all, losing one’s self, can occur very quietly in the world, as if it were nothing at all. No other loss – an arm, a leg, five dollars, a wife, etc – is sure to be noticed.
- Soren Kierkegaard

The most common form of despair is not being who you are.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Hygge is ‘fragile’ because the process, in a sense, is the goal. It comes through collaborative effort and can easily appear but also easily disappear.
- Carston Levison

It is in the shelter of each other that people live.
- Irish proverb

The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.
- William Morris

I have never looked upon ease and happiness as ends in themselves – such an ethical basis I call more proper for a herd of swine. The ideals that have lighted me on my way and time after time given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Truth, Goodness, and Beauty.
- Albert Einstein

Common sense in an uncommon degree is what the world calls wisdom.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Perhaps this particularly Danish focus on the ordinary and mundane, on ‘hygge’ and the creation of a space filled with familiar, comforting, ordinary things, cordons us off – albeit temporarily – from nothingness.
- Christian Hall

Material goods rarely alter our levels of happiness, unlike emotional experiences. Having can never replace being.
- Ilse Crawford

How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our life.
- Annie Dillard

Hygge definition

Hygge is a kind of enchantment - a way of stirring the senses, the heart and the imagination, of acknowledging the sacred in the secular - a way of giving something ordinary a special context, spirit and warmth, taking time to make it extraordinary. Hygge is about appreciation.

This is my hygge sweet spot...
the deserted beach at Stanley, TAS


  1. All so true!! Live in the moment, and the Annie Dillard quote sums it up perfectly. But when I think of hygge, I am picturing snowy, wintry stuff, like cocoa, thick sweaters, hot soup, throws, etc. Not beaches. Ha! I need to expand my hygge-ing to the other seasons!
    Now that I think about it, sitting on a quilt outside with Dolly under a shady tree is exactly what we're talking about here; I just hadn't thought of it that way. ;-)

    1. I guess it's different for each of us.
      What's one man's hygge is another man's horror :) xx