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Quotes of the Day for 22 July 2003 – Retreat

I never quite understood the phrase, "going on retreat." It sounds a little more purposeful than a vacation, a little more meaningful than just needing a break. But I need a break, and can't afford a vacation, so I'm off to the mountains to do a little art. This year I'll be trying my hand at cloisonne. It's not only completely different from what I do day to day, it's also completely different from anything I've done on retreat before. Expect quotes to resume next Tuesday. If you can't bear to be without, remember that you can always search the database on the website. In fact, I recently updated the collection on the web for your browsing pleasure.

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The quotes:

Once in a while you have to take a break and visit yourself.
     - Audrey Giorgi

One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important.
     - Bertrand Russell, 1872 - 1970

Men seek out retreats for themselves in the country, by the seaside, on the moutains... But all this is unphilosophical to the last degree... when thou canst at a moment's notice retire into thyself.
     - Marcus Aelius Aurelius

The secret of success is making your vocation your vacation.
     - Mark Twain, 1835 - 1910

Part of the happiness of life consists not in fighting battles but in avoiding them. A masterly retreat is in itself a victory.
     - Norman Vincent Peale

Retreat, hell! We're just advancing in another direction.
     - Oliver Prince Smith


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