The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery is an excellent read. Here are some illustrated quotes from her book.
What does art do for us? It gives shape to our emotions, makes them visible, and, in so doing, places a seal of eternity upon them.
The peace of mind one experiences on one’s own, one’s certainty of self in the serenity of solitude, are nothing in comparison to the release and openness and fluency one shares with another, in close companionship.
The tea ritual……. has the extraordinary virtue of introducing into the absurdity of our lives an aperture of serene harmony.
In the end, I wonder if the true movement of the world might not be a voice raised in song.
There’s so much humanity in a love of trees, so much nostalgia for our first sense of wonder, so much power in just feeling our own insignificance when we are surrounded by nature…
Beautiful things should belong to beautiful souls.
Those who seek eternity find solitude.
Perhaps the Japanese have learned that you can only savor a pleasure when you know it is ephemeral and unique