Friends, books, a garden, and perhaps his pen,
Delightful industry enjoy'd at home,
An Nature, in her cultivated trim
Dress'ed to his taste, inviting him abroad -
Can he want occupation who has these?
With a few flowers in my garden,
half a dozen pictures
and some books,
I live without envy.
Lope de Vega
We learn from our gardens
to deal with the most
urgent question of the time:
How much is enough?
When I dance, I dance,
when I sleep, I sleep;
yes, and when I walk
alone in a beautiful orchard,
if my thoughts drift to far-off matters
for some part of the time,
for some other part I lead them back
again to the walk, the orchard,
to the sweetness of this solitude,
Frugality is one of the most
beautiful and joyful words in the English language,
and yet one that we are culturally cut off from understanding
The consumption society has made us feel that
happiness lies in having things,
and has failed to teach us the happiness of not having things.