— Henry James
— From Book “A Matter of Love and Life”
— Frank Partnoy
— Morgan Housel (link)
“Being able to do what you want, when you want, where you want, with who you want and for as long as you want provides a lasting level of happiness that no amount of “fancy stuff” can ever offer.
The thrill of having fancy stuff wears off quickly. But a job with flexible hours and a short commute will never get old. Having enough savings to give you time and options during an emergency will never get old. Being able to retire when you want to will never get old.
Achieving independence is our ultimate goal in life. But independence isn’t an “all-or-nothing” — every dollar you save is like owning a slice of your future that might otherwise be managed by someone else, based on their priorities.”
― Buckminster Fuller
— Jacob Needleman From “Money and the meaning of life” p. 29
… How is it that after decades of inventions and new technologies devoted to saving time and labor, the result is that there is no time left? We are a time-poor society: we are temporally impoverished. And there is no issue, no aspect of human life, that exceeds this in importance. The destruction of time is literally the destruction of life.
We rarely feel that our time is ‘our own.’ We rarely sense that we are consciously alive, now and here, free from compulsive worry about the past and the future, free fully to experience our lives. The coin of time has been degraded and cheapened to the point of vanishing.”