The Challenges of Being Human: Best Quotes from a Year of Reading

Crowd on Beach near Heinz Ocean Pier, Atlantic City, New Jersey, circa 1907. Photo from the collections of The Henry Ford.

I read a lot, and as I go, I collect quotes that strike me — whether because they so closely match my view of the world, they introduce interesting new ideas, or they are just so exceptionally phrased. During 2019, I saved over 500 quotations from books, articles, and poems I read, and as the year winds down, I’ve culled those to 140 of my favorites. Since that’s still an awful…