“Life Is What Our Character Makes It. We Fashion It, as a Snail Does Its Shell.”

“Life is what our character makes it. We fashion it, as a snail does its shell.”

–Jules Renard, Journal

Agree, disagree?

I’d never heard of French writer Jules Renard, but I love this journal.

Or perhaps it would be more accurate to add “Life is what our habits make it.” Do you agree with that? But of course, I see everything through the lens of habits these days, because of writing my book about habit-formation, Better Than Before.

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Gretchen Rubin is the author of the blockbuster New York Times bestsellers, The Happiness Project and Happier at Home. She writes abouthappiness and habit-formation (the subject of her next book, Before and After) at gretchenrubin.com. Follow her on Twitter, @gretchenrubin, on Facebook, facebook.com/GretchenRubin

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