Have you discovered Bhikkhu Bodhi's Majjhima Nikaya lectures?http://www.bodhimonastery.net/courses/MN/MN_course.html
They go with the suttas in the Majjhima Nikaya but if you didn't want to read them, they would stand on their own.
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road
Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725
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