( Jorge Luis BORGES )
Eğer, yeniden başlayabilseydim yaşamaya,
İkincisinde, daha çok hata yapardım.
Kusursuz olmaya çalışmaz, sırtüstü yatardım.
Neşeli olurdum, ilkinde olmadığım kadar,
Çok az şeyi
Temizlik sorun bile olmazdı asla.
Daha çok riske girerdim.
Seyahat ederdim daha fazla.
Daha çok güneş doğuşu izler,
Daha çok dağa tırmanır, daha çok nehirde yüzerdim.
Görmediğim bir çok yere giderdim.
Dondurma yerdim doyasıya ve daha az bezelye.
Gerçek sorunlarım olurdu hayali olanların yerine.
Yaşamın her anını gerçek ve verimli kılan insanlardandım ben.
Yeniden başlayabilseydim eğer, yalnız mutlu anlarım olurdu.
Farkında mısınız bilmem. Yaşam budur zaten.
Anlar, sadece anlar. Siz de anı yaşayın.
Hiçbir yere yanında termometre, su, şemsiye ve paraşüt almadan,
Gitmeyen insanlardandım ben.
Yeniden başlayabilseydim eğer, hiçbir şey taşımazdım.
Eğer yeniden başlayabilseydim,
İlkbaharda pabuçlarımı fırlatır atardım.
Ve sonbahar bitene kadar yürürdüm çıplak ayaklarla.
Bilinmeyen yollar keşfeder, güneşin tadına varır,
Çocuklarla oynardım, bir şansım olsaydı eğer.
Ama işte 85′indeyim ve biliyorum…
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Meaning of Life
On the first day, God created the dog and said:
‘Sit all day by the door of your house and bark at anyone who comes in or walks past. For this, I will give you a life span of twenty years.’
The dog said: ‘That’s a long time to be barking. How about only ten years and I’ll give you back the other ten?’
So God agreed.
On the second day, God created the monkey and said:
‘Entertain people, do tricks, and make them laugh. For this, I’ll give you a twenty-year life span.’
The monkey said: ‘Monkey tricks for twenty years? That’s a pretty long time to perform. How about I give you back ten like the Dog did?’
And God agreed.
On the third day, God created the cow and said:
‘You must go into the field with the farmer all day long and suffer under the sun, have calves and give milk to support the farmer’s family. For this, I will give you a life span of sixty years.’
The cow said: ‘That’s kind of a tough life you want me to live for sixty years.. How about twenty and I’ll give back the other forty?’
And God agreed again.
On the fourth day, God cr eated man and said:
‘Eat, sleep, play, marry and enjoy your life. For this, I’ll give you twenty years.’
But man said: ‘Only twenty years? Could you possibly give me my twenty, the forty the cow gave back, the ten the monkey gave back, and the ten the dog gave back; that makes eighty, okay?’
‘Okay,’ said God, ‘You asked for it.’
So that is why for our first twenty years we eat, sleep, play and enjoy ourselves. For the next forty years we slave in the sun to support our family. For the next ten years we do monkey tricks to entertain the grandchildren. And for the last ten years we sit on the front porch and bark at everyone.
Life has now been explained to you…
L I F E I S P O K E R
Life is a poker game.
My friends are sick to tears of that expression, but if I have a guiding philosophy, that’s it. There isn’t a day that goes by in which I do not apply some precept I learned in a dank, smoky poker room to the ordinary tribulations of life. So for what it’s worth, here they are: the lessons about life that I’ve learned in the six-chair.
1. Don’t throw good money after bad.
In poker: sometimes when a player has a hand that once had potential, he’ll continue to play long after that potential has eroded into nothingness. I’ve even seen players continue to bet money in hopes of filling their straight with a 5 when all four 5s have already been shown. He’s “chasing” because he’s blinded by the investment he’s already made.
In life: investments, be they of money or energy or emotion, are irrelevant. When the potential for success seriously diminishes, you need to cut your losses and get out, regardless of how much you have invested. All you’ll do is increase your loss.
2. Don’t bet on the come.
In poker: good players pay to see if promising hands improve. Poor players pay to see if bad hands improve. Betting on the come means betting on a miracle. A busy deity, God doesn’t intervene often at the poker table.
In life: fools bet on miracles. Every lottery player comes to mind, as do religious types who attribute their job promotion, touchdown pass, good gas mileage etc. to the Divine. Relying upon the unlikely is a dangerous, foolish practice that dooms you to calamity. Make every risk you take a calculated one. And enter into every conflict knowing what your objectives are and how you’re going to get out of it.
3. Second best is always the poorest man.
In poker: the worst losses of my career have been because of fabulous hands, most recently a $200 one hour drubbing in which I lost on two full houses, two flushes, and a straight. Great hands, but when they’re second-best, they’re costly as all hell.
In life: it’s easier and hurts less to have never been competitive. This aphorism is particularly relevant in matters of the heart, in which case finishing second is particularly devastating.
4. Atrocious hands require no diligence.
In poker: the most liberating feeling in the world is looking at your first three cards for free and seeing an unsuited 2, 5, 9. Toss ’em back; it’s time for a bathroom break.
In life: don’t squander your finite number of days on earth dicking around with what doesn’t work. Activities and people you can live without waste your time and energy.
5. Lord, protect me from hands with promise.
In poker: if you get a 4,5,6,8 and no 7s are showing and no one seems to be working on a higher hand, you’re going to play to the river ( the seventh card) and get drubbed. But this is the right thing to do.
In life: no risk, no reward. Make the best decision you can, given the facts available to you at the time, and never second-guess yourself.
6. Fly in under the radar
In poker: in most cases, I fold a lot and bet very conservatively when I first sit down at the table. I do this for two reasons: to profile my opponents and to evade their attempts to profile me. Only later, after I’ve learned their tells and tendencies, do I liberalize my betting and attempt to bluff.
In life: always keep a low profile until you understand the dynamics and politics of any situation. Listen, watch, and give them nothing to overhear or watch until you own them. I always enjoy it when people say they thought I was shy at first but were mistaken; it means I succeeded.
7. Represent something
In poker: always represent some hand or another. Sometimes you’ll be honest, sometimes you’ll be lying, and usually you’ll be hiding the fact that your hand has unfulfilled potential.
In life: never let most people get a good look at you, your goals, or your insecurities until it’s too late for them to exploit the knowledge. Use misdirection to deceive hostile people outright.
8. You have to bet into a raiser once in a while.
In poker: people can’t always have good hands, and you if you constantly drop, they’ll start stealing pots. You need to pay once in a while just so they know you might call them.
In life: people must know that they cannot lie to you with impunity. Discover them. And expose them once in a while.
9. Exploit the rules to your fullest benefit.
In poker: screw tradition and etiquette. If you have a hapless fish at the table, check-raise into them.
In life: there is no system devised by men that cannot be exploited. Know the rules and, particularly, their boundaries. Find the loopholes and exploit them unapologetically. When people whine, call them whiners. They’re only upset that you have balls they lack.
10. If you can take no pleasure from winning, don’t play.
In poker: sometimes you’ll play against someone who clearly cannot afford to lose. Myself, I’ve practically taken food out of hungry kids’ mouths at the poker table, and I didn’t care for it�to the point where I didn’t bet as heavily as I would have ordinarily. This is poor poker. When your winning hands come, you must wring every cent out of them. So when I start feeling compassion for my opponents, I leave the table out of self-defense.
In life: immediately extricate yourself from any situation in which you must sacrifice your own interests.
11. Never play when you’re disadvantaged
In poker: sometimes, you’ll be tired or distracted and thus prone to making mental mistakes. Other times you may lack the amount of money necessary to bet a great hand. In all cases, get out. Good players will recognize and exploit these disadvantages.
In life: avoid putting yourself at the mercy of people whose self-interests lie in your failure. Always know your limitations and prevent their exposure.
12. Never bet more than you can afford to lose.
In poker: some people get so enraptured with the thrill of gambling that they lose sight that losing is probable. They’re so busily chasing that elusive Big Hand that they don’t pause to consider the probable consequences. I always bet with the assumption that I will possibly, sometimes probably, lose.
In life: consider the worst possible consequences of every risk. Are they really that bad? Are they worth it? Dwell on it before and while you act.
13. Wait for your moment.
In poker: all players being equal, you will lose 85% of the time. From that 85% spring two truths. The first is that you must wait for your moment, your 15%, and exploit it as much as possible.
In life: when you’re on top, enjoy and exploit it. You don’t know how long it’ll last or if it will happen again.
14. Know how to bet a loser.
In poker: The second truth derived from that 85% is even more important. After all, everyone knows how to bet a winner. But not everyone can bet a loser well. The secret is in paying attention to both your hand and to the ebb and flow of the hands around you. Stay around as long as it’s cheap, to see if you can snag a miracle. Learn how to recognize the very second you’re beaten. Constantly recalculate your odds of winning relative to the cost of staying in. The moment your potential payoff is exceeded by the cost of remaining in the game, get the hell out.
In life: don’t quit any endeavor until you have to, but don’t remain a single second after you know it’s fruitless.
15. Cuff the superior players.
In poker: some players will be more skilled or luckier than you, but the one thing you completely control is your courage. Bet into your superiors when you can. Even if you don’t hit your hand, you’ll have their attention and respect. If you beat them, they’ll surely remember it. And if you anger them, you’ll own them.
In life: let malevolent people know in no uncertain terms that you’re not only unintimidated by them�you’re likely to challenge them. No one is as easily frightened as those who peddle fear, and once you frighten or anger them, you control them.
16. The cards have no memory.
In poker: when the deck is shuffled, all odds are equal again. People who’ve had a spate of bad luck will actually change chairs or ask the dealer to swap decks. Bet into these morons mercilessly.
In life: past success or failure have no bearing on your present chances. A lucky (or unlucky) streak is defined only in past tense; you are never currently in one.
17. Success is equal parts luck, skill, and guile.
In poker: when you win, sometimes you’re lucky; sometimes you play well; and sometimes you just had the guts to fake one or both. Skilled players win all three ways.
In life: pay homage to each side of the trinity. Embrace luck when it comes, for it doesn’t come all that often. Have yourself well prepared for every exigency. And execute courageous ideas others cannot or will not.
18. You gotta bet big to win big
In poker: sitting back and patiently collecting whatever small pots come your way is a reasonable approach to earning a little money, but if you want to scoop up a huge pot, there’s no way of doing it cheaply.
In life: perpetually playing it safe may stave off enormous losses, but it absolutely guarantees that you won’t experience success, either. Strive for a balance between waiting patiently for your moment and making the most of that moment when it arrives.
You can get everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.
The goal of life is living in agreement with nature.
We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
These, then, are my last words to you: Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create that fact.
Is Life Worth Living?
Religion, whatever it is, is a man’s total reaction upon life.
The Varieties of Religious Experience, 1902
For everything that lives is holy, life delights in life.
Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save.
Most things break, including hearts. The lessons of life amount not to wisdom, but to scar tissue and callus.
Over the years I have developed a picture of what a human being living humanely is like. She is a person who understand, values and develops her body, finding it beautiful and useful; a person who is real and is willing to take risks, to be creative, to manifest competence, to change when the situation calls for it, and to find ways to accommodate to what is new and different, keeping that part of the old that is still useful and discarding what is not.
Life is the flower for which love is the honey.
We can discover this meaning in life in three different ways: (1) by doing a deed; (2) by experiencing a value; and (3) by suffering.
A man who becomes conscious of the responsibility he bears toward a human being who affectionately waits for him, or to an unfinished work, will never be able to throw away his life. He knows the “why” for his existence, and will be able to bear almost any “how.”
If architects want to strengthen a decrepit arch, they increase the load that is laid upon it, for thereby the parts are joined more firmly together. So, if therapists wish to foster their patients’ mental health, they should not be afraid to increase that load through a reorientation toward the meaning of one’s life.
Ursula K. LeGuin
If you see a whole thing – it seems that it’s always beautiful. Planets, lives…. But close up a world’s all dirt and rocks. And day to day, life’s a hard job, you get tired, you lose the pattern.
Life would be much easier if I had the source code.
Birth, life, and death — each took place on the hidden side of a leaf.
Life is like a sewer. What you get out of it depends on what you put into it.
It is in our lives and not our words that our religion must be read.
Thich Nhat Hanh
Life can be found only in the present moment. The past is gone, the future is not yet here, and if we do not go back to ourselves in the present moment, we cannot be in touch with life.
There are two ways to slide easily through life: to believe everything or to doubt everything; both ways save us from thinking.
Whatever is at the center of our life will be the source of our security, guidance, wisdom, and power.
Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.
Sophia Lyon Fahs
Life becomes religious whenever we make it so: when some new light is seen, when some deeper appreciation is felt, when some larger outlook is gained, when some nobler purpose is formed, when some task is well done.
Injustice can be eliminated, but human conflicts and natural limitations cannot be removed. The conflicts of social life and the limitations of nature cannot be controlled or transcended. They can, however, be endured and survived. It is possible for there to be a dance with life, a creative response to its intrinsic limits and challenges … [A Feminist Ethic of Risk]
Our care should not be to have lived long as to have lived enough.
I have found life an enjoyable, enchanting, active, and sometime terrifying experience, and I’ve enjoyed it completely. A lament in one ear, maybe, but always a song in the other.
Life begets life. Energy becomes energy. It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich.
Sarah Ban Breathnach
An authentic life is the most personal form of worship. Everyday life has become my prayer.
Roy H. Williams
Lives, like money, are spent. What are you buying with yours?
Each person must live their life as a model for others.
Robert Louis Stevenson
The best things in life are nearest: Breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of right just before you. Then do not grasp at the stars, but do life’s plain, common work as it comes, certain that daily duties and daily bread are the sweetest things in life.
What is this talked-of mystery of birth
But being mounted bareback on the earth?
In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.
The purpose of life is a life of purpose.
After sleeping through a hundred million centuries we have finally opened our eyes on a sumptuous planet, sparkling with color, bountiful with life. Within decades we must close our eyes again. Isn’t it a noble, an enlightened way of spending our brief time in the sun, to work at understanding the universe and how we have come to wake up in it? This is how I answer when I am asked — as I am surprisingly often — why I bother to get up in the mornings.
Raymond Charles Barker
The principle of life is that life responds by corresponding; your life becomes the thing you have decided it shall be.
Life is “trying things to see if they work.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Life is short, but there is always time enough for courtesy.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Life is a progress, and not a station.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Life is a succession of lessons, which must be lived to be understood.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Life is a train of moods like a string of beads; and as we pass through them they prove to be many colored lenses, which paint the world their own hue, and each shows us only what lies in its own focus.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
We as for long life, but ’tis deep life, or noble moments that signify. Let the measure of time be spiritual, not mechanical.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
We are always getting ready to live but never living.
Life is to be lived, not controlled, and humanity is won by continuing to play in face of certain defeat.
The same stream of life that runs through my veins night and day runs through the world and dances in rhythmic measures. It is the same life that shoots in joy through the dust of the earth in numberless blades of grass and breaks into tumultuous waves of leaves and flowers. It is the same life that is rocked in the ocean-cradle of birth and of death, in ebb and in flow. I feel my limbs are made glorious by the touch of this world of life. And my pride is from the life-throb of ages dancing in my blood this moment.
… we get to think of life as an inexhaustible well. Yet everything happens only a certain number of times, and a very small number, really. How many more times will you remember a certain afternoon of your childhood, some afternoon that’s so deeply a part of your being that you can’t even conceive of your life without it? Perhaps four or five times more. perhaps not even that. How many more times will you watch the full moon rise? Perhaps twenty. And yet it all seems limitless.
When My Mind is Still
When my mind is still and alone with the beating of my heart,
I remember things too easily forgotten:
The purity of early love,
The maturity of unselfish love that asks —
desires — nothing but another’s good,
The idealism that has persisted through all the tempest of life.
When my mind is still and alone with the beating of my heart,
I can find a quiet assurance, an inner peace, in the core of my being.
It can face the doubt, the loneliness, the anxiety,
Can accept these harsh realities and can even grow
Because of these challenges to my essential being.
When my mind is still and alone with the beating of my heart,
I can sense my basic humanity,
And then I know that all men and women are my brothers and sisters.
Nothing but my own fear and distrust can separate me from the love of friends.
If I can trust others, accept them, enjoy them,
Then my life shall surely be richer and more full.
If I can accept others, this will help them to be more truly themselves,
And they will be more able to accept me.
When my mind is still and alone with the beating of my heart,
I know how much life has given me:
The history of the race, friends and family,
The opportunity to work, the chance to build myself.
Then wells within me the urge to live more abundantly,
With greater trust and joy,
With more profound seriousness and earnest service,
And yet more calmly at the heart of life.
Paul Beattie was a Unitarian Universalist minister, serving in congregations including in Kansas City, Missouri, and last at the First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh, PA. He was also president of the Fellowship of Religious Humanists, among his many involvements.
To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.
Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. The consciousness of loving and being loved brings a warmth and richness to life that nothing else can bring.
Omar N. Bradley
Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war than we know about peace, more about killing than we know about living. We have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the Sermon on the Mount.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
Many people die with their music still in them. Why is this so? Too often it is because they are always getting ready to live. Before they know it, time runs out.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
It’s faith in something and enthusiasm for something that makes a life worth living.
Norman Vincent Peale
Live your life and forget your age.
Happiness is not so much in having as sharing. We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
It is worthwhile to live
and fight courageously
for sacred ideals.
Nadine Stair (attributed, probably erroneously):
If I had my life to live over, I’d dare to make more mistakes next time. I’d relax; I’d limber up. I would be sillier than I have been this trip. I would take fewer things seriously. I would take more chances. I would climb more mountains and swim more rivers. I would eat more ice cream and less beans. I would perhaps have more actual troubles, but I’d have fewer imaginary ones.
You see, I’m one of those people who lived sensibly and sanely hour after hour, day after day. Oh, I had my moments, and if I had to do it over again, I’d have more of them. In fact, I’d try to have nothing else. Just moments, one after the other, instead of living so many years ahead of each day. I’ve been one of those persons who never goes anywhere without a thermometer, a hot water bottle, a raincoat, and a parachute. If I had it to do over again, I would travel lighter than I have.
If I had my life to live over again, I would start barefoot earlier in the spring and stay that way later in the fall. I would go to more dance; I would ride more merry-go-rounds. I would pick more daisies.
Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life.
Mohandas K. Gandhi
Where there is love there is life.
A garden is always a series of losses set against a few triumphs, like life itself.
To live in this world you must be able to do three things: to love what is mortal; to hold it against your bones knowing your own life depends on it; and, when the time comes to let it go, to let it go. Blackwater Woods
Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?
Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.
Let us so live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.
There was never yet an uninteresting life. Such a thing is an impossibility. Inside of the dullest exterior there is a drama, a comedy and a tragedy.
Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.
Marian Wright Edelman
Service is what life is all about.
Study as if you were going to live forever; live as if you were going to die tomorrow.
Men for the sake of getting a living forget to live.
And thou wilt give thyself relief, if thou doest every act of thy life as if it were the last.
Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones. I am not afraid.
Remember that no man loses any other life than this which he now lives, nor lives any other than this which he now loses.
What we call the secret of happiness is no more a secret than our willingness to choose life.
The great art of life is sensation, to feel that we exist, even in pain.
Listen to the Exhortation of the Dawn!
Look to this Day!
For it is Life, the very Life of Life.
In its brief course lie all the
Verities and Realities of your Existence.
The Bliss of Growth,
The Glory of Action,
The Splendor of Beauty;
For Yesterday is but a Dream,
And To-morrow is only a Vision;
But To-day well lived makes
Every Yesterday a Dream of Happiness,
And every Tomorrow a Vision of Hope.
Look well therefore to this Day!
Such is the Salutation of the Dawn!
Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.
You don’t get to choose how you’re going to die. Or when. You can only decide how you’re going to live. Now.
Everything has been figured out, except how to live.
James F. Bymes
Too many people are thinking of security instead of opportunity. They seem to be more afraid of life than death
People do not live nowadays – they get about ten percent out of life.
Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Tell me not, in mournful numbers,
Life is but an empty dream!
For the soul is dead that slumbers,
and things are not what they seem.
Life is real! Life is earnest!
And the grave is not its goal;
Dust thou art; to dust returnest,
Was not spoken of the soul.
Henry Van Dyke
Be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love, to work, to play, and to look up at the stars.
Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.
Henry David Thoreau
However mean your life is, meet it and live it: do not shun it and call it hard names. Cultivate poverty like a garden herb, like sage. Do not trouble yourself much to get new things, whether clothes or friends. Things do not change, we change. Sell your clothes and keep your thoughts.
Henri Frederick Amiel
Life is short and we have never too much time for gladdening the hearts of those who are traveling the dark journey with us. Oh be swift to love, make haste to be kind.
Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.
Harry Emerson Fosdick
Nothing else matters much — not wealth, nor learning, nor even health — without this gift: the spiritual capacity to keep zest in living. This is the creed of creeds, the final deposit and distillation of all important faiths: that you should be able to believe in life.
HH the Dalai Lama
What is the meaning of life? To be happy and useful.
A useless life is an early death.
Security is when everything is settled. When nothing can happen to you. Security is the denial of life.
George Washington Carver
How far you go in life depends on you being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and the strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these.
Life is not a spectacle or a feast; it is a predicament.
Life resembles a novel more often than novels resemble life.
What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?
George Bernard Shaw
I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the community, and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can.
Life is relationships; the rest is just details.
And we should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once. And we should call every truth false which was not accompanied by at least one laugh.
The life I touch for good or ill will touch another life, and that in turn another, until who knows where the trembling stops or in what far place my touch will be felt.
Life is something to do when you can’t get to sleep.
I think that taking life seriously means something such as this: that whatever man does on this planet has to be done in the lived truth of the terror of creation, of the grotesque, of the rumble of panic underneath everything. Otherwise it is false. Whatever is achieved must be achieved with the full exercise of passion, of vision, of pain, of fear, and of sorrow. How do we know … that our part of the meaning of the universe might not be a rhythm in sorrow?
The irony of man’s condition is that the deepest need is to be free of the anxiety of death and annihilation; but it is life itself which awakens it, and so we must shrink from being fully alive.
Erik H. Erikson
Hope is both the earliest and the most indispensable virtue inherent in the state of being alive. If life is to be sustained hope must remain, even where confidence is wounded, trust impaired.
To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else.
That it will never come again is what makes life so sweet.
If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain.
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.
Love—is anterior to Life—
Initial of Creation, and
The Exponent of Earth—
The test of literature is, I suppose, whether we ourselves live more intensely for the reading of it.
The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference.
The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference.
The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference.
And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference.(Oct. 1986)
I think somehow we learn who we really are and then live with that decision.
Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive.
Life is just one damned thing after another.
Edna St. Vincent Millay
Life is a quest and love a quarrel …
Life is the only real counselor; wisdom unfiltered through personal experience does not become a part of the moral tissue.
E. B. White
You have been my friend. That in itself is a tremendous thing. I wove my webs for you because I liked you. After all, what’s a life, anyway? We’re born, we live a little while, we die. A spider’s life can’t help being something of a mess, with all this trapping and eating flies. By helping you, perhaps I was trying to lift up my life a trifle. Heaven knows anyone’s life can stand a little of that.
Charlotte, “Charlotte’s Web”
Only when we are no longer afraid do we begin to live.
Life is a succession of moments. To live each one is to succeed.
Life is nothing but a series of crosses for us mothers.
Life is so constructed that an event does not, cannot, will not, match the expectation.
My life has no purpose, no direction, no aim, no meaning, and yet I’m happy. I can’t figure it out. What am I doing right?
Life is like an onion: You peel it off one layer at a time, and sometimes you weep.
Our lives are like a candle in the wind.
There are as many nights as days, and the one is just as long as the other in the year’s course. Even a happy life can not be without a measure of darkness, and the word ‘happy’ would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard
Time is a companion that goes with us on a journey. It reminds us to cherish each moment, because it will never come again. What we leave behind is not as important as how we have lived.
played by Patrick Stewart, from the film “Star Trek: Generations”
If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.
Now there is one outstandingly important fact regarding Spaceship Earth, and that is that no instruction book came with it.
Brother David Steindl-Rast
Gratefulness is the key to a happy life that we hold in our hands, because if we are not grateful, then no matter how much we have we will not be happy — because we will always want to have something else or something more.
The good life is inspired by love and guided by knowledge.
Three passions have governed my life:
The longings for love, the search for knowledge,
And unbearable pity for the suffering of [humankind].
Love brings ecstasy and relieves loneliness.
In the union of love I have seen
In a mystic miniature the prefiguring vision
Of the heavens that saints and poets have imagined.
With equal passion I have sought knowledge.
I have wished to understand the hearts of [people].
I have wished to know why the stars shine.
Love and knowledge led upwards to the heavens,
But always pity brought me back to earth;
Cries of pain reverberated in my heart
Of children in famine, of victims tortured
And of old people left helpless.
I long to alleviate the evil, but I cannot,
And I too suffer.
This has been my life; I found it worth living.
Bernice Johnson Reagon
Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they’re supposed to help you discover who you are.
Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that the stuff life is made of
Read no history: nothing but biography, for that is life without theory.
A good life is a main argument.
What everyone wants from life is continuous and genuine happiness.
How is one to live a moral and compassionate existence when one is fully aware of the blood, the horror inherent in life, when one finds darkness not only in one’s culture but within oneself? If there is a stage at which an individual life becomes truly adult, it must be when one grasps the irony in its unfolding and accepts responsibility for a life lived in the midst of such paradox. One must live in the middle of contradiction, because if all contradiction were eliminated at once life would collapse. There are simply no answers to some of the great pressing questions. You continue to live them out, making your life a worthy expression of leaning into the light.
Love life and life will love you back. Love people and they will love you back
How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.
Anne Wilson Schaef
Life is a process. We are a process. The universe is a process.
The most decisive actions of our life … are most often unconsidered actions.
Dreams pass into the reality of action. From the actions stems the dream again; and this interdependence produces the highest form of living.
The personal life deeply lived always expands into truths beyond itself.
People living deeply have no fear of death.
Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death.
Because I have loved life, I shall have no sorrow to die.
Reverence for Life affords me my fundamental principle of morality, namely, that good consists in maintaining, assisting, and enhancing life and that to destroy, harm, or to hinder life is evil. Affirmation of the world — that is affirmation of the will to live, which appears in phenomenal forms all around me — is only possible for me in that I give myself out for other life.
Ethics cannot be based upon our obligations toward [people], but they are complete and natural only when we feel this Reverence for Life and the desire to have compassion for and to help all creatures insofar as it is in our power. I think that this ethic will become more and more recognized because of its great naturalness and because it is the foundation of a true humanism toward which we must strive if our culture is to become truly ethical.
There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats.
Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.