Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.
There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.
I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.
Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.
Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.
Some infinities are bigger than other infinities.
Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.
The only way out of the labyrinth of suffering is to forgive.
The one you love and the one who loves you are never, ever the same person.
All God does is watch us and kill us when we get boring. We must never, ever be boring.
You know the world is going crazy when the best rapper is a white guy, the best golfer is a black guy, the tallest guy in the NBA is Chinese, the Swiss hold the America’s Cup, France is accusing the U.S. of arrogance, Germany doesn’t want to go to war, and the three most powerful men in America are named “Bush”, “Dick”, and “Colin.” Need I say more?
There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.
If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy. If it were merely challenging, that would be no problem. But I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.
May you live every day of your life.
There will come a time when all of us are dead. All of us. There will come a time when there are no human beings remaining to remember that anyone ever existed or that our species ever did anything. There will be no one left to remember Aristotle or Cleopatra, let alone you. Everything that we did and built and wrote and thought and discovered will be forgotten and all of this will have been for naught. Maybe that time is coming soon and maybe it is millions of years away, but even if we survive the collapse of our sun, we will not survive forever. There was time before organisms experienced consciousness, and there will be time after. And if the inevitability of human oblivion worries you, I encourage you to ignore it. God knows thatâs what everyone else does.
When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down âhappyâ. They told me I didnât understand the assignment, and I told them they didnât understand life.
Of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these, ‘It might have been.
-John Greenleaf Whittier
Life is a book and there are a thousand pages I have not yet read.
If you’re reading this…
Congratulations, you’re alive.
If that’s not something to smile about,
then I don’t know what is.
It may be unfair, but what happens in a few days, sometimes even a single day, can change the course of a whole lifetime…
Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.
It isn’t what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it.
If you love somebody, let them go, for if they return, they were always yours. If they don’t, they never were.
Some people have lives; some people have music.
People aren’t born good or bad. Maybe they’re born with tendencies either way, but its the way you live your life that matters.
The things you do for yourself are gone when you are gone, but the things you do for others remain as your legacy.
-Kalu Ndukwe Kalu
The more I see, the less I know for sure.
Why didn’t I learn to treat everything like it was the last time. My greatest regret was how much I believed in the future.
-Jonathan Safran Foer
Don’t take life too seriously. Punch it in the face when it needs a good hit. Laugh at it.
This is your life and its ending one moment at a time.
I am not sure that I exist, actually. I am all the writers that I have read, all the people that I have met, all the women that I have loved; all the cities I have visited.
-Jorge Luis Borges
It was not the feeling of completeness I so needed, but the feeling of not being empty.
-Jonathan Safran Foer
Books say: She did this because. Life says: She did this. Books are where things are explained to you; life is where things aren’t. I’m not surprised some people prefer books.
âThough nobody can go back and make a new beginning… Anyone can start over and make a new ending.
You realize that our mistrust of the future makes it hard to give up the past.
A learning experience is one of those things that says, ‘You know that thing you just did? Don’t do that.
Suffering has been stronger than all other teaching, and has taught me to understand what your heart used to be. I have been bent and broken, but – I hope – into a better shape.
Whenever you read a cancer booklet or website or whatever, they always list depression among the side effects of cancer. But, in fact, depression is not a side effect of cancer. Depression is a side effect of dying.
You endure what is unbearable, and you bear it. That is all.
No matter how careful you are, there’s going to be the sense you missed something, the collapsed feeling under your skin that you didn’t experience it all. There’s that fallen heart feeling that you rushed right through the moments where you should’ve been paying attention.
Well, get used to that feeling. That’s how your whole life will feel some day.
This is all practice.
There is only one sin. and that is theft… when you tell a lie, you steal someones right to the truth.
There’s nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be…
It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.
Time was passing like a hand waving from a train I wanted to be on.
I hope you never have to think about anything as much as I think about you.
-Jonathan Safran Foer
If I had my life to live over again, I would have made a rule to read some poetry and listen to some music at least once every week.
make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt. So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservation, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun. If you want to get more out of life, you must lose your inclination for monotonous security and adopt a helter-skelter style of life that will at first appear to you to be crazy. But once you become accustomed to such a life you will see its full meaning and its incredible beauty.
When things break, it’s not the actual breaking that prevents them from getting back together again. It’s because a little piece gets lost – the two remaining ends couldn’t fit together even if they wanted to. The whole shape has changed.
A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.
There is a saying in Tibetan, ‘Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength.’
No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that’s our real disaster.
-Dalai Lama XIV
Sometimes I lie awake at night, and I ask, ‘Where have I gone wrong’.
Then a voice says to me, ‘This is going to take more than one night.
-Charles M. Schulz