“Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give.”
“It takes courage to love, but pain through love is the purifying fire which those who love generously know. We all know people who are so much afraid of pain that they shut themselves up like clams in a shell and, giving out nothing, receive nothing and therefore shrink until life is a mere living death.”
“The unhappy derive comfort from the misfortunes of others.”
“Never idealize others. They will never live up to your expectations. Don’t over-analyze your relationships. Stop playing games. A growing relationship can only be nurtured by genuineness. “
Leo F. Buscaglia
“Life is very interesting. In the end, some of your greatest pains become your greatest strengths.”
“Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.”
“A healthy self-love means we have no compulsion to justify to ourselves or others why we take vacations, why we sleep late, why we buy new shoes, why we spoil ourselves from time to time. We feel comfortable doing things which add quality and beauty to life.”
“I found in my research that the biggest reason people aren’t more self-compassionate is that they are afraid they’ll become self-indulgent. They believe self-criticism is what keeps them in line. Most people have gotten it wrong because our culture says being hard on yourself is the way to be.”
“Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.”
“Happiness is a state of activity.”
“The way to love anything is to realize that it may be lost.”
Gilbert K. Chesterton
If you can DREAM it, you can DO it.
“All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me… You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.”
“Whenever you’re in conflict with someone, there is one factor that can make the difference between damaging your relationship and deepening it. That factor is attitude.”
“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”
“You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.”
“If you would be loved, love, and be loveable.”
“What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.”
All blame is a waste of time. No matter how much fault you find with another, and regardless of how much you blame them, it will not change you.
I think copyright is moral, proper. I think a creator has the right to control the disposition of his or her works – I actually believe that the financial issue is less important than the integrity of the work, the attribution, that kind of stuff.
Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.
The only way to achieve the impossible is to believe it is possible.
Charles Kingsleigh, Alice in Wonderland (2010)
None think the great unhappy but the great.
A garden requires patient labor and attention. Plants do not grow merely to satisfy ambitions or to fulfill good intentions. They thrive because someone expended effort on them.
Liberty Hyde Bailey
“If you want to be successful, find out what the price is and then pay it.”
Scott Adams, author and creator of the Dilbert comic strip, on the price of success
“If you don’t get what you want, it’s a sign either that you did not seriously want it, or that you tried to bargain over the price.”
Writer Rudyard Kipling also on the price of success
‘Always be as honest as you can possibly be without hurting someone`s feelings and keep a good sense of humor.`
Velma`s advice to her children and grandchildren
The pain you feel today will be the strength you feel tomorrow.
Never give up. Great things take time. Be patient.
“Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give.”
“When you hold resentment toward another, you are bound to that person or condition by an emotional link that is stronger than steel. Forgiveness is the only way to dissolve that link and get free.”
“If you aren’t good at loving yourself, you will have a difficult time loving anyone, since you’ll resent the time and energy you give another person that you aren’t even giving to yourself.”
Barbara De Angelis
“When the Japanese mend broken objects, they aggrandize the damage by filling the cracks with gold. They believe that when something’s suffered damage and has a history it becomes more beautiful.”
“Love is not only something you feel, it is something you do.”
“You know it’s love when all you want is that person to be happy, even if you’re not part of their happiness.”
“’Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.”
Alfred Lord Tennyson
“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity and an understanding of life that fills them with compassions, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”
“Don’t brood. Get on with living and loving. You don’t have forever.”
Words of Encouragement for a Happy Life
“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.”
“Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.”
“Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”
“If you want happiness for an hour — take a nap.’
If you want happiness for a day — go fishing.
If you want happiness for a year — inherit a fortune.
If you want happiness for a lifetime — help someone else.”
“To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily. To not dare is to lose oneself.”
“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.”
“When a resolute young fellow steps up to the great bully, the world, and takes him boldly by the beard, he is often surprised to find it comes off in his hand, and that it was only tied on to scare away the timid adventurers.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
“If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.”
“The pleasure which we most rarely experience gives us greatest delight.”
“There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.”
“The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.”
“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day-in and day-out.”
“The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny.”
“Maxim for life: You get treated in life the way you teach people to treat you.”
“Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice.”
“It’s been my experience that you can nearly always enjoy things if you make up your mind firmly that you will.”
“Plenty of people miss their share of happiness, not because they never found it, but because they didn’t stop to enjoy it.”
“You’ll always miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”
“Every person has to love at least one bad partner in their lives to be truly thankful for the right one.”
“Just because it didn’t last forever, doesn’t mean it wasn’t worth your while.”
It’s important to learn to laugh at ourselves, don’t take life too seriously.
“It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.”
Leonardo Da Vinci
“Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.”
Lyndon B. Johnson
“In order to carry a positive action we must develop here a positive vision.”
“I always like to look on the optimistic side of life, but I am realistic enough to know that life is a complex matter.”
“Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.”
“Pessimism leads to weakness, optimism to power.”
“You can’t make positive choices for the rest of your life without an environment that makes those choices easy, natural, and enjoyable.”
“The thing that lies at the foundation of positive change, the way I see it, is service to a fellow human being.”
“Positive thinking is more than just a tagline. It changes the way we behave. And I firmly believe that when I am positive, it not only makes me better, but it also makes those around me better.”
“In every day, there are 1,440 minutes. That means we have 1,440 daily opportunities to make a positive impact.”
“I’m a very positive thinker, and I think that is what helps me the most in difficult moments.”
“Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.”
“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.”
“Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so let us all be thankful.”
Never sacrifice these three things:
Or your dignity.
Sunsets are proof that no matter what happens, every day can end beautifully.
Surround yourself with positive people who will support you when it rains, not just when it shines.
They always say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.
artist, director and producer
Snatching the eternal out of the desperately fleeting is the great magic trick of human existence.
When we plant trees, we plant the seeds of peace and seeds of hope.
Nobel Peace Prize laureate, environmental and political activist
Always try the problem that matters most to you.
mathematician who proved Fermat’s last theorem
What’s important is that you make the leap. Jump high and hard with intention and heart.
You can forget facts but you cannot forget understanding.
physicist and educator
It’s human nature to stretch, to go, to see, to understand. Exploration is not a choice, really; it’s an imperative.
astronaut, crew member of the Apollo 11 moon mission
Maybe all one can do is hope to end up with the right regrets.
playwright and essayist, in “The Ride Down Mount Morgan”
Talk is cheap. Words are plentiful. Deeds are precious.
business magnate, philanthropist, politician
It takes both sides to build a bridge.
Dreams are made of your potential.
She was unstoppable. Not because she did not have failures or doubts, but because she continued on despite them.
Not all storms come to disrupt your life, some come to clear your path.
You don’t have to be perfect to be amazing.
Sometimes when you are in a dark place you think you’ve been buried, but actually you’ve been planted.
Be the person you want to have in your life.
I hope they occasionally remember me … as that guy from ‘up north’ who appeared on the next barstool one Friday after work, asked about their job and life and hopes for the future, and thought what they said was important enough to write down.
journalist, author and 1995 Pulitzer Prize winner
Real magic comes from a brilliant idea combined with willpower, tenacity, and a willingness to make mistakes.
inventor, entrepreneur and TV personality
It can be very expensive to try to convince the markets you are right.
system trading pioneer
There never was a good war or a bad peace.
author, politician and inventor
My mom used to say if [my brother] owned the business alone, he wouldn’t have any employees. If I owned the business alone, I would give it all away to the employees.
businessman, philanthropist and co-founder of Friendly’s Ice Cream
If you’re hungry enough and believe in yourself, there’s nothing you can’t accomplish.
owner of a legendary taco truck in South Central Los Angeles
Respect yourself, if you want others to respect you.
Adolph Freiherr Knigge, etiquette writer
Once you’ve weighed the possibilities, you have to take that final leap of faith.
media magnate and philanthropist
Nobody knows whether we were catalysts or invented something, or just the froth riding on a wave of its own. We were all three, I suppose.
The best way to predict the future is to invent it.
If I fail, I’m coming back. If I fail again, I’m coming back stronger.
former NBA player
I like the challenges of doing different things. It keeps things fresh for me.
guitarist with Smashing Pumpkins
Ethics is in its unqualified form extended responsibility with regard to everything that has life.
Hard work is often the easy work you did not do at the proper time.
radio host and city planner
Re-examine all you have been told. Dismiss what insults your soul.
Take care of your inner, spiritual beauty. That will reflect in your face.
Dolores del Rio
Maturity is the ability to think, speak and act your feelings within the bounds of dignity. The measure of your maturity is how spiritual you become during the midst of your frustrations.
Spirituality does two things for you. One, you are forced to become more selfless, two, you trust to providence. The opposite of a spiritual man is a materialist. If I was a materialist I would be making lots of money doing endorsements, doing cricket commentary. I have no interest in that.
Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have. Make the NOW the primary focus of your life.
You can’t have a physical transformation until you have a spiritual transformation.
Friendship has always belonged to the core of my spiritual journey.
Part of spiritual and emotional maturity is recognizing that it’s not like you’re going to try to fix yourself and become a different person. You remain the same person, but you become awakened.
I realized then that even though I was a tiny speck in an infinite cosmos, a blip on the timeline of eternity, I was not without purpose.
The spiritual life is not a life before, after, or beyond our everyday existence. No, the spiritual life can only be real when it is lived in the midst of the pains and joys of the here and now.
Soul is the central point of spiritual discipline.
God will not look you over for medals, degrees or diplomas but for scars.
When you connect to the silence within you, that is when you can make sense of the disturbance going on around you.
We are an impossibility in an impossible universe.
Human spirit is the ability to face the uncertainty of the future with curiosity and optimism. It is the belief that problems can be solved, differences resolved. It is a type of confidence. And it is fragile. It can be blackened by fear and superstition. By the year 2050, when the conflict began, the world had fallen upon fearful, superstitious times.
The soul is placed in the body like a rough diamond and must be polished, or the luster of it will never appear.
Big-heartedness is the most essential virtue on the spiritual journey.
When a man is willing and eager, the Gods join in.
Within you there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself. Herman Hesse
Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself and know that everything in this life has a purpose. There are no mistakes, no coincidences. All events are blessings given to us to learn from. Elizabeth Kübler-Ross
Be guided by Spirit and not driven by ego.
If peace is our single aim in all we do, we will always know what to do because we will do whatever will protect and deepen our peace.
Looking deeply at life as it is in this very moment, the meditator dwells in stability and freedom.
Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, man cannot live without a spiritual life.
We are not human beings trying to be spiritual. We are spiritual beings trying to be human.
You are never alone or helpless. The force that guides the stars, guides you too.
Shrii Shirr Anandamurti
Prayer is a friendly conversation with the One we know loves us.
St Teresa of Avila
“The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you really are.”
“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is.”
You can read books without ever stepping into a library; and practice spirituality without ever going to a temple.
ANTHONY DE MELLO
“You are never alone. You are eternally connected with everyone.”
“The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware; joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.”
On the spiritual path, all the dreck and misery is transformed, maybe not that same day, but still transformed into spiritual fuel or insight.
“Character can not be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.”
“If you lose money you lose much, If you lose friends you lose more, If you lose faith you lose all.”
It is in our wild nature that we best recover from our un-nature, our spirituality.
No individual can ultimately fail. The Divinity which descends into humanity is bound to re-gain its original state.
N. Sri Ram
Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.
Most importantly, the meaning of spirituality lays the seeds for our destiny and the path we must follow.
It is the inner life that is to spark the change in consciousness that will permit us to advance. Brother Wayne Teasdale
The secret of change is to focus all your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.
You have exactly one life in which to do everything you’ll ever do. Act accordingly.
You may not be able to control someone’s negative behavior. But you can control how long you participate in it.
Some days it just flows and I feel like I’m born to do this, other days it feels like I’m trudging through hell. Everyday I make the choice to show up and see what I’ve got, and to try to be better.
My advice: keep showing up.
I may be the black sheep of the family but, some of the white sheep aren’t as white as they try to appear.
Remember even our worst days have only 24 hours.
There’s a difference between knowing the path and walking the path.
Some talk to you in their free time, and some free their time to talk to you. Learn the difference.
There’s a thin line between confidence and arrogance…It’s called humility. Confidence smiles. Arrogance smirks.
Our days are happier when we give people a bit of our heart rather than a piece of our mind.
Don’t count your friends when you’re on top of the world. Count your friends when the world is on top of you. It’s a more accurate count.
“If you love something, love it completely, cherish it, say it, but most importantly, show it. Life is finite and fragile, and just because something is there one day, it might not be the next. Never take that for granted.
Say what you need to say, then say a little more.
Say too much. Show too much. Love too much.
Everything is temporary but love.
Love outlives us all.”
“When a toxic person can no longer control you, they will try to control how others see you. The misinformation will feel unfair, but stay above it, trusting that other people will eventually see the truth, just like you did.”
Take the time to be kind. You can make all the difference in someone’s day.
You can tell how smart people are by what they taught at.
Listen. Are you breathing just a little and calling it a life?
If you keep telling the same sad small story, you will keep living the same sad small life.
If you don’t fight for what you want don’t cry for what you lose.
Grow through what you go through.
If flowers can teach themselves to bloom after winter passes, so can you,
You don’t get into something to test the waters, you go into things to make waves.
Never let the sadness of your past and the fear of your future ruin the happiness of your present.
Excuses will always be there for you, opportunity won’t.
If you see your glass as half empty, pour it into a smaller glass and stop bitching.