To live content with small means, to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not rich; to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly; to listen to stars and birds, to babes and sages, with open heart; to bear all cheerfully, do all bravely, await occasions, hurry never; in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common–this is to be my symphony.
— William Ellery Channing
Freedom is what you do with what’s been done to you.
— Jean-Paul Sartre
For every problem, there is a solution which is simple, neat and wrong.
— H. L. Mencken
Yesterday is a canceled check; tomorrow is a promissory note; today is the only cash you have–so spend it wisely.
— Kay Lyons
Life is the first gift, love is the second, and understanding the third.
— Marge Piercy
We do not need more material development; we need more spiritual development. We do not need more intellectual power; we need more moral power. We do not need more knowledge; we need more character. We do not need more government; we need more culture.
We do not need more law; we need more religion. We do not need more of the things that are seen; we need more of the things that are unseen.
— Calvin Coolidge
Accept the pain, cherish the joys, resolve the regrets; then can come the best of benedictions–If I had my life to live over, I’d do it all the same.
— Joan McIntosh
The intellect has little to do on the road to discovery. There comes a leap in consciousness, call it intuition or what you will, and the solution comes to you and you don’t know how or why.
— Albert Einstein
The disciples were absorbed in a discussion of Lao-tzu’s dictum:
Those who know do not say; those who say do not know.
When the master entered, they asked him what the words meant. Said the Master, Which of you knows the fragrance of a rose?
All of them knew. Then he said, Put it into words. All of them were silent.
— Retold by Anthony de Mello
Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the men of old; seek what they sought.
— Matsuo Basho
Fear less; hope more.Eat less; chew more.Sigh less; breathe more.Hate less; love more, and all good things are yours.
— Swedish Proverb
Life is easier than you’d think; all that is necessary is to accept the impossible, do without the indispensable, and bear the intolerable.
— Kathleen Norris