Joy is happiness for no reason. -popular
It is in seeing others go about their day that we get the courage to go on with our own.
You have to leave home to be successful – popular
You don’t have to leave home to be successful. -Martin Sensemeyer (actor)
Life is not a blank page. While it is unscripted, it is full of roles-first, last, insider, outsider, rich, poor-and our relationships, how well we get along with each other, stem not just from our innate natures, but from whether our societal roles stand in alliance with or in opposition to one another.
We all know what others should do with their lives. It is in our own life that we do not know what to do with.
Your goals are reachable if you can think practically, if you can be patient, and if you can work hard
Do you think my friend anyone escapes his fate? -Herman Hesse (Siddhartha)
You do fit in, if you believe you do -Jeremy Linn (Basketball player)
Gifted people don’t do hard things well; they make hard things easy to do, and then they do them
It’s the look that makes one beautiful, not just the face
Each person is a piece in a puzzle assembled by God who finds the perfect fit for everyone in every situation to compose a wonderful picture of the whole world.
It’s not just survival of the fittest; it’s also survival of the ones who fit in, for acceptance into the group means survival, rejection means misfortune.
Only love breaks a heart – Modern Talking
Life is bestowed. Heaven is earned.
When you have nothing to play for, keep playing.
No one is judging you.
It is by seeing what we aren’t that we know who we are.
We see reality with our feelings not with our eyes.
Activity is a virtue. Passivity is a vice.
You already are a success.
There is a buildup to luck; once a special event occurs, luck is spent, and it takes time to build luck up again.
The objective to life is to fulfill your destiny.
It doesn’t matter what others may think of us; it only matters what we think of ourselves.
Be fair to others; be fair to yourself. Judge not others; judge not thy own self.
To start is always the hardest part.
Everything starts off with enthusiasm; the trick is to keep going when the enthusiasm wears off.
Work makes rest better. Rest makes work better.
How am I to get through this day? And only this day.
Cope, manage, deal.
Shiny apple skin can never compensate for rot at the core
The price for being good is not being bad; the price for being bad is not being good
One’s being is founded upon his definition of good
You believed at one time; now you stopped believing
Popularity is always a costly temptation
We always shun our equals in favor of our betters
Your life is the greatest story you will ever tell
Haven’t we all played each of life’s roles, the good, the bad, and the ugly?
The fool pays for his bliss with ignorance. The wise man pays for his wisdom with bliss.
Health is only valued by the sick.
It is easy to like those who are like you; the key is to also like those who are different from you
We make the world a better place by leaving behind children who are better than ourselves
Allow chance to take its course and it always arrives at fate
Oftentimes normal is best and what’s best is not normal
The imperfections make art. Exactness makes science
Everyone has a burden to bear
There are ten broken hearts for every light on Broadway -popular
Forget normal; be special!
Paths cross when two people have something to say
Work is happiness. Sloth is depression
Time does break the ties that bond, but the memories remain special.
Don’t mind the mistakes. Mistakes make you human. Only machines are perfect.
Setting is everything; so is timing
Though the challenges of today are lighter than those of yesterday, in their own right, they are just as heavy
Being good is hard in the short run. Being bad is hard in the long run, and much more costly.
Happiness is in the here and now.
To each his equal, as matched by place
If you send good out, expect good in. If you send bad out, expect bad in.
You have already made it to the promised land. You are here!
The lottery is never won, but like all money, is worked for and earned
Leave everything a little bit imperfect
Only a machine is perfect; the soul is always imperfect
You are a product of your environment; the secret is choosing the right environment
The body has mind; it reflects our emotions
Every success carries some failure; every victory, some loss
When nothing’s going right, be patient
It is smart to learn from smart people (dad)
Others can feel your pain, and your joy
The goodness of children is better than the goodness of adults
If we sit back and assume the future will be good because destiny is in control, we couldn’t be more wrong! We have to work to make it good.
If all is given in the beginning, all will be taken away in the end; if some is given, some will be left to keep
Sometimes, those of whom we expect the most of, will surprise us, and give us the least
mind your temper
Fate is always poetic; life is a series of events that when pieced together form a coherent and wonderfully intricate picture
It is only by luck that we come upon something special-a person, a place, a thing-and cannot ever meet with it when we plan for it
Don’t expect to be happy; you have earn it!
Strive against perfectionism
Yesterday we were happy, today we are sad; mood is as mysterious as the weather
Sometimes we are to live with nothing to lose, while other times we are to live with nothing to gain
Don’t sweat the small stuff
That is what I want… but this is who I am
Want things… If you really want something it is not out of reach
You have no excuses not to change the world -Barack Obama
Choose challenge, not the easy way out
This is the time for bold measures. -Bono
Be content with what you have. And hope for a better tomorrow.
Destiny holds back what you want, and gives what you don’t, until you pay your dues.
This is our mission: to cast a ray of light and pass on -Maria Montessori
Original Post Thursday, July 3, 2014
I am reminded of the fact that as technology improves less is asked of man but less is given to him too. If you dig a hole with a shovel, you will feel the pain and the pleasure, and get stronger. If a machine does it you will not feel either pain or pleasure and not get stronger. I can point to many examples of the same kind. The car has made life far more convenient, but is it not true that walking is healthier than driving? Another example is reading versus watching a movie. You can get the same basic story from a book or from the screen. But when you read you put in effort and engage the mind to decipher meaning. When you watch a movie, there is no mental effort; not on the same level, and thus no intellectual gain. A life of labor is less comfortable and harder, but by the same token it gives you the pleasure of work and makes you stronger.
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