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
The devil can never make you do it. Whatever dark influence there is, the decision, whether to be good or bad, is always your own.
God is the world’s greatest poet. He has written a magnificent life story for each person who has ever lived.
Others want to see you doing well, but not better than them. -popular
Make it hard to do bad; make it easy to do good -Gretchen Rubin
To live is to fight and to fight is to live.
There is a certain beauty to our lives; that of coincidences, poetic justice, and full circle moments.
Many are the ones willing to have fun with you. Few are the ones willing to suffer alongside you.
A friend in need is a friend in deed. -Ennius (Roman)
You wish to have your neighbor’s life; he wishes to have yours! -Joel Osteen
The present is always the best time to be alive!
A head start is everything
How do you know when you’re ready for a great journey? The secret is, you’re never ready; just start -Aventurat e Julit
Don’t allow atrophy. Stay active.
We’ve always had our hands full; today is not the only hard time we’ve ever faced
There is a temporal factor to good and bad. What is bad does not last. What is good lasts.
Bad allures but good endures. -Tolstoy
Be gentle in reproach; hostility begets hostility, understanding begets understanding
It is better to be hurt by the truth than comforted by a lie -folk
You can’t run away; the trouble you face abroad is ten times worse than the trouble you face at home
Love your life however humble it may be
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
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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How, when or why does happiness strike? A few years ago I took a trip. To Albania, of course, my beloved home. I went through Washington DC. I was nervous. It was my first trip alone overseas. Anyway, we were flying by night. We boarded, we soon flew off and there I was in the middle of the night flying over the Atlantic. Soon enough I ate dinner at 1 AM and listened to a random playlist of songs, as one does on long international flights.
I got up and out of my seat and walked over to the restrooms but they were both taken. I had to stand next to one door and across me was another young man waiting on the other bathroom. As we stood there, our eyes met in the dark, and I could see in his face that he was happy! I too felt the happiness of the moment … But why? It was 2 a.m. in the morning, we were both sleepless standing in the dark waiting for the bathrooms to open up? And that is a happy moment?
You never know when, where, or why happiness is going to strike. Why was I and this fellow passenger happy? The situation was novel, we were going to Europe, a very novel thing if you don’t go very often. We were happy because it was very late and nothing was expected of us: the day was over, now we could relax. We were happy because travel energizes just as much as it fatigues. And finally for no reason at all; happiness is transitory and inexplicable, like a bolt of lighting; you never know when or where it is going to strike. This reveals it’s chance nature, and its namesake “it just happens.” Happiness happiness… but it happens through meaningful activity. Happiness never happens just lying on the couch doing nothing. You have to earn it.
It is always a writer’s duty to make the world better -Ben Johnson
desire not more than what is meant for you
You can never enjoy pleasure because it’s always accompanied by pressure
Excessive good luck is not a gift but a loan to be exacted for in the end with excessive interest
Sticks and stones may break my bones but words, the way we treat one another, really do matter
Common sense is the basis of genius*
everything is impossible until we see a success*
It is the lot of some to be poor, and this is my lot, for which I have no remorse about. -A
True wealth is to know not the value of riches
A happy ending is so but temporarily; soon enough the struggle resumes and takes on new form
In the past, you suffered, persevered, and survived. Like then, today you will suffer, persevere and survive.
One’s objective should be to get it right, get it quick, get it out, and get it over…Your problem won’t improve with age. -Warren Buffett
Always do what you are afraid to do -Emerson
The bold are always lucky -Danish proverb
Do the right thing even when the wrong thing is happening -Joel Osteen
Faith makes things possible, but it does not make them easy -Alonzo Mourning
Patience is the best medicine
No struggle befalls a man but one he can comprehend
Equality is for the afterlife; compensation is for this life
You are what you think, so think positively; you are what you believe, so believe in yourself
Effort and belief in yourself will get you where you think you belong