Life & Living

Life. Consider the alternative.

Feel a reverence for life and all that enhances life. There is nothing of which we are so fond, and yet sometimes so careless with, as life.

Instead of dirt and poison we have rather chosen to fill our lives with happiness and light, to be true to ourselves, and to hold fast to that which is good.

If we live according to the guidance of reason, we shall desire for others the good which we seek for ourselves.

Let us respect and care for each other, living our lives to the fullest without intruding on the liberty and well-being of others. And when the end comes we will leave crying aloud in a glorious song that we have lived well.

Not the fruit of experience, but experience itself, is the end. A counted number of pulses only is given to us of a varied, dramatic life. How shall we pass most swiftly from point to point, and be present always at the focus where the greatest number of vital forces unite in their purest energy?

Life is Opportunity, and there is no greater wealth than life. Each day is filled with beauty, offering us a chance to discover the mysteries of life, and to share happiness and warmth with those who we love.

That sunny and frank intelligence ... that unique and perfect balance of body and soul, Let me have wisdom, Beauty, wisdom and passion; bread to the soul, rain where the summers parch.

Youth is happy because it has capacity to see Beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see Beauty never grows old.

One who has the ability to see Beauty never grows old.

We seek to live life to it’s fullest, all the while maintaining balance and stability.

Life is not an exact science, it is an art.

Man is born to live and not to prepare to live.

When we never live but hope to live, and are always hoping to be happy, it is inevitable that we will never be so.

People seek happiness and joy, but will often settle for pleasure.

Very little is needed to make a happy life.

There is no wealth but Life.

He who knows how to be poor knows everything.

The greatest wealth is to live content with little, for there is never want where the mind is satisfied.

To live is to think.

Ideas have to be wedded to action.

Knowledge if it does not determine action is dead to us.

Life involves passions, faiths, doubts, and courage. You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face and do the thing which you think you cannot do.

I use the word Humanist to mean someone who believes that man is just as much a natural phenomenon as an animal or a plant; that his body, mind, or soul were not supernaturally created but are products of evolution, and that he is not under the control or guidance of any supernatural being, but has to rely on himself and his powers.

Compromise does not mean cowardice.

That the earth belongs in usufruct to the living: that the dead have neither powers or rights over it.

Tradition does not mean that the living are dead; it means the dead are living.

No man creates from reason but from necessity.

The true creator is necessity, which is the mother of our invention.

Those who practice the same profession recognize each other instinctively. Likewise those who practice the same vice.

It is right and necessary that all men should have work to do: work that is worth doing, work that of itself is pleasant to do, work done under conditions as would make it neither over-wearisome nor over anxious.

The whole world of loneliness, poverty, and pain makes a mockery of what human life should be.

The struggle of life against mechanism.

Man drags man down, or man lifts man up.

We all have strength enough to endure the misfortune of others.

Unless you can find some sort of loyalty, you cannot find unity and peace in your active living.

There can be no compassion without celebration. Compassion operates at the same level as celebration because what is of most moment in compassion is not feelings of pity but feelings of togetherness.

The whole idea of compassion is bases on a keen awareness of the interdependence of all these living beings, which are all part of one another, and all involved in one another.

Humanity unites us.

A citizen of the world.

A great soul is one who does not lose his child's heart.

Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself

A child's mind is, indeed, throughout the best clue to understanding of savage magic. A young and vital child knows no limit to their own will, and it is the only reality to them. It is not that they want at the onset to fight other wills, but that they simply do not exist for them. Like the artist, they go forth to the creation, gloriously alone.

Those who have faith and do good works are the rightful owners of the Garden and will dwell in it.

Solitude vivifies, isolation kills.

Solitude is the furnace of transformation.

That life is worth living is the most necessary of assumptions.

Instead of dirt and poison we have rather chosen to fill our lives with honey and wax; thus furnishing mankind with the two noblest of things which are sweetness and light.

Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.

A day spent without the sight or sound of beauty, the contemplation of mystery, or the search for truth and perfection, is a poverty-stricken day, and a succession of such days is fatal to human life.

Voluntary isolation from others can safeguard against the unhappiness of human relations.

One can acquire everything in solitude - except character.

Talents are best nurtured in solitude. Character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world.

Chaos often breeds life when order breeds habit.

Books are good enough in their own way, but they are a mighty bloodless substitute for life.

He that studies books alone will know how things ought be; and he who studies men will know how things are.

We are always getting ready to live but never living.

A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.

Do you love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of. - Benjamin Franklin

Live and let live.

The art of life is the avoidance of pain.

Many of us spend our whole lives running from feeling with the mistaken belief that you can not bear the pain. But you have already borne the pain. What you have not done is feel all you are beyond that pain. - Kahlil Gibran

Never resist temptation; prove all things and hold fast to that which is good.

Do not be too moral. You cheat yourself out of much life by doing so. Be not simply good, be good for something.

Life is a cup to be filled not drained. - Anonymous

Each small task of everyday is part of the total harmony of the universe. - St. Theresa of Lisieux

May you live all the days of your life. - Jonathon Swift

A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving. - Lao Tzu


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