Quotations about Life


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Quotations about Life

The reality of the other person lies not in what he reveals to you, but what he cannot reveal to you. Therefore, if you would understand him, listen to not what he says, but rather to what he does not say.
-Kahlil Gibran

Assume a virtue, if you have it not.
-William Shakespeare

“Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it.”
― Eckhart Tolle

“If we only wanted to be happy it would be easy; but we want to be happier than other people, which is almost always difficult, since we think them happier than they are.”

We need to think that only one assertion has or can have any objective reality: that nothing on earth is impossible. Every time someone wants to force us to admit that there are other, more limited and limiting truths, we must resist with every means we can lay hands on.
– Russian existentialist philosopher Lev Shestov

There comes a time in a person’s life when he realizes that the most important thing he can be is himself.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

To expect bad men not to do wrong is madness.
Marcus Aurelius, “Meditations”

“It is a truism that almost any sect, cult, or religion will legislate its creed into law if it acquires the political power to do so.”
– Robert A. Heinlein

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“I calculate the movements of stars, but not the madness of men.”
Sir Isaac Newton after losing the equivalent of £2.4 million pounds sterling in the South Sea Bubble of the early 18th century.

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
Maya Angelou

“Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.
Gautama Buddha

“Begin noticing and being careful about keeping your imagination free of thought you do not wish to materialize. Instead initiate the practice of filling your creative thoughts to overflow with ideas and wishes that you fully intend to manifest. Honor your imaginings regardless of others seeing them as crazy or impossible.”
Wayne Dyer

“Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not.”
Thomas Jefferson

“If the concept of God has any validity or any use, it can only be to make us larger, freer, and more loving. If God cannot do this, then it is time we got rid of him.”
– The Fire Next Time, James Baldwin

“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back– Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth that ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Albert Einstein said:
“I’m not an atheist, and I don’t think I can call myself a pantheist. We are in the position of a little child entering a huge library filled with books in many languages. The child knows someone must have written those books. It does not know how. It does not understand the languages in which they are written. The child dimly suspects a mysterious order in the arrangement of the books but doesn’t know what it is. That, it seems to me, is the attitude of even the most intelligent human being toward God. We can see the universe marvelously arranged and obeying certain laws but only dimly understand these laws. Our limited minds grasp the mysterious force that moves the constellations”.
Einstein and Religion, Jammer

Einstein also said:
“I have never found a better expression than “religious” for this trust in the rational nature of reality and of its peculiar accessibility to the human mind. Where this trust is lacking science degenerates into an uninspired procedure. Let the devil care if the priests make capital out of this. There is no remedy for that”.

Lettres a Maurice Solovine  (Paris: Gauthier-Vilars, 1956, Pg. 102-103:

“Certain it is that a conviction, akin to a religious feeling, of the rationality or intelligibility of the world lies behind all the scientific work of a higher order…This firm belief, a belief bound up with deep feeling, in a superior mind that reveals itself in the world of experience, represents my conception of God”.

Ideas and Opinions, Dell, 1973, Pg. 255:

“My religiosity consists of a humble admiration of the infinitely superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble minds, That deeply emotional conviction of the presence of a superior reasoning power, which is revealed in the incomprehensible universe, forms my idea of God”.

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The Quotable Einstein, Alice Calaprice, Princeton University Press, 2005, Pg. 195-6:

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