If you wish to make others happy, practice kindness.
If you wish to be happy, practice kindness.
— Dalai Lama
“What you seek is seeking you.”
I have been finding treasures in places I did not want to search. I have been hearing wisdom from tongues I did not want to listen. I have been finding beauty where I did not want to look. And I have learned so much from journeys I did not want to take. Forgive me, O Gracious One; for I have been closing my ears and eyes for too long. I have learned that miracles are only called miracles because they are often witnessed by only those who cannot see through all of life’s illusions. I am ready to see what really exists on the other side, what exists behind the blinds, and taste all the ugly fruit instead of all that looks right, plump and ripe.
― Suzy Kassem
The miracle is this – the more we share, the more we have.
— Leonard Nimoy
from that wall in Pieology
“You can rob me, you can starve me…and you can beat me or even kill me, just don’t bore me.”
–Clint Eastwood from Heartbreak Ridge
here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart
i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart)
– e.e. cummings –
Whatever makes you uncomfortable is your biggest opportunity for growth.
— Bryant McGill
This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.
I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community, and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can.
I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no “brief candle” for me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.
George Bernard Shaw
And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.
– The Little Prince
You gotta try your luck at least once a day, because you could be going around lucky all day and not even know it.
I often ask myself what is the purpose of our lives and I conclude that life’s purpose is to be happy. We have no guarantee what will happen in the future, but we live in hope. That’s what keeps us going.
— Dalai Lama
Our continual mistake is that we do not concentrate upon the present day, the actual hour, of our life: we live in the past or in the future; we are continually expecting the coming of some special moment when our life will unfold itself in its full significance. And we do not notice that life is flowing like water through our fingers.
-Father Alexander Elchaninov
On dating vs career and expectations and finding the one and dating sucks sometimes (does it ever work?) –> “Maybe the trick is expecting to be a monk and immersing yourself in meaningful things AND delicately holding an openness for deep connection in the mundane interactions with others.” –the wise plant geek professora
The True Gentleman is the man whose conduct proceeds from good will and an acute sense of propriety, and whose self-control is equal to all emergencies; who does not make the poor man conscious of his poverty, the obscure man of his obscurity, or any man of his inferiority or deformity; who is himself humbled if necessity compels him to humble another; who does not flatter wealth, cringe before power, or boast of his own possessions or achievements; who speaks with frankness but always with sincerity and sympathy; whose deed follows his word; who thinks of the rights and feelings of others, rather than his own; and who appears well in any company, a man with whom honor is sacred and virtue safe.
– John Walter Wayland
The soul is here for its own joy.
Each friend represents a world in us, a world not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.
On with the dance! Let joy be unconfined.
– Lord Byron
Your mind will take on the character of your most frequent thoughts: souls are dyed by thoughts.
— Marcus Aurelius
Art is a lie that makes us realize truth.
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
— Leonardo do Vinci
KISS – Keep It Simple & Smile — me (-:
“Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler.” — Albert Einstein
“Nature is pleased with simplicity. And nature is no dummy” — Isaac Newton
“The Lazy Programmer does not use ‘clever’ code because everyone who ever reads it or tries to change it will have to be just as clever, every time.” — Richard C Haven
Life has taught us that love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward together in the same direction
– Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Do it right, with a smile or don’t do it 😀
— from my friend Humberto’s Facebook post
A gentleman holds my hand. A man pulls my hair. A soulmate will do both.
— Alessandra Torre
Before you speak, let your words pass through three gates.
At the first gate, ask yourself, ‘Is it true?’
At the second ask, ‘Is it necessary?’
At the third gate ask ‘Is it kind?
~ Sufi Saying
Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty, lies opportunity.
~ Albert Einstein
“Every man over forty is a scoundrel.”
— George Bernard Shaw
“Books to the ceiling, Books to the sky, My pile of books is a mile high. How I love them! How I need them! I’ll have a long beard by the time I read them.”
– Arnold Lobel
“No one means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery and thought is viscous.”
– Henry Adams
“Remember, Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, but backwards and in high heels.”
– Bob Thaves
“Perpetual devotion to what a man calls his business, is only to be sustained by perpetual neglect of many other things.”
– Robert Louis Stevenson and vice-versa — me
“It takes a long time to become young.”
— Pablo Picasso
“Every moment is made glorious by the light of love.”
“Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.” ~Benjamin Franklin
“A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman’s birthday but never remembers her age.”
— Robert Frost
“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t — you’re right.”
— Henry Ford
Like lotus flowers rising above the mud, our hearts and minds are opening. Day by day, year by year, hand in hand, we are growing wiser, more loving, more creative. We are experiencing greater happiness in our own lives, because we are sharing that happiness with others. That is how a greater global transformation begins.
— Christopher Chase
“Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute. THAT’S relativity.”
“When I was born I was so surprised I didn’t talk for a year and a half.”
– Gracie Allen
“All power corrupts, but we need the electricity.”
“I wonder if other dogs think poodles are members of a weird religious cult.”
– Rita Rudner
“Progress isn’t made by early risers. It’s made by lazy men trying to find easier ways to do something.”
– Robert Heinlein
”Chance Favors the Connected Mind”
“The heart has reasons, which reason does not know”
”We don’t receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us, or spare us.”
— Marcel Proust
“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.”
— Albert Einstein
“There is no shame in preferring happiness.”
~ Albert Camus
May the Sun Bring you new energy by day
May the Moon Softly restore you by night
May the rain Wash away your worries
May the breeze Blow new Strengh into your Being
May you walk gently through the World and know it’s Beauty all the days of your life.
“When I’m working on a problem I never think about beauty .. when I have finished if the solution is not beautiful I know it is wrong”
“Anxiety is nothing but repeatedly re-experiencing failure in advance.”
“The ‘Net is a waste of time, and that’s exactly what’s right about it.”
– William Gibson
“When I was 5 years old, my mom always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down “happy.” They told me I didn’t understand the assignment and I told them they didn’t understand life.”
– John Lennon
When the going gets tough, switch to power tools.
“I would prefer to fail with honor than to win by cheating”
Do not regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many.
“Life is short, break the rules. Forgive quickly, kiss slowly. Love truly. Laugh uncontrollably and never regret anything that makes you smile. Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
“In my world, everyone’s a pony and they all eat rainbows and poop butterflies!”
— Dr. Seuss
To guess is cheap, to guess wrongly is very expensive.
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
— Theodore Roosevelt
Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.
Still round the corner there may wait, a new road or a secret gate.
“May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds. May your rivers flow without end, meandering through pastoral valleys tinkling with bells, past temples and castles and poets’ towers into a dark primeval forest where tigers belch and monkeys howl, through miasmal and mysterious swamps and down into a desert of red rock, blue mesas, domes and pinnacles and grottos of endless stone, and down again into a deep vast ancient unknown chasm where bars of sunlight blaze on profiled cliffs, where deer walk across the white sand beaches, where storms come and go as lightning clangs upon the high crags, where something strange and more beautiful and more full of wonder than your deepest dreams waits for you—beyond the next turning of the canyon walls.”
– Ed Abbey