A glance on life

One can remain alive long past the usual date of disintegration if one is unafraid of change, insatiable in intellectual curiosity, interested in big things, and happy in small ways.

Edith Wharton

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Careful with pride

If you are filled with pride, then you will have no room for wisdom.

African Proverb

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It will all make sense

I think of life as a good book. The further you get into it, the more it begins to make sense.

Harold S. Kushner

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Wisdom of life

Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone.

The wisdom of life consists in the elemination of non-essentials.

Lin Yutang

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The four agreements

Be Impeccable with your word

  • Speak with integrity.
  • Say only what you mean.
  • Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others.
  • Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.

Don’t take anything personally

  • Nothing others do is because of you
  • What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream.
  • When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needles suffering.

Don’t make assumptions

  • Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want.
  • Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama.
  • With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.

Always do your best

  • Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick.
  • Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse, and regret.

Don Miguel Ruiz

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Work for it

Creativity comes from trust. Trust your instincts. And never hope more than you work.
Rita Mae Brow

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Keep reading

The book you don’t read won’t help.

Jim Rohn

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Read a lot

A wise man learns from his experiences. But a wiser man learns from others’ experiences.

Peter Blythewood

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Be ready

Perhaps we cannot raise the winds. But each of us can put up the sail, so that when the wind comes we can catch it.

E.F. Schumacher

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Seedlings of your joy

A Buddhist scholar I know once explained to me that Westerners mistakenly think that nirvana is what arrives when all your woe is behind you and you have only bliss to look forward to. But he said that would not be nirvana, because your bliss in the present would always be shadowed by the joy from the past. Nirvana, he said, is what you arrive at when you have only bliss to look forward to and find in what looked like sorrows the seedlings of your joy.

Andrew Solomon

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