A Few Quotes

What you want to acquire, you should dare to acquire by any means. What you want to see, even though it is with difficulty, you should see. You should not let it pass, thinking there will be another chance to see it or acquire it. It is quite unusual to have a second chance to materialize your desire.
- Haiku Master Yosa Buson (1717-1783)

For our life to be of value, I think we must develop basic good human qualities - warmth, kindness, compassion. Then our life becomes meaningful and more peaceful.
- Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso

My mental state, I think, is quite peaceful, quite calm. If there's some sad news, some heart-breaking news that comes, for a short moment, I am very disturbed, very sad, but then it goes. So like an ocean, the waves come and go, come and go.
- Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso

If a problem is fixable, if a situation is such that you can do something about it, then there is no need to worry. If it's not fixable, then there is no help in worrying. There is no benefit in worrying whatsoever.
- Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso

The cure for anything is salt water - sweat, tears, or the sea.
- Danish Writer Isak Dinesen (pseudonym of Baroness Karen Blixen, 1885-1962)

Every survival kit includes a sense of humor.
- Anonymous

What is life? It is the flash of the firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the winter time. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset.
- Chief Crowfoot’s last words (Siksika First Nation Chief Isapo-Muxika, 1830-1890)

The ultimate authority must always rest with the individual's own reason and critical analysis.
- Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso

Naturally the common people don't want war... but after all it is the leaders of a country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along... All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger.
- Hermann Goering, 1936

To be healthy is a great advantage, to be contented with what one has is better than the possession of great wealth; to be considered reliable is the truest mark of friendliness; to attain enlightenment is the highest happiness.
- The Buddha

Who has the time today, really the time, to grow, to unfold, and develop in an activity or even to contemplate properly what others are doing? Life ought to be lived more like harmonious music. The pressure of hastening things, of skimming the superficially, only destroys that sense of music in life.
- Paul Caponigro

Always be able to look back and say, "At least I didn’t lead no humdrum life".
- Forrest Gump

Paradise is where I am.
- Voltaire

Paradise is where I am, and I'm in Hawaiʻi!
- Albritton

For most of life, nothing wonderful happens. If you don't enjoy getting up and working and finishing your work and sitting down to a meal with family or friends, then the chances are that you're not going to be very happy. If someone bases his happiness or unhappiness on major events like a great new job, huge amounts of money, a flawlessly happy marriage or a trip to Paris, that person isn't going to be happy much of the time. If, on the other hand, happiness depends on a good breakfast, flowers in the yard, a drink or a nap, then we are more likely to live with quite a bit of happiness.
- Andy Rooney

The essentials to happiness are something to love, something to do, and something to hope for.
- William Blake

When I meet people from other cultures I know that they too want happiness and do not want suffering, this allows me to see them as brothers and sisters.
- Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso

You get more joy out of the giving to others, and should put a good deal of thought into the happiness you are able to give.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

To be idle is the short road to death and to be diligent is a way of life; foolish people are idle, wise people are diligent.
- The Buddha

. . .at a certain point in our lives, we lose control of what’s happening to us, and our lives become controlled by fate. That’s the world’s greatest lie.
- Paulo Coelho from The Alchemist

Remember that wherever your heart is, that is where you will find your treasure.
- Paulo Coelho from The Alchemist

Too many people merely do what they are told to do. The greatest satisfaction derives from the realization of your individual potential, perceiving something in your own way and expressing it through adequate understanding of your tools. Take advantage of everything; be dominated by nothing except your own convictions.
- Ansel Adams

If you don’t know where you are goin’, you will probably not wind up there.
- Forrest Gump

Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.
- The Buddha

Small is the number of them that see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.
- Einstein

Everything can be used as an invitation to meditation. A smile, a face in the subway, the sight of a small flower growing in the crack of cement pavement, a fall of rich cloth in a shop window, the way the sun lights up flower pots on a windowsill. Be alert for any sign of beauty or grace. Offer up every joy, be awake at all moments to the news that is always arriving out of the silence.
- Sogyal Rinpoche

Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify, simplify! I say, let your affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand; instead of a million count half a dozen, and keep your accounts on your thumb-nail.
- Henry David Thoreau

If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.
- Henry David Thoreau

Sometimes I guess there just aren't enough rocks.
- Forrest Gump


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