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Everything has been figured out, except how to live.

I think I've discovered the secret of life - you just hang around until you get used to it.

Doing what you love is the cornerstone of having abundance in your life.

Everything in life is luck.

The story of life is quicker then the blink of an eye, the story of love is hello, goodbye.

I love life because what more is there?

Once you say you're going to settle for second, that's what happens to you in life.

Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about.

I do not regret one moment of my life.

The shoe that fits one person pinches another there is no recipe for living that suits all cases.

Life is a song - sing it. Life is a game - play it. Life is a challenge - meet it. Life is a dream - realize it. Life is a sacrifice - offer it. Life is love - enjoy it.

Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.

Open your eyes, look within. Are you satisfied with the life you're living?

Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.

I have a simple philosophy: Fill what's empty. Empty what's full. Scratch where it itches.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.

We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.

Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player, that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.

Every man dies. Not every man really lives.

A man sooner or later discovers that he is the master-gardener of his soul, the director of his life.

We need to give each other the space to grow, to be ourselves, to exercise our diversity. We need to give each other space so that we may both give and receive such beautiful things as ideas, openness, dignity, joy, healing, and inclusion.

Remember when life's path is steep to keep your mind even.

Life is like dancing. If we have a big floor, many people will dance. Some will get angry when the rhythm changes. But life is changing all the time.

When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.

The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.

Life is 10 percent what you make it, and 90 percent how you take it.

Don't let life discourage you everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was.

I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.

A person will sometimes devote all his life to the development of one part of his body - the wishbone.

I love those who yearn for the impossible.

Every creature is better alive than dead, men and moose and pine trees, and he who understands it aright will rather preserve its life than destroy it.

Who will tell whether one happy moment of love or the joy of breathing or walking on a bright morning and smelling the fresh air, is not worth all the suffering and effort which life implies.

When life is too easy for us, we must beware or we may not be ready to meet the blows which sooner or later come to everyone, rich or poor.

This life is worth living, we can say, since it is what we make it.

The purpose of life is a life of purpose.

There is just one life for each of us: our own.

The basic fact about human existence is not that it is a tragedy, but that it is a bore. It is not so much a war as an endless standing in line.

A chain is no stronger than its weakest link, and life is after all a chain.

Life is never easy for those who dream.

Life is too short to work so hard.

We are here to add what we can to life, not to get what we can from life.

For the happiest life, days should be rigorously planned, nights left open to chance.

Life well spent is long.

If you live long enough, you'll make mistakes. But if you learn from them, you'll be a better person. It's how you handle adversity, not how it affects you. The main thing is never quit, never quit, never quit.

Life is something to do when you can't get to sleep.

We can't plan life. All we can do is be available for it.

Life will always be to a large extent what we ourselves make it.

Life is wasted on the living.

Life has meaning only if one barters it day by day for something other than itself.

The most exhausting thing in life is being insincere.

There is no wealth but life.

Give me the luxuries of life and I will willingly do without the necessities.

We live in the world when we love it.

The greatest use of a life is to spend it on something that will outlast it.

Life is too short for long-term grudges.

The story of life is quicker than the blink of an eye, the story of love is hello, goodbye.

The greatest trap in our life is not success, popularity or power, but self-rejection.

Mans's mind and his behavior are one, his inner thought and outer expression cannot contradict each other. Therefore a man should set up his right principle, and this right mind will influence his action.

Just watch choicelessly and in the watching lies the wonder. It is not an ideal, an end to be desired. The watching is a state of being already, not a state of becoming.

Anxiety is the gap between the now and the then. SO if you are in the now, you can't be anxious, because your excitement flows immediately into ongoing spontaneous activity.

It's not what you give, it's the way you give it.

Do think of the past in terms of those memories of events and accomplishments which were pleasant, rewarding, and satisfying.

If you are in the now, you are inventive.

Art is the perfection of nature and life through the artist, who has supreme control of technique and is thereby liberated from it.

Art is really the expression of the self. The more complicated and restricted the method, the less the opportunity for the expression of one's original sense of freedom.

Artists in all fields must learn to observe choicelessly, to digest their observations, and to express them in their work.

I never wanted a job in an office or any job that I had to work eight hours a day at - day in and day out. I don't think I could have stood it.

I'm not the type of guy who can sit in the office doing the same routine day in and day out. I have to do something that is creative and interesting to me.

True observation begins when one is devoid of set patterns; freedom of expression occurs when one is beyond system.

It is the creative ability of a human being that separates him from all other animals.

Art lives where absolute freedom is, because where it is not, there can be no creativity - art has no ego rigidity.

The human soul is what interests me. I live to express myself freely in creation.

Art is never decoration, embellishment; instead it is work of enlightenment. Art, in other words, is a technique for acquiring liberty.

Through art our own souls are what we must employ to give a new form and a new meaning to Nature or the world.

Art demands only immediate, honest and whole-hearted action.

Art calls for complete mastery of techniques, developed by reflection within the soul.

I don't want to do anything half way; it as to be perfect.

Make at least one definite move daily toward your goal.

To strive actively to achieve some goal gives your life meaning and substance.

Character is to the soul what outward appearances is to the body. A man's genuineness and refinement should not reveal themselves directly; they should express themselves only indirectly as an effect from within.

Go bravely on, my friend, because each experience teaches us a lesson. Keep blasting because life is such that sometimes it is nice and sometimes it is not.

Persistence, persistence, and persistence. The power can be created and maintained through daily practice - continuous effort.

I believe that anybody can think himself into his goal if he mixes thought with definiteness of purpose, persistence; and a burning desire for its translation into reality.

The power of will is the supreme court over all other departments of my mind. I will exercise it daily when I need the urge to action for any purpose, and I will form habits designed to bring the power of my will into action at least once daily.

I can walk away from millions because it's not right, but I'll be damned if I'll back up an inch from a dime because it has to be so.

With every adversity comes a blessing because a shock acts as a reminder to oneself that we must not get stale in routine.

What does self-willed mean? Hell, isn't it knowing above all, that, indeed, one is the captain of one's soul, the master of one's life?

A self-willed man has no other aim than his own growth. He values only one thing, the mysterious power in himself which bids him live and helps him to grow. His only living destiny is the silent, ungainsayable law in his own heart, which comfortable habits make it so hard to obey but which to the self-willed man is destiny and godhead.

Whether it is the godhead or not, I feel this great force, this untapped power, this dynamic something within me.

This feeling defies description, and there is no experience with which this feeling may be compared. It is something like a strong emotion mixed with faith, but a lot stronger.

I'll not willingly offend, nor be easily offended.

With adversity you are shocked to higher levels, much like a rain storm that is so violent, but yet afterwards all plant grows.

Recognizing the influence of my subconscious mind over my power of will, I shall take care to submit to it a clear and definite picture of my Major Purpose in life and all minor purposes leading to my major purpose, and I shall keep this picture constantly before my subconscious mind by repeating it daily.

If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you'll never get it done.

I couldn't go wrong because what I always like about myself is this stickability toward quality and the sincere desire to do it right.

There is an awareness without choice, without any demand, an awareness in which there is no anxiety; and in that state of mind there is perception. It is the perception alone that will resolve all your problems.

Right now I can project my thoughts into the future. I can see ahead of me. I dream . I may now own nothing but a little place down in a basement, but once my imagination has got up a full head of stream, I can see painted on a canvas on my mind a picture of a fine, big fix or six story Gung Fun Institute with branches all over the States...

I am not easily discouraged, readily visualize myself as overcoming obstacles, winning out over set backs, achieving impossible objectives.

I will play with my children and joke with my children, but business is business. When the subject is a serious one, you don't go around trying to keep from hurting their feelings. You say what must be said and set the rules which must be set without worrying about whether they like it or not.

The way to bring back the dream is to relive the dream as if it were happening now.

Be proficient in your field as well as in harmony among fellow men.

Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them.

Remember my friend to enjoy your planning as well as your accomplishment, for life is too short for negative energy.

What I detest most are dishonest people who talk more than they are capable of doing.

Joy and suffering are the fruit of right and wrong thinking. Suffering, especially, is mostly self-manufactured; we are never so happy or so unhappy as we suppose.

The Dominicans have the simplicity of a real human being; there is not so hypocrisy like in the big cities.

Negativeness very often unknowingly creeps up upon us. It helps occasionally to stop all thoughts and then once more refreshingly march bravely on.

Aim at perfection in everything, though in most things it is unattainable; however, they who aim at it, and persevere, will come much nearer to it than those whose laziness and despondency make them give it up as unattainable.

Most people can talk without listening. Very few can listen without talking. It is very rare that people can talk and listen.

Realizing that my emotions are both positive and negative, I will form daily habits which will encourage the development of the positive emotions and aid me in converting the negative emotions into some form of useful action.

The important thing is that I am personally satisfied with my work. If it is a piece of junk, I will only regret it.

There is fear and insecurity in pride, for when one aims at being highly esteemed, and having achieved such status, he is automatically involved in the fear of losing one's status.

Then protection of his status appears to be his most important need, and this creates anxiety.

Don't be forecasting evil unless it is what you can guard against. Anxiety is good for nothing if we can't turn it into a defense.

Sincere and serious learners are difficult to come by. Many of them are five minute enthusiasts, some of them come in with ill intentions, but unfortunately, most of them are second-hand artists; basically conformers.

No accidents are so unlucky but that the wise may draw some advantage from them; nor are there any so lucky but that the foolish may turn them to their own prejudice.

To realize that it's just an inconvenience, that it is not a catastrophe, but just an unpleasantness, is part of coming into your own, part of waking up.

Are you doing to make your obstacles stepping stones to your dreams, or stumbling blocks because unknowingly you let negativeness, worries, fear, etc., take you over?

When a man seeks your advice he generally wants your praise.

If you think a thing is impossible, you'll make it impossible. Pessimism blunts the tools you need to succeed.

Each man must seek out realization himself. No master can give it to him.

I will never prostitute myself in any way that I do what I don't believe in.

Independent inquiry is needed in your search for truth, not dependence on anyone else's view or a mere book.

Those who distrust the life-giving force within them, or who have none, are driven to compensate through such substitutes as money.

When a man has confidence in himself, when all he wants in the world is to live out his destiny in freedom and purity, he comes to regard all those vastly overestimated and far too costly possessions as mere accessories, pleasant perhaps to have and make use of, but never essential.

We should devote ourselves to being self-sufficient and must not depend upon the external rating by others for our happiness.

So it is true that the more we values things, the less we value our self. The more we depend upon others for esteem, the less we are self-sufficient.

We realize that manipulation and control are not the ultimate joy of life - to become real, to learn to take a stand, to develop one's center, to the support of our total personality, a release to spontaneity - yes, yes, yes!

Since life is an ever-evolving process, one should flow in this process and discover how to actualize and expand oneself.

Success means doing something sincerely and whole-heartedly.

People have to grow by skillful frustrations, otherwise they have no incentive to develop their own means and ways of coping with the world.

Head toward self-expression and self-actualization and not just a means of mediocre functioning or repetitious drilling on a chosen pattern.

My only sure reward is in my actions and not from them. The quality of my reward is in the depth of my response, the centralness of the part of me I act from.

This world is very practical. You do more work, you get rewarded more; you do less work, you lose your rewards.

When you are in the now, you can't be anxious, because the excitement flows immediately into ongoing spontaneous activity.

Oftentimes business people see not a human being but a product, a commodity. However, you, as a human being, have the right to be the best goddamn product that ever walked and work so hard that the business people have to listen to you.

You have that personal obligation to yourself to make yourself the best product possible according to your own terms.

Not the biggest or the most successful, but the best quality - with that achieved, comes everything else.

Action is a highroad to self-confidence and esteem. Where it is open, all energies flow toward it. It comes readily to most people, and its rewards are tangible.

The main thing is not to expend one's powers prematurely in an attempt to obtain by force something for which the time is not yet ripe.

In order to realize our true self we must be willing to live without being dependent upon the opinion of others. When we are completely self-sufficient we can have no fear of not being esteemed by others.

One should do nothing that is not natural or spontaneous; the important thing is not to strain in any way.

Wait in the calm strength of patience - he that is strong should guard it with tenderness.

I have to leave now, my friend. You have a long journey ahead of you, and you must travel light. From now on drop all your burden of preconceived conclusions behind. Remember, my friend, the usefulness of a cup is in its emptiness.

The fact is that we live only on such a small percentage of our potential: you do not allow yourself to be totally yourself, society does not allow you to be totally yourself.

There is no such word as maturity. Rather: maturing. Because when there is a maturity, there is a conclusion and a cessation. That's the end. That's when the coffin is closed.

I'm not a smoker because I don't think putting smoke into your body is quite the thing to do. As for alcohol, I think it tastes awful. Don't know why anyone should want to drink the stuff.

Learning techniques without inward experiencing can only lead to superficiality.

I am constantly discovering, expanding, finding the cause of my ignorance, in martial art and especially in life. In short, to be real...

Learning is important but do not become its slave. Above all, do not harbor anything external and superfluous, the mind is the primary.

Like everyone else, you want to learn the way to win. But never to accept the way to lose. To accept defeat - to learn to die - is be liberated from it.

I never believe in large organizations, with their domestic and foreign branches, affiliations, etc.

To reach the masses, some sort of a system is required; as a result, the members are conditioned according to that system.

I believe in teaching just a few, as it requires constant alert observations on each individual in order to establish a true, direct relationship.

A child must be taught early that money is only a means, a type of usefulness, an implement. Like all instruments, it has certain purposes, but it will not do everything. One must learn how to use it, what it will do, but above all what it will not do.

Look for ways to raise the pupil's mind above duality, to the absolute awareness which transcends it.

But then, how important is school? I barely made passing grades while attending the University of Washington.

Bear in mind that I seek neither your approval nor to influence you. So do not make up your mind as to this is this or that is that. I will be more than satisfied if you begin to learn to investigate everything yourself from now on.

What we are after is the root and not the branches. The root is real knowledge; the branches are surface knowledge.

Real knowledge breeds body feel and personal expression; surface knowledge breeds mechanical conditioning and imposing limitation and squelches creativity.

What is the point of education if you in yourself are not intelligent? If you are not creative?

To understand, surely, there must be a state of choiceless awareness in which there is no sense of comparison or condemnation, no waiting for further development on the thing we are talking about in order to agree or disagree - don't start from a conclusion above all.

Above all, a teacher does not depend on a method and drill systematic routines; instead, he studies each individual student and awakens him to explore himself, both internally and externally, and ultimately integrate himself with his being.

Such teaching, which is really no teaching, requires a sensitive mind with great flexibility and is difficult to come by nowadays.

A teacher, a good teacher that is, functions as a pointer to truth, but not a giver of truth. He employs a minimum of form to lead his student to the formless. Furthermore, he points out the importance of being able to enter a mold without being imprisoned by it, or to follow the principles without being bound by them.

A teacher is never a giver of truth; he is a guide, a pointer to the truth that each student must find for himself.

A good teacher protects his pupils from his own influence. It is easy to teach one to be skillful, but it is difficult to teach him his own attitude. Each moment during teaching requires a full alert and sensitive mind that is constantly adjusting and constantly changing.

Give recognition where it is due. Complements definitely stimulate more effort and desire to improve. Be generous with honest praising.

Learning is never cumulative, it is a movement of knowing which has no beginning and no end.

Fluidity is the way to an empty mind. You must free your ambitious mind and learn the art of dying.

The knowledge and skill you have achieved are after all meant to be forgotten so you can float in emptiness without obstruction and comfortably.

1. Motivation of the trainee.

2. Maintaining their complete attention.

3. Promoting mental activity - discussion, question, lecture.

4. Creating a clear picture of material to be learned; outlining the material.

5. Developing comprehension of the significance, the implications, and the practical application of the material being presented .

6. Repetition of the five preceding steps until learning has taken place.

Only actions give to life its strength, as only moderation gives it its charm.

Preserve yourself by following the natural bends of things and don't interfere.

Stand at the neutral point between negative and positive, no longer directing one's mind to anything.

There is what is only when there is no comparison at all, and to live with what is, is to be peaceful.

Serene, detached from all results, ready to fight or run, to win or lose, and always ready to laugh at all things, take whatever comes.

Your child is ill you say, or you cannot pay the rent? Very well, accept these facts and face them.

Are they not trouble enough in themselves without adding the aggravation of worry to them?

There will be calmness when one is free from external objects and is not perturbed.

When one wishes to expand, one must first contract. When one wishes to be strong, one must first be weak. When one wishes to take, one must first give. Everything in this world has the alternative of existence and nonexistence .

The world is full of people who are determined to be somebody or give trouble. They want to get ahead to stand out. Such ambition has no use for a man of Tao, who rejects all forms of self-assertiveness and competition.

The indispensable first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: decide what you want.

I take a simple view of life. It is keep your eyes open and get on with it.

Seventy percent of success in life is showing up.

Every man regards his own life as the New Year's Eve of time.

Life is like a trumpet - if you don't put anything into it, you don't get anything out of it.

Wrong life cannot be lived rightly.

Life is anything that dies when you stomp on it.

My life is every moment of my life. It is not a culmination of the past.

Life is a moderately good play with a badly written third act.

To me, if life boils down to one thing, it's movement. To live is to keep moving.

Our entire life - consists ultimately in accepting ourselves as we are.

To know nothing is the happiest life.

Variety's the very spice of life, That gives it all its flavor.

Life is but thought.

Life itself is the proper binge.

The whole secret of life is to be interested in one thing profoundly and in a thousand things well.

Wars and elections are both too big and too small to matter in the long run. The daily work - that goes on, it adds up.

The less routine the more life.

Life is much shorter than I imagined it to be.

Life ought to be a struggle of desire toward adventures whose nobility will fertilize the soul.

The Indian Summer of life should be a little sunny and a little sad, like the season, and infinite in wealth and depth of tone, but never hustled.

Any life is made up of a single moment, the moment in which a man finds out, once and for all, who he is.

What we play is life.

Life is made up of sobs, sniffles, and smiles, with sniffles predominating.

Not a shred of evidence exists in favor of the idea that life is serious.

Life has a higher end, than to be amused.

The person lives twice who lives the first life well.

Unrest of spirit is a mark of life.

Life itself still remains a very effective therapist.

Life is a lot like jazz... it's best when you improvise.

I have inspiration and feelings of being alive most every day I live.

I had no blood relatives till I made some.

Life has its own hidden forces which you can only discover by living.

If you can dream it, then you can achieve it. You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want.

We love life, not because we are used to living but because we are used to loving.

Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself. They came through you but not from you and though they are with you yet they belong not to you.

All life demands struggle. Those who have everything given to them become lazy, selfish, and insensitive to the real values of life. The very striving and hard work that we so constantly try to avoid is the major building block in the person we are today.

If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.

I remember my mother's prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.

It's the game of life. Do I win or do I lose? One day they're gonna shut the game down. I gotta have as much fun and go around the board as many times as I can before it's my turn to leave.

Love is life. And if you miss love, you miss life.

The things that will destroy America are prosperity-at-any-price, peace-at-any-price, safety-first instead of duty-first, the love of soft living, and the get-rich-quick theory of life.

Life is tough, but it's tougher when you're stupid.

Life's Tragedy is that we get old to soon and wise too late.

Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. Because it's only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential.

All my life I have tried to pluck a thistle and plant a flower wherever the flower would grow in thought and mind.

I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I'm awake, you know?

Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It's perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we've learned something from yesterday.

There is a tide in the affairs of men, Which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune. Omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat. And we must take the current when it serves, or lose our ventures.

You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want.

There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.

All my life, my heart has yearned for a thing I cannot name.

If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.

There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.

What a wee little part of a person's life are his acts and his words! His real life is led in his head, and is known to none but himself.

To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.

Make it a habit to tell people thank you. To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you, and you'll soon find many others around you. Truly appreciate life, and you'll find that you have more of it.

There are four questions of value in life... What is sacred? Of what is the spirit made? What is worth living for, and what is worth dying for? The answer to each is the same. Only love.

Money isn't the most important thing in life, but it's reasonably close to oxygen on the 'gotta have it' scale.

I'm the one that has to die when it's time for me to die, so let me live my life, the way I want to.

I decided, very early on, just to accept life unconditionally I never expected it to do anything special for me, yet I seemed to accomplish far more than I had ever hoped. Most of the time it just happened to me without my ever seeking it.

I don't believe in guilt, I believe in living on impulse as long as you never intentionally hurt another person, and don't judge people in your life. I think you should live completely free.

I never thought of losing, but now that it' s happened, the only thing is to do it right. That's my obligation to all the people who believe in me. We all have to take defeats in life.

Life stands before me like an eternal spring with new and brilliant clothes.

My rule of life prescribed as an absolutely sacred rite smoking cigars and also the drinking of alcohol before, after and if need be during all meals and in the intervals between them.

You can never really live anyone else's life, not even your child's. The influence you exert is through your own life, and what you've become yourself.

As you walk down the fairway of life you must smell the roses, for you only get to play one round.

If you ask me what I came into this life to do, I will tell you: I came to live out loud.

Some of the worst mistakes of my life have been haircuts.

Life is as tedious as twice-told tale, vexing the dull ear of a drowsy man.

If you have no confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life.

Nothing in life is so exhilarating as to be shot at without result.

Once in his life, every man is entitled to fall madly in love with a gorgeous redhead.

I guess I have always been deeply terrified to really be someone's wife since I know from life one cannot love another, ever, really.

Life is hard it's harder if you're stupid.

A life of leisure and a life of laziness are two things. There will be sleeping enough in the grave.

Books constitute capital. A library book lasts as long as a house, for hundreds of years. It is not, then, an article of mere consumption but fairly of capital, and often in the case of professional men, setting out in life, it is their only capital.

I'm not claiming divinity. I've never claimed purity of soul. I've never claimed to have the answers to life. I only put out songs and answer questions as honestly as I can... But I still believe in peace, love and understanding.

My philosophy of life is that if we make up our mind what we are going to make of our lives, then work hard toward that goal, we never lose - somehow we win out.

A chief event of life is the day in which we have encountered a mind that startled us.

One reason so few of us achieve what we truly want is that we never direct our focus we never concentrate our power. Most people dabble their way through life, never deciding to master anything in particular.

I have spent many years of my life in opposition, and I rather like the role.

Life every man holds dear but the dear man holds honor far more precious dear than life.

Alcohol is the anesthesia by which we endure the operation of life.

We have the duty to protect the life of an unborn child.

You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments when you have truly lived are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love.

The world has grown suspicious of anything that looks like a happily married life.

The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.

The one charm about marriage is that it makes a life of deception absolutely necessary for both parties.

You do things when the opportunities come along. I've had periods in my life when I've had a bundle of ideas come along, and I've had long dry spells. If I get an idea next week, I'll do something. If not, I won't do a damn thing.

I'm so glad I never feel important, it does complicate life!

One's real life is so often the life that one does not lead.

I bear a charmed life.

Man does not control his own fate. The women in his life do that for him.

I swear, by my life and my love of it, that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine.

Your life is the fruit of your own doing. You have no one to blame but yourself.

The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.

The more sand has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it.

I haven't trusted polls since I read that 62% of women had affairs during their lunch hour. I've never met a woman in my life who would give up lunch for sex.

In married life three is company and two none.

Life is pretty simple: You do some stuff. Most fails. Some works. You do more of what works. If it works big, others quickly copy it. Then you do something else. The trick is the doing something else.

Autobiographies are only useful as the lives you read about and analyze may suggest to you something that you may find useful in your own journey through life.

It is one of the beautiful compensations in this life that no one can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.

In poverty and other misfortunes of life, true friends are a sure refuge. The young they keep out of mischief to the old they are a comfort and aid in their weakness, and those in the prime of life they incite to noble deeds.

When you have nobody you can make a cup of tea for, when nobody needs you, that's when I think life is over.

If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.

Your daily life is your temple and your religion. When you enter into it take with you your all.

You have to take risks. We will only understand the miracle of life fully when we allow the unexpected to happen.

Frazier is so ugly that he should donate his face to the US Bureau of Wild Life.

If anyone is crazy enough to want to kill a president of the United States, he can do it. All he must be prepared to do is give his life for the president's.

Life is without meaning. You bring the meaning to it. The meaning of life is whatever you ascribe it to be. Being alive is the meaning.

The world is very different now. For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty, and all forms of human life.

I am sorry to say that there is too much point to the wisecrack that life is extinct on other planets because their scientists were more advanced than ours.

There is always inequality in life. Some men are killed in a war and some men are wounded and some men never leave the country. Life is unfair.

I really haven't had that exciting of a life. There are a lot of things I wish I would have done, instead of just sitting around and complaining about having a boring life. So I pretty much like to make it up. I'd rather tell a story about somebody else.

I want to live my life so that my nights are not full of regrets.

Don't be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment.

This is the strangest life I've ever known.

Success comes from taking the initiative and following up... persisting... eloquently expressing the depth of your love. What simple action could you take today to produce a new momentum toward success in your life?

Life is thickly sown with thorns, and I know no other remedy than to pass quickly through them. The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm us.

You want to believe that there's one relationship in life that's beyond betrayal. A relationship that's beyond that kind of hurt. And there isn't.

I need drama in my life to keep making music.

I should have no objection to go over the same life from its beginning to the end: requesting only the advantage authors have, of correcting in a second edition the faults of the first.

One thing they never tell you about child raising is that for the rest of your life, at the drop of a hat, you are expected to know your child's name and how old he or she is.

There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.

To lengthen thy life, lessen thy meals.

He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. Is not life a hundred times too short for us to bore ourselves?

I challenge you to make your life a masterpiece. I challenge you to join the ranks of those people who live what they teach, who walk their talk.

The expectations of life depend upon diligence the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools.

Children are the anchors of a mother's life.

A life is either all spiritual or not spiritual at all. No man can serve two masters. Your life is shaped by the end you live for. You are made in the image of what you desire.

As soon as there is life there is danger.

Babies don't need a vacation, but I still see them at the beach... it pisses me off! I'll go over to a little baby and say 'What are you doing here? You haven't worked a day in your life!'

It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.

People disparage knowing and the intellectual life, and urge doing. I am content with knowing, if only I could know.

If there's not drama and negativity in my life, all my songs will be really wack and boring or something.

I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.

Men create gods after their own image, not only with regard to their form but with regard to their mode of life.

The true object of all human life is play. Earth is a task garden heaven is a playground.

Life began with waking up and loving my mother's face.

I want to wake up every day and do whatever comes in my mind, and not feel pressure or obligations to do anything else in my life.

A broad margin of leisure is as beautiful in a man's life as in a book. Haste makes waste, no less in life than in housekeeping. Keep the time, observe the hours of the universe, not of the cars.

Thou wilt find rest from vain fancies if thou doest every act in life as though it were thy last.

I'd like to be settled into somewhat of a normal life. Somewhat. I know it's never going to be completely normal.

In college I never realized the opportunities available to a pro athlete. I've been given the chance to meet all kinds of people, to travel and expand my financial capabilities, to get ideas and learn about life, to create a world apart from basketball.

There are two tragedies in life. One is to lose your heart's desire. The other is to gain it.

There are old heads in the world who cannot help me by their example or advice to live worthily and satisfactorily to myself but I believe that it is in my power to elevate myself this very hour above the common level of my life.

We can always choose to perceive things differently. You can focus on what's wrong in your life, or you can focus on what's right.

You must understand the whole of life, not just one little part of it. That is why you must read, that is why you must look at the skies, that is why you must sing and dance, and write poems and suffer and understand, for all that is life.

When I chased after money, I never had enough. When I got my life on purpose and focused on giving of myself and everything that arrived into my life, then I was prosperous.

Sometimes I feel my whole life has been one big rejection.

Respect is one of life's greatest treasures. I mean, what does it all add up to if you don't have that?

If there is only one thing in my life that I am proud of, it's that I've never been a kept woman.

Thug Life to me is dead.

A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.

I have so much chaos in my life, it's become normal. You become used to it. You have to just relax, calm down, take a deep breath and try to see how you can make things work rather than complain about how they're wrong.

I don't have expectations. Expectations in your life just lead to giant disappointments.

Run for your life from any man who tells you that money is evil. That sentence is the leper's bell of an approaching looter.

The lie is a condition of life.

If you plan on being anything less than you are capable of being, you will probably be unhappy all the days of your life.

Always fall in with what you're asked to accept. Take what is given, and make it over your way. My aim in life has always been to hold my own with whatever's going. Not against: with.

Judgments, value judgments concerning life, for or against, can in the last resort never be true: they possess value only as symptoms, they come into consideration only as symptoms - in themselves such judgments are stupidities.

There are people who want to make men's lives more difficult for no other reason than the chance it provides them afterwards to offer their prescription for alleviating life their Christianity, for instance.

My definition of success is to live your life in a way that causes you to feel a ton of pleasure and very little pain - and because of your lifestyle, have the people around you feel a lot more pleasure than they do pain.

This is as true in everyday life as it is in battle: we are given one life and the decision is ours whether to wait for circumstances to make up our mind, or whether to act, and in acting, to live.

Don't ignore the past, but deal with it, on your own pace. Once you deal with it, you are free of it and you are free to embrace your life and be a happy loving person because if you don't, the past will come back to haunt and keep coming back to haunt you.

Little men with little minds and little imaginations go through life in little ruts, smugly resisting all changes which would jar their little worlds.

Regarding life, the wisest men of all ages have judged alike: it is worthless.

Being in control of your life and having realistic expectations about your day-to-day challenges are the keys to stress management, which is perhaps the most important ingredient to living a happy, healthy and rewarding life.

Acceptance of one's life has nothing to do with resignation it does not mean running away from the struggle. On the contrary, it means accepting it as it comes, with all the handicaps of heredity, of suffering, of psychological complexes and injustices.

The greatest mistake you can make in life is continually fearing that you'll make one.

I just don't know how to deal with so many people giving me that much affection. I never had that in my life.

About all you can do in life is be who you are. Some people will love you for you. Most will love you for what you can do for them, and some won't like you at all.

Every day is a new opportunity. You can build on yesterday's success or put its failures behind and start over again. That's the way life is, with a new game every day, and that's the way baseball is.

The only way to enjoy anything in this life is to earn it first.

I'm not one of those complicated, mixed-up cats. I'm not looking for the secret to life... I just go on from day to day, taking what comes.

The major value in life is not what you get. The major value in life is what you become.

Develop an interest in life as you see it the people, things, literature, music - the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people. Forget yourself.

I always like to look on the optimistic side of life, but I am realistic enough to know that life is a complex matter.

Everyone has his own specific vocation or mission in life everyone must carry out a concrete assignment that demands fulfillment. Therein he cannot be replaced, nor can his life be repeated, thus, everyone's task is unique as his specific opportunity to implement it.

Never separate the life you live from the words you speak.

It is not doing the thing we like to do, but liking the thing we have to do, that makes life blessed.

Being yourself is one of the hardest things because it's scary. You always wonder whether you'll be accepted for who you really are. I decided to call my record 'Inside Out' because that's my motto about life. I don't think you ever succeed at trying to be anyone else but who you truly are.

There is no more fatal blunderer than he who consumes the greater part of his life getting his living.

Nature and human life are as various as our several constitutions. Who shall say what prospect life offers to another?

I'm back to doing everything I used to, loving life as ever.

You leave old habits behind by starting out with the thought, 'I release the need for this in my life'.

Two such as you with such a master speed, cannot be parted nor be swept away, from one another once you are agreed, that life is only life forevermore, together wing to wing and oar to oar.

You have the right to kill me, but you don't have the right to judge me. That's life. There's nobility in that. There's focus. It's genuine. It's crystal and it's pure and it's available to everybody, so just shut your traps and put down your McDonalds, your vaccines, your Us Weekly, your TMZ and the rest of it.

I would say my greatest achievement in life right now - my greatest achievement period is - and I'm still trying to achieve it - is to be a wonderful father to my kids.

Once you've wrestled, everything else in life is easy.

The chief reason for going to school is to get the impression fixed for life that there is a book side for everything.

When you are tough on yourself, life is going to be infinitely easier on you.

Man's real life is happy, chiefly because he is ever expecting that it soon will be so.

There is always a present and extant life, be it better or worse, which all combine to uphold.

Poetry is a way of taking life by the throat.

Life contains but two tragedies. One is not to get your heart's desire the other is to get it.

And Barack and I were raised with so many of the same values, like you work hard for what you want in life. That your word is your bond that you do what you say you're going to do. That you treat people with dignity and respect, even if you don't know them and even if you don't agree with them.

One life is all we have and we live it as we believe in living it. But to sacrifice what you are and to live without belief, that is a fate more terrible than dying.

My advice to people today is as follows: if you take the game of life seriously, if you take your nervous system seriously, if you take your sense organs seriously, if you take the energy process seriously, you must turn on, tune in, and drop out.

Miracles, in the sense of phenomena we cannot explain, surround us on every hand: life itself is the miracle of miracles.

Keep your eyes open to your mercies. The man who forgets to be thankful has fallen asleep in life.

Life's like a movie, write your own ending. Keep believing, keep pretending.

The struggle of my life created empathy - I could relate to pain, being abandoned, having people not love me.

While we have the gift of life, it seems to me the only tragedy is to allow part of us to die - whether it is our spirit, our creativity or our glorious uniqueness.

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.

Becoming a father, I think it inevitably changes your perspective of life. I don't get nearly enough sleep. And the simplest things in life are completely satisfying. I find you don't have to do as much, like you don't go on as many outings.

One of the secrets of life is that all that is really worth the doing is what we do for others.

All my life affection has been showered upon me, and every forward step I have made has been taken in spite of it.

Life is to be lived. If you have to support yourself, you had bloody well better find some way that is going to be interesting. And you don't do that by sitting around.

I am an example of what is possible when girls from the very beginning of their lives are loved and nurtured by people around them. I was surrounded by extraordinary women in my life who taught me about quiet strength and dignity.

Above our life we love a steadfast friend.

Life is not what it's supposed to be. It's what it is. The way you cope with it is what makes the difference.

My mother wanted us to understand that the tragedies of your life one day have the potential to be comic stories the next.

When you step on the brakes your life is in your foot's hands.

You can't make positive choices for the rest of your life without an environment that makes those choices easy, natural, and enjoyable.

I'm not an example for how people should live their lives. Never in my life would I ever set out to be an example for people on how to live their lives. If you need an example for how to live, then you just shouldn't have been born. Straight up.

Maybe you don't like your job, maybe you didn't get enough sleep, well nobody likes their job, nobody got enough sleep. Maybe you just had the worst day of your life, but you know, there's no escape, there's no excuse, so just suck up and be nice.

Never try to impress a woman, because if you do she'll expect you to keep up the standard for the rest of your life.

Too often in life, something happens and we blame other people for us not being happy or satisfied or fulfilled. So the point is, we all have choices, and we make the choice to accept people or situations or to not accept situations.

The life of an uneducated man is as useless as the tail of a dog which neither covers its rear end, nor protects it from the bites of insects.

Life would be tolerable but for its amusements.

We continue to shape our personality all our life. If we knew ourselves perfectly, we should die.

What if you gave someone a gift, and they neglected to thank you for it - would you be likely to give them another? Life is the same way. In order to attract more of the blessings that life has to offer, you must truly appreciate what you already have.

There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening, that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique.

Maxim for life: You get treated in life the way you teach people to treat you.

Every man is the architect of his own life. He builds it just the way he wants it. However, after he has built what he wants, he sometimes decides that he doesn't like what he has built and looks for someone or something to blame instead of changing himself.

Whatever you do in life, surround yourself with smart people who'll argue with you.

Character, in the long run, is the decisive factor in the life of an individual and of nations alike.

I believe this with all my heart: The greatest coach of all time in my eyes is my mom. She's instilled in me a toughness and a perseverance and just a never-quit mentality, and I thank her every day for providing me, for what she sacrificed her life for.

How do you go from where you are to where you wanna be? And I think you have to have an enthusiasm for life. You have to have a dream, a goal. And you have to be willing to work for it.

You come to a point in your life when you really don't care what people think about you, you just care what you think about yourself.

At times in my life the only place I have been happy is when I am on stage.

What you get is a living, what you give is a life.

We only live once, but once is enough if we do it right. Live your life with class, dignity, and style so that an exclamation, rather than a question mark signifies it!

I actually thought that it would be a little confusing during the same period of your life to be in one meeting when you're trying to make money, and then go to another meeting where you're giving it away. I mean is it gonna erode your ability, you know, to make money? Are you gonna somehow get confused about what you're trying to do?

I haven't lived a perfect life. I have regrets. But that's from a lifetime of taking chances, making decisions, and trying not to be frozen. The only thing that I can do with my regrets is understand them.

The value of life lies not in the length of days, but in the use we make of them... Whether you find satisfaction in life depends not on your tale of years, but on your will.

My trust in a higher power that wants me to survive and have love in my life, is what keeps me moving forward.

It takes half your life before you discover life is a do-it-yourself project.

He who binds to himself a joy Does the winged life destroy But he who kisses the joy as it flies Lives in eternity's sun rise.

Life lived for tomorrow will always be just a day away from being realized.

I never did a day's work in my life. It was all fun.

Let love flow so that it cleanses the world. Then man can live in peace, instead of the state of turmoil he has created through his past ways of life, with all those material interests and earthly ambitions.

Man is subject to innumerable pains and sorrows by the very condition of humanity, and yet, as if nature had not sown evils enough in life, we are continually adding grief to grief and aggravating the common calamity by our cruel treatment of one another.

Television is not real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.

To expect too much is to have a sentimental view of life and this is a softness that ends in bitterness.

Polygamy: An endeavour to get more out of life than there is in it.

It's not the men in my life that count, it's the life in my men.

What they're not ready for is guys like you and I and Nails and all the other gnarly gnarlingtons in my life, that we are high priests, Vatican assassin warlocks. Boom. Print that, people. See where that goes.

I have a lot of things to prove to myself. One is that I can live my life fearlessly.

Friends are as companions on a journey, who ought to aid each other to persevere in the road to a happier life.

Sometimes, I feel like one who is on the sidelines, who has missed life itself.

Haters never win. I just think that's true about life, because negative energy always costs in the end.

I blame my mother for my poor sex life. All she told me was 'the man goes on top and the woman underneath.' For three years my husband and I slept in bunk beds.

For if there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life.

As a remedy to life in society I would suggest the big city. Nowadays, it is the only desert within our means.

It is normal to give away a little of one's life in order not to lose it all.

I've always taken 'The Wizard of Oz' very seriously, you know. I believe in the idea of the rainbow. And I've spent my entire life trying to get over it.

The highest and most beautiful things in life are not to be heard about, nor read about, nor seen but, if one will, are to be lived.

There are moments in life, when the heart is so full of emotion That if by chance it be shaken, or into its depths like a pebble Drops some careless word, it overflows, and its secret, Spilt on the ground like water, can never be gathered together.

Life all comes down to a few moments. This is one of them.

I like people that enjoy life, 'cause I do the same.

So if you stay ready, you ain't gotta get ready, and that is how I run my life.

Life is too short to spend hoping that the perfectly arched eyebrow or hottest new lip shade will mask an ugly heart.

We don't get a chance to do that many things, and every one should be really excellent. Because this is our life. Life is brief, and then you die, you know? So this is what we've chosen to do with our life.

I just got one last thing, I urge all of you, all of you, to enjoy your life, the precious moments you have. To spend each day with some laughter and some thought, to get you're emotions going.

I don't think you ever stop giving. I really don't. I think it's an on-going process. And it's not just about being able to write a check. It's being able to touch somebody's life.

A life lived with integrity - even if it lacks the trappings of fame and fortune is a shining star in whose light others may follow in the years to come.

Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be.

For the meaning of life differs from man to man, from day to day and from hour to hour. What matters, therefore, is not the meaning of life in general but rather the specific meaning of a person's life at a given moment.

I really believe that everyone has a talent, ability, or skill that he can mine to support himself and to succeed in life.

I have been up against tough competition all my life. I wouldn't know how to get along without it.

Life is all memory, except for the one present moment that goes by you so quickly you hardly catch it going.

I lost my sense of trust, honesty and compassion. I crashed down and became what I consider an emotional mess. I've never been so miserable in my whole life. I just wanted to go to bed and never get up.

I have found it easier to identify with the characters who verge upon hysteria, who were frightened of life, who were desperate to reach out to another person. But these seemingly fragile people are the strong people really.

Words can never adequately convey the incredible impact of our attitudes toward life. The longer I live the more convinced I become that life is 10 percent what happens to us and 90 percent how we respond to it.

The first thing which I can record concerning myself is, that I was born. These are wonderful words. This life, to which neither time nor eternity can bring diminution - this everlasting living soul, began. My mind loses itself in these depths.

He who is void of virtuous attachments in private life is, or very soon will be, void of all regard for his country. There is seldom an instance of a man guilty of betraying his country, who had not before lost the feeling of moral obligations in his private connections.

Difficult times have helped me to understand better than before, how infinitely rich and beautiful life is in every way, and that so many things that one goes worrying about are of no importance whatsoever.

Choice of attention - to pay attention to this and ignore that - is to the inner life what choice of action is to the outer. In both cases, a man is responsible for his choice and must accept the consequences, whatever they may be.

It is a bit embarrassing to have been concerned with the human problem all one's life and find at the end that one has no more to offer by way of advice than 'try to be a little kinder.'

Sometimes you trust someone who turns out not to be honest. There are a lot of things that happen in life that don't turn out the way you're given the impression that they will. And I think that's all kind of a con. But I think we've probably all been hurt.

My guiding principles in life are to be honest, genuine, thoughtful and caring.

Life is very short and what we have to do must be done in the now.

I don't expect to live forever, but I do intend to hang on as long as possible.

The most satisfying thing in life is to have been able to give a large part of one's self to others.

I want to live my life, not record it.

The hardest years in life are those between ten and seventy.

Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood. All is riddle, and the key to a riddle is another riddle.

Execute every act of thy life as though it were thy last.

All theory, dear friend, is gray, but the golden tree of life springs ever green.

We do not remember days, we remember moments.

I argue thee that love is life. And life hath immortality.

That it will never come again is what makes life sweet.

I am simply trying to struggle through life; trying to do God's bidding.

We live in a rainbow of chaos.

Each day is the scholar of yesterday.

Life is made up of marble and mud.

To live is like to love - all reason is against it, and all healthy instinct for it.

Today is your own. Tomorrow perchance may never come.

I am I plus my circumstances.

We cannot put off living until we are ready.

I have begun to think of life as a series of ripples widening out from an original center.

Life comes from the earth and life returns to the earth.

You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips.

Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale.

Mindfulness is about love and loving life. When you cultivate this love, it gives you clarity and compassion for life, and your actions happen in accordance with that.

All I really need to know... I learned in kindergarten.

When I was a little kid, we only knew about our nine planets. Since then, we've downgraded Pluto but have discovered that other solar systems and stars are common. So life is probably quite prevalent.

There may be aliens in our Milky Way galaxy, and there are billions of other galaxies. The probability is almost certain that there is life somewhere in space.

He is a man, who is to be a man, the fruit is always present in the seed.

Surprise is the greatest gift which life can grant us.

I am an artist... I am here to live out loud.

Life is a work in progress.

Nobody got where they are today by living for tomorrow.

The difficulty in life is the choice.

Life leaps like a geyser for those who drill through the rock of inertia.

Only an artist can interpret the meaning of life.

We pass through this world but once.

Life is a horizontal fall.

Nothing is more precious than life... especially the life of your child.

Conduct is three-fourths of our life and its largest concern.

To be able to look back upon one's past life with satisfaction is to live twice.

The Wine of Life keeps oozing drop by drop, The Leaves of Life keep falling one by one.

I am all for the short and merry life.

In this world, with thy earthly life, thou art under heaven, stars, and elements, also under hell and devils; all ruleth in thee, and over thee.

If life had a second edition, how I would correct the proofs.

Each one of us decides to incarnate upon this planet at a particular point in time and space. We have chosen to come here to learn a particular lesson that will advance us upon our spiritual, evolutionary pathway.

To bring the mind into sharp focus and to make it alert so that it can immediately intuit truth, which is everywhere, the mind must be emancipated from old habits, prejudices, restrictive thought process, and even ordinary thought itself.

Be thou the rainbow in the storms of life. The evening beam that smiles the clouds away, and tints tomorrow with prophetic ray.

I do not believe in excuses. I believe in hard work as the prime solvent of life's problems.

I made a mistake by being ejected from the presidency. Next time, I will choose a Cabinet which will allow me to be life President.

Life is too short to worry about anything. You had better enjoy it because the next day promises nothing.

You must pass your days in song. Let your whole life be a song.

A bachelor's life is a fine breakfast, a flat lunch, and a miserable dinner.

Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.

Without knowing what I am and why I am here, life is impossible.

Never build your emotional life on the weaknesses of others.

A dog will teach you unconditional love. If you can have that in your life, things won't be too bad.

You are doomed to make choices. This is life's greatest paradox.

I wish to preach, not the doctrine of ignoble ease, but the doctrine of the strenuous life.

You use your money to buy privacy because during most of your life you aren't allowed to be normal.

We must declare ourselves, become known allow the world to discover this subterranean life of ours which connects kings and farm boys, artists and clerks. Let them see that the important thing is not the object of love, but the emotion itself.

You see, in life, lots of people know what to do, but few people actually do what they know. Knowing is not enough! You must take action.

I remember a specific moment, watching my grandmother hang the clothes on the line, and her saying to me, 'you are going to have to learn to do this,' and me being in that space of awareness and knowing that my life would not be the same as my grandmother's life.

When life knocks you down, try to land on your back. Because if you can look up, you can get up. Let your reason get you back up.

In the last analysis, the individual person is responsible for living his own life and for 'finding himself.' If he persists in shifting his responsibility to somebody else, he fails to find out the meaning of his own existence.

Every life has a measure of sorrow, and sometimes this is what awakens us.

It's surprising how many persons go through life without ever recognizing that their feelings toward other people are largely determined by their feelings toward themselves, and if you're not comfortable within yourself, you can't be comfortable with others.

People have a moral standard about what they will do and will not do. At the end of the day someone who cheats has a lower moral standard than someone who does not. And they will cheat in other areas of life as well.

A man who has been the indisputable favorite of his mother keeps for life the feeling of a conqueror.

Having Down syndrome is like being born normal. I am just like you and you are just like me. We are all born in different ways, that is the way I can describe it. I have a normal life.

Cease trying to work everything out with your minds. It will get you nowhere. Live by intuition and inspiration and let your whole life be Revelation.

With an eye made quiet by the power of harmony, and the deep power of joy, we see into the life of things.

Telling a teenager the facts of life is like giving a fish a bath.

As we advance in life we learn the limits of our abilities.

If you find someone you love in your life, then hang on to that love.

Not by appointment do we meet delight Or joy they heed not our expectancy But round some corner of the streets of life they of a sudden greet us with a smile.

The meaning of life is contained in every single expression of life. It is present in the infinity of forms and phenomena that exist in all of creation.

Because we have so much eye candy and mind candy, spending so much time trying to pay the rent, all of this conspires to keep us from thinking too hard or taking action from that. Our time is stolen. So much of our daily life is stolen.

The changes in our life must come from the impossibility to live otherwise than according to the demands of our conscience not from our mental resolution to try a new form of life.

Somebody should tell us, right at the start of our lives, that we are dying. Then we might live life to the limit, every minute of every day. Do it! I say. Whatever you want to do, do it now! There are only so many tomorrows.

Yes, you can lose somebody overnight, yes, your whole life can be turned upside down. Life is short. It can come and go like a feather in the wind.

It is a common saying, and in everybody's mouth, that life is but a sojourn.

There is no force like success, and that is why the individual makes all effort to surround himself throughout life with the evidence of it as of the individual, so should it be of the nation.

Being taken for granted can be a compliment. It means that you've become a comfortable, trusted element in another person's life.

I wanted to write about the moment when your addictions no longer hide the truth from you. When your whole life breaks down. That's the moment when you have to somehow choose what your life is going to be about.

I'm a heroine addict. I need to have sex with women who have saved someone's life.

I never regret anything. Because every little detail of your life is what made you into who you are in the end.

You can't live your life blaming your failures on your parents and what they did or didn't do for you. You're dealt the cards that you're dealt. I realised it was a waste of time to be angry at my parents and feel sorry for myself.

Take a chance! All life is a chance. The man who goes farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare.

There is only one success - to be able to spend your life in your own way.

The highest use of capital is not to make more money, but to make money do more for the betterment of life.

In the age of instant gratification, those who can endure discomfort are the most free.

The mediocre man consumes. The ordinary man seeks. The great man creates. The superior man does the right thing.

As soon as we free ourselves from the mirage of hurrying time, we are alive again, as in childhood, to the ecstasies of ordinary life.

I respect faith, but doubt is what gets you an education.

The poorer we are inwardly, the more we try to enrich ourselves outwardly.

This achieving the center, being grounded in one's self, is about the highest state a human being can achieve.

Knowledge will give you power, but character respect.

Showing off is the fool's idea of glory.

The height of cultivation runs to simplicity. Halfway cultivation runs to ornamentation.

Your mind is the result of a thousand yesterdays.

Water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.

Be a calm beholder of what is happening around you.

Life is wise, limitless. There is no border, no frontier.

Life is your teacher, and you are in a state of constant learning.

The best techniques are the simple ones executes right.

Empty your mind. You know how water fills a cup? It becomes that cup. You have to think about nothing. You have to become nothing.

At this moment stop inwardly - when you do stop inwardly, psychologically, your mind becomes very peaceful, very clear. Then you can really look at this.

Yesterday's dreams are often tomorrow's realities.

Only the self-sufficient stand alone - most people follow the crowd and imitate.

There is no weapon more deadly than the will.

Long-term consistency trumps short-term intensity.

Use no way as way. When there is a Way, therein lies the limitation. And when there is a circumference, it traps. And if it traps, it rots. And if it rots, it's lifeless.

I don't know what is the meaning of death, but I am not afraid to die - and I go on, non-stop, going forward.

Here now, forever more our lives must part. My path leads there and yours another way; I know not where tomorrow's path may lead, nor what the future holds.

In order to taste my cup of water you must first empty your cup. My friend, drop all of your preconceived fixed ideas and be neutral. Do you know why this cup is so useful? Because it is empty.

It is not how much you have learned, but how much you have absorbed in what you have learned.

Not what to think but how to think.

The possession of anything begins in the mind.

Our grand business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand.

An intelligent mind is one which is constantly learning, never concluding - styles and patterns have come to conclusion, therefore they have ceased to be intelligent.

Choiceless awareness - do not condemn, do not justify. Awareness works only if it's allowed free play without interference.

When man comes to a conscious vital realization of those great spiritual forces within himself and begins to use those forces in science, in business, and in life, his progress in the future will be unparalleled.

The happiness that is derived from ordinary life last longer; like coal, it burns gradually and slowly. The happiness that is derived from excitement is like a brilliant fire - soon it will go out.

If anyone still believes in racial differences, I think he is too backward and narrow. Perhaps he still does not understand man's equality and love.

Prosperity is apt to prevent us from examining our conduct; but adversity leads us to think properly of our state, and so is beneficial to us.

Not failure, but low aim, is the crime. In great attempts it is glorious even to fail.

Pleasure is the flower that fades, remembrance is the lasting perfume.

A goal is not always meant to be reached. It often serves simply as something to aim at.

Keep your mind on the things you want and off those you don't.

Research your own experience; absorb what is useful, reject what is useless and add what is essentially your own.

Simplicity is the last step of art and the beginning of nature.

You just wait. I'm going to be the biggest Chinese star in the world.

Be like water; water has form and yet it has no form. It is the softest element on earth, yet it penetrates the hardest rock.

It has no shape of its own, yet it can take any shape in which it is placed.

In a cup, it becomes the shape of the cup. In a vase, it takes the shape of the vase and curls about the stems of flowers. Put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot.

A purpose is the eternal condition of success.

You will never get any more out of life than you expect.

Every man today is the result of his thoughts of yesterday.

Do not precede others, always follow them.

The inner self is the true self.

The truth is outside of all fixed patterns.

Faith without work is death.

Faith backed by action is applied faith.

Thoughts backed by faith will overcome all obstacles.

Don't strive to become, but be.

False teachers of the Way of life use flowery words.

Meditation is the freeing of the mind from all motives.

Be flexible so you can change with change.

When one is not expressing himself, he is not free.

It is later than you think! Know yourself!

Be who you were created to be and you will set the world on fire.

Take up the battle, take it up. It's yours. This is your life, this is your world.

You will not get what you want, you will get what you need.

The future belongs to people who can think, hustle, and create.

We have somehow conned ourselves into the notion that this moment is ordinary.

Only that you do the right thing, nothing else matters.

All of us are alive because someone took care of us when we were small.

Life could be limitless joy, if we would only take it for what it is, in the way it is given to us.

The greatest gift you ever give is your honest self.

The inspired minority triumphs over the inert masses.

What you are being challenged by may be the very thing you've been waiting for.

One of the main reasons people fall short of their potential is they care more about looking good than getting better. Excellence is the product of high aspirations and low ego.

Our ambition should not be to win but to play with our full effort. Our intention is not to be thanked or recognized, but to help and to do what we think is right. Our focus is not on what happens to us but on how we respond. In this, we will find contentment and resilience.

The only Zen you'll find on mountain tops is the Zen you bring up there with you.

The day a man becomes superior to pleasure, he will also be superior to pain.

It just seems clear to me that as long as we are all here, it's pretty clear that the struggle is to share the planet, rather than divide it.

My formula for greatness in a human being is amor fati: that one wants nothing to be different, not forward, not backward, not in all eternity. Not merely bear merely what is necessary, still less conceal it... but love it.

He is the man who can have tragedy in his heart and comedy in his head.

Listening is where love begins: listening to ourselves and then to our neighbors.

Our society is much more interested in information than wonder, in noise rather than silence... And I feel that we need a lot more wonder and a lot more silence in our lives.

First stop lying, then start speaking the truth.

Live your life as though your every act were to become a universal law.

I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble.

Gossip dies when it reaches the ears of a wise and secure person.

You know what the issue is with this world? Everyone wants a magical solution to their problem, and everyone refuses to believe in magic.

There is no hurry, and in a way there is no future. It is all here - so take it easy, take your time, and get acquainted with it.

The salvation of mankind depends upon independent thinkers directing their thoughts rightly.

If I'd followed all the rules, I'd never have gotten anywhere.

Be uncommon.

Everything is my fault.

Above all, try something.

Stay humble or be humbled.

It's weird not to be weird.

Whatever you feel you become.

Existence wants you to be you.

Great intellects are skeptical.

I am responsible for what I see.

Solitude is the school of genius.

The right time is always right now.

Inner peace is the ultimate luxury.

To understand is to know what to do.

The soul is awakened through service.

Only the present moment contains life.

Patience is the greatest of all virtues.

Things worth having are worth waiting for.

The world just wants your authentic truth.

The shadows are as important as the light.

The struggle ends when the gratitude begins.

Conquer yourself and the world lies at your feet.

Getting over yourself offers exponential returns.

Defensiveness is weakness. Vulnerability is strength.

I'm proud of you. I hope that you are proud of you too.

Being poor is not having too little, it is wanting more.

To shut your eyes is to travel.

Angels can fly because they can take themselves lightly.

There is no strength without adversity and no change without courage.

A person is the product of their dreams. So make sure to dream great dreams. And then try to live your dream.

Love life. Engage in it. Give it all you've got. Love it with a passion because life truly does give back, many times over, what you put into it.

Your greatest struggles become your greatest victories.

Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can't see from the center. Big, undreamed-of things - the people on the edge see them first.

What if people thought about their life not in terms of what they've accomplished or accumulated or experienced, but in terms of the effects they've had on others.

Look closely at the present you are constructing: it should look like the future you are dreaming.

Get a move on...Don't worry whether anyone will give you credit for it...Be satisfied with even the smallest progress, and treat the outcome of it all as unimportant.

As human beings, our job in life is to help people realize how rare and valuable each one of us really is, that each of us has something that no one else has - or ever will have - something inside that is unique to all time. It's our job to encourage each other to discover that uniqueness and to provide ways of developing its expression.

From the time you were very little, you've had people who have smiled you into smiling, people who have talked you into talking, sung you into singing, loved you into loving. Let's take some time to think of those extra special people.

If you have the courage to put your intellectual integrity before your reputation, nothing can break you.

A man who really wants to be free has to accept immense responsibilities. He cannot dump his responsibilities on anybody else.

You create yourself moment to moment. You are not born as a fixed entity, but only as a infinite potentiality.

Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet.

What if everything you are going through is preparing you for what you asked for.

If someone says you're weird, say thank you.

Rich people plan for three generations. Poor people plan for Saturday night.

The cucumber is bitter? Then throw it out. There are brambles in the path? Then go around. That's all you need to know.

The public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything, except what is worth knowing.

Virtue is what you do when nobody is looking. The rest is marketing.

To see a candle's light one must take it into a dark place.

If you are living for the weekend you are already dead.

Anything of quality has gone through a distillation process.

Sometimes people don't want to hear the truth because they don't want their illusions destroyed.

Cling to certainty, if it makes you feel better. Just be aware that what you're clinging to is the opposite of life.

The avoidance of suffering is a form of suffering. The avoidance of struggle is a struggle. Hiding what is shameful is itself a form of shame.

Not being able to govern events, I govern myself, and apply myself to them, if they will not apply themselves to me.

The first and best victory is to conquer self. To be conquered by self is, of all things, the most shameful and objectionable.

You will continue to suffer if you have an emotional reaction to everything that is said to you. True power is sitting back and observing everything with logic. If words control you that means everyone else can control you. Breathe and allow things to pass.

People are living just to impress. They must be really very poor inside, because only people suffering from inferiority complex want to impress others. A really superior person never compares himself with anybody else.

Love the hand that fate deals you and play it as your own, for what could be more fitting?

We spend far more time doing what's easy than doing what's right.

Failure hurts but passes quickly. Regret hurts forever.

We are slaves to distraction, incessantly active, and are ever striving to become.

When the self is not occupied with its own becoming there is an unpremeditated clarity, a deep ecstasy.

It is preoccupation with possession, more than anything else, that prevents men from living freely and nobly.

We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all we need to make us happy is something to be enthusiastic about.

Don't feel entitled to anything you didn't sweat and struggle for.

Take your life in your own hands, and what happens? A terrible thing: no one to blame.

There is no security for those who seek it outside of themselves.

One day, you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.

The most expensive way to pay for anything is with time.

The person asking the questions is sometimes more valuable than the person providing the answers.

You have to be willing to look like an idiot in the short term to look like a genius in the long term.

The stupider you are, the smarter you think you are, and vice versa.

The amateur avoids boredom, pain, discomfort, loneliness, fear. The wise keep going no matter what.

When you go through life with preferences but don't let your happiness depend on any one of them, then you're awake.

If you live according to nature, you will never be poor. If you live according to opinion, you will never be rich.

For water continually dropping will wear hard rocks hollow.

He who subdues his temper vanquishes his greatest enemy.

He who stands on tiptoe doesn't stand firm. He who rushes ahead doesn't go far.

Life isn't supposed to be fair, much less bend to your every whim.

Wherever the past is dropped away and safety abandoned, life is renewed.

The whole point of life is to be fully aware of it as it happens.

The whole of life is just like watching a film. Only it's as though you always get in 10 minutes after the big picture has started, and no one will tell you the plot, so you have to work it out all yourself from the clues.

Life can be improved by adding, or by subtracting. The world pushes you to add, because that benefits them. But the secret is to focus on subtracting.

If you increase your desire for happiness, you'll likely lessen your tolerance for sadness and pain - and become less happy. But if you expand your capacity to tolerate sadness and pain, you'll expand your capacity to enjoy life.

The secret to life and the greatest success strategy of all is to love all of it and fear none of it.

The secret to life is to go deep, not wide. Go all in.

Everything happens when it needs to happen; everyone is always where they need to be.

Life is all about 'not knowing' and then doing something anyway. All of life is like this. All of it.

Learn what is to be taken seriously and laugh at the rest.

The art of life is to know how to enjoy a little and to endure much.

99% of information is noise. 99% of interactions are fake. 99% of opportunities are traps. Life is a search for the 1%.

Pain is not a punishment; pleasure is not a reward.

To journey happily may well be better than to arrive successfully.

Enjoy the process along with the proceeds, because the process is where you live.

If you make where you are going more important than where you are, there may be no point in going.

The truth is cruel, but it can be loved, and it makes free those who have loved it.

Happiness is the absence of desire. It's what you feel when you no longer want to change your state.

It is in your power to withdraw yourself whenever you desire. Perfect tranquility within consists in the good ordering of the mind, the realm of your own.

If thou wilt make a man happy, add not unto his riches but take away from his desires.

You don't need to be gifted. You just need to have enough commitment to accept being bad at something for as long as it takes to get good at it.

Time is dead as long as it is being clicked off by little wheels; only when the clock stops does time come to life.

There is so much to love and to admire in this life that it is an act of ingratitude not to be happy and content in this existence.

Stop measuring days by degree of productivity and start experiencing them by degree of presence.

Everyone is not your assignment. That's why you're drained.

The faster you accept reality, the faster you find peace of mind.

Happiness is the process of becoming your ideal self.

This life, which had been the tomb of his virtue and of his honour, is but a walking shadow; a poor player, that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more: it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

The superior man follows nobody else's path.

If you find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn't lead anywhere.

Competency will make you a living. Creativity will make you rich.

Don't strive to be the best. It creates an illusion of an endpoint - and a delusion that the goal is to be superior to others. Strive to be better. The person you're competing with is your past self, and the bar you're setting is for your future self.

Success isn't about how your life looks to others. It's about how it feels to you. That's what it means to be true to yourself.

If people around you don't think what you're doing is a bit strange, maybe it's not strange enough.

We do not rise to the level of our expectations. We fall to the level of our training.

Do the best one can. Do it over again. Then still improve, even if ever so slightly, those retouches.

In adversity, remember to keep an even mind.

For if it is not right to do it, avoid doing the thing; but if it is right, why are you afraid of those who shall find fault wrongly?

I used to think success meant having no problems. Now I know that it means being capable of handling any. This is a subtle but key difference. The former is a wish for ease. The latter is a privilege of strength.

There are three ingredients for success - aggressiveness, timing and skill. If you show enough aggressiveness at the right time, you don't need that much skill.

Deep down, we know that what matters in this life is more than winning for ourselves. What really matters is helping others win, too.

Accomplish but do not boast, accomplish without show, accomplish without arrogance, accomplish without grabbing, accomplish without forcing.

If you aren't scared of spending time alone, you're already halfway to success.

The true value of a human being is determined primarily by the measure and the sense in which he has attained to liberation from the self.

If you want exponential returns, replace the need to be proven right with the need to achieve the best outcome possible.

Amateurs focus on the short term. Professionals focus on the long term.

Amateurs want to arrive. Pros want to get better.

Amateurs want to be noticed. Pros want to be remembered.

Use courage and wisdom, not labor, to make money.

The only living works are those which have drained much of the author's own life into them.

Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.

Study as if you know nothing. Work as if you can solve anything.

If you don't have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?

It's not what the world holds for you. It is what you bring to it.

There's no tips and tricks [...] it's just a lot of focused work.

Most of the hard work happens in the shadows.

Work as hard as you possibly can on at least one thing and see what happens.

This is the real secret to life ” to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.

After all work is still the best way of escaping from life.

Be slow in enjoyment, quick at work, for men see work ended with pleasure, pleasure ended with regret.

A country's assets reside in the tinkerers, the hobbyists, and the risk-takers.

No one will outwork me, no one.

The universe always falls in love with a stubborn heart.

The best things are the most difficult.

Imagine who you could be, and then aim single-mindedly at that.

If you dare to do the most difficult thing you can conceptualize, your life will work out better than if you do anything else.

I assess the power of a will by how much resistance, pain, torture it endures and knows how to turn to its advantage.

It is not the strength, but the duration, of great sentiments that makes great men.

Today's hot pain is tomorrow's cold wisdom.

The only way that we can live is if we grow. The only way we can grow is if we change. The only way we can change is if we learn. The only way we can learn is if we are exposed. And the only way that we are exposed is if we throw ourselves into the open.

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 ... 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.

The best thing to get addicted to is progress. Physical, mental, whatever. Once you get hooked on the feeling of winning, your life will make a dramatic change.

Death may be close at hand; death may be far off. Transcend death with no-thought, no-idea. Do what you need to do, with no regret.

Man does not simply exist but always decides what his existence will be, what he will become the next moment. By the same token, every human being has the freedom to change at any instant.

It is not so much what you believe in that matters, as the way in which you believe it and proceed to translate that belief into action.

Men judge us by the success of our efforts. God looks at the efforts themselves.

No matter who you are, who your parents are or were, where you live, what you do for a living, or how much money you have, you're probably living at about 40 percent of your true capability.

Be more than motivated, be more than driven, become literally obsessed to the point where people think you're fucking nuts.

True heroism is minutes, hours, weeks, year upon year of the quiet, precise, judicious exercise of probity and care ” with no one there to see or cheer. This is the world.

To be, in a word, unborable... It is the key to modern life. If you are immune to boredom, there is literally nothing you cannot accomplish.

You can win a lot in life just by being the last one to give up.

Pleasure consumes us, work strengthens us. Let us choose.

Better to be without logic than without feeling.

Never chase love. If it isn't given freely, it is worthless.

When there is love you have nothing more to do. Then where you are, you have heaven; then all seeking comes to an end.

Love makes you rebellious, revolutionary. Love gives you wings to soar high.

Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity.

The most desired gift of love is not diamonds or roses or chocolate. It is focused attention.

The secret to living well and longer is: eat half, walk double, laugh triple and love without measure.

Love is anterior to life, posterior to death, initial of creation, and the exponent of breath.

Love is like breathing, you take it in and let it out.

From understanding comes love.

The moment you think of others, your mind widens.

The connections we make in the course of a life - maybe that's what heaven is.

Look after each other. Life is short - the fruit of this life is a good character and acts for the common good.

I have no hopes of meeting a sage. I would be content if I met someone who is a gentlemen.

It is the power of the mind to be unconquerable, wise from experience, calm in action, showing the while much courtesy and consideration in intercourse with others.

When then a man irritates you, you must know that it is your own opinion which has irritated you.

I've come to understand that listening is one of the most important things we can do for one another... if we care, we can listen.

When you judge others, you do not define them; you define yourself.

No country or people is separate from another; we are all interrelated. We are one.

My religion is to live and die without regret.

With renunciation life begins.

Who cares about great marks left behind? We have one life... just one. Our life. We have nothing else.

Life is a DNA software system.

Life is a tide; float on it. Go down with it and go up with it, but be detached. Then it is not difficult.

The dearest days in one's life are those that seem very far and very near at once.

Life's more amusing than we thought.

A little credulity helps one on through life very smoothly.

No matter what happens in life, be good to people. Being good to people is a wonderful legacy to leave behind.

When you encourage others, you in the process are encouraged because you're making a commitment and difference in that person's life. Encouragement really does make a difference.

Life is a hideous thing, and from the background behind what we know of it peer daemoniacal hints of truth which make it sometimes a thousandfold more hideous.

In real life, I'm a really smiley person. I smile when I talk and I laugh.

Believe in life! Always human beings will live and progress to greater, broader, and fuller life.

No one can pass through life, any more than he can pass through a bit of country, without leaving tracks behind, and those tracks may often be helpful to those coming after him in finding their way.

All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure.

To aid life, leaving it free, however, that is the basic task of the educator.

The greatest development is achieved during the first years of life, and therefore it is then that the greatest care should be taken. If this is done, then the child does not become a burden; he will reveal himself as the greatest marvel of nature.

Youth is something I never wanna take for granted. I just want to smile and live life.

Accept the terrible responsibility of life with eyes wide open.

I let people see the cracks in my life. We can't be phony. We've got to keep it real.

Everybody just has different steps in their life that they take to do what they should.

To confer the gift of drawing, we must create an eye that sees, a hand that obeys, a soul that feels; and in this task, the whole life must cooperate. In this sense, life itself is the only preparation for drawing. Once we have lived, the inner spark of vision does the rest.

A library is not a luxury but one of the necessities of life.

Independence I have long considered as the grand blessing of life, the basis of every virtue; and independence I will ever secure by contracting my wants, though I were to live on a barren heath.

Pay attention, don't let life go by you. Fall in love with the back of your cereal box.

I live my life day by day, and that's how I continue to live it.

I'm very observant and very instinctive. In life, you have to have the vulnerability to accept when you are to blame. And I do have that, and I am open enough to say it.

In order to succeed, people need a sense of self-efficacy, to struggle together with resilience to meet the inevitable obstacles and inequities of life.

I believe that we are here for each other, not against each other. Everything comes from an understanding that you are a gift in my life - whoever you are, whatever our differences.

The theater is so endlessly fascinating because it's so accidental. It's so much like life.

Trauma is a fact of life. It does not, however, have to be a life sentence.

Sometimes you have to keep things very close to your own chest in your life, or this life.

Don't let the incidents which take place in life bring you low. And certainly don't whine. You can be brought low, that's OK, but don't be reduced by them. Just say, 'That's life.'

There comes a time when people get tired of being pushed out of the glittering sunlight of life's July and left standing amid the piercing chill of an alpine November.

You never know when a moment and a few sincere words can have an impact on a life.

My whole life is about winning. I don't lose often. I almost never lose.

A little more moderation would be good. Of course, my life hasn't exactly been one of moderation.

Every day, I wake up determined to deliver a better life for the people all across this nation that have been neglected, ignored, and abandoned. I have visited the laid-off factory workers and the communities crushed by our horrible and unfair trade deals. These are the forgotten men and women of our country.

I try not to think about my life. I have no life. I need therapy.

You must take action now that will move you towards your goals. Develop a sense of urgency in your life.

I want to lead the Victorian life, surrounded by exquisite clutter.

People teach their dogs to sit; it's a trick. I've been sitting my whole life, and a dog has never looked at me as though he thought I was tricky.

Give yourself a gift of five minutes of contemplation in awe of everything you see around you. Go outside and turn your attention to the many miracles around you. This five-minute-a-day regimen of appreciation and gratitude will help you to focus your life in awe.

My therapy has come from paying attention to my life.

The challenge of life, I have found, is to build a resume that doesn't simply tell a story about what you want to be, but it's a story about who you want to be.

I used to think that the worst thing in life was to end up alone. It's not. The worst thing in life is to end up with people who make you feel alone.

Life is tragic simply because the earth turns and the sun inexorably rises and sets, and one day, for each of us, the sun will go down for the last, last time.

I have treated many hundreds of patients. Among those in the second half of life - that is to say, over 35 - there has not been one whose problem in the last resort was not that of finding a religious outlook on life.

I think the self-burning itself on practice of non-violence. These people, you see, they easily use bomb explosive, more casualty people. But they didn't do that. Only sacrifice their own life. So this also is part of practice of non-violence.

I think everybody's trying to get to a place in themselves where they conquer what they was afraid of; they achieve some of their life goals, kept their word about what they were trying to do.

The purpose of life is to obey the hidden command which ensures harmony among all and creates an ever better world. We are not created only to enjoy the world, we are created in order to evolve the cosmos.

With man, the life of the body depends on the life of the spirit.

The possibility of observing the developments of the psychical life of the child as natural phenomena and experimental reactions transforms the school itself in action into a kind of scientific laboratory for the psychogenetic study of man.

The adolescent must never be treated as a child, for that is a stage of life that he has surpassed. It is better to treat an adolescent as if he had greater value than he actually shows than as if he had less and let him feel that his merits and self-respect are disregarded.

A thought transfixed me: for the first time in my life, I saw the truth as it is set into song by so many poets, proclaimed as the final wisdom by so many thinkers. The truth - that love is the ultimate and the highest goal to which man can aspire.

Words are powerful; if you change your words, you can change your life.

There are no classes in life for beginners; right away you are always asked to deal with what is most difficult.

I went through all the musicians in my life who I admire as bright, intelligent, virtuosic players.

If there is a meaning in life at all, then there must be a meaning in suffering. Suffering is an ineradicable part of life, even as fate and death. Without suffering and death, human life cannot be complete.

Like anyone who follows politics, I am sometimes mesmerized by the twisted and relentless drama playing out in Washington. But I also know about the price of distraction - the consequences of our attention being diverted from how politics affects daily life.

In my later years, I have looked in the mirror each day and found a happy person staring back. Occasionally I wonder why I can be so happy. The answer is that every day of my life I've worked only for myself and for the joy that comes from writing and creating. The image in my mirror is not optimistic, but the result of optimal behavior.

Darwin's theory of evolution is a framework by which we understand the diversity of life on Earth. But there is no equation sitting there in Darwin's 'Origin of Species' that you apply and say, 'What is this species going to look like in 100 years or 1,000 years?' Biology isn't there yet with that kind of predictive precision.

An arrogant person considers himself perfect. This is the chief harm of arrogance. It interferes with a person's main task in life - becoming a better person.

Did I offer peace today? Did I bring a smile to someone's face? Did I say words of healing? Did I let go of my anger and resentment? Did I forgive? Did I love? These are the real questions. I must trust that the little bit of love that I sow now will bear many fruits, here in this world and the life to come.

I must confess that I lead a miserable life. For almost two years, I have ceased to attend any social functions, just because I find it impossible to say to people, 'I am deaf.' If I had any other profession, I might be able to cope with my infirmity; but in my profession, it is a terrible handicap.

My whole story is straight mythical. It's tangible, but it's also what life could be.

You know, everybody has setbacks in their life, and everybody falls short of whatever goals they might set for themselves. That's part of living and coming to terms with who you are as a person.

We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives.

All of life and human relations have become so incomprehensibly complex that, when you think about it, it becomes terrifying and your heart stands still.

The first step to eternal life is you have to die.

Searching is half the fun: life is much more manageable when thought of as a scavenger hunt as opposed to a surprise party.

The life of man is of no greater importance to the universe than that of an oyster.

Music bypasses the brain and goes straight to the heart. I wish my life had more of it.

I love to go home to my kids. I don't have that lull in my life when I didn't have them.

Because of the dog's joyfulness, our own is increased. It is no small gift. It is not the least reason why we should honor as love the dog of our own life, and the dog down the street, and all the dogs not yet born.

Let us look at Jim Crow for the criminal he is and what he has done to one life multiplied millions of times over these United States and the world. He walks us on a tightrope from birth.

Surely something resides in this heart that is not perishable - and life is more than a dream.

My wife goes to Birmingham five times a week. My mom lives in Birmingham now after moving from Myrtle Beach. It's not just the job. A lot of people don't get that. My life is here.

I have spent my life judging the distance between American reality and the American dream.

You can't be afraid of getting old. Old is good, if you're gathering in life. Our band is good at understanding that equation.

All spiritual things are to be treated with sacred dignity. Humility and meekness are in accordance with the life of Christ, but they are to be shown in a dignified way.

Pretend that every single person you meet has a sign around his or her neck that says, 'Make me feel important.' Not only will you succeed in sales, you will succeed in life.

In all ranks of life the human heart yearns for the beautiful; and the beautiful things that God makes are his gift to all alike.

If you were to destroy the belief in immortality in mankind, not only love but every living force on which the continuation of all life in the world depended, would dry up at once.

The things we truly love stay with us always, locked in our hearts as long as life remains.

The great task of life is to learn the will of the Lord and then do it.

The great commandment of life is to love the Lord.

One of the trials of life is that we do not usually receive immediately the full blessing for righteousness or the full cursing for wickedness.

The great test of life is obedience to God.

Young people, you need the wisdom of age, just as some of us older ones need your enthusiasm for life.

It is the life of the crystal, the architect of the flake, the fire of the frost, the soul of the sunbeam. This crisp winter air is full of it.

Mistakes are a part of the dues one pays for a full life.

All things share the same breath - the beast, the tree, the man... the air shares its spirit with all the life it supports.

For almost seventy years the life insurance industry has been a smug sacred cow feeding the public a steady line of sacred bull.

Life is too short to blend in.

There is a Fountain of Youth: It is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of the people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.

All my life, I've had these flashbacks, these dreams, nightmares, daymares, like visions, where I relive certain plays. Only the bad plays. I see them over and over, as if somebody's rewinding a tape and forcing me to watch.

You weren't born just to live a life and to die; you were born to accomplish something specifically. Matter of fact, success is making it to the end of your purpose; that is success... Success is not just existing. Success is making it to the end of why you were born.

When I'm painting, I'm not aware of what I'm doing. It's only after a get acquainted period that I see what I've been about. I've no fears about making changes for the painting has a life of its own.

I'm coming to this world not to work. I want to come to this world to enjoy my life. I don't want to die in my office. I want to die on the beaches.

The fact is Canadians understand that immigration, that people fleeing for their lives, that people wanting to build a better life for themselves and their kids is what created Canada, it's what created North America.

You hit road blocks in life, but I'm living proof that you can overcome those road blocks and become what you want to become.

Celebrity damages private life.

The meaning of life. The wasted years of life. The poor choices of life. God answers the mess of life with one word: 'grace.'

Initially, when I first became a Christian and got into ministry, my thought was that God existed to make my life better and to take me to Heaven. Now I realize that it is not about me at all. It is all about God and that He did this to display His plan to restore the Earth to the Garden of Eden state.

My life is based on pain, passion, and purpose.

The influence of social media is unbelievable. It's sad to see - it's a fake life that some people live.

Life is obstinate and clings closest where it is most hated.

A photograph can be an instant of life captured for eternity that will never cease looking back at you.

The good life is one that's artistically made.

My intent was to carry out my duty as a doctor, to end their suffering. Unfortunately, that entailed, in their cases, ending of the life.

Life has a way of setting things in order and leaving them be. Very tidy, is life.

Pets are humanizing. They remind us we have an obligation and responsibility to preserve and nurture and care for all life.

If the dream is a translation of waking life, waking life is also a translation of the dream.

Live your life to its fullest potential and don't really care too much about what other people think of you.

Words have life and must be cared for. If they are stolen for ugly uses or careless slang or false promotion work, they need to be brought back to their original meaning - back to their roots.

Authenticity is my life.

The clothes that I design and everything I've done is about life and how people live and how they want to live and how they dream they'll live. That's what I do.

You've got to love what you do. You've got to like doing it, because it is a lot of your life.

There comes a certain point in life when you have to stop blaming other people for how you feel or the misfortunes in your life. You can't go through life obsessing about what might have been.

Someone told me something that stuck with me: 'You have to envision your life, and then go backwards.' I've been living by that motto for a while, so I see where I need to be. Now I'm just backtracking and trying to get back up there.

I'm a loyal person, man, and people who have been good to me in my life, I don't forget and I stand by them.

We're all entitled to make mistakes. I'm not one of these guys where if you make a mistake, I'm gonna try to tear your life down and burn it to the ground.

The secret of life is to have a task, something you devote your entire life to, something you bring everything to, every minute of the day for the rest of your life. And the most important thing is, it must be something you cannot possibly do.

Life comes to the miners out of their deaths, and death out of their lives.

People look at my tattoos, and the majority of them are religious images, so people think, 'Oh, he must be very religious'. I respect all religions, but I'm not a deeply religious person. But I try and live life in the right way, respecting other people.

Boxing gave me the discipline and took me away from the streets and away from the corners. It changed my life, you know. Boxing dragging me away from all the bad potential I had.

I've been an underdog my whole life with the shape that I have and the way that I look. But once I get in the ring it's a whole different ball game.

Life is all about having a good time.

My life won't be a series of either/ors - musician or actor, rock or country, straitlaced or rebellious, this or that, yes or no. The real choices in life aren't that simple.

There are times in my life when I just want to be by myself.

An awareness of one's mortality can lead you to wake up and live an authentic, meaningful life.

I learned a lot in my life by paying attention and listening to how people around me worked.

If I hadn't had music in my life, it's quite possible I'd be dead and I'd much rather be alive.

We live in a fantasy world, a world of illusion. The great task in life is to find reality.

I think there was a time in my life, probably in college, that I wished every guy was gay because it meant more women for me! I don't know what everyone's problem with it is. I wish everyone was gay! That's always the way I thought about it. I have no issue with it. If I have to suffer through marriage, why shouldn't they?

I have no doubt that the digital immersion of our children will provide a rich life of entertainment and information and knowledge. My concern is that they will not learn, with their passive immersion, the joy and the effort of the third life, of thinking one's own thoughts and going beyond what is given.

I'm still trying to decide. It's a really difficult one because I really enjoy my time in the Air Force. And I'd love to continue it. But the pressures of my other life are building. And fighting them off or balancing the two of them has proven quite difficult.

Everyone has a purpose in life and a unique talent to give to others. And when we blend this unique talent with service to others, we experience the ecstasy and exultation of own spirit, which is the ultimate goal of all goals.

What I felt was, if you spend your life just writing fiction, you are going to falsify your material. And the fictional form was going to force you to do things with the material, to dramatize it in a certain way. I thought nonfiction gave one a chance to explore the world, the other world, the world that one didn't know fully.

Tolerance has to be shown by those who come to this country for a new way of life. If you are not prepared to become Australian and give this country your undivided loyalty, obey our laws, respect our culture and way of life, then I suggest you go back where you came from.

Make it a rule of life never to regret and never to look back. Regret is an appalling waste of energy, you can't build on it it's only good for wallowing in.

Life never becomes a habit to me. It's always a marvel.

Growth is the constant discovery and understanding in one's process of living.

While we are still alive, we have to discover ourselves, understand ourselves, and express ourselves.

The growth aim is to lose more and more your mind and come more to your sense. To be more and more in touch with yourself and the world, instead of only in touch with the fantasies, prejudices, etc.

Man is constantly growing, and when he is bound by a set pattern of ideas, or way of doing things, that's when he stops growing.

Without frustration you will not discover that you might be able to do something on your own. We grow through conflict.

The function and duty of a human being, a quality human being, that is, is the sincere and honest development of potential and self-actualization.

I really dig exercise. When I'm jogging early in the morning, boy! It's sure refreshing.

Jogging is not only a form of exercise to me, it is also a form of relaxation. It is my own hour every morning when I can be alone with my thoughts.

I don't drink nor smoke and those events are many times senseless.

Knowledge is of the past; learning is in the present, a constant movement, in relationship with the outward things, without the past.

Art is an expression of life and transcends both time and space.

In all things, it is important to forget your mind and become one with the work at hand.

The true artist has no public; he works for the sheer joy of it, with an element of playfulness, of casualness.

Art reaches its greatest peak when devoid of self-consciousness. Freedom discovers man the moment he loses concern over what impression he is making or about to make.

If you are in the now, you are creative.

Humility forms the basis of honor, just as the low ground forms the foundation of a high elevation.

Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.

I present a possible direction, nothing more. It is like a finger pointing away to the moon; don't concentrate on the finger or you will miss all that heavenly glory.

Remember my friend that it is not what happens that counts, it is how you react to them.

Your mental attitude determines what you make of it, either a stepping stone or stumbling block.

You cannot hurt that which is formless. The softest thing cannot be snapped and emptiness cannot be confined.

That of not being tense but ready, not thinking but not dreaming, not being rigidly set but flexible. Aware and alert, ready for whatever may come.

Remember, success is a journey, not a destination. Have faith in your ability. You will do just fine.

What you habitually think largely determines what you will ultimately become.

No one can hurt you unless you allow him to.

Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.

Empty yourself! Open up! After all, the usefulness of a cup is in its emptiness.

There is another bit of Chinese philosophy that has a bearing on problems common to all human kind. We say, The oak tree is mighty, yet it will be destroyed by a mighty wind because it resists the elements; the bamboo bends with the wind, and by bending, survives.

Ever since I was a kid, the word quality has meant a lot to me.

What I honestly value more than anything else is quality: doing one's best in the manner of the responsibility and craftsmanship of a Number One.

Defeat is a state of mind; no one is ever defeated until defeat has been accepted as a reality.

The doer alone learns.

The essence: free movement of spirit.

Nothing exists except the here and now.

Those who gain, lose.

The true stillness is the stillness in movement.

Intelligence is the understanding of self.

Be self-aware rather than a repetitious robot.

The law of averages: put in more, come out with more.

Failure is what your mind acknowledges.

No man is defeated unless he is discouraged.

One must always strive to be better. The sky's the limit.

Be a practical dreamer backed by action.

If you want to do your duty properly, you should do just a little more than that.

I don't believe in pure luck. You have to create your own luck. You have to be aware of the opportunities around you and take advantage of them.

We are told that talent creates is own opportunities. But it sometimes seems that intense desire creates not only its own opportunities, but its own talents.

Loneliness is only an opportunity to cut adrift and find yourself. In solitude you are least alone. Make good use of it.

Believe me that in every big thing or achievement there are always obstacles, big or small, and the reaction one shows to such obstacles is what counts, not the obstacle itself.

There is no such thing as defeat until you admit so yourself, but not until then!

Are you a flowing entity, capable to flow with external circumstances, or are you resisting with your set choice pattern?

Art is never decoration or embellishment. Instead it is a constant process of maturing .

An intelligent mind is an inquiring mind. It is not satisfied with explanations, with conclusions; nor is it a mind that believes, because belief is again another form of conclusion.

I've always been buffeted by circumstances because I thought of myself as a human being affected by outside conditioning. Now I realize that I am the power that commands the feeling of my mind and from which circumstances grow.

Ideas are the beginning of all achievement - in every industry, in every profession.

The spiritual power of man's will removes all obstacles.

It is a fact that labor and thrift produce a competence, but fortune, in the sense of wealth, is the reward of the man who can think of something that hasn't been thought of before.

Gather materials. Masticate the facts. Relax and drop the whole subject. Be ready to recognize and welcome the idea when it comes. Shape and develop your idea into usefulness.

Any idea that is constantly held in the mind and emotionalized, begins at once to clothe itself in the most convenient and appropriate physical form that is available.

My will to do springs from the knowledge that I can do. I'm only being natural, for there is no fear or doubt inside my mind.

Recognize and use the spiritual power of the infinite. The intangible represents the real power of the universe. It is the seed of the tangible.

Basically, human traits are the same everywhere. I don't want to sound like As Confucius say but under the sky, under the heavens, there is but one family.

It's the will that makes men - success takes perseverance.

It is not a shame to be knocked down by other people. The important thing is to ask when you're being knocked down, Why am I being knocked down? If a person can reflect in this way, then there is hope for this person.

To refuse to be cast down, that is the lesson.

Stupidity assumes two forms, it speaks or is silent. Mute stupidity is bearable.

Unquestionably man has his will - but woman has her way!

To be humble to superiors is duty; to equals is courtesy; to inferiors is nobleness; and to all, safety!

Do not hold to what you have. It is like a ferry boat for people who want to get across waters. Once you have got across, never bear it on your back. You should head forward.

If you don't aim at an object, how the heck on earth do you think you can get it?

Realize the fact that you simply live and not live for.

When tomorrow comes, you must free your ambitious mind and learn the art of dying.

Not conviction, not method, but perception is the way of truth. It is a state of effortless awareness, pliable awareness, choiceless awareness.

Mind is an ultimate reality which is aware of itself and is not the seat of our empirical consciousness - by being mind instead of having mind.

Living exists when life lives through us - unhampered in its flow, for he who is living is not conscious of living and, in this, is the life it lives.

Life lives; and in the living flow, no questions are raised. The reason is that life is a living now! So, in order to live life whole-heartedly, the answer is life simply is.

What is real is seeing the truth instantaneously, because truth has no future.

Truth cannot be structured or confined. When there is no center and no circumference, then there is truth.

If you want to truth to stand clear before you, never be for or against. The struggle between for and against is the mind's worst disease.

Sorrows are our best educator. A man can see further through a tear than a telescope.

Can you neither condemn nor justify and yet be extraordinarily alive as you walk on? You can never invite the wind, but you must leave the window open.

Because one does not want to be disturbed, to be made uncertain, he establishes a pattern of conduct, of thought, a pattern of relationship to man, etc. Then he becomes a slave to the pattern and takes the pattern to be the real thing.

You know how I like to think of myself? As a human being.

We do not see it in its suchness because of our indoctrination, crooked and twisted.

Art, after all, is a means of acquiring personal liberty. Your way is not my way nor mine yours.

Self-will seems to be the only virtue that takes no account of man-made laws.

Nobility of character manifests itself at loopholes when it is not provided with large doors.

The point to be made about ego is that man should use his ego and not be used by ego or blinded by it.

Those who are materialistic still hold onto the ego as though it were a possession, rather than using it as a tool. Inwardly, psychologically, be a nobody.

Intensity and/or enthusiasm is this god within us - one that instinctively becomes the art of the physical becoming and within this transition we no longer care to know what life means. We are indeed furnishing the what is by simply being.

I, Bruce Lee, am a man who never follows there formulas of the fear-mongers. So, no matter if your color is black or white, red or blue, I can still make friends with you without any barrier.

Who is there that can make muddy water clear? But if allowed to remain still, it will become clear of itself. Who is there that can secure a state of absolute repose? But keep calm and let time go on, and the state of repose will gradually arrest.

To change with change is the changeless state.

There is a difference: the world, our reaction to it.

Freedom lies in understanding yourself from moment to moment.

Happiness is good for the body, but sorrow strengthens to spirit.

What's amiss I'll stop to mend, and endure what can't be mended.

I dare not say that I have reached any state of achievement. I'm still learning, for learning is boundless.

The more we understand, the greater and deeper will be our contact with all that is around us.

Don't be in a hurry to fix things; rather, enrich your understanding in the ever-going process of discovery and finding more the cause of your ignorance.

Take no thought of who is right or wrong or who is better than. Be not for or against.

A good teacher cannot be fixed in a routine. He must not impose his student to fit a lifeless pattern, a preformulation.

I no longer cover paradise. More important, I no longer fear hell. If you ask me what I will be in heaven, I will say this: Why should I think about something so far away when there are so many things in this life I have not finished learning about?

The waters are in motion all the time, but the moon retains its serenity. The mind moves in response to the ten thousand situations but remains ever the same.

The round of summer and winter becomes a blessing the moment we give up the fantasy of eternal spring.

Right conduct is governed by reason and creativity.

Obey the principles without being bound by them.

Remember, I am no teacher; I can merely be a signpost for a traveler who is lost. It is up to you to decide on the direction.

All I can offer is an experience but never a conclusion, so even what I have said needs to be thoroughly examined by you.

I might be able to help you to discover and examine your problem by awakening your awareness of their cause and effect, but I cannot teach you, for I am not a teacher, and I have no style.

I don't believe in system, nor in method. And without system, without method, what's to teach?

To doubt is to think, and thought is the only thing in the universe whose existence cannot be denied, because to deny is to think.

The usefulness of a cup is in its emptiness. Emptiness = Totality.

An idea, by itself, it not erroneous but judgment makes it.

There can be no initiative if one has fear, and fear compels us to cling to tradition, gurus, etc.

Education: to discover but not merely to imitate.

If you make an ass out of yourself, there'll always be someone ready to ride you.

The golden moments in the stream of life rush past us, and we see nothing but sand; the angels come to visit us, and we only know them when they are gone.

Why should we think upon things that are lovely? Because thinking determines life. It is a common habit to blame life upon the environment. Environment modifies life but does not govern life. The soul is stronger than its surroundings.

It is often said that before you die your life passes before your eyes. It is in fact true. It's called living.

The best path through life is the highway.

My grandma, Nai Nai, has had the clothes she wants to be buried prepared since she was like 60. I guess there is an openness to discussing. It's part of life. It's part of the every day.

Certainly it is wrong to be cruel to animals and the destruction of a whole species can be a great evil. The capacity for feelings of pleasure and pain and for the form of life of which animals are capable clearly impose duties of compassion and humanity in their case.

I don't want to be a grumpy old man or too pessimistic, because if I have a chance, I would prefer to watch a film in the cinema with an audience on a big screen instead of watching it on a cell phone. It's a very different experience, but somehow I think this form will have its own future and life.

Everyone succumbs to finitude. I suspect I am not the only one who reaches this pluperfect state. Most ambitions are either achieved or abandoned; either way, they belong to the past. The future, instead of the ladder toward the goals of life, flattens out into a perpetual present.

Each must in virtue strive for to excel; That man lives twice that lives the first life well.

I love life and nothing intimidates me anymore.

You're definitely a different person at different stages in your life.

I realized that nature had invented reproduction as a mechanism for life to move forward, as a life force that passes right through us and makes us a link in the evolution of life. Rarely seen by the naked eye, this intersection between the animal world and the plant world is truly a magic moment.

These manly sentiments, in private life, make good citizens; in public life, the patriot and the hero.

I just want to keep finding special characters that I feel like I can bring to life and characters that are real and not superficial.

People are more than their first impressions. And even if someone seems like a lot, or seems this way or that way, it doesn't mean they're not a three-dimensional person, with a real life.

I mean, I'm on a comic book. I'm in a video game. This is not real life.

Most of the songs I write are just very directly from my life. I don't have a big imagination. Whenever I tried to write from fantasy, it comes out sounding really fake.

My take is, privacy is precious. I think privacy is the last true luxury. To be able to live your life as you choose without having everyone comment on it or know about.

When I started to make more or less serious money - for those times - then, of course, I wanted to show everyone that life is different: it's a new kind of life; we are earning this money. We wanted to pay taxes and live honestly.

At 40 years old you simply know what life is about.

A career path is rarely a path at all. A more interesting life is usual a more crooked, winding path of missteps, luck and vigorous work. It is almost always a clumsy balance between the things you try to make happen and the things that happen to you.

It gets easier as you get older because life deals its particular hand, and our experiences get deeper, richer, more profound. When I gave birth to my son, something happened. It is a huge thing for a woman: a whole set of emotions you never had before arrives, and a love you never had before in your life is now on tap.

You can only whine for so long. Then you need to get your life back.

Many people say that recovery from an aneurysm is like having a layer of skin ripped off - your experience of life is more intense.

Life is good - we forget that.

When you're teaching creative nonfiction, it helps to have written about your life in a very open way, because you can say, 'Look, how much are you willing to risk emotionally to write? How careful can you be with the other people you're writing about?'

My students know I have a life, they know I've written about my life. They know some detail, probably more than they know about their physics teacher, but I would've told them anyway!

I don't regret doing 'The Living Daylights'. If I hadn't done Bond, I wouldn't have been in America doing my series, and I would have had a different life.

I myself have already spent a third of my life in Germany, first in Cologne and then, since 1994, in Berlin.

In order to get somewhere in life, you need to have a vision. The vision brings you to the table. Without a vision, you just do what everybody else does and you are just there.

I've lost all my money on these films. They are not commercial. But I'm glad to lose it this way. To have for a souvenir of my life pictures like Umberto D. and The Bicycle Thief.

No one is really miserable who has not tried to cheapen life.

They hear it come out, but they don't know how it got there. They don't understand that's life's way of talking. You don't sing to feel better. You sing 'cause that's a way of understanding life.

My parents took an interest in nothing, at home no books, no records. My mother and my father are the emblem of indifference, dryness and bad taste. My father is also terribly stingy, in life as well as in feelings: I have never seen him filling up the bathtub.

I have always held those political opinions which point to the universal brotherhood of man, no matter in what rank of life he may have taken his origin.

You have only one life - don't hold back.

'Party Down' was one of the most magical, special experiences of my professional career. Also special in my personal life, too. I made really good friends, and I had just a great time, and it was a great part.

Good-byes are hard, but life is about changes.

It put our energies to sleep and made visionaries of us - dreamers and indolent... It is good to begin life poor; it is good to begin life rich - these are wholesome; but to begin it prospectively rich! The man who has not experienced it cannot imagine the curse of it.

I came in with Halley's Comet in 1835. It is coming again next year, and I expect to go out with it. It will be the greatest disappointment of my life if I don't go out with Halley's Comet. The Almighty has said, no doubt: 'Now here are these two unaccountable freaks; they came in together, they must go out together.'

If some years were added to my life, I would give fifty to the study of the Yi, and then I might come to be without great faults.

Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life so.

So thoroughly and sincerely are we compelled to live, reverencing our life, and denying the possibility of change. This is the only way, we say; but there are as many ways as there can be drawn radii from one centre. All change is a miracle to contemplate; but it is a miracle which is taking place every instant.

The life which men praise and regard as successful is but one kind. Why should we exaggerate any one kind at the expense of the others?

If an injustice requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law. Let your life be a counter-friction to stop the government machine.

I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartanlike as to put to rout all that was not life.

Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.

I think it is perfectly natural for any artist to admire intensely and love a young man. It is an incident in the life of almost every artist.

Perhaps one of the most difficult things for us to do is to choose a notable and joyous dress for men. There would be more joy in life if we were to accustom ourselves to use all the beautiful colours we can in fashioning our own clothes.

It is not my nature, when I see a people borne down by the weight of their shackles - the oppression of tyranny - to make their life more bitter by heaping upon them greater burdens; but rather would I do all in my power to raise the yoke than to add anything that would tend to crush them.

I was born and have ever remained in the most humble walks of life.

You may think it was a very little thing, and in these days it seems to me like a trifle, but it was a most important incident in my life. I could scarcely credit that I, the poor boy, had earned a dollar in less than a day; that by honest work, I had earned a dollar. I was a more hopeful and thoughtful boy from that time.

I never went to school more than six months in my life, but I can say this: that among my earliest recollections, I remember how, when a mere child, I used to get irritated when anybody talked to me in a way I could not understand.

It is a great piece of folly to attempt to make anything out of my early life.

I pass my life in preventing the storm from blowing down the tent, and I drive in the pegs as fast as they are pulled up.

If a man had more than one life, I think a little hanging would not hurt this one; but after he is once dead, we cannot bring him back, no matter how sorry we may be; so the boy shall be pardoned.

I want to go when I want. It is tasteless to prolong life artificially. I have done my share; it is time to go. I will do it elegantly.

Preaching is the expression of the moral sentiment in application to the duties of life.

Modesty is a learned affectation. And as soon as life slams the modest person against the wall, that modesty drops.

Good is positive. Evil is merely privative, not absolute: it is like cold, which is the privation of heat. All evil is so much death or nonentity. Benevolence is absolute and real. So much benevolence as a man hath, so much life hath he.

The vegetable life does not content itself with casting from the flower or the tree a single seed, but it fills the air and earth with a prodigality of seeds, that, if thousands perish, thousands may plant themselves, that hundreds may come up, that tens may live to maturity; that, at least one may replace the parent.

My life has been long, and believing that life loves the liver of it, I have dared to try many things, sometimes trembling, but daring still.

I work very hard, and I play very hard. I'm grateful for life. And I live it - I believe life loves the liver of it. I live it.

Our stories come from our lives and from the playwright's pen, the mind of the actor, the roles we create, the artistry of life itself and the quest for peace.

I am grateful to be a woman. I must have done something great in another life.

In a magazine, one can get - from cover to cover - 15 to 20 different ideas about life and how to live it.

I thank God I'm myself and for the life I'm given to live and for friends and lovers and beloveds, and I thank God for knowing that all those people have already paid for me.

I was born in St. Louis but lived there just for a few minutes in my life.

In the game of life, before you get anything out, you must put something in!

The six people who had the biggest impact on my life were all women. Had I been sexist, my life would have been far less fulfilling.

I seldom read anything that is not of a factual nature because I want to invest my time wisely in the things that will improve my life. Don't misunderstand; there is nothing wrong with reading purely for the joy of it. Novels have their place, but biographies of famous men and women contain information that can change lives.

Husbands and wives, first be faithful to each other. Second, keep the romance going all of your life by courting each other every day.

For 24 years of my adult life, by choice I weighed well over 200 pounds. I say 'by choice' because I have never 'accidentally' eaten anything, so when I choose to eat too much, I have chosen to weigh too much.

Just saying you are better than good won't make it so. But, when you understand what it takes to live the better than good life, and you apply yourself, your life will truly be better than good.

I can tell you, honest friend, what to believe: believe life; it teaches better that book or orator.

Every step of life shows much caution is required.

The most happy man is he who knows how to bring into relation the end and beginning of his life.

Fact: If standard of living is your number one objective, quality of life almost never improves. But if quality of life is your number one objective, standard of living invariably improves.

Fortunately, problems are an everyday part of our life. Consider this: If there were no problems, most of us would be unemployed.

I am convinced after more than 50 years in the field of motivation that anyone who wants to learn to look at life and/or their circumstances in a positive light can do so.

Ours is one continued struggle against degradation sought to be inflicted upon us by the European, who desire to degrade us to the level of the raw Kaffir, whose occupation is hunting and whose sole ambition is to collect a certain number of cattle to buy a wife with, and then pass his life in indolence and nakedness.

I'm standing behind a wall of jokes. You don't know about my personal life, my girlfriends, or what I do when I'm not on the road. There's this guy, this comedian, and this is how he thinks, but people really don't know anything about me.

I don't go off and sit down and try to write material, because then it's contrived and forced. I just live my life, and I see things in a word or a situation or a concept, and it will create a joke for me.

To me, comedy is just twisting reality. It's commenting or observing or twisting life.

Comedians are sociologists. We're pointing out stuff that the general public doesn't even stop to think about, looking at life in slow-motion and questioning everything we see.

If I were a liberal Democrat, people would say I'm the super genius of all time. The super genius of all time. If you're a conservative Republican, you've got to fight for your life. It's really an amazing thing.

I've been making deals all my life.

I've been dealing with politicians all my life. All my life. And I've always gotten them to do what I need them to do.

Ever since 'The Apprentice,' my life has gotten so much busier.

I'm competitive, and I love to create challenges for myself. Maybe that's not always a good thing. It can make life complicated.

It's my life. It just continues to go forward from 'The Apprentice.'

In real life, if I were firing you, I'd tell you what a great job you did, how fantastic you are, and how you can do better someplace else. If somebody steals, that's different, but generally speaking, you want to let them down as lightly as possible. It's not a very pleasant thing. I don't like firing people.

We do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but rather to let it shine as an example for everyone to follow.

I believe life is an intelligent thing: that things aren't random.

Money can't buy life.

No evil can happen to a good man, either in life or after death. He and his are not neglected by the gods.

When I am president, I will work to ensure that all of our kids are treated equally and protected equally. Every action I take, I will ask myself, 'Does this make life better for young Americans in Baltimore, Chicago, Detroit, Ferguson, who have as much of a right to live out their dreams as any other child America?'

And whether a child is born in the urban sprawl of Detroit or the windswept plains of Nebraska, they look up at the same night sky, they fill their heart with the same dreams, and they are infused with the breath of life by the same almighty Creator.

Our public life withers when only the most extreme voices get attention. Most of all, democracy breaks down when the average person feels their voice doesn't matter; that the system is rigged in favor of the rich or the powerful or some narrow interest.

I was lucky - I found what I loved to do early in life. Woz and I started Apple in my parents' garage when I was 20. We worked hard, and in 10 years, Apple had grown from just the two of us in a garage into a $2 billion company with over 4000 employees.

Everything is political. I will never be a politician or even think political. Me just deal with life and nature. That is the greatest thing to me.

Life is the childhood of our immortality.

What life half gives a man, posterity gives entirely.

If you lose a big fight, it will worry you all of your life. It will plague you - until you get your revenge.

Despite my firm convictions, I have always been a man who tries to face facts, and to accept the reality of life as new experience and new knowledge unfolds. I have always kept an open mind, a flexibility that must go hand in hand with every form of the intelligent search for truth.

It's hard for anyone intelligent to be nonviolent. Everything in the universe does something when you start playing with his life, except the American Negro. He lays down and says, 'Beat me, daddy.'

The greatest and most important problems of life are all fundamentally insoluble. They can never be solved but only outgrown.

Nobody, as long as he moves about among the chaotic currents of life, is without trouble.

Our heart glows, and secret unrest gnaws at the root of our being. Dealing with the unconscious has become a question of life for us.

In the child, consciousness rises out of the depths of unconscious psychic life, at first like separate islands, which gradually unite to form a 'continent,' a continuous landmass of consciousness. Progressive mental development means, in effect, extension of consciousness.

A human being would certainly not grow to be seventy or eighty years old if this longevity had no meaning for the species. The afternoon of human life must also have a significance of its own and cannot be merely a pitiful appendage to life's morning.

Every good citizen makes his country's honor his own, and cherishes it not only as precious but as sacred. He is willing to risk his life in its defense and is conscious that he gains protection while he gives it.

No one gets away with anything, ever, so take responsibility for your own life.

Life is tough, and things don't always work out well, but we should be brave and go on with our lives.

There is no one, says another, whom fortune does not visit once in his life; but when she does not find him ready to receive her, she walks in at the door, and flies out at the window.

No one can make the most of himself until he looks upon his life as a magnificent possibility, the materials for a great masterpiece, to mar or spoil which would be a great tragedy.

Football is like life and I know life.

Everybody in life is pursuing money: left, right, charity, nonprofits, everybody's pursuing money. Everybody wants a raise. Everybody wants to improve their standard of living. Everybody wants to be rich, and especially those that go to Washington.

It's impossible to go through life not offending people. All you have to do is basically have an opinion on anything, and you're gonna offend people.

Self-reliance - that's a dirty word to Democrats. They want people to believe that self-reliance means you don't do anything with anybody. They don't want it thought of as accepting responsibility for one's life. Enterprise. Imagination. Independence. Entrepreneurism.

Life is busy. There are daily concerns and obligations that have to be met, and to take time to think about how precious and special a human life is that you only get one, and that every wasted minute is lost. You can't get it back.

I can't tell you the number of times in high school I was allowed to be disappointed for not making the grade; it's a part of life. So the young students who are being taught by radical leftists in this country today are going to end up growing up in a world for which they are totally unprepared and unequipped.

Folks, just a few minutes of my voice can change a life.

You have to enjoy life. Always be surrounded by people that you like, people who have a nice conversation. There are so many positive things to think about.

My doctor told me that jogging could add years to my life. I think he was right. I feel ten years older already.

All my life, I never really felt comfortable anywhere in New York, except maybe in an apartment somewhere.

I think I've got a real love thing going. I love people, I love life, and I love nature, and I can't see why other people can't be like that.

I don't agree with everything he did in his life, but we're dealing with this Howard Hughes, at this point. And also ultimately the flaw in Howard Hughes, the curse so to speak.

I think when you're young and have that first burst of energy and make five or six pictures in a row that tell the stories of all the things in life you want to say... well, maybe those are the films that should have won me the Oscar.

No matter the risks we take, we always consider the end to be too soon, even though in life, more than anything else, quality should be more important than quantity.

I have worked with wool all my life as a designer. There's so much more to it than knitwear - it's an amazingly versatile material and can be used in so many different ways from chic to rustic.

I have been insane on the subject of moneymaking all my life.

Changing someone else's life positively changes yours for the better as well.

Life stuff happens. You get knocked down, and you get back up. That's just always been my mentality. I'm not really fazed by anything. It's in the past. There's nothing I can really do about it now. You learn from it, and you move on.

Many people flounder about in life because they do not have a purpose, an objective toward which to work.

I believe in process. I believe in four seasons. I believe that winter's tough, but spring's coming. I believe that there's a growing season. And I think that you realize that in life, you grow. You get better.

We're all human, and part of being human is showing respect and support for others' life choices.

I think that anything that you do, any accomplishment that you make, you have to work for. And I've worked very hard in the last ten years of my life, definitely, and I can tell you that hard work pays off. It's not just a cliche.

There is nothing wrong with dedication and goals, but if you focus on yourself, all the lights fade away and you become a fleeting moment in life.

The law of non-interference with nature is a basic principle of Taoism [stating] that one should be in harmony with, not rebellion against, the fundamental laws of the universe.

The Chinese conceived the entire universe as activated by two principles, the Yang and the Yin, the positive and the negative, and they considered that nothing that exists, either animate or so-called inanimate, does so except by virtue of the ceaseless interplay of these two forces.

Matter and energy, Yang and Yin, heaven and earth, are conceived of as essentially one or as two coexistent poles of one indivisible whole.

The mark of genius is the capacity to see and to express what is simple, simply! The really great Zen artist states the utmost in the minimum of lines or effort.

Remember never to assert your self against nature; never be in frontal opposition to any problems, but to control it by swinging with it.

All in all, the goal of my planning and doing is to find the true meaning of life - peace of mind. In order to achieve this peace of mind, the teaching of detachment of Taoism and Zen proved to be valuable.

Only sober moderation lasts, and that persists through all time. Only the midpart of anything is preserved because the pendulum of life must have balance, and the midpart is the balance.

Completeness, the now, is an absence of the conscious mind to strive to divide that which is indivisible.

In Buddhism there is no place for using effort. Just be ordinary and nothing special. Eat your food, move your bowels, pass water, and when you're tired go and lie down. The ignorant will laugh at me, but the wise will understand.

In ordinary life wu-wei is expressed in producing and rearing things without taking possession of them and doing work but not taking pride in it - thus the natural way stands in complement to all artificial ways such as regulation, ceremonies, etc. This is the reason why the Taoists don't like formalities and artificialities.

The superior man lets himself be guided; he does not go ahead blindly, but learns from the situation what is demanded of him and then follows.

Do not have an attitude, open yourself and focus yourself and express yourself. Reject external form that fails to express internal reality.

I don't like to wear stuffy clothes and be at places where everyone is trying to impress each other.

Don't think - feel. Feeling exists here and now when not interrupted and dissected by ideas or concepts.

One great cause of failure is lack on concentration.

The moment we stop analyzing and let go, we can start really seeing, feeling - as one whole.

There is no need to exert oneself in special cultivation outside the daily round of living.

To understand your fear is the beginning of really seeing.

One who is possessed by worry not only lacks the poise to solve his own problems, but by his nervousness and irritability creates additional problems for those around him.

If he knows how to meet fate with an attitude of acceptance, he is sure to find the right guidance.

It is not his task to try to lead - that would only make him lose the Way - but to let himself be led.

Do not seek it, for it will come when least expected. Let go. Don't seek or run away.

Shut down all forms of distraction. Eliminate all opportunities for rivalry.

Concentration is the root of all the higher abilities in man.

Thoughts are things, in the sense that thought can be translated into its physical equivalent.

Sharpen the psychic power of seeing in order to act immediately in accordance with what it sees.

Drop and dissolve inner blockage. A conditioned mind is never a free mind. Wipe away and dissolve all its experience and be born afresh.

The more and more you are aware, the more and more you shed from day to day what you have learned so that your mind is always fresh, uncontaminated by previous conditioning.

There is nothing that will enable you to pursue your course in greater peace than the patient bearing of insult. Patience is not passive, on the contrary it is concentrated strength.

A man is literally what he thinks. This might be a shocking statement, but everything is a state of mind.

The subconscious mind favors thoughts inspired by emotional feelings. It also gives preference to dominating thoughts.

The past is no more, the future is not yet. Now includes the balance of being here, experiencing, involvement, phenomenon, awareness.

To understand and live now, there must be dying to everything of yesterday. Die continually to every gained experience - be in a state of choiceless awareness of what is.

When you are awake, you must be fully awake and conscious about everything. This is a wonderful exercise.

Suffering itself does less afflict the senses than the anticipation of suffering.

A concentrated mind is not an attentive mind, but a mind that is in a state of awareness can concentrate. Awareness is never exclusive, it includes everything.

Concentration is a narrowing down of the mind - but we are concerned with the total process of living, and to concentrate exclusively on any particular aspect of life, belittles life.

All thought is partial, is can never be total. Thought is the response of memory, and memory is always partial, because memory is the result of experience; so thought is the reaction of a mind which is conditioned by experience.

The mind must be wide open in order to function freely in thought. For a limited mind cannot think freely.

To be on the alert means to be deadly serious; to be deadly serious means to be sincere to oneself, and it is sincerity that finally leads to the Way.

Every man is what he is because of the dominating thoughts which he permits to occupy his mind.

Sincere thought means thought of concentration . The thought of a distracted mind cannot be sincere.

The present? Well, think of it in terms of challenges and opportunities, and the rewards available for the application of your talents and energies.

As for the future, that is a time and a place where every worthy ambition you posses is within your grasp.

In a time when everything goes well, my mind is pampered with enjoyment, possessiveness, etc. Only in times of adversity, privation, or mishap, does my mind function and think properly of my state. This close examination of self strengthens my mind and leads me to understand and be understood.

Here is natural instinct, and there is control. You are to combine the two in harmony. If you have one to the extreme you will be very unscientific; if you have another to the extreme, you become a mechanical man, no longer human being.

So it is a successful combination of both. It is not pure naturalness, or pure unnaturalness. The ideal is unnatural naturalness or natural unnaturalness.

When my tutor assisted me in choosing my courses, he advised me to take up philosophy because of my inquisitiveness. He said, philosophy will tell you what man lives for.

Philosophy is itself the disease for which it pretends to be the cure: the wise man does not pursue wisdom but lives his life, and therein precisely does his wisdom lie.

Just as the maintaining of good health may require the taking of unpleasant medicine, so the condition of being able to do the things we enjoy often requires the performance of a few we don't.

It is the ego that stands rigidly against things coming from the outside, and it is this ego rigidity that makes it impossible for us to accept everything that confronts us.

One should get rid of this obtruding self - or ego-consciousness - and apply himself to the work to be done as if nothing particular were taking place at the moment.

Logic's central problem is the distinction between correct and incorrect argument.

Emotions - the most important motors of our behavior.

Art must originate with an experience or feeling of the artist.

The aim of art is to project an inner vision into the world without.

Art is the way of the Absolute and to the essence of human life - creative action, with sensitivity, that positive state of innocence.

To me, defeat is anything is merely temporary, and its punishment is but an urge for me to greater effort to achieve my goal. Defeat simply tells me that something is wrong in my doing; it is a path leading to success and truth.

To be one thing and not to change is the climax of stillness. To have nothing in one that resists is the climax of emptiness. To remain detached from all outside things is the climax of fineness. To have in oneself no contraries is the climax of purity.

A person cannot forget someone who is good to them.

If every man would help his neighbor, no man would be without help.

We can see through others only when we see through ourselves.

Life is simply what our feelings do to us.

I try to live freely from moment to moment, letting things happen and adjusting to them.

The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering.

Let friendship creep gently to a height; if it rushes to it, it may soon run itself out of breath.

When there is a particle of dust in your eye, the world becomes a narrow path - have your mind completely free from objects - and how much this life expands.

The meaning of life is that it is to be lived, and it is not to be traded and conceptualized and squeezed into a pattern of systems.

He who wants to succeed should learn how to fight, to strive, and to suffer. You can acquire a lot in life, if you are prepared to give up a lot to get it.

To many, the word success seems to be a paradise, but now that I'm in the midst of it, it is nothing but circumstances that seem to complicate my innate feeling toward simplicity and privacy.

Masters in all branches of art must first be masters in living, for the soul creates everything.

Life is an ever-flowing process and somewhere on the path some unpleasant things will pop up - it might leave a scar, but then life is flowing, and life running water, when it stops it grows stale.

A simple life is one of plainness, in which profit is discarded, cleverness abandoned, selfishness eliminated, and desires reduced.

Life is never stagnation. It is a constant movement, unrhythmic movement, as well as constant change. Things live by moving and gain strength as they go.

It is the life of perfection which seems to be incomplete, and of fullness which seems to be empty. It is the life which is as bright as light, but does not dazzle. In short, it is a life of harmony, unity, contentment, tranquility, constancy, enlightenment, peace, and long life.

Life is something for which there is no answer; it must be understood from moment to moment.

We all have time to either spend or waste, and it is our decision what to do with it. But once passed, it is gone forever.

The enemy of development is this pain phobia - the unwillingness to do a tiny bit of suffering.

Self-education makes great men.

All types of knowledge, ultimately mean self knowledge.

Education consists in cultivation of intelligence .

Opportunities may come your way or they may not. Luck may come your way or it may not. But if they come your way - and you call that luck - you'd better be ready for it!

Even though I, Bruce Lee, may die some day without fulfilling all of my ambitions, I will have no regrets. I did what I wanted to do and what I've done, I've done with sincerity and to the best of my ability.

Being able to find the correct conduct for a special situation is happiness - not a strict standard for every situation.

The measure of the moral worth of a man is his happiness. The better the man, the more happiness. Happiness is the synonym of well-being.

Truth comes when your mind and heart are purged of all sense of striving and you are no longer trying to become somebody; it is there when the mind is very quiet, listening timelessly to everything.

I'm not one of those guys that can brush people off. Besides, I feel that if I can just take a second to make someone happy, why not do it?

I like light rain. It gives one such a sense of calmness and tranquility. I enjoy walking in the rain. But most of all, I like books. I read all types of books - fiction and nonfiction.

The inability to adapt brings destruction.

True friends are like diamonds, precious and rare. False friends are like autumn leaves, found everywhere.

To be perfectly frank, I really do not believe in God. If there is a God, he is within.

I have no religion whatsoever. I believe that life is a process and that man is a self-made product. The spirit of the individual is determined by his dominating thought habits.

Awakening, self-realization, and seeing into one's own being - these are synonymous.

Faith makes it possible to achieve that which man's mind can conceive and believe.

Religions divide people, just as styles [in martial arts] divide people.

If all the religions were one, the world would be united in brotherhood.

Some people fight with others because they believe in different religions. If, however, they only gave the matter a bit of thought, they would never fight for such a foolish cause.

Faith can be induced or created by affirmation or repeated instructions to the subconscious mind through the principle of autosuggestion. This is the only known method of voluntary development of the emotion of faith.

The source of trouble in religion is to attribute to the cause with doctrines, rules, and prejudices.

Live content with small means; seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion. Be worthy, not respectable, wealthy, not rich; study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly; bear all cheerfully, do all bravely, await occasions, hurry never. In a word, let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common.

The stillness in stillness is not the real stillness; only when there is stillness in movement does the universal rhythm manifest.

I cannot and will not scoff at faith when reason seems to be such a barren thing.

Faith is a state of mind that can be conditioned through self-discipline. Faith will accomplish.

Love is a egotism of two.

Discard all thoughts of reward, all hopes of praise and fears of blame, all awareness of one's bodily. And, finally closing the avenues of sense perception, let the spirit out, as it will.

I feel I have this great creative and spiritual force within me that is greater than faith, greater than ambition, greater than confidence, greater than determination, greater than vision. It is all these combined. My brain becomes magnetized with this dominating force which I hold in my hand.

It is a well-known fact that one comes, finally, to believe whatever one repeats to one's self, whether the statement be true or false. If a man repeats a lie over and over, he will eventually accept the lie as truth.

Real living is living for others.

Marriage is a friendship, a partnership based solidly upon ordinary, everyday occurrences.

Love, and you shall be loved - all love is mathematically just, as much as the two sides of an algebraic equation.

I think when a couple marry, they either go into heaven or live in hell.

I believe a couple should develop a kind of friendship. Linda and I have this kind of friendship. We understand each other, like a pair of good friends.

Without respect, love cannot go long.

I'm not one of those who believe in love at first sight, but I believe in taking a second look.

Absence in love is like water upon fire; a little quickens, but much extinguishes it.

Marriage is caring for children, watching over them in sickness, training them in the way they must go, sharing worry about them and pride in them.

Many young couples live a very exciting life when they are in love. So, when they marry, and their lives are reduced to calmness and dullness, they will feel impatient and will drink the bitter cup of sad marriage.

Young love is a flame: very pretty, often very hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. The love of the older and disciplined heart is as coals, deep-burning and unquenchable.

My wife and I aren't one and one. We are two halves that make a whole. You have to apply yourself to be a family - two halves fitted together are more efficient than either half would ever be alone!

I did love like a madman, but have enough sense to not love as a fool.

Moving, be like water. Still, be like a mirror. Respond like an echo.

Let things be what they are, move like water, rest like a mirror, respond like an echo, pass quickly like the nonexistent, and be quiet as purity.

You can never step in the same river twice, my friend. Like flowing water, life is perpetual movement. There is nothing fixed.

Whatever your problems happen to be in the future, remember well that they cannot remain stationary but must move together with your living spirit. Otherwise, you will drift into artificiality or attempt to solidify the ever-flowing. To avoid that, you must change and be flexible. Remember, the usefulness of a cup is in its emptiness.

I am improving and making new discoveries every day. If you don't you are already crystallized and that's it.

Only eat what your body requires, and don't become carried away with foods that don't benefit you.

Be pliable. When a man is living, he is soft and pliable; when he is dead, he becomes rigid. Pliability is life; rigidity is death, whether one speak's of man's body, his mind, or his spirit.

We are always in a process of becoming and nothing is fixed. Have no rigid system in you, and you'll be flexible to change with the ever changing.

The method for health promotion is based on water, as flowing water never grows stale. The idea is not to overdevelop or to overexert, but to normalize the function of the body.

Please observe the adaptability of water. If you squeeze it fast, the water will flow out quickly. If you squeeze it slowly, it will come out slowly.

Open yourself and flow, my friend. Flow in the total openness of the living moment.

Take things as they are. Punch when you have to punch. Kick when you have to kick.

Use only that which works, and take it from any place you can find it.

If you knew you had to fight for your life tomorrow, would you change your training today?

My style? You can call it the art of fighting without fighting.

The essence of fighting is the art of moving at the right time.

Behind every motion is the music of his soul made visible. Otherwise empty motion is like an empty word; no meaning. Postures without proper channeling of your emotions behind them are dead movements.

To me, the extraordinary aspect of martial arts lies in its simplicity. The easy way is also the right way, and martial arts is nothing at all special; the closer to the true way of martial arts, the less wastage of expression there is.

The great mistake is to anticipate the outcome of the engagement; you ought not to be thinking of whether it ends in victory or in defeat.

Let nature take its course, and your tools will strike at the right moment.

Forget about winning and losing, forget about pride and pain.

A fight is not won by one punch or kick. Either learn to endure or hire a bodyguard.

To live is to think.

What do we live for, if not to make life less difficult for each other?

Into each life some rain must fall.

Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.

Life's like a play: it's not the length, but the excellence of the acting that matters.

Essentially, I am a dreamer. I've dreamed all my life. When I started, I dreamed I'd be Champion because it is a sport that is all about the people who win the most, and I have a fear of not winning.

There is a plan and a purpose, a value to every life, no matter what its location, age, gender or disability.

During a movie, you lose all ability to focus on your own interests. Your life is in service. After that you just want to disappear, switch off the phone, and sleep and watch movies for a month.

It is often seen that in households where all members are exposed to the same danger, or again in schools or troops where everyone lives the same life, disease does not strike everyone indifferently.

A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.

To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts.

Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot.

When I hear somebody sigh, 'Life is hard,' I am always tempted to ask, 'Compared to what?'

A well-spent day brings happy sleep.

Fortunately analysis is not the only way to resolve inner conflicts. Life itself still remains a very effective therapist.

The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes.

What is important in life is life, and not the result of life.

An aim in life is the only fortune worth finding.

Life must be lived as play.

One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure.

Unbeing dead isn't being alive.

We dance for laughter, we dance for tears, we dance for madness, we dance for fears, we dance for hopes, we dance for screams, we are the dancers, we create the dreams.

Life is a game and true love is a trophy.

Life is available only in the present moment.

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

Life is a dream for the wise, a game for the fool, a comedy for the rich, a tragedy for the poor.

Life is fragile. We're not guaranteed a tomorrow so give it everything you've got.

Life is about learning; when you stop learning, you die.

Life is lived on the edge.

Most of life is tragic. You're born, you don't know why. You're here, you don't know why. You go, you die. Your family dies. Your friends die. People suffer. People live in constant terror. The world is full of poverty and corruption and war and Nazis and tsunamis. The net result, the final count is, you lose - you don't beat the house.

Life is full of misery, loneliness, and suffering - and it's all over much too soon.

Only one life, that soon is past, only what's done with love will last.

Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're going to get.

The release of atom power has changed everything except our way of thinking... the solution to this problem lies in the heart of mankind. If only I had known, I should have become a watchmaker.

I am not only a pacifist, but a militant pacifist. I am willing to fight for peace... Is it not better for a man to die for a cause in which he believes, such as peace, than to suffer for a cause in which he does not believe, such as war?

The most important human endeavor is the striving for morality in our actions. Our inner balance and even our very existence depend on it. Only morality in our actions can give beauty and dignity to life.

Fulfillment on the moral and esthetic side is a goal which lies closer to the preoccupations of art than it does to those of science.

In two weeks the sheeplike masses of any country can be worked up by the newspaper into such a state of excited fury that men are prepared to put on uniforms and kill and be killed, for the sake of the sordid ends of a few interested parties.

In politics not only are leaders lacking, but the independence of spirit and the sense of justice of the citizen have to a great extent declined.

The cult of individuals is always, in my view, unjustified.

An empty stomach is not a good political adviser.

Ethical axioms are found and tested not very differently from the axioms of science. Truth is what stands the test of experience.

Force always attracts men of low morality, and I believe it to be an invariable rule that tyrants of genius are succeeded by scoundrels.

I wouldn't have thought it possible that there could exist such heartless and outright wicked people!?

I believe that we have to content ourselves with our imperfect knowledge and understanding and treat values and moral obligations as a purely human problem, the most important of all human problems.

It is the duty of every citizen according to his best capacities to give validity to his convictions in political affairs.

Everyone is aware of the difficult and menacing situation in which human society, shrunk into one community with a common fate, finds itself, but only a few act accordingly.

I do not believe that civilization will be wiped out in a war fought with the atomic bomb. Perhaps two-thirds of the people of the earth will be killed.

Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized.

Morality is of the highest importance - but for us, not for God.

Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.

The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.

We will not change the hearts of other men by mechanisms, but by changing our hearts and speaking bravely... When we are clear in heart and mind - only then - shall we find courage to surmount the fear which haunts the world.

All that is valuable in human society depends upon the opportunity for development accorded the individual.

The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.

A photograph never grows old. You and I change, people change all through the months and years but a photograph always remains the same. How nice to look at a photograph of mother or father taken many years ago. You see them as you remember them. But as people live on, they change completely. That is why I think a photograph can be kind.

Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances of survival for life on earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.

It is my view that the vegetarian manner of living by its purely physical effect on the human temperament would most beneficially influence the lot of mankind.

Innovation is not the product of logical thought, although the result is tied to logical structure.

Thinking is hard work; that's why so few do it.

I must be willing to give up what I am in order to become what I will be.

Whenever he felt that he had come to the end of the road or faced a difficult challenge in his work, he would take refuge in music and that would solve all his difficulties.

In building a theory, his approach had something in common with that of an artist. He would aim for simplicity and beauty, and beauty for him was, after all, essentially simplicity.

He could be downright brutal, but he could show deep compassion for the poor, weak, and persecuted. He alternated between kind sage and incorrigible mule, an egocentric loner with a sense of responsibility for all of mankind.

Very few were able to grasp his thoughts and fully appreciate the heroic fruits of his years of labor to create a new cosmic order.

His quest yearning for harmony and his crusade against any form of authority extended to humankind as a whole, and to the process of cultural progress.

Albert preferred being alone, according to his sister, and he immersed himself for hours in activities that required patience and stamina.

Unlike most of his schoolmates, and schoolchildren today for that matter, the young Albert supplemented his education at school with his own self-styled curriculum at home and developed the skills he deemed important. He read and read and read. When he was hard at work, even the chaos of the family's constant chatter could not distract the little autodidact.

While the other children his age pursued adventures outdoors, he sough his flow experience in his head. [...] Einstein craved his rewards through the continued satisfaction on his unquenchable thirst for knowledge.

He rebelled against any kind of authoritarian structure: against rigid rules in school and at the university; against the dictates of bourgeois life; against conventions such as dress codes; against dogmatism in religion and physics; against militarism, nationalism, and government ideology; and against bosses and employers. His opposition to all forms of opportunism was one of the most remarkable of his personality traits.

He sought to find laws of nature that epitomized his ideal of science, a complete, unified description of the world.

He simply cared far more than most of his colleagues that the laws of physics have to explain everything in nature coherently and consistently.

His cocky contempt for authority led him to question received wisdom in ways that well-trained acolytes in the academy never contemplated.

Innumerable reports attest to Einstein's playfulness, his wonderful rapport with children, his lighthearted wit, and his delight in practical jokes. In the spring of 2003, Simon Baron-Cohen of Cambridge University, one of the leading researchers on autism, touched off a media sensation by claiming that Einstein may have been autistic.

The point is that the arts are important enough to have influenced the greatest minds and talents we know. Albert Einstein said that if he were not a physicist, he would probably be a musician.

On how he relaxes after work playing his violin: First I improvise, and if that doesn't help, I seek solace in Mozart. But when I am improvising and it appears that something may come of it, I require the clear constructions of Bach in order to follow through.

Persistence and tenacity were obviously already part of his character.

From his youth, Einstein had a habit of spending a lot of time away from his friends, family, and work, to do nothing but think.

He would regularly go for long walks, wander off to quiet cabins in the mountains, play his violin, or sail the seas with his wooden boat to find serenity.

He liked to work on puzzles, erect complex structures with his toy building set, play with a steam engine that his uncle gave him, and build houses of cards.

Throughout his life, Albert Einstein would retain the intuition and the awe of a child. He never lost his sense of wonder at the magic of nature's phenomena.

He was that odd breed, a reverential rebel, and he was guided by a faith, which he wore lightly and with a twinkle in his eye, in a God who would not play dice by allowing things to happen by chance.

You are the only sort of man in whose existence I see much hope for in this deplorable world.

He simplified his concerns in order to spend his time wisely... This same uncluttered attitude allowed him to speak directly, with unaffected kindness and respect, to every human being he met, child or adult, ignoring externals.

To me, he appears as out of comparison the greatest intellect of this century, and almost certainly the greatest personification of moral experience. He was in many ways different from the rest of the species.

No other man contributed so much to the vast expansion of 20th century knowledge. Yet no other man was more modest in the possession of the power that is knowledge, more sure that power without wisdom is deadly.

When Einstein stuck out his tongue, at the world and the future, late in his life, he provided us with the image that signaled his complete transformation from a man to a metaphor. A breaker of taboos, part Galileo and part Gandhi, he succeeded in synthesizing artistic freedom with philosophical power.

Nothing, indeed, could turn him away from the sole aim of his being, in the service of which was accumulated all the immortal fire within his nature, all that was great and vital in his spirit.

He expended his whole personality, heart and head alike, upon his scientific labors. Nothing was left over for human intercourse but a peevish insignificant little shadow of himself.

Time and time again Einstein filled me with amazement, and indeed enthusiasm, as I watched the ease with which he would, in discussion, experimentally change his point of view, at times tentatively adopting the opposite view and viewing the whole problem from a new and totally changed angle.

He was a loner with an intimate bond to humanity, a rebel who was suffused with reverence.

There is the odd exception, like Albert Einstein, but as a breed, scientists tend not be very good at presenting themselves.

In matters of logic and contemplation, Einstein understood everyone quite well, but he had a much harder time grasping emotional issues. It was difficult for him to imagine impulses and feelings unrelated to his own life.

He had such difficulty with language that those around him feared he would never learn.

I always love to quote Albert Einstein because nobody dares contradict him.

Once, when a company had sent him a very sizable consulting fee, he used the check for a bookmark, then lost the book.

A healthy body means a healthy mind. You get your heart rate up, and you get the blood flowing through your body to your brain. Look at Albert Einstein. He rode a bicycle. He was also an early student of Jazzercise. You never saw Einstein lift his shirt, but he had a six-pack under there.

Silly, overly truthful and helpless child.

His inner security was tempered by the humility that comes from being awed by nature.

Quantum Mechanics and General Relativity are both accepted as scientific fact even though they're mutually exclusive. Albert Einstein spent the second half of his life searching for a unifying truth that would reconcile the two.

Even though he was still priding himself on being a vagabond and a loner, he began to hand around the coffee-houses and attend musical soirees with a congenial crowd of bohemian soul mates and fellow students.

He regarded a world authority as realistic rather than idealistic, as practical rather than naïve.

I'm like a run-down old car - something is wrong in every corner. But life is still worthwhile as long as I can still work.

I have finished my task here.

This is what I have to say about Bach's life and work: listen, play, love, revere - and keep your mouth shut.

Mozart's music is so pure and beautiful that I see it as a reflection of the inner beauty of the universe.

I believe, indeed, that overemphasis on the purely intellectual attitude, often directed solely to the practical and factual, in our education, has led directly to the impairment of ethical values.

Today also there is an urge toward social progress, toward tolerance and freedom of thought, toward a larger political unity... But the students at our universities have ceased as completely as their teachers to embody the hopes and ideals of the people.

The most valuable thing a teacher can impart to children is not knowledge and understanding per se but a longing for knowledge and understanding, and an appreciation for intellectual values, whether they be artistic, scientific, or moral.

The value of an education in a liberal arts college is not the learning of many facts, but the training of the mind to think something that cannot be learned from textbooks.

Copernicus, through his work and the greatness of his personality, taught man to be modest.

Young people especially like to contemplate bold projects. Also, it is natural for a serious young man to envision his desired goals with the greatest possible precision.

Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.

We will hope that future historians will explain the morbid symptoms of present day society as the childhood ailments of an aspiring humanity, due entirely to the excessive speed at which civilization was advancing.

The students at our universities have ceased as completely as their teachers to enshrine the hopes and ideals of the nation.

Numerous are the academic chairs, but rare are wise and noble teachers. Numerous and large are the lecture halls, but far from numerous the young people who genuinely thirst for truth and justice.

There is no logical way to the discovery of these elemental laws. There is only the way of intuition, which is helped by a feeling for the order lying behind the appearance.

The more a man is imbued with the ordered regularity of all events the firmer becomes his convictions that there is no room left by the side of this ordered regularity for cause of a different nature.

The development of science and of the creative activities of the spirit in general requires still another kind of freedom, which may be characterized as inward freedom. It is this freedom of the spirit which consists in the independence of thought from the restrictions of authoritarian and social prejudices as well as from unphilosophical routinizing and habit in general.

The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when one contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries to comprehend only a little of this mystery every day.

People like you and me never grow old. We never cease to stand like curious children before the great mystery into which we were born.

The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.

Music doesn't influence research work, but both are nourished by the same sort of longing, and they complement each other in the satisfaction they offer.

As to Schubert, I have only this to say: play the music, love - and keep you mouth shut.

I took violin lessons from age 6 to 14, but had no luck with my teachers, for whom music did not transcend mechanical practicing, I really began to learn only when I was about 13 years old, mainly after I had fallen in love with Mozart's sonatas.

Without creative personalities able to think and judge independently, the upward development of society is as unthinkable as the development of the individual personality without the nourishing soil of the community.

A big fat book full of colored drawings by Japanese children lies always on my table.

A country becomes really a soul only in consciously serving the intellectual life.

The theme that I recognize in Galileo's work, is the passionate fight against any kind of dogma based on authority.

Suspicion against every kind of authority grew out of this experience, an attitude which has never again left me.

Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom.

Setting an example is not the main means of influencing another, it is the only means.

Success comes from curiosity, concentration, perseverance and self-criticism.

The ordinary objects of human endeavour - property, outward success, luxury - have always seemed to me contemptible.

Most people stop looking when they find the proverbial needle in the haystack. I would continue looking to see if there were other needles.

The example of great and pure individuals in the only thing that can lead us to noble thoughts and deeds.

On Mahatma Gandhi after his assassination: Generations to come, it may well be, will scarce believe that such a man as this one ever in flesh and blood walked upon this Earth.

Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social environment. Most people are even incapable of forming such opinions.

A man should look for what is, and not for what he thinks should be.

To make a goal of comfort or happiness has never appealed to me; a system of ethics built on this basis would be sufficient only for a herd of cattle.

The man of knowledge must be able not only to love his enemies but also to hate his friends.

There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends. I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not my nature.

Don't walk in front of me... I may not follow. Don't walk behind me... I may not lead. Walk beside me... just be my friend.

Family is not an important thing. It's everything.

A happy family is but an earlier heaven.

If you're lucky, family members are friends, and friends are family members.

Make sure they know you love them.

Show me a family of readers, and I will show you the people who move the world.

The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home.

Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.

In family life, love is the oil that eases friction, the cement that binds closer together, and the music that brings harmony.

The only rock I know that stays steady, the only institution I know that works, is the family.

Families are the compass that guides us. They are the inspiration to reach great heights, and our comfort when we occasionally falter.

It is not flesh and blood but the heart which makes us fathers and sons.

When everything goes to hell, the people who stand by you without flinching - they are your family.

The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.

Family means no one gets left behind or forgotten.

Children are a poor man's riches.

Children have more need of models than critics.

Other things may change us, but we start and end with the family.

In family relationships, love is really spelled T.I.M.E.

I have learned that to be with those I like is enough.

Life is trying things to see if they work.

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

A simple definition of success is this: your life could serve as an example for society.

The easiest definition of success is material or financial. The most beautiful definition of success is inner peace.

All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence; then success is sure.

Good is not enough. You've got to be great.

Have no fear of perfection - you'll never reach it.

Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.

Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.

Without the rain there would be no rainbow.

Challenges, failures, defeats and ultimately, progress, are what make your life worthwhile.

Scared people want comfort and certainty so they avoid failure. People living fully seek challenges because this is where they feel alive.

You cannot find peace avoiding life.

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.

Life is just the same as learning to swim.

Life's under no obligation to give us what we expect.

Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it.

All of life is peaks and valleys. Don't let the peaks get too high and the valleys too low.

However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at.

I enjoy life when things are happening. I don't care if it's good things or bad things. That means you're alive.

The truth is you don't know what is going to happen tomorrow. Life is a crazy ride, and nothing is guaranteed.

If life were predictable it would cease to be life, and be without flavor.

Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.

Life is to entered upon with courage.

It can be the scariest and most beautiful thing simultaneously.

Life is a single player game.

Life consists with wildness. The most alive is the wildest.

Life is the art of drawing sufficient conclusions from insufficient premises.

Life is a process. We are a process. The universe is a process.

Life is like music for its own sake. We are living in an eternal now, and when we listen to music we are not listening to the past, we are not listening to the future, we are listening to an expanded present.

My life is my argument.

Life is a mixing of all kind of things: comedy and tragedy going together.

Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death.

Life is like a box of sardines and we are all looking for the key.

Life is a gift, given in trust - like a child.

Life is an illusion. I am held together in the nothingness by art.

Life is too short to be little. Man is never so manly as when he feels deeply, acts boldly, and expresses himself with frankness and with fervor.

Life is an ever-flowing process and somewhere on the path some unpleasant things will pop up - it might leave a scar, but then life is flowing, and like running water, when it stops it grows stale. Go bravely on, my friend, because each experience teaches us a lesson. Keep blasting because life is such that sometimes it is nice and sometimes it is not.

Life is too mysterious to try to map it out. I've certainly lived long enough to know it will take you places you never thought it would take you - and some of those places are kind of wonderful.

Life is beautiful because it doesn't last.

The purpose of human life is to serve and to show compassion and the will to help others.

Reverence for life is the highest court of appeal.

The tragedy of life is what dies inside a man while he lives.

Life is wide, limitless. There is no border, no frontier.

Life is a lively process of becoming.

Life is like an onion: you peel it off one layer at a time, and sometimes you weep.

The goal of life is living in agreement with nature.

The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction not a destination.

Life is just one damned thing after another.

Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it onto future generations.

My life is about ups and downs, great joys and great losses.

Life is not a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes, playing a poor hand well.

Life is short. You have to be able to laugh at our pain or we never move on.

Life is empty, and realizing that, we want to fill it, we are seeking - seeking ways and means, not only to fill this emptiness but also to find something that is not to be measured by man.

Our whole life is solving puzzles.

Life is largely a matter of expectation.

Life is tragic but it's equally comic.

Life is hard. After all, it kills you.

Life is neither good or evil, but only a place for good and evil.

The sole meaning of life is to serve humanity.

Life is a series of commas, not periods.

Life is growth. If we stop growing, technically and spiritually, we are as good as dead.

Life is really a dance if you are original, and you are meant to be original.

Life is not a problem. To look at it as a problem is to take a wrong step. It is a mystery to be lived, loved, experienced.

Life is the first gift, love is the second, and understanding the third.

Life is a zoo in a jungle.

Life is a continuous process of adjustment.

Scientists investigate that which already is.

I am not very satisfied with my theory of thermoelectricity.

I never failed in mathematics. Before I was fifteen I had mastered differential and integral calculus.

The whole of science is nothing more than a refinement of everyday thinking.

It is the theory that decides what can be observed.

Everyone who is seriously involved in the pursuit of science becomes convinced that some spirit is manifest in the laws of the universe, one that is vastly superior to that of man. In this way the pursuit of science leads to a religious feeling of a special sort, which is surely quite different from the religiosity of someone more naive.

The scientist find his rewards in what Henri Poincare calls the joy of comprehension, and not in the possibilities of application to which any discovery may lead.

To his sons: I am actually glad that neither of you dedicated yourselves to science, because it is a hard thing, full of difficult and futile work.

This world is a strange madhouse. Currently, every coachman and every waiter is debating whether relativity theory is correct.

When I have no special problem to occupy my mind, I love to reconstruct proofs of mathematical and physical theorems that have long been known to me. There is no goal in this, merely an opportunity to indulge in the pleasant occupation of thinking.

The real goal of my research has always been the simplification and unification of the system of theoretical physics.

The progress of science presupposes the possibility of unrestricted communications of all results and judgments - freedom of expression and instruction in all realms of intellectual endeavor.

This evening I sat 2 hours at the window and thought about how the law of interaction of molecular forces could be determined.

The process of scientific discovery is, in effect, a continual flight from wonder.

People like us, who believe in physics, know that the distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.

The grand aim of all science is to cover the greatest number of empirical facts by logical deduction from the smallest number of hypotheses or axioms.

It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.

Our entire much-praised technological progress, and civilization generally, could be compared to an axe in the hand of a pathological criminal.

I assert that the cosmic religious experience is the strongest and the noblest driving force behind scientific research.

Why does this magnificent applied science which saves work and makes life easier bring us so little happiness? The simple answer runs: Because we have not yet learned to make sensible use of it.

In science, moreover, the work of the individual is so bound up with that of his scientific predecessors and contemporaries that it appears almost as an impersonal product of his generation.

Concern for man and his fate must always form the chief objective of all technological endeavors... in order that the creations of our minds shall be a blessing and not a curse to mankind. Never forget this in the midst of your diagrams and equations.

Yes, we have to divide up our time like that, between our politics and our equations. But to me our equations are far more important, for politics are only a matter of present concern. A mathematical equation stands forever.

Equations are more important to me, because politics is for the present, but an equation is something for eternity.

Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas.

I am a deeply religious nonbeliever. This is a somewhat new kind of religion.

Before God we are all equally wise - and equally foolish.

A religious person is devout in the sense that he has no doubt about the significance of those superpersonal objects and goals which neither require nor are capable of rational foundation.

What really interests me is whether God had any choice in the creation of the world.

The goal of pacifism is possible only though a supranational organization. To stand unconditionally for this cause is the criterion of true pacifism.

The further the spiritual evolution of mankind advances, the more certain it seems to me that the path to genuine religiosity does not lie through the fear of life, and the fear of death, and blind faith, but through striving after rational knowledge.

True religion is real living; living with all one's soul, with all one's goodness and righteousness.

My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind.

My religiosity consists in a humble admiration of the infinitely superior spirit that reveals itself in the little that we, with our weak and transitory understanding, can comprehend of reality.

Through the reading of popular scientific books, I soon reached the conviction that much in the stories of the Bible could not be true. The consequence was a positively fanatic orgy of freethinking coupled with the impression that youth is intentionally being deceived by the state through lies; it was a crushing impression.

Though I am now an old fogey, I am still hard at work and still refuse to believe that God plays dice.

Strenuous intellectual work and looking at God's nature are the reconciling, fortifying, yet relentlessly strict angels that shall lead me through all of life's troubles.

God does not care about our mathematical difficulties. He integrates empirically.

We should take care not to make the intellect our God; it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality.

I believe in Spinoza's God, Who reveals Himself in the lawful harmony of the world, not in a God Who concerns Himself with the fate and the doings of mankind.

One must shy away from questionable undertakings, even when they bear a high-sounding name.

Try and penetrate with our limited means the secrets of nature and you will find that, behind all the discernible concatenations, there remains something subtle, intangible and inexplicable. Veneration for this force beyond anything that we can comprehend is my religion. To that extent I am, in point of fact, religious.

That deep emotional conviction of the presence of a superior reasoning power, which is revealed in the incomprehensible universe, forms my idea of God.

I cannot imagine a God who rewards and punishes the objects of his creation and is but a reflection of human frailty.

All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree.

Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods.

God gave me the stubbornness of a mule and a fairly keen scent.

Only through perils and upheavals can Nations be brought to further developments. May the present upheavals lead to a better world.

I made one great mistake in my life, when I signed the letter to Franklin D. Roosevelt recommending that atom bombs be made.

My pacifism is not based on any intellectual theory but on a deep antipathy to every form of cruelty and hatred.

Every man has a right over his own life and war destroys lives that were full of promise.

I am not only a pacifist but a militant pacifist. I am willing to fight for peace. Nothing will end war unless the people themselves refuse to go to war.

We must begin to inculcate our children against militarism by educating them in the spirit of pacifism. Our schoolbooks glorify war and conceal it's horror. I would teach peace rather than war.

Today, in twelve countries, young men are resisting conscription and refusing military service. They are the pioneers of a warless world.

He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would suffice.

Heroism on command, senseless violence, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism - how passionately I hate them!

I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.

There will be no peace on earth, the wounds inflicted by the war will not heal, until this internationalism is restored.

The release of atomic energy has not created a new problem. It has merely made more urgent the necessity of solving an existing one.

I appeal to all men and women, whether they be eminent or humble, to declare that they will refuse to give any further assistance to war or the preparation of war.

Never do anything against conscience, even if the state demands it.

Relativity applies to physics, not ethics.

Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind.

Laws alone can not secure freedom of expression; in order that every man present his views without penalty there must be spirit of tolerance in the entire population.

One of the strongest motives that lead men to art and science is escape from everyday life with its painful crudity and hopeless dreariness, from the fetters of one's own ever-shifting desires. A finely tempered nature longs to escape from the personal life into the world of objective perception and thought.

May they not forget to keep pure the great heritage that puts them ahead of the West: the artistic configuration of life, the simplicity and modesty of personal needs, and the purity and serenity of the Japanese soul.

Although I have a regular work schedule, I take time to go for long walks on the beach so that I can listen to what is going on inside my head. If my work isn't going well, I lie down in the middle of a workday and gaze at the ceiling while I listen and visualize what goes on in my imagination.

I am neither a German citizen, nor do I believe in anything that can be described as a 'Jewish faith.' But I am a Jew and glad to belong to the Jewish people, though I do not regard it in any way as chosen.

My passionate interest in social justice and social responsibility has always stood in curious contrast to a marked lack of desire for direct association with men and women.

I am a horse for single harness, not cut out for tandem or team work. I have never belonged wholeheartedly to country or state, to my circle of friends, or even to my own family. These ties have always been accompanied by a vague aloofness, and the wish to withdraw into myself increases with the years.

When I was young, all I wanted and expected from life was to sit quietly in some corner doing my work without the public paying attention to me.

It is strange to be known so universally and yet to be so lonely.

Solitude can be tolerated only up to a certain limit, you know.

There are two means of refuge from the misery of life - music and cats.

I lived in solitude in the country and noticed how the monotony of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind.

The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has ever been before.

I believe in one thing, that only a life lived for others is a life worth living.

With fame I become more and more stupid, which of course is a very common phenomenon.

Why is it that nobody understands me, yet everybody likes me?

Without deep reflection one knows from daily life that one exists for other people.

I simply enjoy giving more than receiving in every respect, to not take myself nor the doings of the masses seriously, am not ashamed of my weaknesses and vices, and naturally take things as they come with equanimity and humor. Many people are like this, and I really cannot understand why I have been made into a kind of idol.

There is far too great a disproportion between what one is and what others think one is, or at least what they say they think one is. But one has to take it all with good humor.

Of course, understanding of our fellow-beings is important. But this understanding becomes fruitful only when it is sustained by sympathetic feeling in joy and in sorrow. The cultivation of this most important spring of moral action is that which is left of religion when it has been purified of the elements of superstition.

It is an irony of fate that I myself have been the recipient of excessive admiration and reverence from my fellow-beings, through no fault or merit of my own.

The best way to cheer yourself is to cheer somebody else up.

The high destiny of the individual is to serve rather than to rule.

I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university.

Desire for approval and recognition is a healthy motive, but the desire to be acknowledged as better, stronger or more intelligent than a fellow being or fellow scholar easily leads to an excessively egoistic psychological adjustment.

Many times a day I realize how much my outer and inner life is based upon the labors of my fellow men, both living and dead, and how much I must exert myself in order to give in return as much as I have received.

Without the sense of fellowship with men of like mind, of preoccupation with the objective, the eternally unattainable in the field of art and scientific research, life would have seemed to me empty.

An awareness of my limitations pervades me all the more keenly in recent times because my faculties have been quite overrated since a few consequences of general relativity theory have stood the test.

The most important motive for work in school and in life is pleasure in work, pleasure in its result and the knowledge of the value of the result to the community.

Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master. For this reason mastery demands all of a person.

I lack any sentiment of the sort; all I have is a sense of duty toward all people and an attachment to those with whom I have become intimate.

The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it.

A man's ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death.

Each of us visits this Earth involuntarily, and without an invitation. For me, it is enough to wonder at the secrets.

Be creative, but make sure that what you create is not a curse for mankind.

Love brings much happiness, much more than pining brings pain.

I firmly believe that love [of a subject or hobby] is a better teacher than a sense of duty - at least for me.

To Mileva Maric: Only the though of you gives my life here a true meaning.

To Mileva Maric: How proud I will be to have a little Ph.D. for a sweetheart.

To Mileva Maric: When you are my dear little wife, we will zealously do scientific work together, so as not to become old philistines, right? My sister seemed to me so philistine. You must never become like that, it would be awful for me. You must always remain my witch and my street urchin?.

To Mileva Maric: Just be of good cheer, love, and don't fret.

To Mileva Maric: If only I could give you some of my happiness, so that you would never be sad and wistful.

I most seriously believe that one does people the best service by giving them some elevating work to do and thus indirectly elevating them.

The attempt to combine wisdom and power has only rarely been successful and then only for a short while.

The true value of a human being is determined primarily by the measure and the sense in which he has attained liberation from the self.

Without 'ethical culture' there is no salvation for humanity.

To Mileva Maric: Don't be angry for my not having written you for so long, I simply haven't much to say that you don't know already. So I help myself out with what always stays lovely and nice.

To Mileva Maric: I am fond of you, my dear girl, and am looking forward to seeing you again on Sunday. We shall again spend an enchanting cozy day together.

To Mileva Maric: I am so lucky to have found you - a creature who is my equal, and who is as strong and independent as I am.

To Mileva Maric: Destiny seems to bear some grudge against the two of us. But this will make things all the more beautiful later on, when all obstacles and worries have been overcome.

To Mileva Maric: But all that doesn't matter. After all, I have you and your love.

To Mileva Maric: How delightful it was the last time, when I was allowed to press your dear little person to me the way nature created it, let me tenderly kiss you for that, you dear good soul!

Letter to Marie Winteler: As to whether I will be patient? What other choice do I have with my beloved, naughty little angle?

Letter to Marie Winteler: You mean more to my soul than the whole world did before, the insignificant silly sweetheart that knows nothing and understands nothing.'

Possessing you makes me proud & your love makes me happy. I will be doubly happy when I can press you to my heart again and see your loving eyes.

When you trip over love, it is easy to get up. But when you fall in love, it is impossible to stand again.

Is it not a lack of real affection that scares me away again and again from marriage. Is it a fear of the comfortable life, or nice furniture, of dishonor that I burden myself with, or even the fear of becoming a contented bourgeois?

Marriage makes people treat each other as articles of property and no longer as free human beings.

Marriage is but slavery made to appear civilized.

One must take what nature gives as one finds it.

Joy in looking and comprehending is nature's most beautiful gift.

How wretchedly inadequate is the theoretical physicist as he stands before Nature, and before his students.

My scientific work is motivated by an irresistible longing to understand the secrets of nature and by no other feelings. My love for justice and the striving to contribute towards the improvement of human conditions are quite independent from my scientific interests.

The only reason for time is so that everything doesn't happen at once.

: Neither on my deathbed nor before will I ask myself such a question. Nature is not an engineer or a contractor, and I myself am a part of Nature.

Occurrences in this domain are beyond the reach of exact prediction because of the variety of factors in operation, not because of any lack of order in nature.

Numerous are the wares that nature produces by the dozen, but her choice products are few.

Space by itself, and time by itself, are doomed to fade away into mere shadows, and only a kind union of the two will preserve an independent reality.

A spirit is manifest in the laws of the universe, a spirit vastly superior to that of man, and one in the face of which we with our modest powers must feel humble.

If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would have only four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man.

I sometimes ask myself how it came about that I was the one to develop the theory of relativity. The reason, I think, is that a normal adult never stops to think about problems of space and time. These are things which he has thought about as a child.

What I see is a certain something, desolate and grey as infinity. I do not believe that the structure of the human brain is to be blamed for the fact that man cannot grasp infinity.

Make a lot of walks to get healthy and don't read that much but save yourself some until you're grown up.

Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.

I am certain that it is the mystery of not understanding that attracts people; it impresses them with the aura and magnetism of mystery.

Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.

The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious.

Failure and deprivation are the best educators and purifiers.

Life is to be lived, not controlled, and humanity is won by continuing to play in face of certain defeat.

Life isn't a matter of milestones, but of moments.

The joy of life consists in the inevitable, continual triumph of new values.

You're only here for a short visit. Don't hurry, don't worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.

The shortness of life, so often lamented, may be the best thing about it.

In the book of life, the answers aren't in the back.

What gives meaning are challenges. A beautiful life is a meaningful. Say yes to challenges.

Real education starts when you realize that life is wild and you know nothing about it.

Nobody can predict the future; the idea is to have a firm grasp of the present.

The first half of life is devoted to forming a healthy ego, the second half is going inward and letting go of it.

We're not meant to consume infinite news, porn and food. We live in an era of too much abundance. This is the modern struggle. There is so much of an abundance of cheap, fake, instant dopamine and meaning. How do you motivate yourself to do the real thing any more?

We no longer live life. We consume it.

People say that what we're all seeking is a meaning for life. I don't think that's what we're really seeking. I think that what we're seeking is an experience of being alive.

Happiness is not the surplus of pleasant over unpleasant moments. Rather happiness consists in seeing one's life in its entirety as meaningful and worthwhile.

As Nietzsche put it, if you have a WHY to live, you can bear almost any HOW. A meaningful life can be extremely satisfying even in the midst of hardship whereas a meaningless life is a terrible ordeal no matter how comfortable it is.

The first to apologize is the bravest. The first to forgive is the strongest. The first to forget is the happiest.

Life is a storm that will test you unceasingly. Don't wait for calm waters that may not arrive. Derive purpose from resilience. Learn to sail the raging sea.

Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.

Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.

If my life is going to mean anything, I have to live it myself.

Life is essentially an endless series of problems. The solution to one problem is merely the creation of the next one. Don't hope for a life without problems. There's no such thing. Instead, hope for a life full of good problems.

There are two great days in a person's life - the day we are born and the day we discover why.

Life does not owe you anything because life has already given you everything.

The day you stop racing, is the day you win the race.

Maybe that's what life is... a wink of the eye and winking stars.

The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the naïve forgive and forget; the wise forgive but do not forget.

What do you want a meaning for? Life is a desire, not a meaning.

Life's too mysterious to take too serious.

Nothing you do is going to matter that much in the long run. Don't take yourself so seriously.

Most of life is about searching, it's not about doing. People spend too much time doing and not thinking about what they should be doing.

Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can't practice any other virtue consistently.

A little foolishness, enough to enjoy life, and a little wisdom to avoid the errors, that will do.

The chief danger in life is that you may take too many precautions.

When it hurts - observe. Life is trying to teach you something.

Too many people think life will be easy. Keep it mind that it will not and you'll find peace of mind.

You're never wrong if you love and help people.

The only beautiful path is the one you create.

If there's a single lesson that life teaches us, it's that wishing doesn't make it so.

We are addicted to our thoughts. We cannot change anything if we cannot change our thinking.

In every success story, you will find someone who has made a courageous decision.

Life is to enjoyed, not endured.

Do what is right, not what is easy nor what is popular.

Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while you could miss it.

A fear-oriented man is always calculating, planning, arranging, safeguarding. His whole life is lost in this way.

See: it's a never-ending upward spiral. And if you think at any point you're allowed to stop climbing, I'm afraid you're missing the point. Because the joy is in the climb itself.

Our crisis is no longer material; it's existential, it's spiritual. We have so much fucking stuff and so many opportunities that we don't even know what to give a fuck about anymore.

If we admit that human life can be ruled by reason, then all possibility of life is destroyed.

When you want something in life, you just gotta reach out and grab it.

Instead of worrying about what you cannot control, shift your energy to what you can create.

Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.

People tend to complicate their own lives, as if living weren't already complicated enough.

Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment.

Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life's realities.

Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner.

The hardest thing to learn in life is which bridge to cross and which bridge to burn.

You get in life what you have the courage to ask for.

Love is the goal, life is the journey.

I think being in love with life is a key to eternal youth.

Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.

Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.

The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in.

Where there is love there is life.

If I know what love is, it is because of you.

There is love and respect for others. There is love and respect for yourself. Start with the latter.

You either live a life of love, or a life of fear. The life of fear is the easiest one because you don't risk anything. You simply protect. The toughest one is the life of love because you risk more. You give all you've got. The choice is yours.

In this life we cannot do great things. We can only do small things with great love.

It is not where we breathe, but where we Love, that we live.

I love you not because of who you are, but because of who I am when I am with you.

A drop of love can bring an ocean of tears.

We are shaped and fashioned by what we love.

Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.

When we are in love we seem to ourselves quite different from what we were before.

The way to love anything is to realize that it may be lost.

Don't brood. Get on with living and loving. You don't have forever.

Love is not only something you feel, it is something you do.

If you would be loved, love, and be loveable.

Love is of all passions the strongest, for it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart and the senses.

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.

The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even heard, but must be felt with the heart.

Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.

The only thing we never get enough of is love; and the only thing we never give enough of is love.

Loving people live in a loving world. Hostile people live in a hostile world. Same world.

You know you're in love when you don't want to fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.

The art of love is largely the art of persistence.

Love does not dominate; it cultivates.

We are most alive when we're in love.

The greatest gift of life is friendship, and I have received it.

A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.

You't don't need twenty friends to say you have friends. Like most things in life, it's quality over quantity. The less you have, the more you can take care of them.

The best friend you'll find in your life is the friend that always come back to you, no matter what happened or how long it has been.

Friendship is born at the moment when one man says to another What! You too? I thought that no one but myself…

Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art... It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.

It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn't use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like What about lunch?

The capacity for friendship is God's way of apologizing for our families.

Silence make the real conversations between friends. Not the saying, but the never needing to say that counts.

Life is pretty simple: You do some stuff. Most fails. Some works. You do more of what works.

Success is about creating value.

The worst part of success is trying to find someone who is happy for you.

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.

Life belongs to the living, and he who lives must be prepared for changes.

I can't give you a sure-fire formula for success, but I can give you a formula for failure: try to please everybody all the time.

If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Then quit. No use being a damn fool about it.

Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value.

Your goal in life is to find out the people who need you the most, to find out the business that needs you the most, to find the project and the art that needs you the most. There is something out there just for you.

Time means a lot to me because, you see, I, too, am also a learner and am often lost in the joy of forever developing and simplifying. If you love life, don't waste time, for time is what life is made up of.

To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.

Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined.

Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all. St.

You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.

The unexamined life is not worth living.

Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma, which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.

You must be the change you wish to see in the world.

The best way out is always through.

Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.

Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify.

Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.

Life must be lived and curiosity kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.

Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.

If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.

Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.

Love the life you live. Live the life you love.

Keep calm and carry on.

Life is ours to be spent, not to be saved.

Life is short, death is forever.

In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: It goes on.

Life is short but it is wide. This too shall pass.

The greatest pleasure of life is love.

Fortune and love favor the brave.

Life can be simple and beautiful. Focus on the good things.

Life is a long lesson in humility.

The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library.

Combinatory play seems to be the essential feature in productive thought.

That is the way to learn the most, that when you are doing something with such enjoyment that you don't notice that the time passes.

On education: The point is to develop the childlike inclination for play and the childlike desire for recognition and to guide the child over to important fields for society; it is that education which in the main is founded upon the desire for successful activity and acknowledgment.

The aim must be the training of independently acting and thinking individuals who, however, can see in the service to the community their highest life achievement.

Studying, and striving for truth and beauty in general, is a sphere in which we are allowed to be children throughout life.

Only if outward and inner freedom are constantly and consciously pursued is there a possibility of spiritual development and perfection and thus of improving man's outward and inner life.

Never regard your study as a duty, but as the enviable opportunity to learn the liberating beauty of the intellect for your own personal joy and for the profit of the community to which your later work will belong.

Schools may favor such freedom by encouraging independent thought.

In the matter of physics [education], the first lessons should contain nothing but what is experimental and interesting to see.

When I was a little boy my father showed me a small compass, and the enormous impression that it made on me certainly played a role in my life.

It is not so very important for a person to learn facts. For that he does not really need college. He can learn them from books.

When compared to six years' schooling at a German authoritarian gymnasium, it made me clearly realize how much superior an education based on free action and personal responsibility is to one relying on outward authority.

This is quite natural: everybody likes to do that for which he has a talent.

I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination.

This delicate little plant [curiosity], aside from stimulation, stands mainly in need of freedom.

True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist.

It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.

The gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge.

I very rarely think in words at all. A thought comes, and I may try to express it in words afterwards.

If the rabble continues to occupy itself with you, then simply don't read that hogwash, but rather leave it to the reptile for whom it has been fabricated.

I think and think for months and years. Ninety-nine times, the conclusion is false. The hundredth time I am right.

Never memorize something that you can look up.

A person starts to live when he can live outside himself.

As far as I'm concerned, I prefer silent vice to ostentatious virtue.

God always takes the simplest way.

Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions.

I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.

Each of us has to do his little bit toward transforming this spirit of the times.

Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts.

I, an old man, greet you Japanese schoolchildren from afar and hope that your generation may some day put mine to shame.

The destiny of civilized humanity depends more than ever on the moral forces it is capable of generating.

Measured objectively, what a man can wrest from Truth by passionate striving is utterly infinitesimal. But the striving frees us from the bonds of the self and makes us comrades of those who are the best and the greatest.

A new type of thinking is essential if mankind is to survive and move toward higher levels.

As for the search for truth, I know from my own painful searching, with its many blind alleys, how hard it is to take a reliable step, be it ever so small, towards the understanding of that which is truly important.

A theory is the more impressive the greater the simplicity of its premises, the more different kinds of things it relates, and the more extended its area of applicability.

Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution. It is, strictly speaking, a real factor in scientific research.

A person who is religiously enlightened appears to me to be one who has, to the best of his ability, liberated himself from the fetters of his selfish desires and is preoccupied with thoughts, feelings, and aspirations to which he clings because of their superpersonal value.

On receiving Lord & Taylor Award: It gives me great pleasure, indeed, to see the stubbornness of an incorrigible nonconformist warmly acclaimed.

The really valuable thing in the pageant of human life seems to me not the State but the creative, sentient individual, the personality; it alone creates the noble and the sublime, while the herd as such remains dull in thought and full in feeling.

I'm doing just fine, considering that I have triumphantly survived Nazism and two wives.

I have reached an age when, if someone tells me to wear socks, I don't have to.

Women always worry about things that men forget; men always worry about things women remember.

Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves.

A question that sometimes drives me hazy: am I or are the others crazy?

There is a race between mankind and the universe. Mankind is trying to build bigger, better, faster, and more foolproof machines. The universe is trying to build bigger, better, and faster fools. So far the universe is winning.

After receiving a distinction from Chicago Decalogue Society: How unfortunate a state must a community find itself if it cannot produce a more suitable candidate upon whom to confer such a distinction?

As for the words of warm praise addressed to me, I shall carefully refrain from disputing them. For who still believes that there is such a thing as genuine modesty? I should run the risk of being taken for just an old hypocrite.

Science is a wonderful thing if one does not have to earn one's living at it.

If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?

What a strange thing must be a girl's soul! Do you really believe that you could find permanent happiness through others, even if this be the one and only beloved man? I know this sort of animal personally, from my own experience as I am one of them myself. Not too much should be expected from them, this I know quite exactly. Today we are sullen, tomorrow high-spirited, after tomorrow cold, then again irritated and half-sick of life. And so it goes.

Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the the universe.

The wireless telegraph is not difficult to understand. The ordinary telegraph is like a very long cat. You pull the tail in New York, and it meows in Los Angeles. The wireless is the same, only without the cat.

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.

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.

Too many of us look upon Americans as dollar chasers. This is a cruel libel, even if it is reiterated thoughtlessly by the Americans themselves.

Those who thoughtlessly make use of the miracles of science and technology, without understanding more about them than a cow eating plants understands about botany, should be ashamed of themselves.

The hardest thing to understand in the world is the income tax.

Black holes are where God divided by zero.

Do not worry about your difficulties in mathematics. I can assure you mine are still greater.

The devil has put a penalty on all things we enjoy in life. Either we suffer in health or we suffer in soul or we get fat.

One had to cram all this stuff into one's mind for the examinations, whether one liked it or not. This coercion had such a deterring effect on me that, after I had passed the final examination, I found the consideration of any scientific problems distasteful to me for an entire year.

No one here at the Technikum is up to date in modern physics ? I have already tapped all of them without success. Would I too become so lazy intellectually if I were ever doing well?

If A equals success, then the formula is A equals X plus Y and Z, with X being work, Y play, and Z keeping your mouth shut.

We all know that light travels faster than sound. That's why certain people appear bright until you hear them speak.

To punish me for my contempt for authority, fate made me an authority myself.

A perfection of means, and confusion of aims, seems to be our main problem.

Mankind invented the atomic bomb, but no mouse would ever construct a mousetrap.

Stay away from negative people. They have a problem for every solution.

Man usually avoids attributing cleverness to somebody else, unless it is an enemy.

Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.

Sometimes one pays most for the things one gets for nothing.

At our age, the devil doesn't give you much time off!

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.

Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.

All of one's contemporaries and aging friends are living in a delicate balance, and one feels that one's own consciousness is no longer as brightly lit as it once was. But then, twilight with its more subdued colors has its charms as well.

I soon learned to scent out what was able to lead to fundamentals and to turn aside from everything else, from the multitude of things that clutter up the mind.

It would be possible to describe everything scientifically, but it would make no sense; it would be without meaning, as if you described a Beethoven symphony as a variation of wave pressure.

No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right; a single experiment can prove me wrong.

A new idea comes suddenly and in a rather intuitive way, but intuition is nothing but the outcome of earlier intellectual experience.

As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain, as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality.

The foundation of morality should not be made dependent on myth nor tied to any authority lest doubt about the myth or about the legitimacy of the authority imperil the foundation of sound judgment and action.

The eternal mystery of the universe is its comprehensibility.

The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.

Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age 18.

What is right is not always popular and what is popular is not always right.

One lives one's life under constant tension, until it is time to go for good.

I have remained a simple fellow who asks nothing of the world; only my youth is gone - the enchanting youth that forever walks on air.

I no longer need to take part in the competition of the big brains. Participating [in the process] has always seem to me an awful type of slavery no less evil than the passion for money or power.

I believe that a simple and unassuming manner of life is best for everyone, best both for the body and the mind.

Compassionate people are geniuses in the art of living, more necessary to the dignity, security, and joy of humanity than the discoverers of knowledge.

A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life depend on the labours of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I received and am still receiving.

The fear of death is the most unjustified of all fears, for there's no risk of accident for someone who's dead.

I have firmly resolved to bite the dust, when my time comes, with a minimum of medical assistance, and up to then I will sin to my wicked heart's content.

The old who have died live on in the young ones. Don't you feel this now in your bereavement, when you look at your children?

Our death is not an end if we have lived on in our children and the younger generations. For they are us; our bodies are only wilted leaves on the tree of life.

This life is not such that we ought to complain when it comes to an end for us or for a loved one; rather, we may look back in satisfaction when it has been bravely and honorably withstood.

I am strongly drawn to a frugal life and am often oppressively aware that I am engrossing an undue amount of the labor of my fellow-men.

I am glad that you have given me the opportunity of expressing to you here my deep sense of gratitude as a man, as a good European, and as a Jew.

I believe that whatever we do or live for has its causality; it is good, however, that we cannot see through to it.

People like you and I, though mortal of course, like everyone else, do not grow old no matter how long we live. What I mean is that we never cease to stand like curious children before the great mystery into which we were born.

I am satisfied with the mystery of the eternity of life and with the awareness and a glimpse of the marvelous structure of the existing world, together with the devoted striving to comprehend a portion, be it ever so tiny, of the Reason that manifest itself in nature.

I am happy at the thought that the worst worries are over for my parents.

My mother died a week ago today in terrible agony. We are all completely exhausted. One feels in one's bones the significance of blood ties.

On his cheerful father: He was content to observe without wishing for more.

Live with purpose. Don't let people or things around you get you down.

A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy?

On how he sees himself: A person with no roots anywhere...a stranger everywhere.

What depressed me most is, of course, the misfortune of my poor parents who have not had a happy moment for so many years. What further hurts deeply is that as an adult man, I have to look on without being able to do anything.

The satisfaction of physical needs is indeed the indispensable precondition of a satisfactory existence, but in itself it is not enough. In order to be content, men must also have the possibility of developing their intellectual and artistic powers to whatever extent accords with their personal characteristics and abilities.

I just read a wonderful paper by Lenard on the generation of cathode rays by ultraviolet light. Under the influence of this beautiful piece, I am filled with such happiness and joy that I absolutely must share some of it with you.

Human beings can attain a worthy and harmonious life only if they are able to rid themselves, within the limits of human nature, of striving to fulfill wishes of the material kind.

My mother and sister seem somewhat petty and philistine to me, despite the sympathy I feel for them. It is interesting how gradually our life changes us in the very subtleties of our soul, so that even the closest of family ties dwindle into habitual friendship. Deep inside we no longer understand one another, and are incapable of actively empathizing with the other, or knowing what emotions move the other.

For a place to be born in, the house is pleasant enough, because on that occasion one makes no great aesthetic demands; instead one begins life screaming at one's dear ones, without bothering too much about reasons and circumstances.

Death is a reality... Life ends definitely when the subject, by his actions, no longer affects his environment... He can no longer add an iota to the sum total of his experience.

Sometimes the only thought that sustains me and is my only refuge from despair is that I have always done everything I could within my small power, and that year in, year out, I have never permitted myself any amusements or diversions except those afforded by my studies.

I am a real lone wolf who has never wholeheartedly belonged to the State, to my country, my circle of friends and not even to my family but who, despite all these bonds, has constantly experienced a feeling of strangeness and the need for solitude.

Be a loner. That gives you time to wonder, to search for the truth. Have holy curiosity. Make your life worth living.

Look around at how people want to get more out of life than they put in. A man of value will give more than he receives.

I am content in my later years. I have kept my good humor and take neither myself nor the next person seriously.

A man's value to the community depends primarily on how far his feelings, thoughts, and actions are directed towards promoting the good of his fellows.

A secret to life: Know that none of this matters, and yet... live as if every single moment does.

No one can compete with you on being you. Most of life is a search for who and what needs you the most.

Play iterated games. All the returns in life, whether in wealth, relationships, or knowledge, come from compound interest.

The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has been before.

To do the useful thing, to say the courageous thing, to contemplate the beautiful thing: that is enough for one man's life.

The purpose of life is to believe, to hope, and to strive.

I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples.

Be willing to sacrifice what you think you have today for the life that you want tomorrow.

The only impossible journey is the one you never begin.

Your best life will not be found in comfort. It will be found in fighting for what you believe in.

The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can.

Doing is a quantum leap from imagining.

Life has no meaning unless one lives it with a will, at least to the limit of one's will.

If you don't like something change it; if you can't change it, change the way you think about it.

The greatest discovery of any generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitude.

All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.

We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.

If you say you can or you can't you are right either way.

Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.

I am thankful to all who said no to me. It is because of them that I'm doing it myself.

The dreamers are the saviors of the world.

Everything has its beauty, but not everyone see its.

Try to enjoy the great festival of life with other men!

Remember: the more you expect things to be a certain way, the more disappointed you'll be. Accept life as it is. You'll be free.

In the midst of winter, I found there was within me an invincible summer.

When you arise in the morning think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive, to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.

Because of your smile, you make life more beautiful.

Life always waits for some crisis to occur before revealing itself at its most brilliant.

The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.

Every second you have on this planet is very precious and it's your responsibility that you're happy.

Three things in life - your health, your mission, and the people you love. That's it.

I will go anywhere as long as it's forward.

Find ecstasy in life; the mere sense of living is joy enough.

You have just one life to live. It is yours. Own it, claim it, live it, do the best you can with it.

Most great people have attained their greatest success one step beyond their greatest failure.

In the middle of a difficulty lies opportunity.

Life doesn't require that we be the best, only that we try our best. H. Jackson Brown Jr.

May you live all the days of your life.

Happiness is the absence of the striving for happiness.

Defeat is simply a signal to press onward.

I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.

The first step is you have to say that you can.

Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.

The purpose of our lives is to be happy.

Once you choose hope, anything's possible.

Keep smiling, because life is a beautiful thing and there's so much to smile about.

There is only one happiness in life - to love and to be loved.

Kid, you'll move mountains! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way!

Rise above the storm and you will find the sunshine.

Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead.

Those who believe in telekinetics, raise my hand.

Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.

All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt.

When angry, count to four; when very angry, swear.

If life is a video game, the graphics are great, but the plot is confusing and the tutorial is way too long.

Life is pain. Anyone who says otherwise is selling something.

A woman's mind is cleaner than a man's: She changes it more often.

I can resist everything except temptation.

The planet is fine. The people are fucked.

The reason I talk to myself is because I'm the only one whose answers I accept.

I love deadlines, I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.

Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.

Behind every great man is a woman rolling her eyes.

Life is so short. I would rather sing one song than interpret the thousand.

Life is made of ever so many partings welded together.

The flavor of life is on the edge.

We are evolved to search for meaning but ultimately life has none.

This is your life and it's ending one minute at a time.

The more unintelligent a man is, the less mysterious existence seems to him.

Change your thoughts and you change your world.

Those who realize their folly are not true fools.

Life is too important to be taken seriously.

Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.

It always seems impossible until it's done.

Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground.

It's better to be a lion for a day than a sheep all your life.

Life is a question and how we live it is our answer.

Difficult and meaningful will always bring more satisfaction than easy and meaningless.

Keep looking up... that's the secret of life.

Life is like playing a violin in public and learning the instrument as one goes on.

Life is not what happened back there or what might happen up ahead. Life is like the rhythm of the heart ” every breath, every blink of the eye. It is beat by beat, moment by moment. This...is all there is. This...is all we need.

Imagination is the highest form of research.

I salute the man who is going through life always helpful, knowing no fear, and to whom aggressiveness and resentment are alien.

A calm and modest life brings more happiness than the pursuit of success combined with constant restlessness.

Intellectuals solve problems, geniuses prevent them.

All I have is the stubbornness of a mule; no, that's quite all, I also have a nose.

He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.

The search for truth is more precious than its possession.

Long live impudence! It's my guardian angel in this world.

I always get by best with my naivety, which is 20 percent deliberate.

Nothing truly valuable arises from ambition or from a mere sense of duty; it stems rather from love and devotion toward men and toward objective things.

If you are out to describe the truth, leave elegance to the tailor.

Anger dwells only in the bosom of fools.

Three rules of work: Out of clutter find simplicity; From discord find harmony; In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.

On the mysterious: It is the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science. He who knows it not and can no longer wonder, no longer feel amazement, is as good as dead, a snuffed-out candle.

The only thing more dangerous than ignorance is arrogance.

Weak people revenge. Strong people forgive. Intelligent people ignore.

To see with one's own eyes, to feel and judge without succumbing to the suggestive power of the fashion of the day, to be able to express what one has seen and felt in a trim sentence or even in a cunningly wrought word - is that not glorious? Is it not a proper subject for congratulation?

Most people say that it is the intellect which makes a great scientist. They are wrong: it is character.

The ideals which have lighted me on my way and time after time given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been truth, goodness, and beauty.

If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed.

To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science.

I do not at all believe in human freedom in the philosophical sense. Everybody acts not only under external compulsion but also in accordance with inner necessity.

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius, and a lot of courage, to move in the opposite direction.

Coincidence is God's way of remaining anonymous.

The only thing I did was this: in long intervals I have expressed an opinion on public issues whenever they appeared to me so bad and unfortunate that silence would have made me feel guilty of complicity.

How strange is the lot of us mortals! Each of us is here for a brief sojourn; for what purpose he knows not, though he sometimes thinks he senses it.

I am by heritage a Jew, by citizenship a Swiss, and by makeup a human being, and only a human being, without any special attachment to any state or national entity whatsoever.

The value of a man should be seen in what he gives and not in what he is able to receive.

When I am judging a theory, I ask myself whether, if I were God, I would have arranged the world in such a way.

I believe in intuition and inspiration. At times I feel certain I am right while not knowing the reason.

Don't listen to the person who has the answers; listen to the person who has the questions.

The only source of knowledge is experience.

The only real valuable thing is intuition.

If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough.

It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer.

I lived in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in maturity.

At any rate, I am convinced that He does not play dice.

I want to know God's thoughts; the rest are details.

Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler.

The world is not dangerous because of those who do harm but because of those who look at it without doing anything.

The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is at all comprehensible.

The most powerful force in the universe is compound interest.

You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.

No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.

Try not to become a man of success but rather to become a man of value.

You never fail until you stop trying.

Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them.

A little knowledge is dangerous. So is a lot.

God is subtle but he is not malicious.

Information is not knowledge.

One flower is beautiful, a surfeit of flowers is vulgar.

Where there's a will there's a way.

The idle man does not know what it is to enjoy rest.

Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities.

The man of science is a poor philosopher.

Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.

If the facts don't fit the theory, change the facts.

I never think of the future - it comes soon enough.

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.

When the solution is simple, God is answering.

The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives.

The man who regards his own life and that of his fellow creatures as meaningless is not merely unfortunate but almost disqualified for life.

The really good music, whether of the East or of the West, cannot be analyzed.

If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.

Only those who attempt the absurd can achieve the impossible.

Bureaucracy is the death of all sound work.

You can't blame gravity for falling in love.

It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.

I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.

It's not so much what we have in this life that matters. It's what we do with what we have.

My life is my message.

Not how long, but how well you have lived is the main thing.

Life is from the inside out. When you shift on the inside, life shifts on the outside.

I love those who can smile in trouble.

Life is what happens when you're busy making other plans.

Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.

Life is short, and truth works far and lives long: let us then speak the truth.

Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.

You've gotta dance like there's nobody watching.

Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.

Do stuff. Be clenched, curious. Not waiting for inspiration's shove or society's kiss on your forehead. Pay attention. It's all about paying attention. Attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. Stay eager.

Don't search for the meaning of life. Simply be present for the people you love.

The heart, like the stomach, wants a varied diet.

Sing the song that only you can sing, write the book that only you can write, build the product that only you can build... live the life that only you can live.

I tell you, in this world being a little crazy helps to keep you sane.

Lighten up, just enjoy life, smile more, laugh more, and don't get so worked up about things.

Get busy living or get busy dying.

I'm the one that's got to die when it's time for me to die, so let me live my life the way I want to.

It's better to dance than to march through life.

We are who we choose to be.

I'm always doing things I can't do. That's how I get to do them.

Life is short, and it is up to you to make it sweet.

Relentlessly prune bullshit, don't wait to do things that matter, and savor the time you have. That's what you do when life is short.