This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purposes recognized by yourself as a mighty one: the being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish litte clod of ailments and grievances, complaIning that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.
I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community, and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can.
I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no brief candle to me: it is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and i want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.
GEORGE BERNARD SHAW
Amateurs built the Ark, professionals built the Titanic.
ELIZABETH MAY (b. 1954), Canada's first Green Party MP, elected May 2, 2011 (Saanich-Gulf Island Riding)
I never teach my pupils. I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.
At least one way of measuring the freedom of any society is the amount of comedy that is permitted, and clearly a healthy society permits more satirical comment than a repressive, so that if comedy is to function in some way as a safety release then it must obviously deal with these taboo areas. This is part of the responsibility we accord our licensed jesters, that nothing be excused the searching light of comedy. If anything can survive the probe of humour it is clearly of value, and conversely all groups who claim immunity from laughter are claiming special privileges which should not be granted. -
ERIC IDLE, comedian, actor, and author (b. 1943)
Life is short
And we have but little time
To gladden the hearts of those
Who travel with us
Oh,be quick to love
Make haste to be kind
FREDRIC HENRI IMIEL 1821 - 1881
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience,
but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."
MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
Treat the earth well;
It was not given to you by your parents,
It was loaned to you by your children.
We do not inherit the Earth from our
Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children.
ANCIENT INDIAN PROVERB
Learning is the greatest joy. To learn something is fantastic because every time you learn something you become something new.
LEO F. BUSCAGLIA (1924-1998)
When we are mindful of every nuance of our natural world, we finally get the picture: that we are only given one dazzling moment of life here on Earth, and we must stand before that reality both humbled and elevated, subject to every law of our universe and grateful for our brief but intrinsic participation with it. (From her biography of naturalist Eustace Conway.)
Love is patient; love is kind. Love is not envious or boastful or arogant or rude. It does not insist on getting its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
1 CORINTHIANS 13
For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and
more complete than ours, they move finished and complete, gifted with
extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by
voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren; they are not
underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net
of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of
Make visible what, without you, might perhaps never have been seen.
ROBERT BRESSON, French film director
Use your imagination not to scare yourself to death but to insprie yourself to life.
ADELE BROOKMAN, psychotherapist
Let us be done with the notion that religion is confined to petty pieties and small constraints. All too often people who have possessed these pieties have wrought great evil.
You cannot mhave a good character today and at the the same time have a small mind and a little heart. You cannot have a good character today and be merely a petty reformer. A good character today is shaped by greatness, greatness in vision, greatness in courage, greatness in insight, greatness in purpose and devotion.
A POWELL DAVIES
To fulfill a dream, to be allowed to sweat over lonely labor, to be given the chance to create, is the meat and potatoes of life.
BETTE DAVIS, actor
Wisdom is knowing what to do next. Virtue is doing it.
GEORGE R. DODSON
"Man's main task is to give birth to himself.
ERIC FROMM, psychotherapist
I believe that hope is stronger than knowledge,
That myth is more potent than history,
That dreams are more powerful than facts,
That hope always triumphs over experience,
That laughter is the only cure for grief.
And I believe that love is stronger than death.
Hope is a state of mind, not of the world. Hope, in this deep and powerful sense, is not the same as joy that things are going well, or willingness to invest in enterprises that are obviously heading for success, but rather an ability to work for something because it is good.
I do believe it is possible to create, even without ever writing a word or paintng a picture, by simply molding one's inner life. And that too is a deed.
ETTY HILLESUM, author
Remember always that you have not only the right to be an individual; you have an obligation to be one.
You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, "I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along."
ELEANOR ROOSEVELT, humanitarian, diplomat, US First Lady (1882-1945)
Every human is an artist. The dream of your life is to make beautfiul art.
don MIGUEL RUIZ, author