Quotes About Philosophy Of Life

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Lewis Carroll
“It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

George Bernard Shaw
“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”
George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman

“Hardship often prepares an ordinary person for an extraordinary destiny.

- Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, Michael Petroni -”
Christopher Markus

Dale Renton
“When what you hear and what you see don't match, trust your eyes.”
Dale Renton

Voltaire
“Every man is a creature of the age in which he lives and few are able to raise themselves above the ideas of the time.”
Voltaire

Chetan Bhagat
“Disappointment will come when your effort does not give you the expected return. If things don’t go as planned or if you face failure. Failure is extremely difficult to handle, but those that do come out stronger. What did this failure teach me? is the question you will need to ask. You will feel miserable. You will want to quit, like I wanted to when nine publishers rejected my first book. Some IITians kill themselves over low grades – how silly is that? But that is how much failure can hurt you. But it’s life. If challenges could always be overcome, they would cease to be a challenge. And remember – if you are failing at something, that means you are at your limit or potential. And that’s where you want to be.
Disappointment’ s cousin is Frustration, the second storm. Have you ever been frustrated? It happens when things are stuck. This is especially relevant in India. From traffic jams to getting that job you deserve, sometimes things take so long that you don’t know if you chose the right goal. After books, I set the goal of writing for Bollywood, as I thought they needed writers. I am called extremely lucky, but it took me five years to get close to a release. Frustration saps excitement, and turns your initial energy into something negative, making you a bitter person. How did I deal with it? A realistic assessment of the time involved – movies take a long time to make even though they are watched quickly, seeking a certain enjoyment in the process rather than the end result – at least I was learning how to write scripts, having a side plan – I had my third book to write and even something as simple as pleasurable distractions in your life – friends, food, travel can help you overcome it. Remember, nothing is to be taken seriously. Frustration is a sign somewhere, you took it too seriously.”
Chetan Bhagat

“Don't bite off more than you can chew because nobody looks attractive spitting it back out.”
Carroll Bryant

Epictetus
“How long are you going to wait before you demand the best for yourself and in no instance bypass the discriminations of reason? You have been given the principles that you ought to endorse, and you have endorsed them. What kind of teacher, then, are you still waiting for in order to refer your self-improvement to him? You are no longer a boy, but a full-grown man. If you are careless and lazy now and keep putting things off and always deferring the day after which you will attend to yourself, you will not notice that you are making no progress, but you will live and die as someone quite ordinary.
From now on, then, resolve to live as a grown-up who is making progress, and make whatever you think best a law that you never set aside. And whenever you encounter anything that is difficult or pleasurable, or highly or lowly regarded, remember that the contest is now: you are at the Olympic Games, you cannot wait any longer, and that your progress is wrecked or preserved by a single day and a single event. That is how Socrates fulfilled himself by attending to nothing except reason in everything he encountered. And you, although you are not yet a Socrates, should live as someone who at least wants to be a Socrates.”
Epictetus

Arthur Schopenhauer
“Life is a constant process of dying.”
Arthur Schopenhauer

“No matter how many plans you make or how much in control you are, life is always winging it.”
Carroll Bryant

“The moment you stop trying to become a better person, is the moment you start to become worse than what you already are.”
Carroll Bryant

Amit Ray
“A bird is safe in its nest - but that is not what its wings are made for.”
Amit Ray, World Peace: The Voice of a Mountain Bird

Terry Pratchett
“Nanny's philosophy of life was to do what seemed like a good idea at the time, and do it as hard as possible. It had never let her down.”
Terry Pratchett, Maskerade

“The only thing standing between you and your dreams is ... reluctance.”
Carroll Bryant

Dean Koontz
“Stay low, stay quiet, keep it simple, don't expect too much, enjoy what you have.”
Dean Koontz

Socrates
“Life contains but two tragedies. One is not to get your heart’s desire; the other is to get it.”
Socrates

Mitch Albom
“But a desperate heart will seduce the mind.”
Mitch Albom, The Time Keeper

Italo Calvino
“Reading is going toward something that is about to be, and no one yet knows what it will be.”
Italo Calvino, If on a Winter's Night a Traveler

Jostein Gaarder
“It takes billions of years to create a human being. And it takes only a few seconds to die.”
Jostein Gaarder, Maya

Aristotle
“We are what we repeatedly do. Greatness then, is not an act, but a habit”
Aristotle

Mircea Eliade
“Dacă omul va uita cu desăvârşire că există moarte, că există un sfârşit, riscăm să ne întoarcem la maimuţe. Explicaţia este simplă: omul activ, omul creator, este excitat mai ales de ideea că într-o zi se va termina totul, că va avea un sfârşit, o odihnă definitivă. Cultivă la maximum conştiinţa acestui sfârşit, şi vei obţine de la oameni cele mai extraordinare eforturi. Cine ştie asta incontinuu este în stare să ridice munţii, este în stare de cele mai crâncene libertăţi, de cele mai curajoase acte.”
Mircea Eliade, Huliganii

“When people say they hate life, to what are they comparing it to? The alternative isn't any more appealing.”
Carroll Bryant

“Nothing is as it seems, but something is everything it is made out to be.”
Carroll Bryant

G.K. Chesterton
“Every man has forgotten who he is. One may understand the cosmos, but never the ego; the self is more distant than any star.
Thou shalt love the Lord thy God; but thou shalt not know thyself.
We are all under the same mental calamity; we have all forgotten our names. We have all forgotten what we really are. All that we call common sense and rationality and practicality and positivism only means that for certain dead levels of our life we forget that we have forgotten. All that we call spirit and art and ecstasy only means that for one awful moment we remember that we forget.”
G.K. Chesterton

Robin Hobb
“He shook his head pityingly. “This, more than anything else, is what I have never understood about your people. You can roll dice, and understand that the whole game may hinge on one turn of a die. You deal out cards, and say that all a man's fortune for the night may turn upon one hand. But a man's whole life, you sniff at, and say, what, this naught of a human, this fisherman, this carpenter, this thief, this cook, why, what can they do in the great wide world? And so you putter and sputter your lives away, like candles burning in a draft.”
“Not all men are destined for greatness,” I reminded him.
“Are you sure, Fitz? Are you sure? What good is a life lived as if it made no difference at all to the great life of the world? A sadder thing I cannot imagine. Why should not a mother say to herself, if I raise this child aright, if I love and care for her, she shall live a life that brings joy to those about her, and thus I have changed the world? Why should not the farmer that plants a seed say to his neighbor, this seed I plant today will feed someone, and that is how I change the world today?”
“This is philosophy, Fool. I have never had time to study such things.”
“No, Fitz, this is life. And no one has time not to think of such things. Each creature in the world should consider this thing, every moment of the heart's beating. Otherwise, what is the point of arising each day?”
Robin Hobb, Royal Assassin

Socrates
“All I know is that I do not know anything”
Socrates

Lin Yutang
“Those who are wise won't be busy, and those who are too busy can't be wise.”
Lin Yutang, The Importance of Living

Hermann Hesse
“Alas, Siddhartha, I see you suffering, but you're suffering a pain at which one would like to laugh, at which you'll soon laugh for yourself.”
Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha

Arthur Schopenhauer
“The best consolation in misfortune or affliction of any kind will be the thought of other people who are in a still worse plight than yourself; and this is a form of consolation open to every one. But what an awful fate this means for mankind as a whole! We are like lambs in a field, disporting themselves under the eye of the butcher, who chooses out first one and then another for his prey.”
Arthur Schopenhauer, On the Suffering of the World

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