Activity Quotes

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Alain de Botton
“One of the best protections against disappointment is to have a lot going on.”
Alain de Botton

Aristotle
“Happiness is a state of activity.”
Aristotle

Robert Greene
“The conventional mind is passive - it consumes information and regurgitates it in familiar forms. The dimensional mind is active, transforming everything it digests into something new and original, creating instead of consuming.”
Robert Greene, Mastery

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
“Activity and rest are two vital aspects of life. To find a balance in them is a skill in itself. Wisdom is knowing when to have rest, when to have activity, and how much of each to have. Finding them in each other - activity in rest and rest in activity - is the ultimate freedom.”
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Celebrating Silence: Excerpts from Five Years of Weekly Knowledge 1995-2000

Julia Quinn
“I also think he is given to disguises...Sometimes he wears spectacles and sometimes he does not. And twice he has worn an extremely peculiar hat. Inside.”
Julia Quinn, What Happens in London

Roman Payne
“I’ve decided the act that cannot wait / is the important will to create / But, ah, if my belly is ignored / the pantry door I shall implore / But I’ve been known to reach the bed / ideas still famished in my head.”
Roman Payne, Cities & Countries

Criss Jami
“The only activity a cynic will find contagious is yawning, that is, with other people, at other people.”
Criss Jami, Diotima, Battery, Electric Personality

Michael Bassey Johnson
“We do not learn for the benefit of anyone, we learn to unlearn ignorance.”
Michael Bassey Johnson

Thiruvalluvar
“To reprove a harm-doer, put him to shame by doing a good deed in return.”
Thiruvalluvar, Thirukkural

Belsebuub
“Esoteric things progress not according to time, but by activity, they can be slow or quick, depending upon the efforts made.”
Belsebuub

Israelmore Ayivor
“The world is a busy place filled with many busy businesses, both the Godly and the ungodly. It means before you go on to accept any activity or event that comes into the world, you must weigh its Values, examine the Virtues, listen to Views and then you give your Verdict. Satan is not wise; he is just crafty!”
Israelmore Ayivor

“Do you know how fast you are walking? ... To get a close estimate, count the number of steps you take in a minute and divide by 30... :)”
Albina Fabiani

Swami Dhyan Giten
“I had a day when I was busy in the world, where the activity created a turmoil on the surface of my consciousness like waves on the surface of the ocean, which made it difficult to see through the waves to the inner silence.
It reminded me that we need to develop both the capacity to use the mind when engaged in activity and social relations, and to be able to let go of the activity and to come in contact with the deep inner silence.
The relationship between being active in the world and in social relations and the inner silence is like the relationship between the waves on the surface of the ocean and the deep inner silence on the bottom of the ocean.”
Swami Dhyan Giten, Presence - Working from Within. The Psychology of Being

Toba Beta
“Reading is an activity of civilized beings.”
Toba Beta

Maureen F. McHugh
“The Second Koran tells us that the darkness in ourselves is a sinister thing. It waits until we relax, it waits until we reach the most vulnerable moments, and then it snares us. I want to be dutiful. I want to do what I should. But when I go back to the tube, I think of where I am going; to that small house and my empty room. What will I do tonight? Make more paper flowers, more wreaths? I am sick of them. Sick of the Nekropolis.

I can take the tube to my mistress' house, or I can go by the street where Mardin's house is. I'm tired. I'm ready to go to my little room and relax. Oh, Holy One, I dread the empty evening. Maybe I should go by the street just to fill up time. I have all this empty time in front of me. Tonight and tomorrow and the week after and the next month and all down through the years as I never marry and become a dried-up woman. Evenings spent folding paper. Days cleaning someone else's house. Free afternoons spent shopping a bit, stopping in tea shops because my feet hurt. That is what lives are, aren't they? Attempts to fill our time with activity designed to prevent us from realizing that there is no meaning?”
Maureen F. McHugh, Nekropolis

Rémy de Gourmont
“The vainglory of wishing to understand is dangerous, immoral and, above all, old-fashioned. The modern way – perhaps the final way - is to say: Go forward, without knowing why, as quickly as possible, towards an unknown goal! To act and think are opposites which identify one only in the Absolute. To accomplish all one's movements – of the head, the arms, the legs – without ever quite attaining the status of a puppet, but with a certainty that gives one a feeling of rightness: that is what is nowadays held up as the ideal. Be citizens of Universal activity! Forget to be conscious of ourselves! The blind horse gallops without hesitation, not knowing where it is going, not caring where it has been: so let up put out our eyes!”
Remy de Gourmont

Josef Pieper
“Here we must take account of one of St. Thomas's conceptual distinctions, which at first seems like unnecessary caviling. It is the distinction between "uncreated" and "created" happiness. We have here something which, while not at all obvious, is nevertheless fraught with consequences for our whole feeling about life. Namely, this: what does indeed make us happy is the infinite and uncreated richness of God; but participation in this, happiness itself, is entirely a "creatural" reality governed from within by our humanity; it is not something that descends overwhelmingly upon us from outside. That is, it is not only something that happens to us; we ourselves are intensely active participants in our own happiness.
Beatitude - Thomas is saying - cannot possibly be conceived as a merely objective condition of sheer existence. It is not a mere quality, not pure passivity, not simply a feeling. It is something that takes place in the alert core of the mind... Happiness is an act and an activity of the soul.”
Josef Pieper, Happiness and Contemplation

Oli Anderson
“Nobody is going to save you but yourself and the ‘best’ and only way to do so is
through action.”
Oli Anderson, Personal Revolutions: A Short Course in Realness

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“Each one's no longer conscious
Of the high wall, or the rest:
Since the one enduring fortress,
Is the soldier's iron breast.

If you’d live unconquered,
Quickly arm, and fight the real foe:
Every wife an Amazon bred,
And every child a hero.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“A perfect life is a perfect blend of activity and idleness.”
Marty Rubin

“Even when a fish becomes passive about it's ownership of the aquatic environment, it will die of thirst”
Constance Friday

Alberto Madrigal
“Spend three months doing something and you’ll think you’ve been at it forever.”
Alberto Madrigal, Un lavoro vero

Lailah Gifty Akita
“A dream come true through much activity.”
Lailah Gifty Akita

A.D. Aliwat
“A day is made up of twenty-four hours. It’s not too few or too many. It just is. People fill the hours however they choose. Work, school, leisure activities, sleep: those kinds of things.”
A.D. Aliwat, In Limbo

A.D. Aliwat
“A lot of folks tend to tie the word home up with family. But most of the time family members living under the same roof will ignore each other for media. If home is about love, much of that love is focused on the web, television, movies, music, books… Love is in action, it’s in what you spend your time doing. That could be hanging out with members of your family, or taking in media.”
A.D. Aliwat, In Limbo

Johann Gottlieb Fichte
“Act! act!—it is to that end we are here. Should we fret ourselves that others are not so perfect as we are, when we ourselves are only somewhat less imperfect than they? Is not this our greatest perfection,—the vocation which has been given to us,—that we must labour for the perfecting of others? Let us rejoice in the prospect of that widely extended field which we are called to cultivate! Let us rejoice that power is given to us, and that our task is infinite!”
Johann Gottlieb Fichte, The Vocation of Man

Wisława Szymborska
“So much world all at once--how it rustles and bustles!
Moraines and morays and morasses and mussels,
the flame, the flamingo, the flounder, the feather--”
Wisława Szymborska, View with a Grain of Sand: Selected Poems

“What you love doing is all the love one needs in this world.”
Marty Rubin

Amit Kalantri
“If you lose them with your words, win them back with your actions.”
Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

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