How To Live Quotes

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James Clavell
“Leave the problems of God to God and karma to karma. Today you're here and nothing you do will change that. Today you are alive and here and honored and blessed with good fortune. Look at this suset, it's beautiful, neh? This sunset exists. Tomorrow does not exist. There is only now. Please look. It is so beautiful and it will never happen ever again, never, not this sunset, never in all infinity. Lose yourself in it, make yourself one with nature and do not worry about karma, yours, mine, or that of the village.”
James Clavell

Laini Taylor
“...looking up at the stars, he had accepted life as a medium for action. Something to wield like a tool. One’s own life: an instrument for the shaping of the world.”
Laini Taylor, Dreams of Gods & Monsters

Robert Gill Jr.
“There are more benefits to happiness. The power of happiness enables more success in marriages, added friendships, higher incomes, and better work performance. With more friends, happy people have a superior support system. They have an easier time navigating through life because their optimistic outlook eases pain, sadness, and grief. They smile more and engage in more in-depth and more meaningful conversations.”
Robert Gill Jr., Happiness Power: How to Unleash Your Power and Live a More Joyful Life

Robert Gill Jr.
“Having an optimistic approach to life is critical to attaining Happiness. An optimist expects more positive things to happen than negative ones.”
Robert Gill Jr., Happiness Power: How to Unleash Your Power and Live a More Joyful Life

Robert Gill Jr.
“Because happiness is what most of us are striving for, we should understand more about it.”
Robert Gill Jr., Happiness Power: How to Unleash Your Power and Live a More Joyful Life

Norman Vincent Peale
“Our problem is to become acquainted with our own selves, letting our personalities loose upon the world for the sheer adventure of their full development and in the positive hope that they may in their own way lift the level of humanity.”
Norman Vincent Peale, The New Art of Living

Eric Overby
“The Accounting of Love and Hospitality -
Sermon on the Account


Do enough for others that it's impossible
For them to keep accounts
Of what they owe you
Or what you've done.

Lose the account yourself,
Expect nothing in return.

Make a habit of giving things away.
Pay for other people's meal,
Friends and strangers.
Keep no accounts on that either.

Take what is offered to you,
But expect or demand nothing.



Tell the people in your life
That you appreciate them
As often as you can.
There may be a day when you can't.

Tell your kids and spouse that you love them,
Often and every night.
Remind yourself
What it is you love about them.

Look for ways to be kind and helpful,
There are plenty to find.

Do things without telling others
You've done them.
Don't even remind yourself.
Do acts of kindness, then let them go.

Live a life without clinging to expectations
About who you should be.


Your friends and family will change,
Everything does, you will.
Life has a lot of additions and subtraction;
Change is inevitable.

Spend time mindfully changing yourself
Towards kindness and patience.

At the end of your life,
Which could be any moment,
Let the ones that knew you
Have lived a better life because you were there.

Let your accounts be settled
And forgive other people's.”
Eric Overby

“Seasoning one’s claims with self-irony and modesty, cultivating a tolerance for moral ambiguity, periodically practicing normative reticence, building up a resistance to the pleasure of purity, minding your own business, doing what you can to forget to wreak vengeance, defending negative freedom even if there is no such thing, and playing around are the best you can do. But that’s quite a lot.”
Jane Bennett, The Politics of Moralizing

C. JoyBell C.
“I think that many people will intentionally overlook all of the lifeless facts about their relationship with their significant other, just because they do not want to go through the trouble of breaking up, because it's safe, because other people expect it of them, because there is a fear of being alone... and in the process of doing this, they miss out on the life that is meant for them. Our lives must not be lived to be safe, to be out of trouble, to meet the expectations of others, and to avoid fear. On the contrary, our lives must be lived with courage, which can only be present if there is fear; our lives must be lived for what we know in our hearts is for us, not for what other people believe is for us; our lives must be lived even when it is not safe and even when things are troublesome. To die in full knowledge that you have pleased everyone safely, or to die in full knowledge that you seized what you knew was meant for you -- which way do you choose to die? Because that is the way you must choose to live!”
C. JoyBell C.

Debasish Mridha
“Stay simple like a candle, and never forget to enlighten the world.”
Debasish Mridha

Alice Schroeder
“Basically, when you get to my age, you'll really measure your success in life by how many of the people you want to have love you actually do love you.

I know people who have a lot of money, and they get testimonial dinners and they get hospital wings named after them. But the truth is that nobody in the world loves them. If you get to my age in life and nobody thinks well of you, I don't care how big your bank account is, your life is a disaster.

That's the ultimate test of how you have lived your life. The trouble with love it that you can't buy it. You can buy sex. You can buy testimonial dinners. You can buy pamphlets that say how wonderful you are. But the only way to get love is to be lovable. It's very irritating if you have a lot of money. You'd like to think you could write a check: I'll buy a million dollars' worth of love. But it doesn't work that way. The more you give love away, the more you get."

— Warren Buffett”
Alice Schroeder, The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life

“Happiness is odd
Found in mysterious places
Where you least expect it
Like a glowing penny on the floor
Not everyone can find it
And sometimes you lose it
 
Some find it in small things
Others see it in large things
If you cling to it
You’ll make it through
Because
Happiness is odd”
Aleena Sebastian, Speaking Up for Each Other: A Collection of Short Stories for Tweens and Middle Grade Readers

C. JoyBell C.
“There is an untapped beauty which lies just below the surface of the face of the ability to strip oneself of all of the veils that one covers himself/herself in before looking into the mirror. I wrote something many years ago, which has to do with the mermaid speaking to the white witch: "I am a mermaid and I know what I am but you are a white witch draped in silver robes"... it was about how people lie to themselves about who they are. They cover themselves in silver linings, in silver veils, in silver robes, while the cauldron they stir comes from hell! This piece that I wrote has since become exceedingly popular and exaggeratedly quoted. But even when we are mermaids, we still need to stop and look into the mirror and remove the silver lining we outline ourselves in, so that we can see who we really are, practice what we really are, thus becoming authentic through-and-through. Because this is the only way that we can reach our full capacities to enliven what we are capable of becoming and being. We often believe that silver linings are what enables us; nevertheless, silver linings often hold us down. Silver is heavy metal. Imagine all you could be, if you could be YOUR ACTUAL SELF. Who are you without your silver paint and paintbrush? It is a very liberating practice, a practice I am most eager to continue cultivating within me. Who are you without all of the adjectives you add to your existence? How do you move? What is that look in your eyes? Does your heartbeat match the pulses of the Sun? You'll never know until you put down your paintbrush.”
C. JoyBell C.

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Education teaches us how to make a living, not how to live.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana, P for Pessimism: A Collection of Funny yet Profound Aphorisms

Debasish Mridha
“Live with a mission; act with passion.”
Debasish Mridha

Debasish Mridha
“Live with boldness! Get drunk with all of the beauty of life.”
Debasish Mridha

Debasish Mridha
“Respond to your inner instincts with enthusiasm.”
Debasish Mridha

Adam Kirsch
“The lesson Arendt drew was that a beautiful soul is not enough, for "it was precisely the soul for which life showed no consideration." To live fully and securely, every human being needs what Arendt calls "specificity," the social and political status that comes with full membership in a community.”
Adam Kirsch, Rocket and Lightship: Essays on Literature and Ideas

Darnell Lamont Walker
“None of my life is based on how others think I should have lived it.”
Darnell Lamont Walker

“…my belief is that even if death is the same for everybody, life is not. Death belongs to nature. But our lives are our own. Each person chooses what to do with life, how to spend his or her time on this Earth – who to be.”
Denise S Getson

Robin Sacredfire
“Upon the time of death, when you leave your body and look back at your memories, it might come as a big surprise to you to see that you have spent an entire lifetime behaving according to what others expected from you, that is, doing what they expected you to do according to your exterior appearance to them, and based on which they formed their entire conclusions regarding who you are. When that moment comes, you will regret wasting an entire lifetime living in total darkness about your true self. That is when you will wish to be reborn again. And then you will forget your regrets and repeat your previous steps. And you will reborn again, and again, and again, until the world you live in, is uplifted enough to help you go through life in a good way. But, ironically, that cannot be achieved until such world becomes what you wish it to be, until others are better than you. And so, it is paradoxically comic to realize that you will never become better than those that surround you, and it is up to you to help them help you.”
Robin Sacredfire

Helen Humphreys
“All those days of walking the heath, collecting her specimens, reinforced in her a need to look to the natural world for her own location. Now, even in London, she is constantly searching out the trees and grass, the flowers, to determine her position in the urban landscape. She looks to the natural world to guide her in how she moves through the city, in how she thinks about her own life.”
Helen Humphreys, The Evening Chorus

“Wisdom isn't telling others how to live; it's learning how to live oneself.”
Marty Rubin

Ben Passmore
“Most of this collection is about how to be a funny dangerous failure. And we all fail homies, it's okay. We just have to learn how to fail upward.”
Ben Passmore, Your Black Friend and Other Strangers

“Love and Mercy, I shall live in and treat others.”
Trey Knowles

“The set of friends that surrounded me ranged from a girl who received a Porsche wrapped in pink ribbons for her eighteenth birthday to someone who was ecstatic that he had made enough money to buy marijuana for his mother as a birthday present.”
Soo Jin Park, Precisely How to Live: A Wall Street Banker's Playbook for Success, Values, and Joy

Jussi Adler-Olsen
“People only understand how to live when all their senses gravitate around survival.”
Jussi Adler-Olsen, Victim 2117

Adrienne Posey
“Not everyone can live like the rushing waters of the steady stream, but that is exactly how I am meant to feel, to be, to live.”
Adrienne Posey

“What I think is that there is no way a life should be and there is only one way a life is and it is the way it is.”
Cave Man, Modern Human's Handbook

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“We are oversupplied with people and books that make us know more, but are undersupplied with those that make us think and live better.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

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