Rat Race Quotes

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Lily Tomlin
“The trouble with being in the rat race is that even if you win, you're still a rat.”
Lily Tomlin

Jean Webster
“I'm going to enjoy every second, and I'm going to know I'm enjoying it while I'm enjoying it. Most people don't live; they just race. They are trying to reach some goal far away on the horizon, and in the heat of the going they get so breathless and panting that they lose sight of the beautiful, tranquil country they are passing through; and then the first thing they know, they are old and worn out, and it doesn't make any difference whether they've reached the goal or not.”
Jean Webster

Jess C. Scott
“If money’s the god people worship, I’d rather go worship the devil instead.”
Jess C Scott, Rockstar

“The only walls that exist are those you have placed in your mind. And whatever obstacles you conceive, exist only because you have forgotten what you have already achieved.”
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

John Cleese
“I can do anything I want, I'm eccentric!”
John Cleese

Jess C. Scott
“[Poem: Slates of Grey]

Sullen faces like slates of grey—
What I’d seen on a walk today.

Bodies rushing bodies bolting
Time for life a disregarding.

Money to make and to grow old
What about the hands to hold?

Deadlines, projects, people to meet
What about our own two feet.

Sullen faces like slates of grey...
What I’d see most anyday.”
Jess C Scott, Trouble

“I will not join the rat race because I'm not a rat. And I will not blindly follow a specific faith because I'm not a bat. The only race I'll take part in is for humans being humane. It's called the human race, and sadly it's got the least participants.”
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

Kim John Payne
“Children need time to become themselves--through play and social interaction. If you overwhelm a child with stuff--with choices and pseudochoices--before they are ready, they will only know one emotional gesture: More!”
Kim John Payne, Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids

Byung-Chul Han
“Depression—which often culminates in burnout—follows from overexcited, overdriven, excessive self-reference that has assumed destructive traits. The exhausted, depressive achievement-subject grinds itself down, so to speak. It is tired, exhausted by itself, and at war with itself. Entirely incapable of stepping outward, of standing outside itself, of relying on the Other, on the world, it locks its jaws on itself; paradoxically, this leads the self to hollow and empty out. It wears itself out in a rat race it runs against itself.”
Byung-Chul Han, Müdigkeitsgesellschaft

Bernard Malamud
“Overnight business could go down enough to hurt; yet as a rule it slowly recovered--sometimes it seemed to take forever--went up, not high enough to be really up, only not down.”
Bernard Malamud, The Assistant

Shunya
“Human beings have a unique ability to turn anything into suffering. Imagine that humans have started flying like birds. Flying has become a status symbol. Living on the ground is considered shameful. There is a mad competition to stay in the sky all the time. People don't land. They suffer. Counsellors teach how to ease stress of flying. And spiritual Gurus say, "You fools! It's OK to land and live in peace.”
Shunya

Shunya
“A homeless beggar is not in pain, His condition remains the same; he has become used to it. You are in pain because your condition is constantly changing. If a neighbour gets better car than yours, your condition has changed!”
Shunya

Shunya
“You are sincerely doing slavery so that you can buy freedom one day. Slavery can't buy you freedom. Be free right now in any small way possible. Only freedom can lead you towards absolute freedom.”
Shunya

Dipa Sanatani
“I simply don’t have it in me to define my life’s success playing someone else’s game and following someone else’s rulebook.” --Dipa to her Grandfather”
Dipa Sanatani, The Merchant of Stories: A Creative Entrepreneur's Journey

Shunya
“Suppose you are chilling somewhere and see a diamond a few meters away on your right side. Your mind’s first reaction would be, “That must be a piece of glass, not diamond.”

Now, on your left side a few meters away you spot an unknown object towards which 2 people are running from opposite side. Your mind’s reaction would be, “If two people are running towards that object, it must be something precious. Run and grab it before they do.”

Often, our mind makes us compete with others over peanuts while the diamond which is meant for us lies unattended.”
Shunya

Shunya
“You see someone and think, 'What a perfect life they have." But that's your perspective. From their perspective, their life is a mess and someone else's life is perfect. So everybody is running. What a goddamn circus!”
Shunya

Shunya
“Transparent children of God, competing with each other to look different, have put on layers and layers of colourful illusions.”
Shunya

Aysha Taryam
“Humanity has always raced towards an unknown future with a blatant certainty over its outcome.”
Aysha Taryam

Aysha Taryam
“One dares to say that only a pandemic of this scale could have slowed down the rat race yet this too will prove beneficial to some of us and a sheer torture to others for the mirror that COVID-19 has forced us to look into is one that has no cracks, it reflects reality in its harshest form and unless we truly look, and come out the other side changed human beings, all this agony would have been for nothing.”
Aysha Taryam

Vikrmn: CA Vikram Verma
“Human-race needs to quit; the rat-race.”
Vikrmn, You By You

“The rat race is a game for snakes.”
Alex Biolete

Shunya
“A turbulent state of mind is a necessity to do all the crazy things society is making you do. A peaceful mind can't do all this. Don't seek peace. Seek more turbulence if you want to continue with this madness.”
Shunya

Shunya
“There are many religions in society but society itself is the super-religion. It says, "You are a nobody. All your life you have to try and become somebody. You are a pathetic bio-mass. You have no divine existence." Surprisingly, everybody follows this crazy super-religion.”
Shunya

Shunya
“When you don't have job, you want job. When you have job, you want transfer. When you get transfer, you want increment. When you get increment, you want loan. When you get loan, you want leave. When will you stop chasing illusions and turn inward?”
Shunya

Shunya
“You keep blaming Karma but never take a look at your desires. Are they your own desires or copied from others? Maybe your Karma is good enough to fulfill your own unique desires but not for copied generic desires.”
Shunya

Shunya
“A few trees stand at a distance from each other. All have rough trunks. Each thinks that the other have smooth trunk because everything looks smooth from a distance. They all are chasing a smoothness that doesn't even exist. This is Maya.”
Shunya

Shunya
“If everybody is jumping into the well and you're unable to do it, that will become your problem. That's the definition of problem for human mind: Being left out from what everyone else is doing.”
Shunya

Shunya
“You were born as a butterfly in the cobweb of society. This cobweb converts butterflies into spiders. Those who don't get converted feel stuck in it.”
Shunya

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Success freed the vast majority of those who are successful from the enslaving desire to be successful, only to replace it with the enslaving desire to remain or to be even more successful.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Shunya
“People have power over you because you're trying to prove yourself to them. Make tea and sip. Cook food and eat. Have a nice bath and sound sleep. You are not here to prove anything to anyone. You are the child of the universe .”
Shunya

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