Quotes for
the Journey:

Life 2

Prepare to live by all means,
but for Heaven's sake
do not forget to live.

Arnold Bennett


People say that what we're all seeking is a meaning for life.  I don't think that's what we're really seeking.  I think that what we're seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances within our own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive.        -Joseph Campbell

Nothing in life is to be feared.  It is only to be understood.       -Marie Curie
To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury; and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable; and wealthy, not rich; to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly; to listen to stars and birds, to babes and sages, with open heart; to bear all cheerfully, do all bravely, await occasion, hurry never; in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden, and unconscious to grow up through the common.  This is to be my symphony.
-William Henry Channing
You must understand the whole of life, not just one little part of it.  That is why you must read, that is why you must look at the skies, that is why you must sing, and dance, and write poems, and suffer, and understand, for all that is life.       -J. Krishnamurti
Life's under no obligation to give us what we expect.  We take what we get and are thankful it's no worse than it is.        -Margaret Mitchell

You come into the world with nothing, and the purpose of your life is to make something out of nothing.       -Henry Louis Mencken
The things that are most worthwhile in life are really those within the reach of almost every normal human being who cares to seek them out.       -Charles B. Forbes
A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.       -George Bernard Shaw
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

William Ernest Henley
No one imagines that a symphony is supposed to improve in quality as it goes along, or that the whole object of playing it is to reach the finale.  The point of music is discovered in every moment of playing and listening to it.  It is the same, I feel, with the greater part of our lives, and if we are unduly absorbed in improving them we may forget altogether to live them.        -Alan Watts
To become what we are capable of becoming is the only end in life.        -Robert Louis Stevenson
It is a glorious privilege to live, to know, to act, to listen, to behold, to love. To look up at the blue summer sky; to see the sun sink slowly beyond the line of the horizon; to watch the worlds come twinkling into view, first one by one, and the myriads that no man can count, and lo! the universe is white with them; and you and I are here.
-Marco Morrow
No one has success until he or she has the abounding life.  This is made up of the many-fold activity of energy, enthusiasm and gladness.  It is to spring to meet the day with a thrill at being alive. It is to go forth to meet the morning in an ecstasy of joy.  It is to realize the oneness of humanity in true spiritual sympathy.       -Lillian Whiting
When your life is filled with the desire to see the holiness in everyday life, something magical happens: ordinary life becomes extraordinary, and the very process of life begins to nourish your soul!  With each new circumstance that comes your way, another opportunity presents itself to nourish your soul.        -Harold Kushner
The world is a looking-glass, and gives back to everyone the reflection of our own faces.  Frown at it, and it in turn will look sourly on you; laugh at it and with it, and it is a jolly, kind companion.       -William Makepeace Thackeray
Nobody has things just as they would like them.  The thing to do is to make a success with what material I have.  It is a sheer waste of time and soul-power to imagine what I would do if things were different.  They are not different.       -Frank Crane


A Psalm of Life

Tell me not, in mournful numbers,
Life is but an empty dream!--
For the soul is dead that slumbers,
And things are not what they seem.

Life is real! Life is earnest!
And the grave is not its goal;
Dust thou art, to dust returnest,
Was not spoken of the soul.

Not enjoyment, and not sorrow,
Is our destined end or way;
But to act, that each to-morrow
Find us farther than to-day.

Art is long, and Time is fleeting,
And our hearts, though stout and brave,
Still, like muffled drums, are beating
Funeral marches to the grave.

In the world's broad field of battle,
In the bivouac of Life,
Be not like dumb, driven cattle!
Be a hero in the strife!

Trust no future, howe'er pleasant!
Let the dead Past bury its dead!
Act,--act in the living Present!
Heart within, and God o'erhead!

Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time;

Footprints, that perhaps another,
Sailing o'er life's solemn main,
A forlorn and shipwrecked brother,
Seeing, shall take heart again.

Let us, then, be up and doing,
With a heart for any fate;
Still achieving, still pursuing,
Learn to labor and to wait.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Your life has been designed to work, and your hidden potential contains what you seek and all that you need in your life.  It is OK to be who you are and to choose what you have.  The Quakers call it the "still, small voice within," that place of full awareness within that is in touch with the entire universe and is the source of wisdom.  In effect, you don't have to keep searching for confirmation by focusing on being someone else or being somewhere else.  There is no place else to be and nothing else to get.  You will be able to grasp the levers of change in your life when you can allow yourself to be present in the moment, accept the world as it is, and trust that everything is as it was intended to be.       -Ari Kiev
It is only in exceptional moods that we realize how wonderful are the commonest experiences of life.  It seems to me sometimes that these experiences have an "inner" side, as well as the outer side we normally perceive.  At such moments one suddenly sees everything with new eyes; one feels on the brink of some great revelation.  It is as if we caught a glimpse of some incredibly beautiful world that lies silently about us all the time.        -J.W.N. Sullivan
It is not death that we should fear, but we should fear never beginning to live.         -Marcus Aurelius
Affirmation of life is the spiritual act by which people cease to live unreflectively and begin to devote themselves to their lives with reverence in order to raise them to their true value. To affirm life is to deepen, to make more inward, and to exalt the will-to-live.         -Albert Schweitzer
None but a good person is really a living one, and the more good any person does, the more he or she really lives.  All the rest is death, or belongs with it.       -Cotton Mather
I am in love with this world. . . I have climbed its mountains, roamed its forests, sailed its waters, crossed its deserts, felt the sting of its frosts, the oppression of its heats, the drench of its rains, the fury of its winds, and always have beauty and joy waited upon my goings and comings.       -John Burroughs
Is life so wretched?  Isn't it rather your hands are too small, your vision which is muddled?  You are the one who must grow up.       -Dag Hammarskjold
The secret of success is to be in harmony with existence, to be always calm. . . to let each wave of life wash us a little farther up the shore.       -Cyril Connolly

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