is the only time
we can possibly live.
you bored with life? Then throw yourself into some work you
believe in with all your heart, live for it, die for it, and you will
find happiness that you had thought could never be yours.
are something new in this world. Be glad of it.
Make the most of what
nature gave you. In the last analysis, all art is
autobiographical. You can sing only what you are. You can paint only what you
are. You must be what your
experiences, your environment, and your heredity have made
you. For better
or for worse, you must cultivate your own little
garden. For better or for worse,
you must play your own little instrument in the orchestra of
is slipping away with incredible speed. We are racing through
at the rate of nineteen miles every second. Today is our
most precious possession. It is our only sure possession.
You can sing only what you are. You can paint only
what you are.
You must be what your experiences, your environment, and your
heredity have made you. For better or for worse, you must play
your own little instrument in the orchestra of life.
|When we hate our enemies, we are giving them power over
power over our sleep, our appetites, our blood pressure, our health, and
best possible way to prepare for tomorrow is to concentrate with all
your intelligence, all your enthusiasm, on doing today's work superbly
That is the only possible way you can prepare for the future.
|You can make more
friends in two
months by becoming interested in other
people than you can in two years by trying
to get other people interested in you.
|The man who
goes farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare.
The sure-thing boat never gets far from shore.
|Most of the important things in the world have been
by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at
|If you can't sleep,
then get up and do something instead of lying
there worrying. It's the worry that gets you, not the lack of
be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small
jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger.
If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of
of the tragic things I know about human nature is that all
of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose
garden over the horizon--instead of enjoying the roses
that are blooming outside our windows today.
people think that if they were only in some other place,
or had some other job, they would be happy. Well, that is
So get as much happiness out of what you are doing as you can
and don't put off being happy until some future date.
|There are four ways, and only four ways, in which we
with the world. We are evaluated and classified by these four
what we do, how we look, what we say, and how we say it.
you sell both your
eyes for a million dollars. . .
or your two legs…or your hands. . .
or your hearing? Add up what you
do have, and you'll find you won't
sell them for all the gold in
the world. The best things
in life are yours, if you
can appreciate them.
you are not in the process of becoming the person you want to be,
you are automatically engaged in becoming the person you don't want to
want to gather honey, don't kick over the beehive. If only
the people who worry about their liabilities would think about the
riches they do possess, they would stop worrying.
isn't what you have or who you are
or where you are or what you are
doing that makes you happy or
unhappy. It is what you think about it.
reason why birds and horses are not unhappy is
because they are not trying to impress other birds and horses.
The expression one
wears on one's face is far more
important than the clothes one wears on one's back.
I have gone back--well, I was about to say that
I had gone back to religion;
but that would not be accurate. I have gone forward to a
new concept of religion.
I no longer have the faintest interest in the differences in creeds
that divide the
churches. But I am tremendously interested in what religion does
for me, just as
I am interested in what electricity and good food and water do for
me. They help
me to lead a richer, fuller, happier life. But religion does far
more than that. It brings
me spiritual values. It gives me, as William James puts it,
"a new zest for life. . . more
life, a larger, richer, more satisfying life." It gives
me faith, hope, and courage.
It banishes tensions, anxieties, fears, and worries. It gives
purpose to my life--and
direction. It vastly improves my happiness. It gives me
abounding health. It helps
me to create for myself "an oasis of peace amidst the whirling
sands of life."
wiser than other people if you can; but do not tell them so.
|Even if you are not a religious
person by nature or training--even if you are an
out-and-out skeptic--prayer can help you much more
than you believe, for it is a practical
thing. I mean that prayer fulfills these three
very basic psychological needs which all people
share, whether they believe in God or not:
1. Prayer helps us to put into words
exactly what is troubling us. It is almost
impossible to deal with a problem while it remains
vague and nebulous. Praying, in a way, is very
much like writing our problems down on paper.
If we ask help for a problem--even from God--we must
put it into words.
2. Prayer gives us a sense of sharing our
burdens, of not being alone. Few of us are so
strong that we can bear our heaviest burdens, our
most agonizing troubles, all by ourselves.
Sometimes our worries are of so intimate a nature
that we cannot discuss them even with our closest
relatives or friends. Then prayer is the
answer. Any psychiatrist will tell us that
when we are pent-up and tense, and in an agony of
spirit, it is therapeutically good to tell someone
our troubles. When we can't tell anyone
else--we can always tell God.
3. Prayer puts into force an active
principal of doing. It's a first step
toward action. I doubt if anyone can
pray for some fulfillment, day after day, without
benefiting from it--in other words, without taking
some steps to bring it to pass. The
world-famous scientist, Dr. Alexis Carrel, said,
"Prayer is the most powerful form of energy one
can generate." So why not make use of
it? Call it God or Allah or Spirit--why
quarrel with definitions as long as the mysterious
powers of nature take us in hand?
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