as much as you can of your spiritual being
to those who are on the road with you, and accept
as something precious what comes back to you from them.
willow which bends to the tempest, often escapes
better than the oak which resists it; and so in great calamities,
it sometimes happens that light and frivolous spirits recover
their elasticity and presence of mind sooner than those of a loftier
is not enough merely to exist. It's not enough to say, "I'm
enough to support my family. I do my work well. I'm a good father,
husband, mother, wife, churchgoer." That's all very
well. But you
must do something more. Seek always to do some good, somewhere.
Every person has to seek in his or her own way to realize his or her
true worth. You must give some time to your fellow human beings.
For remember, you don't live in a world all your own.
Your brothers and sisters are here, too.
kindness can accomplish much. As the sun
makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding,
mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.
cannot possibly let ourselves get frozen into
regarding everyone we do not know as an absolute stranger.
truth stands firm. All that happens in world history
rests on something spiritual. If the spiritual is strong,
it creates world history. If it is weak, it suffers world history.
values are lost at every moment because we miss
opportunities, but the values that are turned into will
and action constitute a richness that must not be undervalued.
Our humanity is by no means as materialistic as people claim so
is truly ethical only when one obeys the compulsion
to help all life which he or she is able to assist,
and shrinks from injuring anything that lives.
of life is the spiritual act by which people cease
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,
exalt the will-to-live.
who proposes to do good must not expect people
to roll stones out of the way, but must accept his or her
lot calmly, even if they roll a few stones upon it.
great secret of success is to go through life
as a person who never gets used up.
was quite incomprehensible to me--this was before I began going
to school--why in my evening prayers I should pray for human beings
So when my mother had prayed with me and had kissed me goodnight,
I used to add silently a prayer that I had composed myself for
all living creatures. It ran thus: "O, heavenly Father,
and bless all things that have breath; guard them from all evil,
and let them sleep in peace."
can do only what one can do. But if someone does that each day
he or she can sleep at night and do it again the next day.
in which all ethics must take root, can only attain its full
breadth and depth if it embraces all living creatures and does
not limit itself to mankind.
deep is also simple and can be reproduced
simply as long as its reference to the whole truth is maintained.
But what matters is not what is witty but what is true.
don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing
I know: the only ones among you who will be really
happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve.
who gains strength by overcoming obstacles
possesses the only strength which can overcome adversity.
| Just as
the wave cannot exist for itself, but is ever a part
of the heaving surface of the ocean, so must I never live
my life for itself, but always in the experience
which is going on around me.
who thank God much are the truly wealthy.
So our inner happiness depends not on what
we experience but on the degree of our gratitude
to God, whatever the experience. Your life
is something opaque, not transparent, as long as
you look at it in an ordinary human way. But if
you hold it up against the light of God's goodness,
it shines and turns transparent, radiant and bright.
And then you ask yourself in amazement:
Is this really my own life I see before me?
want to be a simple human being, doing something
small in the spirit of Jesus . . . . "What you have
done to the least of these my brethren you have
done to me." Just as the wind is driven to spend
its force in the big empty spaces so must the people who
know the laws of the spirit go where we are most needed.
in the spring the withered gray of the pastures
gives place to green, this is due to the millions
of young shoots which sprout up freshly from the old roots.
In like manner the revival of thought which is essential
for our time can only come through a transformation
of the opinions and ideals of the many brought about
by individual and universal reflection about
the meaning of life and of the world.
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