‘Most people are as happy as they make their minds up to be.’
‘When you lose someone, they take a bigger place in your heart, not a smaller one. Every day it grows because you don’t stop loving them. You need their advice. But life doesn’t always give us what we need and it’s difficult.’
‘You must dig constantly for meaning in the sorrow of this life, and this sorrow must galvanise you not define you.’
‘There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.’
‘Love is the engine and the petrol of life, the essence. Ninety percent of the things that we do, we do for love.’
‘Figure out who you are separate from your family and the person you’re in a relationship with. Find who you are in this world and what you need to feel good alone. I think that’s the most important thing in life. Find a sense of self because with that, you can do anything else.’
‘What a wonderful thought it is that some of the best days of our lives have not even happened yet.’
‘Four things come not back. The spoken word, the sped arrow, the past life, and the neglected opportunity.’
‘Of course there is no formula for success except perhaps the unconditional acceptance of life and what it brings.’
‘You get one chance at life. Grab it boldly.’
‘You die. It’s over: You should have done it when you were alive. Get on with it’.
‘I’d encourage everyone to take a moment to imagine losing the person you love most in the world. Imagine what you wish you had said to them. Then take a moment to say it.’
‘Experiences are remembered more than purchases. What you hold in your heart is more powerful than what you hold in your hand.’
‘You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.’
‘The world is your oyster. Don’t be afraid of opening it’.
CAPTAIN SIR TOM MOORE
‘Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside dreams, who looks inside, awakens.’
‘We don’t remember days – we only remember moments.’
‘Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen and six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery.’
‘Don’t let yesterday use up too much of today’
‘True friendship comes when silence between two people is comfortable.’
DAVE TYSON GENTRY
‘Look not to those things that are with-out, for all that is precious, sacred and good reside with-in.’
‘If something really bad happens, the best way to face it is to face it completely: to examine it, to get to the bottom of it; then you can wrap it up and put it away.’
‘How time is slipping underneath our feet; unborn tomorrow and dead yesterday, why fret about them if today be sweet.’
‘A friend is one who knows you and loves you just the same.’
‘No matter how deeply we try to understand its meaning and purpose, life is a terrific and terrible mystery that will never be solved’.
‘It is not events, but our beliefs about them that cause us suffering.’
‘No man is free who is not master of himself.’
‘The spectre of the future often overwhelms us to the exclusion of truly appreciating, and getting the most out of the day, the hour, the moment we are inhabiting.’
EUGENE O’ KELLY
‘This is the true joy in life ~ working for a mighty purpose; being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; being a force of nature instead of a feverish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.’
‘This is the true joy in life – the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances, complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.’
GEORGE BERNARD SHAW
‘We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing’.
GEORGE BERNARD SHAW
‘We make happiness out of the situations we find ourselves in, even though they can be quite different from the things we set out to achieve in the first place.’
GEORGINA, DUCHESS OF DEVONSHIRE
‘There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval’.
‘The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.’
‘Many people take no care of their money till they come nearly to the end of it. Others do just the same with their time.’
‘The finest qualities of our nature, like the bloom on fruits, can be preserved only by the most delicate handling. Yet we do not treat ourselves nor one another thus tenderly.’
HENRY DAVID THOREAU
‘The sorrow that does not out in tears makes other organs weep.’
‘The risk of love is loss, and the price of loss is grief – but the pain of grief is only a shadow when compared with the pain of never risking love.’
HILARY STANTON ZUNIN
‘ When people will not weed their own minds, they are apt to be overrun by nettles.’
‘Difficult times have helped me to understand better than before how infinitely rich and beautiful life is in every way and that so many things that one goes worrying about are of no importance whatsoever.’
‘One of the secrets of life is to make stepping stones out of stumbling blocks.’
‘Live your dreams like they last forever – live today like it’ s your last.’
‘How often is happiness destroyed by foolish preparation?’
‘Wake up each day and make the most of the time that you have because one day the world will wake up without you.’
‘Stand up for what you believe in – Keep learning – Be kind to yourself – Be kind to others – Embrace life’.
‘Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.’
‘Health and cheerfulness mutually beget each other.’
‘Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.’
‘Chase after money and security and your heart will never unclench. Care about people’s approval and you will be their prisoner. Do your work, then step back. The only path to serenity.’
‘The challenge in life is to die young as late as possible.’
MANFRED KETS DE VRIES
‘If we take care of the moments, the years will take care of themselves.’
‘Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.’
‘The worst loneliness is not to be comfortable with yourself.’
‘We must discover the power of love, the redemptive power of love. And when we discover that, we will be able to make of this old world a new world. Love is the only way.’
MARTIN LUTHER KING
‘I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.’
‘Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we’re here we might as well dance.’
‘Making a living is not the same thing as making a life.’
‘Step into the future and leave the past behind’.
‘Life is painting a picture, not doing a sum.’
OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES
‘Be yourself; everyone else is already taken’
‘Life is too important to be taken seriously’.
‘Our time on earth is brief, but my only hope is to be able to leave the world with the lightness of a small bird’.
‘I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge – myth is more potent than history – dreams are more powerful than facts – hope always triumphs over experience – laughter is the cure for grief – love is stronger than death’.
‘By being happy we sow anonymous benefits upon the world.’
ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON
‘Money and status are just trinkets compared to fellowship, love and laughter.’
‘You should live your life to the full, knowing it’s not going to last’.
‘Some people’s lives end earlier than you expect – and you’ll wish you’d spent more time with them.’
‘Change your life today. Don’t gamble on the future, act now, without delay.’
SIMONE DE BEAUVOIR
‘There are two ways of looking at the pursuit of happiness. One is to go straight to the things you fancy without restraints, that is, without considering anybody else besides yourself. The other is to recognise that our lives are inextricably mixed up with those of our fellow human beings, and that there can be no real happiness in isolation………….We opt for the second way.’
SIR OVE ARUP
‘Beware the barrenness of a busy life’
‘Our lives are but specks of dust falling through the fingers of time. Like sands of the hourglass, so are the days of our lives.’
‘Life is not a problem to be solved, rather a mystery to be lived.’
‘People travel to wonder at the height of the mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long course of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars, and they pass themselves without wondering.’
‘I expect to pass through this world but once; any good thing therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now; let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.’
‘People can be rescued from the deepest and darkest of black holes, they just need to stretch out their arms so that others can pull them out.’
‘Life is all memory, except for the one present moment that goes by so quickly you hardly catch it going’.
‘Science and democracy are both under pressure, partly by a broken web. We need a functional humanity connected by technology, so we need to get the web fixed urgently.’
‘This moment is all we have. There is no past or future. There is only the now.’
‘The world will move forward based on the quality of relationships.’
‘Be open to the world and all it offers. Don’t let your nationality, age, religion, sex or sexuality stop you from engaging with it and sharing its pleasures. You only have this one chance. None of the external differences that others see matters and nor does the language or accent we speak in. It’s what we actually say (and do) that counts. So apologise for nothing in terms of what you were born with. And if the superficial judgement of others hurts, step forward into the sunlight regardless and let its warmth ease the pain of that away.’
‘Holding a grudge is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.’
‘I like to hang out with people who make me forget to look at my phone’.
‘If you want to feel rich, just count all of the things you have that money can’t buy.’
‘We do not stop playing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop playing.’
‘Worrying is praying for problems.’
‘The supreme happiness in life is the conviction that we are loved.’
‘Life is never made unbearable by circumstances, only by lack of meaning and purpose.’
‘Heaven on earth is a choice you must make, not a place we must find’
‘Look ahead and not behind you. Don’t waste time with regrets. Carry forward all the good things that you’ve done and leave the baggage by the road.’
‘It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.’
‘Like as the waves move towards the pebbled shore, so do our minutes hasten to their end.’
‘The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it.’
W M LEWIS