Actual happiness always looks pretty squalid in comparison with the over-compensations of misery.
The New World Order is established by degrees. The first degree is truth of the one subject, which follows from the existence and the oneness of the universe, and from the ancient belief that God is all-knowing.
Life is meaningful when it is dedicated for the wellbeing of others.
You have to have courage to begin anything. Without courage and enthusiasm, there is nothing.
It is really most absurd to wish to turn this scene of misery into a pleasure spot and set ourselves the goal of achieving pleasures and joys instead of freedom from pain, as so many do. Those who, with too gloomy a gaze, regard this world as a kind of hell and, accordingly, are only concerned with procuring a fireproof room in it, are much less mistaken. The fool runs after the pleasures of life and sees himself cheated; the sage avoids evils.
Just do what you were going to do, before you said you were going to do it.
It is so much less exhausting. You only have to forgive once. To resent, you have to do it all day, every day. You have to keep remembering all the bad things … I would have to make a list, a very, very long list and make sure I hated the people on it the right amount … No … we always have a choice. All of us.” (p. 323)
My heart do be so big,” she whispered. “It be so big and I do reckon I be about the happiest kid for it.
Mankind’s biggest flaw is the fact that he believes that something needs to change in order for him to feel good; it’s his biggest hurdle, his largest demon, his one and only true enemy.
We have the power to move mountain, if we have faith that the mountain can be moved.