I promise to keep on living as though I expected to live forever. Nobody grows old by merely living a number of years. People grow old only by deserting their ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up interest wrinkles the soul.
—Douglas MacArthur (American Military Leader)
It is necessary to try to pass one’s self always; this occupation ought to last as long as life.
—Christina, Queen of Sweden (Swedish Monarch)
You must learn to be still in the midst of activity and to be vibrantly alive in repose.
—Indira Gandhi (Indian Head of State)
Happiness radiates like the fragrance from a flower, and draws all good things toward you. Allow your love to nourish yourself as well as others. Do not strain after the needs of life. It is sufficient to be quietly alert and aware of them. In this way life proceeds more naturally and effortlessly. Life is here to Enjoy!
—Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (Indian Hindu Religious Leader)
When lip service to some mysterious deity permits bestiality on Wednesday and absolution on Sunday, cash me out.
—Frank Sinatra (American Singer)
Man, a dunce uncouth, errs in age and youth: babies know the truth.
—Algernon Charles Swinburne (English Poet)
Hatred comes from the heart; contempt from the head; and neither feeling is quite within our control.
—Arthur Schopenhauer (German Philosopher)
It’s not within anyone’s power to save the world, but it is within your power to add whatever you can with a loving and caring and peaceful heart.
—Jack Kornfield (American Buddhist Teacher, Author)
The best thing that can happen to a human being is to find a problem, to fall in love with that problem, and to live trying to solve that problem, unless another problem even more lovable appears.
—Karl Popper (Austrian-born British Philosopher)
The secret of all effective originality in advertising is not the creation of new and tricky words and pictures, but one of putting familiar words and pictures into new relationships.
—Leo Burnett (American Journalist)
In order to build anything great, you have to be an optimist, because by definition you are trying to do something that most would consider impossible. Optimists most certainly do not listen to leading indicators of bad news.
—Andrew Grove (Hungarian-born American Businessperson)
Spirituality means waking up. Most people, even though they don’t know it, are asleep. They’re born asleep, they live asleep, they marry in their sleep, they breed children in their sleep, they die in their sleep without ever waking up. They never understand the loveliness and the beauty of this thing that we call human existence.
—Anthony de Mello (Indian-born American Theologian)
Beauty is the first present nature gives to women and the first it takes away.
—George Brossin Mere (French Intellectual, Author)
Adversity not only draws people together, but brings forth that beautiful inward friendship.
—Soren Kierkegaard (Danish Philosopher, Theologian)
The applause of a single human being is of great consequence.
—Samuel Johnson (British Essayist)