The thirst after happiness is never extinguished in the heart of a man.
—Jean-Jacques Rousseau (Swiss Philosopher)
Some men are born to own, and can animate all their possessions. Others cannot: their owning is not graceful; seems to be a compromise of their character: they seem to steal their own dividends.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson (American Philosopher)
The whole world yearns after freedom, yet each creature is in love with his chains; this is the first paradox and inextricable knot of our nature.
—Sri Aurobindo (Indian Yogi, Nationalist)
Avoid this dangerous mix of personal (grasping), spiritual and selfless love. Most of the time it ends in frustration.
We are never so ridiculous from the habits we have as from those that we affect to have.
—Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Kindness arises by standing apart from oneself and recognizing all beings as companions on the arduous travel towards highest perfection.
Let us leave it to the reviewers to abuse such effusions of fancy at their leisure, and over every new novel to talk in threadbare strains of the trash with which the press now groans. Let us not desert one another; we are an injured body.
—Jane Austen (English Novelist)
The first essential, of course, is to know what you want.
—Robert Collier (American Self-Help Author)
Are you more likely to feel regret because of an action you take or because of inaction (something you do *not* do)?
—Ben Casnocha (American Entrepreneur, Investor)