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For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin ó real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way. Something to be got through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life. --Fr. Alfred D'Souza (in Obstacles of Life)

For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin - real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life." --Alfred D. Souza (in 365 Days of Happiness)

The secret of life is to have a task, something you devote your entire life to, something you bring everything to, every minute of the day for the rest of your life. And the most important thing is, it must be something you cannot possibly do. --Henry Moore (English Sculptor, 1898-1986) (in Untitled)

Man can no longer live his life for himself alone. We realize that all life is valuable and that we are united to all this life. From this knowledge comes our spiritual relationship with the universe. --Albert Schweitzer (in The World as an Organization)

Reverence for life is more than solicitude or sensitivity for life. It is a sense of the whole, a capacity for inspired response, a respect for the intricate universe of individual life. --Norman Cousins (in Taiwan's Butterfly Freeway)

This life is yours. Take the power to choose what you want to do and do it well. Take the power to love what you want in life and love it honestly. Take the power to walk in the forest and be a part of nature. Take the power to control your own life. No one else can do it for you. Take the power to make your life happy. --Susan Polis Schutz (in The Artist Who Paints Disappearing Rain Forests)

Two lives that once part are like ships that divide. There are two lives to each of us, the life of our actions, and the life of our minds and hearts. History reveals men's deeds and their outward characters, but not themselves. There is a secret self that has its own life, unpenetrated and unguessed. --Edward Bulwer-Lytton (in History Lessons For A Disinterested Daughter)

When you help, you see life as weak. When you fix, you see life as broken. When you serve, you see life as whole. Fixing and helping may be the work of the ego, and service the work of the soul. --Rachel Naomi Remen (in Teenage Hero of Dhaka's Slums)

This is the true joy in life, being recognized by yourself as a mighty one, being a force of nature instead of a feverish clod of ailments and grievances, complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live. I rejoice in life for itís own sake; Life is no brief candle to me, it is a sort of splendid torch which Iíve got to hold up for a moment. I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations. --George Bernard Shaw (in A Splendid Torch)

The deeper we look into nature, the more we recognize that it is full of life, and the more profoundly we know that all life is a secret and that we are united with all life that is in nature. --Albert Schweitzer (in Kids Worldwide Help Orphan Chimps)

The deeper we look into nature, the more we recognize that it is full of life, and the more profoundly we know that all life is a secret and that we are united with all life that is in nature. --Albert Schweitzer (in The Encyclopedia of Life)

Life is a journey. We are passengers in a train called life, and we are alive in the moment called now. The journey of life is so beautiful that it needs no destination. On this journey, we have been given a compass. The compass is the thirst to be fulfilled. The true journey of life begins the day we begin to seek to quench our thirst. This quest is the most noble one. --Prem Rawat (in Passenger In A Train)

A life of reaction is a life of slavery, intellectually and spiritually. One must fight for a life of action, not reaction. --Rita Mae Brown (in Untitled)

Money is something we choose to trade our life energy for...Our allotment of time here on earth, the hours of precious life available to us. When we go to our jobs, we are trading our life energy for money. The truth, while simple, is profound. --Joe Dominguez and Vicki Robin from Your Money or Your Life (in Money)

Simplicity of living means meeting life face to face. It means confronting life clearly, without unnecessary distractions. It means being direct and honest in relationships of all kinds. It means taking life as it is. --Duane Elgin (in The Spiritual Wisdom of Simplicity)

The limited world and the absolute truth together form the wholeness of life. Life is indivisible, you cannot fragment it, you cannot divide it. So there is no problem in relating to the limited world. The crookedness, the violence you see them as they are and you relate to them. You have to not cooperate with the violence, you have to discourage the hatred, the possessiveness, the domination. You have to encourage the sharing psychology, the attitude of cooperation, the value of friendship. By your life you do it, by living you do it. --Vimala Thakar (in Indivisible Life)

Look to this day! For it is life, the very life of life. In its brief course Lie all the verities and realities of your existence: The bliss of growth The glory of action The splendor of achievement, For yesterday is but a dream And tomorrow is only a vision But today well lived makes every yesterday dream of happiness And tomorrow a vision of hope. Look well, therefore, to this day! Such is the salutation to the Dawn. --Kalidas (in Untitled)

The changes in our life must come from the impossibility to live otherwise than according to the demands of our conscience...not from our mental resolution to try a new form of life. --Leo Tolstoy (in Untitled)

Life just seems so full of connections. Most of the time we don't even pay attention to the depth of life. We only see flat surfaces. --Colin Neenan (in Hospital Learns From Car Racing)

My own experience about all the blessings I've had in my life is that the more I give away, the more that comes back. That is the way life works, and that is the way energy work. --Ken Blanchard (in Random Acts of Kindness Across the Country)

Life was meant to be lived, and curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn one's back on life. --Eleanor Roosevelt (in Love Your Life: An Interview with Maurice Sendak)

You were given life; it is your duty (and also your entitlement as a human being) to find something beautiful within life, no matter how slight. --Elizabeth Gilbert (in Hitting Rock Bottom & Learning to Truly Live)

An authentic life is the most personal form of worship. Everyday life has become my prayer. --Sarah Ban Breathnach (in Untitled)

Nothing in life is trivial. Life is whole wherever and whenever we touch it, and one moment or event is not less sacred than another. it. You've got to really look after it and nurture it. --Vimala Thakar (in Letters From Strangers Save Teen's Life)

Your actions in life set your course and determine the destination of your travels. Your reactions in life create the climate in which you travel. --Beth Johnson (in Untitled)

In ordinary life we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich. --Deitrich Bonhoeffer (in Meeting Michael: A Kindness Story)

In ordinary life we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich. --Dietrich Bonhoeffer (in Grateful: A Love Song to the World)

Life is not a series of isolated ponds and puddles; life is this river you see below, before you. It flows from the past through the present on its way to the future. "Life is a river" she repeated. Only in the most literal sense are we born on the day we leave our mother's womb. In the larger, truer sense we are born of the past- connected to its fluidity both generationally and experientially. --From Wally Lamb's 'This Much I Know is True' (in Untitled)

People spend their whole life pursuing everything. Indeed, their spirits are buried alive by everything. How can it be that layers of prison are what we pursue in life? --Chi Tan (in Untitled)

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler. --Henry David Thoreau (in The GoodWork Project)

Life can not give me joy and peace, it is up to me to will it. Life just gives me time and space, it is up to me to fill it. --William James (in Life Time)

The meaning of life is to find your gift, the purpose of life is to give it away. --Joy J. Golliver (in Heart of Gold)

I've always had the feeling that life loves the liver of it. You must live and life will be good to you. --Maya Angelou (in Maya Angelou On Identity & The Meaning of Life)

Each person leaves a legacy -- a single, small piece of herself, which makes richer each individual life and the collective life of humanity as a whole.
--John Nichols
(in Are You Living Your Eulogy Or Resume?)

Unfortunately, happiness is often equated with physical health and material goods. One of life's cruel paradoxes is that the more we are afraid of losing what we have, the less free we are. As much as we should cherish life, it is a slippery slope to becoming slaves to the fear of death. The most free men and women I have ever known are those who are not afraid of losing it all. They are not reckless about life but have simply and miraculously matched political freedom with spiritual freedom. --Bob Kerry (in Untitled)

It is better to have a meaningful life and make a difference than to merely have a long life. --Bryant H. McGill (in 7 Paths to a Meaningful Life)

Beauty is life when life unveils her holy face. But you are life and you are the veil. Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror. But you are eternity and you are the mirror. --Kahlil Gibran (in Untitled)

Beauty is life when life unveils her holy face. But you are life and you are the veil. Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror. But you are eternity and you are the mirror. --Kahlil Gibran (in The Woman Behind The Pink Ribbon)

I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life's realities. --Dr. Seuss (in The Art of Constructive Daydreaming)

For everything that lives is holy, life delights in life. --William Blake (in Untitled)

For everything that lives is holy, life delights in life. --William Blake (in Highline Park)

Sleep that knits up the ravelled sleave of care The death of each day's life, sore labour's bath Balm of hurt minds, great nature's second course, Chief nourisher in life's feast. --William Shakespeare (in The Science Of Sleep and Scent)

Sleep that knits up the ravelled sleave of care The death of each day's life, sore labour's bath Balm of hurt minds, great nature's second course, Chief nourisher in life's feast. --William Shakespeare (in How Much Sleep Do We Need?)

Sleep that knits up the ravelled sleeve of care
The death of each day's life, sore labour's bath
Balm of hurt minds, great nature's second course,
Chief nourisher in life's feast. --William Shakespeare
(in Why Sleeping May Be More Important Than Studying)

I have learned by some experience, by many examples, and by the writings of countless others before me, also occupied in the search, that certain environments, certain modes of life, certain rules of conduct are more conducive to inner and outer harmony than others. There are, in fact, certain roads that one may follow. Simplification of life is one of them. --Ann Morrow Lindbergh (in The Clothesline Makes A Comeback)

Few people know that they have the power to bless life. We bless the life in each other far more than we realize. Many simple, ordinary things that we do can affect those around us in profound ways. --Rachel Naomi Remen (in Mike's Handcarved Canes)

When we do the best that we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another. --Helen Keller (in More Miracles in Japan)

Have the life you want by being fully present to the life you have. --Mark Nepo (in Waking Up to the Life We Have)

I slept and dreamt that life was joy, I awoke and saw that life was service, I acted and, behold, service was joy. --Rahindranath Tagore (in Service as Retirement)

Life begets life. Energy creates energy. It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich. --Sarah Bernhardt (in Oprah's Favorite Giveaway)


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