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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)

Acceptance of one's life has nothing to do with resignation; it does not mean running away from the struggle. On the contrary it means accepting it as it comes...To accept is to say yes to life in its entirety. --Paul Tournier (in Billy Barr: The Snow Guardian)

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)

The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away. --Pablo Picasso (in Generosity: The Most Powerful Animating Force of Art)

The dedicated life is the life worth living. You must give with your whole heart. --Annie Dillard (in Annie Dillard: On Seeing)

The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away. --Pablo Picasso (in Returning the Gift)

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)

Sleep that knits up the raveled sleeve of care,
The death of each day's life, sore labor's bath,
Balm of hurt minds, great nature's second course,
Chief nourisher in life's feast. --William Shakespeare
(in How Sleep Resets the Brain's Emotional Compass)

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)

By having a reverence for life, we enter into a spiritual relation with the world. By practicing reverence for life we become good, deep, and alive. --Albert Schweitzer (in 8 Great Writers On Why Reverence Matters)

I think it's important and I think it's true that our life experience is going to be about our attitude, our thoughts, our beliefs, our speech and our actions. We can transform our life experience simply by changing our language. --Jason Mraz (in Belonging Creates & Undoes Us Both)

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)

I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy. --Rabindranath Tagore (in From Mansion to Mud Hut)

Life begets life. Energy creates energy. It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich. --Sarah Bernhardt (in Sarah Lahey's Hunt for Happiness)

I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy. --Rabindranath Tagore (in He Quit His Corporate Job to Help His City's Needy)

Everyone understands that water is essential to life. But many are only just now beginning to grasp how essential it is to everything in life food, energy, transportation, nature, leisure, identity, culture, social norms, and virtually all the products used on a daily basis. --World Business Council for Sustainable Development (in Flow: The Movie About Water)

It's the Circle of Life And it moves us all Through despair and hope Through faith and love Till we find our place On the path unwinding In the Circle The Circle of Life. --Tim Rice (in DotComGuy)

There are those who give little of the much which they have, and they give it for recognition and their hidden desire makes their gifts unwholesome. And there are those who have little and give it all. These are the believers in life and the bounty of life, and their coffer is never empty. --Gibran (in Grains of Rice)

"Life is life -- whether in a cat, or dog or man. There is no difference there between a cat or a man. The idea of difference is a human conception for man's own advantage." --Sri Aurobindo (in Untitled)

If you want to know your past life, look into your present condition; if you want to know your future life, look at your present actions. --Padmasambhava (in Untitled)

Look at each day as a chance to invest life into life. Each day is a chance to work miracles in the lives of others. --Jim Rohn (in Invest in Life)

Water is life's mater and matrix, mother and medium. There is no life without water. --Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, Hungarian biochemist and Nobel Prize Winner for Medicine (in Water Life)

I slept and I dreamed that life is all joy. I woke and I saw that life is all service. I served and I saw that service is joy. --Kahlil Gibran (in Advocacy For Altrusim)

I ain't got no checkbook and I ain't got no credit cards. To me money is a lot like water. For some folks it rushes through their life like a raging river. Money comes through my life like a trickle. But I want to pass it on in a way that does some good for the most folks. --Gertrude, in 'Soul of Money' (in Untitled)

We eventually learn that spirituality is not about leaving life's problems behind, but about continually confronting them with honesty and courage. It is about ending our feeling of separation from others by healing our relationships with parents, co-workers,and friends. It is about bringing heightened awareness and compassion to our family life, careers, and community service. --J. Krishnamurti (in Untitled)

The life I touch for good or ill will touch another life, and that in turn another, until who knows where the trembling stops or in what far place my touch will be felt. --Frederick Buechner (in Six Degrees of Instant Messaging)

Whosoever killeth a human being for other than manslaughter or corruption in the Earth, it shall be as if he had killed all mankind, and whosoever saveth the life of one, it shall be as if he had saved the life of all mankind. --Sura Maida, V.32 (Koran) (in Untitled)

People say that what we're all seeking is a meaning for life. I think that what we're seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences will have resonances with our own innermost being, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive. --Joseph Campbell (in Following Taya: No Ordinary Life)

It is the fate of every truth to be an object of ridicule when it is first acclaimed. It was once considered foolish to suppose that black men were really human beings and ought to be treated as such. What was once foolish has now become a recognized truth. Today it is considered as exaggeration to proclaim constant respect for every form of life as being the serious demand of a rational ethic. But the time is coming when people will be amazed that the human race existed so long before it recognized that thoughtless injury to life is incompatible with real ethics. Ethics is, in its unqualified form, extended responsibility to everything that has life. --Dr. Albert Schweitzer (in Ethics, Unqualified)

The unique personality which is the real life in me, I can not gain unless I search for the real life, the spiritual quality, in others. I am myself spiritually dead unless I reach out to the fine quality dormant in others. For it is only with the god enthroned in the innermost shrine of the other, that the god hidden in me, will consent to appear. --Felix Adler (in Untitled)

Use every letter you write, every conversation you have, every meeting you attend, to express your fundamental beliefs and dreams. Affirm to others the vision of the world you want. You are a free, immensely powerful source of life and goodness. Affirm it. Spread it. Radiate it. Think day and night about it and you will see a miracle happen: the greatness of our own life. --Robert Muller (in Sixty-five Roses: A Sister's Memoir)


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