Life

Forget everything else. Keep hold of this alone and remember it: Each of us lives only now, this brief instant. Marcus Aurelius

Life

Life is pure adventure, and the sooner we realize that, the quicker we will be able to treat life as art. — Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou

We need much less than we think we need.

Some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style

My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.

You can only become great at something

You can only become great at something you are willing to sacrifice for.

Life is pure adventure

Life is pure adventure, and the sooner we realize that, the quicker we will be able to treat life as art.

Pursue the things you love doing

Instead, pursue the things you love doing, and then do them so well that people can't take their eyes off you.

Love life. Engage in it. Give it all you've got.

Love life. Engage in it. Give it all you've got. Love it with a passion because life truly does give back, many times over, what you put into it.

Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better. Maya Angelou

Marcus Aurelius

Then what can guide us? Only philosophy. 

Forget everything else

Forget everything else. Keep hold of this alone and remember it: Each of us lives only now, this brief instant. The rest has been lived already, or is impossible to see. The span we live is small—small as the corner of the earth in which we live it. Small as even the greatest renown, passed from mouth to mouth by short-lived stick figures, ignorant alike of themselves and those long dead.

Free from all other distractions

Concentrate every minute like a Roman—like a man—on doing what’s in front of you with precise and genuine seriousness, tenderly, willingly, with justice. And on freeing yourself from all other distractions. 

Yes, you can—if you do everything as if it were the last thing you were doing in your life, and stop being aimless, stop letting your emotions override what your mind tells you, stop being hypocritical, self-centered, irritable. 

You see how few things you have to do to live a satisfying and reverent life? If you can manage this, that’s all even the gods can ask of you.

The body and its parts are a river, the soul a dream and mist, life is warfare and a journey far from home, lasting reputation is oblivion

Human life. Duration: momentary. Nature: changeable. Perception: dim. Condition of Body: decaying. Soul: spinning around. Fortune: unpredictable. Lasting Fame: uncertain. Sum Up: The body and its parts are a river, the soul a dream and mist, life is warfare and a journey far from home, lasting reputation is oblivion.

Change your opinion and follow those who have corrected your mistakes

Remember that you are more free if you change your opinion and follow those who have corrected your mistakes, than if you are stubborn about your mistakes.

Don’t ever forget these things

Don’t ever forget these things: The nature of the world. My nature. How I relate to the world. What proportion of it I make up. That you are part of nature, and no one can prevent you from speaking and acting in harmony with it, always.

You are a little soul carrying around a corpse. Marcus Aurelius

Waldo Emerson

Live in the sunshine, swim the sea,
drink the wild air.

Finish each day and be done with it

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.

Dare to live the life you have dreamed

Dare to live the life you have dreamed for yourself. Go forward and make your dreams come true.

Life is a journey, not a destination.

The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.

It is not the length of life, but the depth. Waldo Emerson

Epictetus

Things and people are not what we wish them to be nor what they seem to be. They are what they are.

Do you want to win at the Olympics?

In every undertaking, examine its antecedents and their consequences, and only then proceed to the act itself. If you don’t do that, you will start enthusiastically, because you have not thought about any of the next stages; then, when difficulties appear, you will give up and be put to shame. 

Do you want to win at the Olympics? I do too, of course, because it’s a splendid thing. But examine the project from start to finish, and only go in for it after that. You must train, keep a strict diet, stay off pastries, submit to a regular exercise regime each day, summer or winter, drink no cold water and no wine except at appropriate times; in other words, you have to surrender yourself to the trainer just as you would to your doctor. 

Then in the actual contest you have to dig in alongside the other contestants, and perhaps dislocate your hand or twist your ankle, swallow a lot of sand, get flogged, and with all of this lose the fight. 

When you have thought about this, go and compete if you still want to. But if you don’t think first, you will be acting like children who play at wrestling for a while, then at being gladiators, then trumpeters, and then stage performers. That’s what you are like too, now an athlete, next a gladiator, then an orator, now a philosopher but nothing in your self as a whole. 

You are like a monkey mimicking whatever you see, as one thing after another takes your fancy. You haven’t pursued anything with due consideration or after thorough review; you mess about and don’t put your heart into things.

Behave in life as at a dinner party

Remember that you must behave in life as at a dinner party. Is anything brought around to you? Put out your hand and take your share with moderation. Does it pass by you? Don't stop it. Is it not yet come? Don't stretch your desire towards it, but wait till it reaches you. 

Do this with regard to children, to a wife, to public posts, to riches, and you will eventually be a worthy partner of the feasts of the gods. And if you don't even take the things which are set before you, but are able even to reject them, then you will not only be a partner at the feasts of the gods, but also of their empire. For, by doing this, Diogenes, Heraclitus and others like them, deservedly became, and were called, divine.

Caretake this moment

Caretake this moment. Immerse yourself in its particulars. Respond to this person, this challenge, this deed. Quit evasions. Stop giving yourself needless trouble. It is time to really live; to fully inhabit the situation you happen to be in now.

It is time to really live; to fully inhabit the situation you happen to be in now. People are not disturbed by things, but by the views they take of them. Epictetus

Werner Erhard

If its comfort you want,
life is not the place to be.

The power to transform the quality of our lives

You and I possess within ourselves, at every moment of our lives and under all circumstances, the power to transform the quality of our lives.

For me it is the highest expression of humanity to contribute

For me it is the highest expression of humanity to contribute, to facilitate, to participate in the transformation of humanity.

Living is the process of experiencing right now

Living is not the story of your life. Living is the process of experiencing right now.

Who you are is empty and meaningless

Until you know that who you are is empty and meaningless, you don't know anything.

Each of us needs to find the great leader within ourselves

Instead of looking for a great leader, we are in an era where each of us needs to find the great leader within ourselves.

Living happens right now; it doesn't happen back then, and it doesn't happen out there

Living is really pretty simple. Living happens right now; it doesn't happen back then, and it doesn't happen out there. Living is not the story of your life. Living is the process of experiencing right now.

Live as if your life depends upon it. — Werner Erhard

Immanuel Kant

Man must be disciplined,
for he is by nature raw and wild.

One who makes himself a worm

One who makes himself a worm cannot complain afterwards if people step on him.

Hope, sleep, and laughter

Heaven has given human beings three things to balance the odds of life: hope, sleep, and laughter.

Reason and the freedom of the will

Her giving to man reason and the freedom of the will which depends upon it is clear indication of her purpose. Man accordingly was not to be guided by instinct, not nurtured and instructed with ready-made knowledge; rather, he should bring forth everything out of his own resources.

Do not feel forced to act

Do not feel forced to act, as you're only willing to act according to your own universal laws. And that's good. For only willfull acts are universal. And that's your maxim.

What alone has value is the use to which life is put

What alone has value is the use to which life is put and the end to which it is directed. The value of life has to be created by man, it cannot be obtained through luck but only through wisdom. He who is anxiously concerned over losing his life will never enjoy life.

Live your life as though your every act were to become a universal law. — Immanuel Kant

Elon Musk

I think that's the single best piece of advice: constantly think about how you could be doing things better and questioning yourself.

Life needs to be more than just solving problems every day

Life needs to be more than just solving problems every day. You need to wake up and be excited about the future.

The idea of lying on a beach as my main thing just sounds like the worst

The idea of lying on a beach as my main thing just sounds like the worst. It sounds horrible to me. I would go bonkers. I would have to be on serious drugs. I’d be super-duper bored. I like high intensity..

People should pursue what they're passionate about

People should pursue what they're passionate about. That will make them happier than pretty much anything else.

It is possible for ordinary people to choose to be extraordinary. — Elon Musk

Osho

There are three ways to live.

The pseudo ways

First, let me explain to you the pseudo ways, then it will be easier to understand the right way. These are the two pseudo ways most people have lived and are living: the first is in the yesterday, the past; the second is in the tomorrow, the future. Both are really ways of deceiving yourself. The yesterday is no more, and the tomorrow has not come yet.

The yesterday cannot be lived

The yesterday cannot be lived. Yes, only in imagination, but not truly. It is dead. There is no way to make it alive again. You cannot move backwards in time. That which is gone is gone forever. But millions of people, ninety-nine point nine percent of people, have chosen to live either in the yesterday or in the tomorrow.

The tomorrow is not there

The tomorrow is not there and is not going to be there ever. It never comes, by its very nature. It is always coming, coming, coming... but it never comes. It is only a hope which is not going to be fulfilled. But hope is the most ancient psychological drug.

If you know the art of living

If you know the art of living... and it consists of small things, not of big, great commandments... very small things... just sipping your tea joyfully, meditatively, tasting each sip as if this is the last sip. Perhaps you may not be able again to hold the cup in your hands – there is no guarantee.

But if you are living fully, joyously, there is no reason at all to think of the future. It does not arise at all in your being. And your contentment, moment to moment, goes on making you more and more fulfilled, so fulfilled that you could not have imagined, dreamed of it.

If you can rejoice in this life totally, you will not be bothered at all what happens after death – because so much will be happening now that you cannot imagine that more is possible. Osho

Jean-Paul Sartre

To be fully alive is to be properly aware of reality, and its freedoms. We are usually full of reasons however why certain things would not be possible.

We are living in 'bad faith' whenever we tell ourselves that things have to be a certain way

We are living in 'bad faith' whenever we tell ourselves that things have to be a certain way and shut our eyes to other options. Living in bad faith is to believe we have to do what we are doing, we have no choice, we are not free, and our role makes us do what we do. We have more options than we normally believe. 

People are like dice

People are like dice. We throw ourselves in the direction of our own choosing

The existent individual

The existent individual, as Kierkegaard defines him, is first of all he who is in an infinite relationship with himself and has an infinite interest in himself and his destiny. Secondly, the existent individual always feels himself to be in Becoming, with a task before him.

Man is fully responsible for his nature

Man is fully responsible for his nature, choices and lifestyle.

What is important is how we respond to what happens to us

What is important is not what happens to us, but how we respond to what happens to us.

Man is condemned to be free

Man is condemned to be free. Condemned because he did not create himself, yet is nevertheless at liberty, and from the moment he is thrown into this world he is responsible for everything he does.

The individual's duty is to do what he wants to do

The individual's duty is to do what he wants to do, to think whatever he likes, to be accountable to no one but himself, to challenge every idea and every person.

I am rather...astonished

I am rather...astonished at this life which
is given to me - given for nothing.

Man can will nothing unless he has first understood that he must count on no one but himself

Man can will nothing unless he has first understood that he must count on no one but himself; that he is alone, abandoned on earth in the midst of his infinite responsibilities, without help, with no other aim than the one he sets himself, with no other destiny than the one he forges for himself on this earth.

There is only one day left, always starting over

Do you think that I count the days? There is only one day left, always starting over: it is given to us at dawn and taken away from us at dusk.

Life has no meaning

Life has no meaning, the moment you lose the illusion of being eternal.

It is up to you to give life a meaning

Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does. It is up to you to give life a meaning.

Everything has been figured out

Everything has been figured out, except how to live.

Man is what he wills himself to be

Not only is man what he conceives himself to be, but he is also only what he wills himself to be after this thrust toward existence. Man is nothing else but what he makes of himself.

What makes or breaks a man

What makes or breaks a man is not what people think of him, but what he thinks of himself.

Life is nothing until it is lived; but it is yours to make sense of and the value of it is nothing else but the sense that you choose

Life is nothing until it is lived; but it is yours to make sense of and the value of it is nothing else but the sense that you choose.

You are your life, and nothing else

You are -- your life, and nothing else.

Better to die on one's feet than to live on one's knees. — Jean-Paul Sartre

Leo Tolstoy

We should be satisfied with the small things in life. The less we need, the less trouble we can have.

Remember that your understanding of your inner self holds the meaning of your life

Remember that your understanding of your inner self holds the meaning of your life, and it makes you free if you do not force it to serve your flesh. The human soul which is enlightened by understanding and freed from passions, and lit with the divine light, stands on a firm foundation.

Try to find out your potential

Try to find out your potential. After you know it, do not be afraid to underestimate it. Be cautious not to exaggerate it.

Sometimes, the damage done by our words is obvious and sometimes it isn't

Sometimes, the damage done by our words is obvious and sometimes it isn't, but the damage is not any smaller for our not being able to see those people who suffer from our words.

No matter how many times you aim to achieve victory over your passions, do not give up

No matter how many times you aim to achieve victory over your passions, do not give up. Every effort weakens the power of passion and makes it easier to gain victory over it.

Live for your soul

Live for your soul, and without trying or even understanding that you're doing it, you will contribute to the improvement of society.

Neither hide nor have a wish to display your life to people

Live your life in such a way that you neither hide nor have a wish to display your life to people.

Real goodness is always simple

Real goodness is always simple. Simplicity is so attractive and so profitable that it is strange that so few people lead truly simple lives.

A person cannot have complete understanding of the meaning of life

A person cannot have complete understanding of the meaning of life. A person can only know its direction.

Every person has only one purpose: to find perfection in goodness

Every person has only one purpose: to find perfection in goodness. Therefore, only that knowledge is necessary which leads us to this.

No matter how low a person may fall

No matter how low a person may fall, he will always be able to see that perfection toward which he should move.

Accept your mistakes

Not to accept your mistakes is to increase them.

The real purpose of our existence is to understand this limitless life existing in this world. Leo Tolstoy

Alan Watts

The meaning of life is just to be alive. It is so plain and so obvious and so simple. And yet, everybody rushes around in a great panic as if it were necessary to achieve something beyond themselves.

The root of the matter is the way in which we feel and conceive ourselves as human beings

The root of the matter is the way in which we feel and conceive ourselves as human beings, our sensation of being alive, of individual existence and identity. We suffer from a hallucination, from a false and distorted sensation of our own existence as living organisms.

Most of us have the sensation that "I myself" is a separate center

Most of us have the sensation that "I myself" is a separate center of feeling and action, living inside and bounded by the physical body—a center which "confronts" an "external" world of people and things, making contact through the senses with a universe both alien and strange. Everyday figures of speech reflect this illusion. "I came into this world." "You must face reality." "The conquest of nature."

We do not "come into" this world; we come out of it, as leaves from a tree

This feeling of being lonely and very temporary visitors in the universe is in flat contradiction to everything known about man (and all other living organisms) in the sciences. 

We do not "come into" this world; we come out of it, as leaves from a tree. As the ocean "waves," the universe "peoples." Every individual is an expression of the whole realm of nature, a unique action of the total universe. This fact is rarely, if ever, experienced by most individuals. Even those who know it to be true in theory do not sense or feel it, but continue to be aware of themselves as isolated "egos" inside bags of skin.

If you say that money is the most important thing, you’ll spend your life completely wasting your time

If you say that money is the most important thing, you’ll spend your life completely wasting your time: You’ll be doing things you don’t like doing in order to go on living, that is, in order to go on doing things you don’t like doing — which is stupid!

Wonder, and its expression in poetry and the arts, are among the most important things which seem to distinguish men from other animals, and intelligent and sensitive people from morons. Alan Watts

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