There is only one thing that I dread: not to be worthy of my sufferings
Emotion, which is suffering, ceases to be suffering as soon as we form a clear and precise picture of it.
He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how
That which does not kill me, makes me stronger
Who really knows? Who here will proclaim it? Whence was it produced? Whence is this creation? Perhaps it was formed itself or perhaps it did not. The one who surveys it all, in the highest heaven, only he knows – or perhaps even he does not know.
– Rig Veda
There is a theory which states that if ever anybody discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened.
– Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
“Shall I tell you?” “what you have that other men don’t have and that will make the future?”
“It's the courage of your own tenderness, that’s what it is”
- From Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H.Lawrence
Youths should be firm
In character and strong in body
To such a man, the whole
World becomes full of wealth
- Taittiriya Upanishads 2-8
If you have nothing but complexion to recommend you,
You have no recommendations.
If you know anything, you recommend yourself
He could have added fortune to fame
But caring for neither
He found happiness and honour
In being helpful to the world
- Epitaph on the tomb of George Washington Carver (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Washington_Carver)
Coincidence, if traced far back enough, becomes inevitable
- Inscription on a Hindu temple near New Delhi and quoted by Carl Gustav Jung
Only when one can face death without fear that one can face life
‘Atticus’ – said Jim bleakly.
‘How could they do it, how could they?’
‘I don’t know, but they didn’t. They’ve done it before and they did it tonight and they’ll do it again and when they do it – seems that only children weep. Good night!’
- From ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ by Harper Lee. The event: A white jury had given a judgement of ‘Guilty’ to a black man who was innocent
Mrs ......was one of those childless adults who find it necessary to assume a different tone of voice when speaking to children
- From ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ by Harper Lee.
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