Borrowed thoughts about life

Happiness is always a by-product. It is probably a matter of temperament, and for anything I know it may be glandular. But it is not something that can be demanded from life, and if you are not happy you had better stop worrying about it and see what treasures you can pluck from your own brand of unhappiness. – Robertson Davies

In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in a clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. Our life is a long and arduous quest after Truth. – Mahatma Gandhi

Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less. – Marie Curie

Life is a long lesson in humility. – James M. Barrie

The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty; not knowing what comes next. – Ursula K. LeGuin

Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards. – Soren Kierkegaard

In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on. – Robert Frost

There must be more to life than having everything. – Maurice Sendak

The world is our consciousness, and it surrounds us. There are more things in mind, in the imagination than “you” can keep track of – thoughts, memories, images, angers, delights, rise unbidden. The depths of mind, the unconscious, are our inner wilderness areas, and that is where a bobcat is right now. I do not mean personal bobcats in personal psyches, but the bobcat that roams from dream to dream. The conscious agenda-planning ego occupies a very tiny territory, a little cubicle somewhere near the gate, keeping track of some of what goes in and out (and sometimes making expansionistic plots), and the rest takes care of itself. The body is, so to speak, in the mind. They are both wild. ” – From “The Etiquette of Freedom” by Gary Snyder

Drama is life with the dull bits cut out. – Alfred Hitchcock

There comes a time in every man’s life and I’ve had many of them. – Casey Stengel

10 Responses to “Borrowed thoughts about life”


  1. 1 anoba January 8, 2008 at 1:13 pm

    Tol, welcome back.

    Great thoughts for the new year. Thanks.

  2. 2 ladybug January 10, 2008 at 2:43 pm

    These made me think long and hard. happy new year!

  3. 3 jeremiah the great January 10, 2008 at 4:50 pm

    life is understood backwards, but should be lived forward.
    Simple and very true, I LOVE IT!!!!!!

  4. 4 bw January 11, 2008 at 2:05 am

    There must be more to life than having everything. – Maurice Sendak

    Now we wonder why being filty rich does not guarantee happiness !🙂

  5. 5 Sidney January 11, 2008 at 4:46 am

    One wanders through life as if wandering through a field in the dark of night, wearing a blindfold and very heavy shoes, with a poisonous toad waiting patiently beneath a clump of weeds, knowing full well that eventually you will step on him.
    -Lemony Snicket-

  6. 6 annamanila January 11, 2008 at 1:32 pm

    Nothing in life is to be feared. True. Only to be understood. Maybe we don’t even have to understand.

    Everything is a matter of perspective. We don’t depend on anyone or anything for our happiness. Inside we are intact and full. ayayay .. why do i forget that often?

    These are all beautiful thoughts, myepinoy.

  7. 7 Schumey January 15, 2008 at 11:46 am

    Very good read. Life has so many secrets hidden away from peering eyes. Sometimes living life is not enough, one has to feel it too to understand it. Most people now only live life, they are held hostage by life’s daily grind and confuses happiness with material acquisition.

  8. 8 verns January 16, 2008 at 7:08 am

    I like the one from Robert Frost…so true. Happy New Year Myepinoy!

  9. 9 Fatimah January 16, 2008 at 8:30 pm

    Just wanted to say hello!

  10. 10 SexyMom January 17, 2008 at 7:41 am

    Borrowed thoughts–hope soon your own thoughts. they’re great ones, anyway. your favorites?

    my original thoughts go like this. life is what we make out of it, how we live it–all depends on our individual perspectives. in life, each of us has God-given talents and the free will to either nurture the talent we have or let it rot away. this leads to the question of happiness. again different from one person to another, happiness is relative. what makes one person happy does not necessarily make another feel the same. and then there are those who make another happy just by being there. mysterious ano?

    Happy New Year, myepinOy! Welcome back.


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