Archive of August 2017

Aug 23, 2017

The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best.
— Epictetus (via swissmiss | Your Best)

Aug 17, 2017

Happiness is not a goal, it is a by-product. Paradoxically, the one sure way not to be happy is deliberately to map out a way of life in which one would please oneself completely and exclusively. After a short time, a very short time, there would be little that one really enjoyed. For what keeps our interest in life and makes us look forward to tomorrow is giving pleasure to other people.
— Eleanor Roosevelt, You Learn by Living: Eleven Keys for a More Fulfilling Life (New York: Harper & Row, 1960). (via Orange Crate Art: Eleanor Roosevelt on happiness)
The things that you cannot do are the things that you should do.
— Eleanor Roosevelt (via Orange Crate Art: From an old notebook)

Aug 16, 2017

Don't let the behaviour of others destroy your inner peace.
— Dalai Lama

Aug 15, 2017

Aber wir sind um so stärker, je mehr wir das Leben anerkennen, je mehr wir im Innersten mit dem einig sind, was uns von außen geschieht.
— Hermann Hesse
I have never seen any life transformation that didn’t begin with the person in question finally getting tired of their own bullshit.
— Elizabeth Gilbert

Aug 11, 2017

When you need encouragement, think of the qualities the people around you have: this one’s energy, that one’s modesty, another’s generosity, and so on. Nothing is as encouraging as when virtues are visibly embodied in the people around us, when we’re practically showered with them. It’s good to keep this in mind.
— Marcus Aurelius (via swissmiss | Virtues Visibly Embodied)

Aug 10, 2017

The real secret to motivation is that you don’t need it.

Aug 9, 2017

To be mature you have to realize what you value most. It is extraordinary to discover that comparatively few people reach this level of maturity. They seem never to have paused to consider what has value for them. They spend great effort and sometimes make great sacrifices for values that, fundamentally, meet no real needs of their own. Perhaps they have imbibed the values of their particular profession or job, of their community or their neighbors, of their parents or family. Not to arrive at a clear understanding of one’s own values is a tragic waste. You have missed the whole point of what life is for.
— Eleanor Roosevelt, You Learn by Living: Eleven Keys for a More Fulfilling Life (via Orange Crate Art: Eleanor Roosevelt on maturity)

Aug 5, 2017

The whole thing threatens to collapse into paradox: your view of someone else’s circumstances as more appealing arises from a perspective shaped entirely by your own interests and values. If you actually did have that person’s possessions, relationships and status, you’d be someone else. And who’s to say you’d share those interests and values? You’d probably just be envious of someone else. The grass is always greener at a distance. Which, come to think of it, is maybe why Trump seems to be spending his presidency on a never-ending tour of golf courses.
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