Sep 5, 2017

We should therefore claim, in the name of tolerance, the right not to tolerate the intolerant. We should claim that any movement preaching intolerance places itself outside the law, and we should consider incitement to intolerance and persecution as criminal, in the same way as we should consider incitement to murder, or to kidnapping, or to the revival of the slave trade, as criminal.
— Karl Popper (via The paradox of tolerance)
The pain is a kind of challenge your mind presents — will you learn how to focus and move past boredom, or like a child will you succumb to the need for immediate pleasure and distraction?
A life that doesn’t include hard-won accomplishment and triumph over obstacles may not be a satisfying one. There is something deeply fulfilling — even thrilling — in doing almost anything difficult extremely well. There is a joy and pride that come from pushing yourself to another level or across a new frontier. A life devoted only to the present — to feeling good in the now — is unlikely to deliver real fulfillment. The present moment by itself it too small, too hollow. We all need a future. Something beyond and greater than our own present gratification, at which to aim or feel we’ve contributed.

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)
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