Life

 

I saw many humans on whom there were no clothes. I saw many clothes in which there were no humans.

Rumi

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.

Alan Watts

Each person leaves a legacy – a single, small piece of herself, which makes richer each individual life and the collective life of humanity as a whole.

John Nichols

Live as you will wish to have lived when you are dying.

Christian Furchtegott Gellert (1715-1769) German Poet and Moralist

Is the life I'm living, the life that wants to live in me?

You must allow yourself to feel your life while you’re in it.

Victoria Erickson

I acknowledge and accept that in creating my life, God spoke its joyful yes ito the cosmos, and I was born.

Rev Tammy St Amand

My story isn’t sweet and harmonious, like invented stories. It tastes of folly and bewilderment, of madness and dreams, like the lives of all people who no longer want to lie to themselves.

Herman Hesse

And the only thing people regret is that they didn’t live boldly enough, that they didn’t invest enough heart, didn’t love enough. Nothing else really counts at all.

Ted Hughes

You are the vibrational writers of the script of your life, and everyone else in the Universe is playing the part that you have assigned to them.

Abraham-Hicks, from the workshop in San Francisco, CA on March 2, 1997

When asked what surprised him most about humanity, the Dalai Lama answered: “Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”

Dalai Lama

Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told: "I'm with you kid. Let's go."

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.

Albert Einstein

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

Robert Frost

After the game, the king and pawn go into the same box.

Italian Proverb

You were given life; it is your duty (and also your entitlement as a human being) to find something beautiful within life, no matter how slight.

Elizabeth Gilbert

It is a hard rule of life, and I believe a healthy one, that no great plan is ever carried out without meeting and overcoming endless obstacles that come up to try the skill of a man’s hand, the quality of his courage, and the endurance of his faith.

Donald Douglas (1892-1981) American, Founder Douglas Aircraft Company, later McDonnell Douglas

For man, as for flower and beast and bird, the supreme triumph is to be most vividly, most perfectly alive.

David Herbert Lawrence

I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find that I just lived the length of it. I want to live the width of it as well.

Diane Ackerman

As long as you feel inspired, your life is being well spent.

Hugh McLeod

We are not proponents of long life. We are proponents of joyful life, and when you find yourself in joy, the longevity usually follows. Although we do not count the success of a life by its length; we count it by its joy.

Abraham-Hicks, excerpted from the workshop in West Los Angeles, CA on Sunday, March 6th, 2005

Better to have a short life that is full of what you like doing, than a long life spent in a miserable way.

Alan Watts

We are like butterflies who flutter for a day and think it is forever.

Carl Sagan

Disappointment is your thought that God doesn't know what God is doing. That, of course, is impossible. So try to not be disappointed in anything. Know that life is showing up perfectly in every moment.

Neale Donald Walsch

You are responsible for your life. You can’t keep blaming somebody else for your dysfunction. Life is really about moving on.

Oprah Winfrey

No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.

Buddha

I have found that if you love life, life will love you back.

Arthur Rubinstein

The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe; to match your nature with Nature.

Joseph Campbell

This is your life and the clock is ticking.

Dr Phil

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.

Henry David Thoreau

Every day I gained more and more pleasure from this listening and looking, always seeing and hearing more clearly. As time went on, I appreciated how glorious and beautiful existence is, living. I saw how busy, preoccupied were most people with doing, making. Existence was already so much to enjoy, so grand and lovely, so exquisite.

Laurie Seagel

You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm.

Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

A job is a sacrifice. Following an interest – that’s a contribution. And we’re here on the planet, not to sacrifice ourselves, but to make a contribution.

Robert Holden, on the HayHouseRadio.com show “Shift Happens: No Regrets” aired 9 February 2012

I am going to make everything around me beautiful. That will be my life.

Elsie de Wolfe

Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told: “I’m with you kid. Let’s go.”

Maya Angelou

Travelers, there is no path, paths are made by walking.

Antonio Machado

My life is my message.

Mahatma Gandhi

Finding something important in life does not mean that you must give up everything else.

Paulo Coelho

Even when you think you have your life all mapped out, things happen that shape your destiny in ways you might never have imagined.

Deepak Chopra

The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses. No one to lean on, rely on, or blame. The gift is yours. It is an amazing journey and you alone are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your life really begins.

Bob Moawad

I am a traveler, you are my road. I go from you to you.

Rumi

There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.

Nelson Mandela

We’re all just walking each other home.

Ram Dass

Listen to your life. All moments are key moments.

Frederick Buechner

Eternity is not the hereafter… this is it. If you don't get it here you won't get it anywhere.

Joseph Campbell

On the beach, you can live in bliss.

Dennis Wilson of the Beach Boys

Too much sanity may be madness and the maddest of all, to see life as it is and not as it should be.

Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

Instructions for living a life: Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.

Mary Oliver

Our lives are like islands in the sea, or like trees in the forest, which co-mingle their roots in the darkness underground.

William James

What is it all about? To get things done? No! Because you do them, and you undo them, and you do them, and you undo them, and you do them, and you undo them… What is the point in all of it? It is the thrill of the process along the way. Physical human minds keeps thinking, “We have to be going towards some end.” And you kill each other by the millions trying to decide what is the appropriate end that you are all going toward. And we say: well, there’s your flawed premise. Because there is no end that you’re going toward. We are all on a perpetual cycle of joyous becoming. We will never get it done, ever, ever, ever, ever.

Abraham-Hicks, from the workshop in Spokane, WA on Tuesday, May 30, 2000

Man does not live by a turkey in every oven or a color TV set inevery home. Man lives by faith and hope and love, by the star on the horizon, by the trumpet that will not call retreat.

E Merrill Root (1895-1973) American Writer

Perhaps home is not a place but simply an irrevocable condition.

James Baldwin

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?

Mary Oliver

So great has been the endurance, so incredible the achievement, that, as long as the sun keeps a set course in heaven, it would be foolish to despair of the human race.

Ernest L Woodward

Is the life I’m living the life that wants to live in me?

Parker Palmer

I have begun to think of life as a series of ripples widening out from an original center.

Seamus Heaney

Death is not the extinguishing of the light, but the putting out of the lamp, because Dawn has come.

Rabindranath Tagore

We need a renaissance of wonder. We need to renew, in our hearts and in our souls, the deathless dream, the eternal poetry, the perennial sense that life is miracle and magic.

E Merrill Root (1895-1973)

When you reach the end of your life, do you want to be one of the people who are glad they did, or one of the people who wish they had?

Unknown

We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.

Joseph Campbell

The years teach much which the days never knew.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin – real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.

Alfred D Souza

Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.

Confucius

I don't want to get to the end of my life and find that I just lived the length of it. I want to live the width of it as well.

Diane Ackerman

Practise wonder today – be present, begin again, know nothing, and allow everything to surprise you, inspire you, excite you, entertain you, teach you. Be fully open to life, today, and let yourself live wonder-fully.

from Hello Happiness, by Robert Holden (see works by Robert Holden)

The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.

William James

Born empty handed,
Die empty handed.
I witnessed life at its fullest,
Empty handed.

Marlo Morgan, author of Mutant Message Down Under

I think of life itself now as a wonderful play that I've written for myself… and so my purpose is to have the utmost fun playing my part.

Shirley MacLaine

Most of the time, life does not talk to you. It just sort of pushes you around. Each push is life saying, “Wake up. There’s something I want you to learn.”

If you learn life’s lessons, you will do well. If not, life will just continue to push you around. People do two things. Some just let life push them around. Others get angry and push back. But they push back against their boss, or their job, or their husband or wife. They do not know it’s life that’s pushing.

from Rich Dad, Poor Dad, by Robert T Kiyosaki

Yet if we are to live fully, we must love as though we’ve never been hurt, dream as though our hopes have never been dashed, and take steps toward the future as though life has never given us pain.

from Fearless Living, by Rhonda Britten

Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment.

Emerson

How we breathe is how we live.

from Breathing Into Life, by Bija Bennett

Yes, there will be times when we get weary. Our studies, books and seekings may seem futile. Expect it to happen; it happens to everyone on the Path. For one thing, we are governed by the principle of alternating effort-and-relaxation. A change of pace is necessary for refreshment. When tiredness or discouragement sets in, don't be upset. Quietly set the books aside and have some tea and cake. Have no fear in doing this. If the intention is right, we are naturally drawn back again to our studies, revived, and ready for the next upward step.

The Daily Guru

To say yes, you have to sweat and roll up your sleeves and plunge both hands into life up to the elbows.

Jean Anouilh

You gotta dance like nobody's watching, dream like you will live forever, live like you're going to die tomorrow and love like it's never going to hurt.

Meme Grifsters

This is a great truth, one of the greatest truths… Once we truly know that life is difficult – once we truly understand and accept it – then life is no longer difficult. Because once it is accepted, the fact that life is difficult no longer matters.

M Scott Peck

Man's biggest mistake is to believe that he's working for someone else.

Nashua Cavalier, American author

I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.

Agatha Christie

Oh the wild joys of living! The leaping from rock to rock ... the cool silver shock of the plunge in a pool's living waters.

Robert Browning (1812-1889) British poet

The meaning of life is not to be discovered only after death in some hidden, mysterious realm; on the contrary, it can be found by eating the succulent fruit of the Tree of Life and by living in the here and now as fully and creatively as we can.

Paul Kurtz, philosophy professor and author

Man does not live by a turkey in every oven or a color TV set in every home. Man lives by faith and hope and love, by the star on the horizon, by the trumpet that will not call retreat.

E Merrill Root (1895-1973) American writer

Live your life each day as you would climb a mountain. An occasional glance towards the summit keeps the goal in mind, but many beautiful scenes are to be observed from each new vantage point.

Harold B Melchart

Life is not a problem to be solved; it is an adventure to be lived.

from Wild at Heart by John Eldredge

It's time to start living the life you've imagined.

Henry James

Life is the only real counseler; wisdom unfiltered through personal experience does not become a part of the moral tissue.

Edith Wharton

You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips.

Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774) Irish writer

Life is change. Growth is optional. Choose wisely.

Karen Kaiser Clark

Accept no one’s definition of your life, but define yourself.

Harvey Fierstein

You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.

Woodrow Wilson

There are obviously two educations. One should teach us how to make a living and the other how to live.

James Truslow Adams

Life is an adventure to be lived, not a problem to be solved.

Unknown

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, to discover that I had not lived.

Henry David Thoreau

Work like you don’t need the money, love like your heart has never been broken, and dance like no one is watching.

Aurora Greenway

The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.

Jack London

To live more simply is to unburden our lives – to live more lightly, cleanly, aerodynamically. It is to establish a more direct, unpretentious and unencumbered relationship with all aspects of our lives: the things that we consume, the work that we do, our relationships with others, our connections with nature and the cosmos, and more.

Duane Elgin

Forget about your life situation and pay attention to your life. Your life situation exists in time. Your life is now. Your life situation is mind-stuff. Your life is real.

Eckhart Tolle

I am convinced that the world is not a mere bog in which men and women trample themselves and die. Something magnificent is taking place here amidst the cruelties and tragedies, and the supreme challenge to intelligence is that of making the noblest and best in our curious heritage prevail.

CA Beard

Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Listen hard. Practice wellness. Play with abandon. Laugh. Choose with no regret. Appreciate your friends. Continue to learn. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is.

Mary Ann Radmacher

Every day I gained more and more pleasure from this listening and looking, always seeing and hearing more clearly. As time went on, I appreciated how glorious and beautiful existence is, living. I saw how busy, preoccupied were most people with doing, making. Existence was already so much to enjoy, so grand and lovely, so exquisite.

Laurie Seagel

Life has been your art. You have set yourself to music. Your days are your sonnets.

Oscar Wilde

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