Marcus Aurelius: Death, Power & Beauty

Marcus Aurelius quotes

“The sexual embrace can only be compared with music and with prayer.”

“Death smiles at us all; all we can do is smile back.”

“The soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts.”

“Remember that very little is needed to make a happy life.”

“Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.”

“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.”

“It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.”

“Don’t go on discussing what a good person should be. Just be one.”

“If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.”

“Everything that happens happens as it should, and if you observe carefully, you will find this to be so.”

Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.”

“Do every act of your life as though it were the very last act of your life.”

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Hafiz: Fear, Love & Happiness

Hafiz Fear Love Happiness

“One regret dear world, that I am determined not to have when I am lying on my deathbed is that I did not kiss you enough.”

“Fear is the cheapest room in the house. I would like to see you living in better conditions.”

“Love sometimes wants to do us a great favor: hold us upside down and shake all the nonsense out.”

“When all your desires are distilled; you will cast just two votes: to love more, and be happy.”

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Words of Martin Buber

Martin Buber

“True beings are lived in the present, the life of objects is lived in the past.”

“Mundus vult decipi: the world wants to be deceived. The truth is too complex and frightening; the taste for the truth is an acquired taste that few acquire.”

“One cannot in the nature of things expect a little tree that has been turned into a club to put forth leaves.”

“The world is not comprehensible, but it is embraceable: through the embracing of one of its beings.”

“I do not accept any absolute formulas for living. No preconceived code can see ahead to everything that can happen in a man’s life. As we live, we grow and our beliefs change. They must change. So I think we should live with this constant discovery. We should be open to this adventure in heightened awareness of living. We should stake our whole existence on our willingness to explore and experience.”

“The atheist staring from his attic window is often nearer to God than the believer caught up in his own false image of God.”

“This is the eternal origin of art that a human being confronts a form that wants to become a work through him. Not a figment of his soul but something that appears to the soul and demands the soul’s creative power. What is required is a deed that a man does with his whole being.”

“To look away from the world, or to stare at it, does not help a man to reach God; but he who sees the world in Him stands in His presence.”

“Solitude is the place of purification.”

“Every person born into the world represents something new, something that never existed before, something original and unique….If there had been someone like her in the world, there would have been no need for her to be born.”

“We can be redeemed only to the extent to which we see ourselves.”

“Spirit in its human manifestation is man’s response to his You. Man speaks in many tongues – tongues of language, of art, of action – but the spirit is one; it is response to the You that appears from the mystery and addresses us from the mystery. Spirit is word. And even as verbal speech may first become word in the brain of man and then become sound in his throat, although both are merely refractions of the true event because in truth language does not reside in man but man stands in language and speaks out of it – so it is with all words, all spirit. Spirit is not in the I but between I and You. It is not like the blood that circulates in you but like the air in which you breathe. Man lives in the spirit when he is able to respond to his You. He is able to do that when he enters into this relation with his whole being. It is solely by virtue of his power to relate that man is able to live in the spirit.”

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How to Thrive in an Unknowable Future

Unknowable Future

Advice from Derek Sivers

1. Prepare for the worst. Since you have no idea what the future may bring, be open to the best and the worst. But the best case scenario doesn’t need your preparation, or your attention. So mentally and financially just prepare for the worst case instead. And, like insurance, don’t obsess on it. Just prepare, and then carry on appreciating the good times.

2. Own as little as possible. Depend on even less. The less you own, the less you are affected by disaster.

3. Choose the plan with the most options. The best plan is the one that lets you change your plans. For example, renting a house is actually buying the option to move at any time without losing money in a changing market.

4. Expect disaster. If you ever watched a VH1 Behind The Music, you know that like, every single success story had that moment when the narrator would come in and say, “And then, things took a turn for the worst.” So fully expect that disaster to come to you at any time. You have to completely assume that it is going to happen. And make your plans accordingly. Not just money, but health and family and freedom. You have to expect it to all disappear. Besides, you appreciate things more when you know this may be your last time seeing them.

5. Choose opportunity, not loyalty. Have no loyalty to location, corporation, or your last public statements. Be an absolute opportunist, doing whatever is best for the future in the current situation, unbound by the past. Have loyalty for only your most important human relationships.

6. Avoid planning. For maximum options, don’t plan at all. Since you have no idea how the situation or your mood may change in the future, wait until the last moment to make each decision.

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Cornel West & Existentialism

Cornel West Existentialism

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Ego is the Enemy

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Whisper from the Universe

brene brown universe quote

“I think midlife is when the universe gently places her hands upon your shoulders, pulls you close, and whispers in your ear: I’m not screwing around. It’s time. All of this pretending and performing – these coping mechanisms that you’ve developed to protect yourself from feeling inadequate and getting hurt – has to go.

Your armor is preventing you from growing into your gifts. I understand that you needed these protections when you were small. I understand that you believed your armor could help you secure all of the things you needed to feel worthy of love and belonging, but you’re still searching and you’re more lost than ever.

Time is growing short. There are unexplored adventures ahead of you. You can’t live the rest of your life worried about what other people think. You were born worthy of love and belonging. Courage and daring are coursing through you. You were made to live and love with your whole heart. It’s time to show up and be seen.”

Brené Brown

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