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How to live

07/07/2015

A collection of quotations pointing to how to live your life. These quotations have a special meaning for me. I hope they have such a special meaning for you also.

  • There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. ~ Albert Einstein
  • Understand and appreciate the power and wonder of being truly free (alive) by waking up to the mainstream news’ scripted and focused lies designed to control and enslave the masses.
  • Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary. ~Steve Jobs
  • Remembering that I’m going to die is the best way to avoid the trap of thinking I have something to lose. I’m already naked. There is no reason not to follow my heart.
  • The days are long but the years short.
  • Laughter cannot be without tears, day cannot be without night, heat cannot be without cold, and birth cannot be without death. Just witness both these extremes, and balance in life will begin to happen on its own. ~Osho
  • People say, “it’s none of my business what other people think of me.” This is one of those statements that are both True and Not-True. Intellectually it seems true. But we’re not all intellectuals. Sometimes we feel that animal urge to respond, to react, to cry, to be in pain. So this is all a practice. A practice for growth. And the people who lash out with their opinions about us are our greatest teachers. Sometimes it feels horrible. But running a marathon is hard. Flying through space on a tiny planet is so hard it’s a miracle. Don’t waste the miracle living inside other people’s fears. Be the drop of water that disperses through the infinitely wide ocean. ~James Altucher
  • Age is a number, old is an attitude.
  • There is a story of a woman during Buddha’s time whose child had died. She came with the child to Buddha, asking if he could bring the child back to life. Buddha responded that he could do so if she could bring him a mustard seed from a family that had not known the death of a parent, child, or friend. She went eagerly looking for the mustard seed. When she returned, empty-handed she had learned that there is no one who is not affected by death.
  • Prayer: May God direct your steps toward tranquillity and keep you from the hands of every foe. May you be safe from all misfortune on this earth. May God grant you mercy in his eyes and in the eyes of all who see you. (Julie Orringer, 2010, The Invisible Bridge, London: Penguin Group, p. 15)
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