Desiderata by Max Ehrmann;Youth by Samuel Ullman;inspiring life quotes by Fritz Williams,Gilda Radner,Ralph Waldo Emerson,Nicholas Sparks
Secret Garden- Papillon
by Max Ehrmann
Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what
peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms
with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant,
they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive
persons, they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain
and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser
persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well
as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however
humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes
Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world
is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what
virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals,
and everywhere life is full of heroism. Be yourself.
Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical
about love, for in the face of all aridity and
disenchantment it is perennial as the grass.
Take kindly to the counsel of the years, gracefully
surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength
of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees
and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether
or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is
unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive
Him to be,and whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still
a beautiful world.
Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.
Andrei Belichenko painting
Youth is not a time of life—it is a state of mind.
It is not a matter of red cheeks, red lips and supple
knees. It is a temper of the will; a quality of
the imagination; a vigor of the emotions; it is
a freshness of the deep springs of life. Youth means
a tempermental predominance of courage over timidity,
of the appetite for adventure over a life of ease.
This often exists in a man of fifty, more than in
a boy of twenty. Nobody grows old by merely living
a number of years; people grow old by deserting their ideals.
Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm
wrinkles the soul. Worry, doubt, self-distrust, fear
and despair—these are the long, long years that bow
the head and turn the growing spirit back to dust.
Whether seventy or sixteen, there is in every being’s
heart a love of wonder; the sweet amazement at the stars
and starlike things and thoughts; the undaunted challenge
of events, the unfailing childlike appetite for what comes
next, and the joy in the game of life.
You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt;
as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear,
as young as your hope, as old as your despair.
In the central place of your heart there is a wireless
station. So long as it receives messages of beauty, hope,
cheer, grandeur, courage, and power from the earth, from
men and from the Infinite—so long are you young. When
the wires are all down and the central places of your
heart are covered with the snows of pessimism and the
ice of cynicism, then are you grown old, indeed!
I believe in cultivating opposite, but complementary views
of life, and I believe in meeting life's challenges with
contradictory strategies. I believe in reckoning with the
ultimate meaninglessness of our existence, even as we fall
in love with the miracle of being alive. I believe in
working passionately to make our lives count while never
losing sight of our insignificance. I believe in caring
deeply and being beyond caring. It is by encompassing these
opposites, by being involved and vulnerable, but simultaneously
transcendent and detached, that our lives are graced by
resilience and joy.
Alan Ayers Art
Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what
you could; some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept
in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day;
you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit
to be encumbered with your old nonsense.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Life, he realize, was much like a song. In the beginning
there is mystery, in the end there is confirmation, but
it's in the middle where all the emotion resides to make
the whole thing worthwhile.
Nicholas Sparks, The Last Song
I wanted a perfect ending. Now I've learned, the hard way,
that some poems don't rhyme, and some stories don't have
a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing,
having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it,
without knowing what's going to happen next.