To begin a process of contemplation, one must begin with these four premises. They are self-explanatory.
- Life happens in the present, so you don’t have a minute to waste.
- The past was meant to be learned from, not to be re-lived in the present. Regrets are useless because you can’t go back and remake the past.
- All your experiences and people in your life, whether you see them as good or bad, helped shape who you are today.
- You are the only one responsible for changing your current life to the one you want.
— Self-Reflection 101 // The Good Men Project
I try to be a guide for people, to make their darkness bright and to make the pathway light, and never to condemn or control or criticize.”
— Little Richard, Dead at 87
Tomorrow is tomorrow. Future cares have future cures, and we must mind today.”
My whole religion is this: do every duty, and expect no reward for it, either here or hereafter.”
— Bertrand Russell, The Autobiography of Bertrand Russell (via Philosophy Bits)
Let everything happen to you
Beauty and terror
Just keep going
No feeling is final”
— Rainer Maria Rilke
Wrongs of long ago are more easily criticized than put right.”
— Giovanni Boccaccio, Andreuccio da Perugia’s Neapolitan adventures
In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy.”
— William Blake, Proverbs of Hell (via @austinkleon)
My principal motive is the belief that we can still make admirable sense of our lives even if we cease to have ‘an ambition of transcendence.’”
— Richard Rorty, Objectivity, Relativism, and Truth
Every day includes much more non-being than being.”
— Virginia Woolf, from “A Sketch of the Past,” Moments of Being
“Artists are people driven by the tension between the desire to communicate and the desire to hide.”
— Donald Winnicott, psychoanalyst (via Dana Levin)