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Sunday, 30 September 2012

Saturday, 29 September 2012

16/365 - Which the World knows not (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)

“Every man has his secret sorrows 
which the world knows not; 
and often times 
we call a man cold 
when he is only sad.”

  - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Friday, 28 September 2012

15/365 - The Quality of your Thoughts (Marcus Aurelius)

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

  - Marcus Aurelius

Thursday, 27 September 2012

14/365 - A Mathematical Formula for Happiness (Jodi Picoult)

“A mathematical formula for happiness:
Reality divided by Expectations.

There were two ways to be happy
:improve your reality 
or lower your expectations.”

  - Jodi Picoult
(Nineteen Minutes)

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

13/365 - The Greater Part of our Happiness (Martha Washington)

“The greater part of our happiness
 or misery
 depends upon our dispositions,
 and not upon our circumstances.”

  - Martha Washington

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

12/365 - I have loved the World (Sri Chinmoy)

“I am very happy
Because I have conquered myself
And not the world.

I am very happy
Because I have loved the world
And not myself.”

  - Sri Chinmoy

Monday, 24 September 2012

11/365 - Happiness is Freedom (Carrie Jones)

“The secret of happiness is freedom,
 the secret of freedom is courage.”

  - Carrie Jones

Sunday, 23 September 2012

10/365 - To Seek Happiness for Others (Martin Luther King Jr.)

“Those who are not looking for Happiness 
are the most likely to find it, 
because those who are searching
forget that the surest way to be happy
 is to seek happiness for others.”

  - Martin Luther King Jr.

Saturday, 22 September 2012

09/365 - The Advantage of a Bad Memory (Friedrich Nietzsche)

“The advantage of a bad memory
 is that one enjoys several times 
the same good things for the first time.”
- Friedrich Nietzsche

Friday, 21 September 2012

08/365 - Happiness is an Allegory (Haruki Murakami)

“It's like Tolstoy said. 

Happiness is an allegory, 
unhappiness a story.”

  - Haruki Murakami
(Kafka on the Shore)

Thursday, 20 September 2012

07/365 - The Happiest People I know (Gordon B. Hinckley)

“Generally speaking,
 the most miserable people I know 
are those who are obsessed with themselves; 
the happiest people I know 
are those who lose themselves in the service of others...

By and large, 
I have come to see that if we complain about life, 
it is because we are thinking only of ourselves.”

- Gordon B. Hinckley

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

06/365 - Who is the Happier man? (Hunter S. Thompson)

“So we shall let the reader answer this question for himself: 
who is the happier man, 
he who has braved the storm of life and lived 
or he who has stayed securely on shore and merely existed?”
- Hunter S. Thompson

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

05/365 - The Best way to Cheer Yourself (Mark Twain)

“The best way to cheer yourself 
is to try to cheer someone else up.”

  - Mark Twain

Monday, 17 September 2012

04/365 - Consequence of Personal Effort (Elizabeth Gilbert)

“Happiness is the consequence of personal effort.
 You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, 
and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. 

You have to participate relentlessly
 in the manifestations of your own blessings. 

And once you have achieved a state of happiness, 
you must never become lax about maintaining it.

 You must make a mighty effort to keep swimming upward
 into that happiness forever, 
to stay afloat on top of it.”

  - Elizabeth Gilbert
(Eat, Pray, Love)

Sunday, 16 September 2012

03/365 - The People who make us Happy (Marcel Proust)

“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy;
 they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”
- Marcel Proust

Saturday, 15 September 2012

02/365 - Doing nothing as a brake on Time (Philip Larkin)

“I'm terrified of the thought of time passing 
(or whatever is meant by that phrase)
 whether I 'do' anything or not. 

In a way I may believe, 
deep down, 
that doing nothing acts as a brake on 'time'-
 it doesn't of course.

 It merely adds the torment of having done nothing, 
when the time comes,
 when it really doesn't matter
 if you've done anything or not.”

  - Philip Larkin
(Philip Larkin: Letters to Monica)

Friday, 14 September 2012

01/365 - Our Life is made up of Time (Cecelia Ahern)

“Our life is made up of time.

 Our days are measured in hours, 
our pay measured by those hours, 
our knowledge is measured by years. [...] 

And yet time eventually runs out 
and you wonder in your heart of hearts 
if those seconds, minutes, hours, days, 
weeks, months, years and decades 
 were being spent the best way they possibly could.”

  - Cecelia Ahern

And what a year is has been.
Thank you with all my heart for sharing it with me.
Here's to an even better one to come!

Thursday, 13 September 2012

366/365 - On Awareness (Osho)

"I don't have any choice any more.

 I am in a choiceless awareness. 

I don't have to be aware.

 I am simply aware. 

 Now it is just like my heartbeat or like my breathing.

 Even if I try not to be aware,
 it is not possible;
 the very effort will make me more aware.

 Awareness is not a quality, a characteristic; 
it is your whole being. 

When you become aware, 
there is no choice left to be otherwise."

- Osho

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

365/365 - Wow! What a Ride! (Hunter S. Thompson)

“Life should not be a journey to the grave
 with the intention of arriving safely 
in a pretty and well preserved body, 
but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, 
thoroughly used up, 
totally worn out, 
and loudly proclaiming:

 "Wow! What a Ride!”

- Hunter S. Thompson

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Monday, 10 September 2012

363/365 - The Lives of Others (Paulo Coelho)

“We can never judge the lives of others,
 because each person knows only their own pain and renunciation.

 It's one thing to feel that you are on the right path,
 but it's another to think that yours is the only path.”

  - Paulo Coelho

Sunday, 9 September 2012

362/365 - Before the Fall (Jodi Picoult)

“Once you had put the pieces back together,
even though you may look intact, 
you were never quite the same as you'd been before the fall.”

- Jodi Picoult

Saturday, 8 September 2012

361/365 - Who will not admit they are Wrong (François de La Rochefoucauld)

“No persons are more frequently wrong,
 than those who will not admit they are wrong.”

  - François de La Rochefoucauld

Friday, 7 September 2012

360/365 - A Learning Experience (Douglas Adams)

“A learning experience 
is one of those things that says, 
"You know that thing you just did? Don't do that.”

  - Douglas Adams
(The Salmon of Doubt)

Thursday, 6 September 2012

359/365 - Life was much like a Song (Nicholas Sparks)

“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)

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

358/365 - Your Whole Life (Audrey Niffenegger)

“Don't you think it's better to be extremely happy for a short while, 
even if you lose it, 
than to be just okay for your whole life?”

- Audrey Niffenegger
(The Time Traveler's Wife)

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

357/365 - Don't be afraid of Death (Natalie Babbitt)

“Don't be afraid of death;
 be afraid of an unlived life.

 You don't have to live forever, 
you just have to live.”

  - Natalie Babbitt
(Tuck Everlasting)

Monday, 3 September 2012

356/365 - Merely to be Normal (Albert Camus)

“Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy 
merely to be normal.”

  - Albert Camus

Sunday, 2 September 2012

355/365 - It's all in the View (Sarah Dessen)

“It's all in the view.

That's what I mean about forever, too. 

For any one of us our forever could end in an hour,
 or a hundred years from now. 

You never know for sure, 
so you'd better make every second count.”

- Sarah Dessen 
  (The Truth About Forever)

354/365 - Don't Part with your Illusions (Mark Twain)

“Don't part with your illusions. 

When they are gone you may still exist, 
but you have ceased to live.”

  - Mark Twain

353/365 - How much Good Inside a Day? (Shel Silverstein)

“How many slams in an old screen door? 
 Depends how loud you shut it.

 How many slices in a bread? 
Depends how thin you cut it. 

How much good inside a day? 
Depends how good you live 'em. 

How much love inside a friend? 
Depends how much you give 'em.”

- Shel Silverstein

352/365 - Stop a Heart from Breaking (Emily Dickinson)

“If I can stop one heart from breaking, 
I shall not live in vain.”

  - Emily Dickinson

351/365 - On Death (Mitch Albom)

“Death ends a life, 
not a relationship.”

- Mitch Albom 
(Tuesdays with Morrie)

350/365 - Comforted by a Lie (Khaled Hosseini)

“But better to be hurt by the truth than comforted with a lie.”
- Khaled Hosseini

349/365 - Delicious Ambiguity (Gilda Radner)

“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.

Delicious Ambiguity.”

- Gilda Radner