The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his education and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he is always doing both.
— Lawrence Pearsall Jacks, Educator
Strategy without tactics is a slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is a noise before defeat.
— Sun Tzu, Ancient Chinese General
The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
— George Bernard Shaw, Irish Playwright and Economist
Make no small plans. For they have no power to boil human blood.
— Machiavelli, Philosopher
The very word “secrecy” is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths and to secret proceedings. We decided long ago that the dangers of excessive and unwarranted concealment of pertinent facts far outweighed the dangers which are cited to justify it. Even today, there is little value in opposing the threat of a closed society by imitating its arbitrary restrictions. Even today, there is little value in insuring the survival of our nation if our traditions do not survive with it.
— John F. Kennedy, U.S. President
Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another.
— G. K. Chesterton, Writer
Dealing with failure is easy: Work hard to improve. Success is also easy to handle: You’ve solved the wrong problem. Work hard to improve.
— Alan Perlis, Computer Scientist
Pathwalker, there is no path. You must make the path as you walk.
— Antonio Machado, Poet
Ring the Bells that can still ring,
Forget your perfect offering,
There is a crack in everything,
That’s how the light gets in.
— Anthem
Something terrifying in its power entered into my life at one point and would not be refused. It had revealed itself to me as love, but it was a love which demanded everything and which was a torment if it was resisted. I had placed myself in the hands of a power which was infinitely beyond me, and I knew from that time that the sole purpose of my life must be to leave myself in those hands and to allow my soul to be governed by that love. I could never doubt afterwards that behind all the accidents of this life, behind all the pain and conflict, there was a definite power at work which was shaping human destiny. Pain and conflict arise from the resistance of the human will to this power, and this resistance in turn is due to our blindness. We are held captive by the material world, the world of reason and common sense; only when we break with the illusion of this world and face the reality which is hidden in the depths of our being can we find peace.
— Bede Griffiths, Catholic Priest and Hindu Swami
In your light I learn how to love.
In your beauty, how to make poems.
You dance inside my chest where no-one sees you,
but sometimes I do, and that sight becomes this art.
— Rumi, Sufi Poet
As you set out for Ithaka
hope the voyage is a long one,
full of adventure, full of discovery.
— C.P. Cavafy, Greek Poet