"Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for."
— Joseph Addison
"I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find that I have just lived the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well."
— Diane Ackerman
"We act out because, ironically, we think it will bring us some relief. We equate it with happiness. Often there is some relief, for the moment. When you have an addiction and you fulfill that addiction, there is a moment in which you feel some relief. Then the nightmare gets worse. So it is with aggression. When you get to tell someone off, you might feel pretty good for a while, but somehow the sense of righteous indignation and hatred grows, and it hurts you. It’s as if you pick up hot coals with your bare hands and throw them at your enemy. If the coals happen to hit him, he will be hurt. But in the meantime, you are guaranteed to be burned."
— Pema Chödrön
"The problem with our life does not lie in the individual circumstances or occurrences of our day-to-day existence. It’s not that they’re inherently meaningless and boring. The problem is that we make them meaningless and boring; because we are so invested in maintaining our own sense of self, we actually don’t relate to anything in a direct way. Unwilling to fully live the life that is arriving in our bodies moment by moment, we find ourselves left with no real life at all."
— Reggie Ray, “Touching Enlightenment”
"It is tempting to sleepwalk through life.
To tell half-truths, listen halfway, be half-asleep,
drive with half attention … Wake Up!"
"We are all worms. But I do believe that I am a glow-worm."
— Winston Churchill