Tuesday, August 5, 2014


"Some people are so afraid to die that they never begin to live." - Henry Van Dyke
"Live and let live is not enough; live and help live is not too much." - Orion Madison
"You ought to know how to rise above the trivialities of life, in which most people are found drowning themselves." - D. T Suzuki 

Thursday, July 31, 2014

On failing

"He's no failure. He's not dead yet." - W. L. George
 "There is the greatest practical benefit in making a few failures early in life." - Thomas H. Huxey
 "To be successful, you've got to be willing to fail." - Frank Tyger

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Some thoughts on happiness, money, and health

"The only way for a rich man to be healthy is by exercise and abstinence, to live as if he were poor." - William Temple
"Health is worth more than learning." - Thomas Jefferson
"There is a wonderful mythical law of nature that the three things we crave most in life - happiness, freedom, and peace of mind - are always attained by giving them to someone else." - Peyton March
"The happiest people seem to be those who have no particular reason for being except that they are so." - William Inge 

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Friday, June 6, 2014


"In prosperity, caution; in adversity, patience." - Dutch proverb
"On the whole, it is patience that makes the final difference between those who succeed or fail in all things. All the greatest people have it in an infinite degree, and among the less, the patient weak ones always conquer the impatient strong." - John Ruskin 

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

On happiness

"If one only wished to be happy, this could be easily accomplished; but we wish to be happier than other people, and this is always difficult, for we believe others to be happier than they are." - Montesquieu 

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

When to relax

"The time to relax is when you don't have time for it." - Sydney Harris

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Anxiety vs. Happiness

"A superior man is the one who is free from fear and anxieties." - Confucius 
As Adam Smith noted, the pursuit of success involves much anxiety. So then one way to be free from anxiety may be:
"Where ambition ends happiness begins." - Hungarian Proverb
I'm not saying we shouldn't have goals. We should, however, recognize that ambition has costs.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Failure vs. Success

"The line between failure and success is so fine that we scarcely know when we pass it - so fine that we often are on the line and do not know it." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
A lot of ways to think about this statement. Have we already achieved success? Are we very, very close but we don't know it? Perhaps a tweak will push us over the top? Success and failure are simply what we choose to believe?

Consider what Thomas Edison said:
"Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up."

Friday, May 2, 2014

Who do we worship? Who do we despise?

"This disposition to admire, and almost worship, the rich and the powerful, and to despise, or, at least, neglect persons of poor . . . condition . . . is . . . the great and most universal cause of the corruption of our moral sentiments. That wealth and greatness are often regarded with the respect and admiration which are due only to wisdom and virtue; and that the contempt, of which vice and folly are the only proper objects, is often most unjustly bestowed upon poverty and weakness, has been the complaint of moralists in all ages."
From Adam Smith's The Theory of Moral Sentiments.