Thursday, August 28, 2014

On leisure

"Life is work, rest, and recreation, and depending on that recreation is the story of one's success of failure." - F.D. van Amburgh
"I am never less at leisure than when at leisure, nor less alone than when I am alone." - Scipio Africanus 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014


"The worst sorrows in life are not in its losses and misfortunes, but its fears." - Arthur Benson
"No power is strong enough to be lasting if it labors under the weight of fear." - Cicero
"If a man harbors any sort of fear, it percolates through all his thinking, damages his personality, makes him landlord to a ghost." - Lloyd Douglas
"Never take counsel of your fears." - Andrew Jackson 

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.