1. The purpose of life seems to be to acquaint a man with himself and whatever science or art or course of action he engages in reacts upon and illuminates the recesses of his own mind. Thus friends seem to be only mirrors to draw out and explain to us ourselves; and that which draws us nearer our fellow man, is, that the deep Heart in one, answers the deep Heart in another, — that we find we have (a common Nature) — one life which runs through all individuals, and which is indeed Divine.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
2. Avoid the bad habit of domesticating the prophet of your choice, turning him into a cheerleader for your way of thinking and way of life. Remember that all the great prophets were courageous and outrageous folks who railed against the powers-that-be, challenged self-satisfied piosity, threatened the prevailing social order, and would find you falling short in some significant ways.
– Parker J. Palmer
3. Study as if you were going to live forever; live as if you were going to die tomorrow.
– Maria Mitchell
4. To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else.
– Emily Dickinson
5. True religion is real living; living with all one’s soul, with all one’s goodness and righteousness….
6. We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms — to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.
– Victor Frankl
7. There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One is roots; the other, wings.
– Hodding Carter
8. True individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence.
– Franklin D. Roosevelt
9. Read at all time to keep the mind younger. If you stop reading, you get old
– Alfred Collin
10. Life is a race. If you run fast, you are safe. If you are too slow, you get trampled.