To the European, it is a characteristic of the American culture that, again and again, one is commanded and ordered to “be happy.” But happiness cannot be pursued; it must ensue. One must have a reason to “be happy.”
Once the reason is found, however, one becomes happy automatically. As we see, a human being is not one in pursuit of happiness but rather in search of a reason to become happy, last but not least, through actualizing the potential meaning inherent and dormant in a given situation.
Man’s Search for Meaning // Viktor E. Frankl
Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.
// Jack Kerouac
Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact.
Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.
Meditations // Marcus Aurelius
those who escape hell
never talk about
and nothing much
// Charles Bukowski
How can I be substantial if I do not cast a shadow?
I must have a dark side also if I am to be whole.
Modern Man in Search of a Soul // C.G. Jung
Any action is often better than no action, especially if you have been stuck in an unhappy situation for a long time. If it is a mistake, at least you learn something, in which case it’s no longer a mistake. If you remain stuck, you learn nothing.
The Power of Now // Eckhart Tolle
People do not seem to realize that their opinion of the world
is also a confession of their character.
// Ralph Waldo Emerson
You will never be able to experience everything.
So, please, do poetical justice to your soul and simply experience yourself.
// Albert Camus
Our crisis is no longer material; it’s existential, it’s spiritual.
We have so much fucking stuff and so many opportunities
that we don’t even know what to give a fuck about anymore.
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck // Mark Manson
The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it. Resist it, and your soul grows sick with longing for the things it has forbidden to itself, with desire for what its monstrous laws have made monstrous and unlawful.
The Picture of Dorian Gray // Oscar Wilde