philosophy of life

“Life itself is a rickety building”

— William Golding, Share via Whatsapp

“Nature loves to hide.”

— Heraclitus, Share via Whatsapp

“Among this bewildering multiplicity of ideals which shall we choose? The answer is that we shall choose none. For it is clear that each one of these contradictory ideals is the fruit of particular social circumstances. To some extent, of course, this is true of every thought and aspiration that has ever been formulated. Some thoughts and aspirations, however, are manifestly less dependent on particular social circumstances than others. And here a significant fact emerges: all the ideals of human behaviour formulated by those who have been most successful in freeing themselves from the prejudices of their time and place are singularly alike. Liberation from prevailing conventions of thought, feeling and behaviour is accomplished most effectively by the practice of disinterested virtues and through direct insight into the real nature of ultimate reality. (Such insight is a gift, inherent in the individual; but, though inherent, it cannot manifest itself completely except where certain conditions are fulfilled. The principal pre-condition of insight is, precisely, the practice of disinterested virtues.) To some extent critical intellect is also a liberating force. But the way in which intellect is used depends upon the will. Where the will is not disinterested, the intellect tends to be used (outside the non-human fields of technology, science or pure mathematics) merely as an instrument for the rationalization of passion and prejudice, the justification of self-interest. That is why so few even of die acutest philosophers have succeeded in liberating themselves completely from the narrow prison of their age and country. It is seldom indeed that they achieve as much freedom as the mystics and the founders of religion. The most nearly free men have always been those who combined virtue with insight. Now, among these freest of human beings there has been, for the last eighty or ninety generations, substantial agreement in regard to the ideal individual. The enslaved have held up for admiration now this model of a man, now that; but at all times and in all places, the free have spoken with only one voice. It is difficult to find a single word that will adequately describe the ideal man of the free philosophers, the mystics, the founders of religions. Non-attached* is perhaps the best. The ideal man is the non-attached man. Non-attached to his bodily sensations and lusts. Non-attached to his craving for power and possessions. Non-attached to the objects of these various desires. Non-attached to his anger and hatred; non-attached to his exclusive loves. Non-attached to wealth, fame, social position. Non-attached even to science, art, speculation, philanthropy. Yes, non-attached even to these. For, like patriotism, in Nurse Cavel s phrase, they are not enough, Non-attachment to self and to what are called the things of this world has always been associated in the teachings of the philosophers and the founders of religions with attachment to an ultimate reality greater and more significant than the self. Greater and more significant than even the best things that this world has to offer. Of the nature of this ultimate reality I shall speak in the last chapters of this book. All that I need do in this place is to point out that the ethic of non-attachment has always been correlated with cosmologies that affirm the existence of a spiritual reality underlying the phenomenal world and imparting to it whatever value or significance it possesses.”

— Aldous Huxley, Ends and Means, Share via Whatsapp

“If you never ask the question the answer will always be no.”

— Samuel R. Young Jr., Share via Whatsapp

“Because I am exactly where I should be, doing exactly what I should be doing. That is peace.”

— Sara Pennypacker, Pax, Share via Whatsapp

“Allow yourself to seek what is seeking you.”

— Avijeet Das, Share via Whatsapp

“There are no bonds so tight and sure than those which we ourselves hold, preventing us from moving forward”

— Samuel R. Young Jr., Share via Whatsapp

“... nothing is well done nor worth doing unless, take it all round, it has come pretty easily.”

— Samuel Butler, The Way of All Flesh, Share via Whatsapp

“The only freedom which deserves the name, is that of pursuing our own good in our own way, so long as we do not attempt to deprive others of theirs, or impede their efforts to obtain it.”

— John Stuart Mill, On Liberty, Share via Whatsapp

“Be noble minded! Our own heart, and not other men s opinions of us, forms our true honor.”

— Friedrich Schiller, Share via Whatsapp

“After a breath and before another, there s plenty of time to rest.”

— Basith, Autopsy of the seasons, Share via Whatsapp

“It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.”

— Lewis Carroll, Share via Whatsapp

“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”

— George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman, Share via Whatsapp

“Hardship often prepares an ordinary person for an extraordinary destiny.”

— Christopher Markus, Share via Whatsapp

“When what you hear and what you see don t match, trust your eyes.”

— Dale Renton, Share via Whatsapp

“Every man is a creature of the age in which he lives and few are able to raise themselves above the ideas of the time.”

— Voltaire, Share via Whatsapp

“Life is never made unbearable by circumstances, but only by lack of meaning and purpose.”

— Victor Frankl, Share via Whatsapp