Charlotte and George Bernard Shaw, Beatrice an...

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There is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; the being a force of Nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.

George Bernard Shaw



Flowering Feijoa

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The highest and best thing that people can conceive is a human
life nobly and beautifully lived—therefore their loyalties and
energies should be devoted to the arrangement of conditions
which make this possible.  The sole issue is how to make this
world a place conducive to the living of a noble human life,
and then to help people in every possible way to live such lives.

John H. Dietrich


Photograph of author Robert Louis Stevenson

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We are in such haste to be doing, to be writing, to be gathering gear, to make our voice audible a moment in the derisive silence of eternity, that we forget one thing, of which these are but the parts—namely, to live.  We fall in love, we drink hard, we run to and fro upon the earth like frightened sheep.  And now you are to ask yourself if, when all is done, you would not have been better to sit by the fire at home, and be happy thinking.  To sit still and contemplate . . . is this not to know both wisdom and virtue, and to dwell with happiness?

Robert Louis Stevenson

Daily Meditation

Peace Circle from the northwest

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The mountain is not restless in its aloneness.  The hawk tracing circles in the sky is not longing for union with the sun.  They exist in the perfect peace of an eternal present, and that is the peace that one finds only in solitude.  Find this peace in yourself, and you will never know another moment of loneliness in your life.

Kent Nerburn