The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well. -Ralph Waldo Emerson
This is a beautiful quote about the meaning of life. Some people strive for happiness throughout life and end up missing the mark as happiness is an elusive state of mind. But according to Emerson a life lived well should be make a difference that you have lived to others or the society at large.
This could mean many different things to you. Making a difference could mean helping others, having a strong relationship with your family, or making a contribution to art or technology. … Read the rest
“When your life flashes before your eyes, make sure you’ve got plenty to watch.” Anonymous
So true, this quote also reminds me of the quote about wanting to go to hell because it is filled with more interesting people. When
you die, you don’t want to look back on your life and have regrets. Ideally you will have lived a long and full life true to yourself.
It is a long journey, and we all get stuck in particular ruts. But when you take that leap of faith and try to live your life authentically, magic is sure to follow.
When you aren’t living authentically there will be a feeling deep down that you are not doing the right thing. … Read the rest
“The important thing is this: To be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become.” -Charles Dubois
This quote is so inspirational. In life it is easy to identify yourself in a certain way. You may see yourself as an artist, a good friend, a straight A student or in any number of other ways. But it is important to not get so hung up in who you think you are and be ready to keep evolving and adapting. Life is constantly in flux, and there are opportunities everywhere. The best way to live your life is understanding that you must always be adapting. You have to let go of what you are and reach out for what you could be.… Read the rest
Life… is like a box of chocolates – a cheap, thoughtless, perfunctory gift that no one ever asks for, unreturnable because all you get back is another box of chocolates. So, you’re stuck with mostly undefinable whipped mint crap, mindlessly wolfed down when there’s nothing else to eat while you’re watching the game. Sure, once is a while you get a peanut butter cup or an English toffee but it’s gone too fast and the taste is fleeting. In the end, you are left with nothing but broken bits filled with hardened jelly and teeth-shattering nuts, which, if you are desperate enough to eat, leaves nothing but an empty box of useless brown paper. ~The X-Files
I couldn’t resist including this classic quote from the X-Files, a more cynical look at the meaning of life. … Read the rest
There are as many nights as days, and the one is just as long as the other in the year’s course.
Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word ‘happy’ would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. ~Carl Jung
This quote by Carl Jung emphasizes the fact that in life, it is impossible to only experience happiness and never sadness. Everyone wants to minimize the amount of sadness and negative emotions that they experience throughout life, but it is impossible to ever fully eliminate them. As Jung points out, there can not be true happiness without sadness. This is because without the experience of sadness, one can never truly experience happiness.… Read the rest
Maybe your reason why all the doors are closed
So you could open one that leads you to the perfect road
Like a lightning bolt, your heart will blow
And when it’s time, you’ll know.
- Katy Perry, Fireworks
This quote by Katy Perry is such a hopeful quote of how it is when it seems like all your opportunities have dried up. Maybe you are feeling like you will be single forever, or maybe that you won’t get the job that you want or maybe you just feel like you don’t really know where you are going in life. But Katy Perry is saying that this is only temporary, even though it might not seem like it at the time.… Read the rest