Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn’t know you left open. ~John Barrymore
This is similar to a quote that we posted last week by Edith Wharton: If only we’d stop trying to be happy we could have a pretty good time. ~Edith Wharton
When Barrymore says that happiness often sneaks in through a door that you didn’t know you left open he means that the nature of happiness is so illusive that it can come when least expected. This quote also implies that happiness is something that often can’t be sought after but rather surprises us at times.
This quote is also incredibly hopeful, and I recommend reading it when you feel a bit sad or directionless. Sometimes just sitting still and doing nothing will bring happiness. … Read the rest
“Your work is to discover your work and then, with all your heart, to give yourself to it.” – Buddha
This is an interesting and not very often quoted saying from the Buddha. One often does not truly consider what they want to do with their lives, explore, try new things and then settle on something that you have strength in and a passion for. This is because our society is set up in a very rigid way. We go to school, go to university and start a job before we have really had a chance to explore and understand ourselves. Sometimes this works out of course, if you have a clear passion from a young age, but unfortunately this isn’t the case for most of us.… Read the rest
I’m the one that has to die when it’s time for me to die, so let me live my life, the way I want to.
Jimi Hendrix said this living your life quote in relation to all of the negative press he was getting as he rose in fame. As he was a totally revolutionary musician, and one of the leading figures of the peace and love movement, the press and the older generation was constantly attacking the way he chose to live his life. Being in the spotlight of the media is never easy, especially when you are seen as leading a counter culture against the status quo. The 1960’s was a time of great political and social change – probably the greatest in recent history and the media at the time reported negatively on everything Jimi Hendrix said or did. … Read the rest