Food for thought #22

“When you live only once, the value of your life becomes the sum total of your achievements”


“The senses exist beyond the physical; mind beyond the senses; intelligence beyond the mind. Beyond intelligence is your sense of self. By knowing who you really are you will conquer all yearning”   – Bhagavad Gita


“Let go of what you can’t change, because life goes on anyhow!”


“The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you can’t do”


“Don’t give up. Remember, it’s always the last key on the key ring that opens the door.”

Food for thought #20

“In the cycle of nature there is no such thing as victory or defeat: there is only movement”    – Manuscript found in Accra


“Only he who gives up is defeated. Everyone else is victorious”   – Manuscript found in Accra


“Defeat comes when we fail to get something we very much want” 


“It is in the realm of love that we first fight our battles – and generally lose”


“If you are never alone, you cannot know yourself”

Food for thought #17

“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall”


“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past”      – F. Scott Fitzgerald


“The facts are always less than what really happens”       – Nadine Gordimer


“And when old words die out on tongue, new melodies break forth from the heart; and where the old tracts are lost, new country is revealed with its wonders.”      -Rabindranath Tagore.


“A ‘No’ uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a ‘Yes’ merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble.”           – Mahatma Gandhi

Food for thought #14

“No matter how old the squirrel is, it will never give up climbing”


“Each man kills the thing he loves”            – Paulo Coelho


“Life is a journey. Make sure you don’t miss a thing”


“Selflessness is the only way to progress and prosperity”


“Sometimes we play with our lives, but when the time comes for us to get serious, life plays with us”

Food for thought #13

“Showing does not guarantee seeing. Telling does not guarantee hearing”


“A world created based on judgement evokes rage. Life becomes a battleground, where both sides feel like victims, where everyone wants to win at all costs, where someone will always lose”


“A world created by observation evokes insight, hence affection, for we see the hunger and fear of all beings. Life becomes a performance on a stage aimed to nourish and comfort the other, while deriving nourishment and comfort from their delight”


“The wise grieve for no one: neither the living, nor the dead”


“When you live only once, the value of your life becomes the sum total of your achievements”

Food for thought #12

“It is ironical that for all the value we give to the rational, life is primarily governed by the irrational”


“Good and bad are judgments based on human values”


“When understanding changes, values and judgments change and with them society”


“Our relationship with the other, be it a thing or an organism, and the other’s relationship with us, is what determines our humanity”


“As long as we judge, we cannot see the world for what it is; we are simply spellbound by the boundaries that we build separating those whom we consider family from those whom we consider enemy”

Food for thought #11

“The child of a great man need not be a great man; greatness is not transmitted through the generations. Every man ultimately makes or destroys his own legacy”


“Life would continue, with joys and sorrows, triumphs and tragedies, rising and falling like the waves of the sea. It is up to us to respond wisely, enjoy simple pleasures unshaken by the inevitable endless turmoil of the world”


“Only when there is undiluted compassion for everyone, even our worst enemies, is ego truly conquered”


“The point of existence is not to accumulate merit, but to attain wisdom”


“Conflict comes from rage, rage comes from fear, and fear comes from lack of faith”

Food for thought #10

“In empathy, there is wisdom”


“Life is like a river. One can struggle to change its course but ultimately it will go its own way. Bathe in it, drink it, be refreshed by it, share it with everyone, but never fight it, never be swept away by its flow, and never get attached to it. Observe it. Learn from it”


“Humanity was blessed with a faculty that enabled it to empathize and exploit”


“Unlike wealth, knowledge does not outlive death, hence has to be passed on to the living so that it is not lost forever”


“The eventual collapse of an organization should not stop leaders from striving to uphold order”

Food for thought #9

“The past is gone. Don’t think about it. Focus on the present, the future, the food we shall all eat and the wine we shall all drink. That is the point of it all”


“The point is to make wealth and distribute it to the poor and the wise and the deserving”


“Everybody dies – some suddenly, some slowly, some painfully, some peacefully. No one can escape death. The point is to make the most of life”


“Make the most of life – enjoy it, celebrate it, learn from it, make sense of it, share it with fellow human beings – so that when death finally comes, it will not be such a terrible thing”


“Always stay balanced – neither too tight nor too loose – like the bow”

Food for thought #8

“Rage needs expression. Once expressed, rage dissipates and reason returns”

“That which deludes you to be unhappy can be overpowered by another delusion that causes greater unhappiness”


“What may seem like a good deed from one point of view may not be seen as one from another point of view”


“Knowledge must outlive death, so that the next generation is more enlightened”


“The point of life is to compete and excel in the playground of life”