Broad topic, right? I know. It's just recently I bought this journal, and it has this long quote in the front cover. I know I've heard it somewhere before, but it's just so beautiful. I think it eloquently states my Philosophy on life. So, I'm gonna post it here. I'd like to hear everyone else's philosophy, too. Whenever I'm down, or need inspiration, I read this. You get the idea.
"Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible withour surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they too have their story.
"Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain & bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
"Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism.
"Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity & disenchantment it is perennial as the grass.
"Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings. Many fears are born of loneliness and fatigue. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.
"You are a child of the Universe, no less than the Trees and the Stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the Universe is unfolding as it should.
"Therefore, be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors & aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.
"With all it's sham, drudgery & broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be careful. Strive to be happy."
--Found in Old Saint Paul's Church, Baltimore, dated 1692.
*sighs* Speaks for itself, eh? So go on, post your thoughts, quotes, inspirations, whatever!
------------------ ...an angel who didn't so much fall as saunter vaguely downward...
I must be myself, and take everything that comes at me.
------------------ "You're older than you've ever been, and now you're even older... You're older than you've ever been, and now you're even older And now you're older still..." -Older by TMBG
"There's only one thing that I know how to do well and I've often been told that you only can do what you know how to do well And that's be you, be what you're like, be like yourself, and so I'm having a wonderful time..." Whistling in the Dark by TMBG
"Everyone looks naked when you know the world's address.." The World's Address by TMBG
"Dreams are like stars: though you may not touch them with your hand, if you set your course and steer by them they will guide you."
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That original quote is really, really beautiful. It doesn't sound at all like something that was written in 1692 - if it was, that's pretty impressive.
I don't know that my philosophy can really be summed up in a thirty-second sound bite, but here's a quote that I've always liked:
"There are three stages of enlightenment: The first is when you realize that you don't know all the answers, The second is when you realize that there aren't any answers, The third is when you realize that there aren't any questions."
Anybody know the origin of this? Buddhist? Taoist? Zen?
------------------ Banana, pineapple, passion fruit, papaya, cherimoya, coconut, carambola, mango, tango, mambo, limbo, samba, cha cha cha!
A few days after i read this, i was looking around the living room and i found this thing. I read it and realized that it was the same thing from this site. I asked my mom who's it was and if i could have it. It used to be hers, and she said of course. Now i have it in my room on the wall, and i think that those are wonderful words to live by.
------------------ "A six foot tall anorexic bimbo,with plastic breasts is making me feel weird about my own body." -Miss Bif Naked
The poem is entitled "Desiderata" and was composed in 1927 by Max Ehrmann. It was distributed as an inspirational piece by the rector of St. Paul's Church, Baltimore in 1956. St. Pauls was founded in 1692 which has led to some confusion.
[T]he natural condition of humans is a state of perpetual war of all against all, where no morality exists, and everyone lives in constant fear [Hobbes concludes that]:
quote:In such condition, there is no place for industry, because the fruit thereof is uncertain; and consequently no culture of the earth, no navigation, nor use of the commodities that may be imported by sea; no commodious building, no instruments of moving and removing such things as require much force; no knowledge of the face of the earth, no account of time, no arts, no letters, no society; and which is worst of all, continual fear and danger of violent death; and the life of people, solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.
Hobbes continues offering proofs that the state of nature would be as brutal as he describes. We see signs of this in the mistrust we show of others in our daily lives. In countries which have yet to be civilized people treat are barbaric to each other. Finally, in the absence of international law, strong countries prey on the weakness of weak countries. Humans have three motivations for ending this state of war: the fear of death, the desire to have an adequate living, and the hope to attain this through one's labor. Nevertheless, until the state of war ends, each person has a right to everything, including another person's life.
quote:Billie Holliday: I never hurt nobody but myself and that's nobody business but by own.
That pretty much sums up my feeling on the way life does (or at the very least, should) work. Do whatever makes you happy, whether it may be a potentially self-destructive activity or not -- as long as you harm no one but yourself.
I also believe that as a person, we should question everything. Just because tradition is comfortable and expected, doesn't mean that it's right. I think that it's our job and our reason for being to find out the answers to life's big questions (and even life's small questions) on our own.
I'm also a big believer in Karma, mainly because it's the easiest way to explain when my day has totally sucked. Chalk it up to bad karmic debt from a previous life.
------------------ Tim, Scarleteen Advocate
Don't get strung out by the way I look, don't judge a book by its cover... -- Sweet Transvestite, Rocky Horror.
Be who I want to be. Do what I want to do. Love who I want to love. Do something for the sake of experience, but learn from the advice and mistakes of others. Just know that everything will be all right. It may not go off as planned, what happens will, and look forward to it. Don't let somebody get too far beneath your skin, because it makes for difficulties when forgiveness is needed and wanted. But let some get just far enough in your skin to make a difference in your life.
Ever watch a dog? I'll take Suz for example. This little thing has been through the mill. An old, 14 year old arthritic animal. But her purest joy in life comes from a little bit of affection. That person who scratched her right behind the ear for a second, or the person who threw her tennis ball for an hour. Any unkindness or harsh word is forgotten, just as long as there is somebody to let her know that the world is not all bad, and that somebody will still scratch her behind the ears.
Sometimes I wish I was born a dog. They are the embodiment of happiness.
Gumdrop Girl your a Buddhist!? I am too!..well not full fledged, but i love it soo much! Ive always been intrested in studying philosophy...buddha, nietche, and confusciuos! I love reading about them, im facinated. My friend bought me a buddha statue for my 18th birthday. and i was soo happy when lisa simpson became a buddhist! Theres a small temple in my home town that me and my guy wanted to go to, but theres a big fence around it I guess a philosophy i try to go by is "live life for the moments if nothing else."
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At such a young age, I feel there is so much of life still to see that I would be cheating to say that i know the one truth to live through the rest of my life!
Having said that, what little experience of life I have had has been very full, and varied, and wonderful, so I think that the most beautiful and wonderful truth I have learned is the one that I try to live by.
To never hold back your feelings- Love completly, with all of your soul. Help others to happiness, so that you can achieve it with them. Hold nothing back, and live life in the best and most heartfelt way, because it is through your soul that all happiness appears.
I recently decided on my philosophy in life. Instead of the ever popular "WWJD?" (what would jesus do) i have have adopted "WWATHD?" what would Attila The Hun do? Incase you were sleeping in your world history class, Attilla The Hun was a barbarian General who went Undefeated in battle.He is probably one of the most cutthroat people ever in history. Anybody in his way to succsess he destroyed. So basicly i think that you have to try your hardest to succeed or you will fail, and always be the one to get the last laugh. I figure i get 105 years tops to be the best so i wanna leave a permanant mark on history.
------------------ Friends don't let friends vote Liberal.
As for Nietzsche, I recommend reading "The Gay Science." Of course, in that book, he says that faith is the greatest human fault.
As for philosophy, now that I have a Toyota, I also believe strongly in carma. Meaning, if you drive like an A-hole, you will get yours. Last week, I was stopped behind a person turning left at a busy intersection. I waited patiently, but the cars behind me started honking. They tried to zip around and past me (there was only one lane, btw). Sure enough, a bunch of them collided. That's what they get!!!
------------------ According to the experts, I am some species of badass.
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Whats that supposed to mean?.....Am I taking something the wrong way?....what was that comment supposed to mean.....Maybe im taking something the wrong way but it sounded like an accusation.......
sorry this is still continueing.......It sounded like an accusation of something...of what i have no idea but it sounded like an accusation of something.......am i taking this the wrong way?...please explain what tat meant...
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