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The art of living

 INSTRUCTION  OF  LIFE
   1. Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.
   2. Memorise your favourite poem.
   3. When you say, "I love you," mean it.
   4. When you say, "I'm sorry," look the person in the eye.
   5. Be engaged at least six months before you get married.
   6. Believe in love at first sight.
   7. Never laugh at anyone's dreams. People who don't have dreams don't have much.
   8. Love deeply and passionately. You might get hurt but it's the only way to live life completely.
   9. Don't judge people by their relatives.
  10. Talk slowly but think quickly.
  11. When someone asks you a question you don't want to answer, smile and ask, "Why do you want to know?"
  12. Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
  13. Say "bless you" when you hear someone sneeze.
  14. When you lose, don't lose the lesson.
  15. Remember the three R's: Respect for self; Respect for others; Responsibility for all your actions.
  16. Don't let a little dispute injure a great friendship.
  17. When you realise you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
  18. Smile when picking up the telephone. The caller will hear it in your voice.
  19. Marry a man/woman you love to talk to. As you get older, their conversational skills will be as important as any other.
  20. Spend some time alone.
  21. Open your arms to change, but don't let go of your values.
  22. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
  23. Live a good, honourable life. Then when you get older and think back, you'll get to enjoy it a second time.
  24. Trust in God but lock your car.
  25. A loving atmosphere in your home is so important. Do all you can to create a tranquil harmonious home.
  26. In disagreements with loved ones, deal with the current situation. Don't bring up the past.
  27. Read between the lines.
  28. Share your knowledge. It's a way to achieve immortality.
  29. Be gentle with the earth.
  30. Pray. There's immeasurable power in it.
  31. Never interrupt when you are being flattered.
  32. Mind your own business.
  33. Don't trust a man/woman who doesn't close his/her eyes when you kiss.
  34. Once a year, go someplace you've never been before.
  35. If you make a lot of money, put it to use helping others while you are living. That is wealth's greatest satisfaction.
  36. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a stroke of luck.
  37. Learn the rules then break some.
  38. Remember that the best relationship is one where your love for each other is greater than your need for each other.
  39. Remember that your character is your destiny.
  40. Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.
(Source: An email circulating in a poetry email group )

LIFE & HAPPINESS

 
Life is not lost by dying; life is lost minute by minute, day by dragging  day, in all the thousand small uncaring ways

Life is a tragedy for those who feel, and a comedy for those who think

Attack life, it's going to kill you anyway.

The happiness of the bee and the dolphin is to exist. For man it is to
know that and to wonder at it.

It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees

We all have to die some day, if we live long enough

Ultimately, man should not ask what the meaning of life is, but rather
recognize that it is he who is asked.

Do you love life? Then do not squander time, for that's the stuff life
is made of

If time be of all things most precious, wasting time must be the greatest
prodigality, since lost time is never found again; and what we call time
enough always proves little enough

Life is the childhood of our immortality

Life is good when we think it's good. Life is bad when we don't think.

Seeing the light is a choice, not seeing the light is no choice.

Thoughts are the gun, words are the bullets, deeds are the target,
the bulls-eye is heaven.

Don't take life too seriously; you will never get out of it alive.

Forty is the old age of youth; fifty is the youth of old age

To rid ourselves of our shadows -- who we are -- we must step into either
total light or total darkness. Goodness and evil

Life is a great big canvas; throw all the paint you can at it.

Life is ours to be spent, not saved

Life is like a sewer -- what you get out of it depends on what you put into it

He who has the courage to laugh is almost as much a master of the
world as he who is ready to die.

The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time

The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to
excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor

The brave don't live forever, but the cautious don't live at all. Here's to the brave!

Middle age is when you've met so many people that every new person you
meet reminds you of someone else

What does not destroy me, makes me stronger.

We are here to add what we can to life, not to get what we can from it

We come and go just like ripples in a stream.

What makes old age so sad is not that our joys but our hopes cease

There is only one blasphemy, and thatis the refusal to experience joy.

There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion

Misery is optional.

Happiness is good health and a bad memory.

If we couldn't laugh, we'd all go insane.

Comedy is tragedy plus time.

All who would win joy, must share it; happiness was born a twin.

And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbow.

Be happy. It is a way of being wise.

If life doesn't offer a game worth playing , then invent a new one.

Learn not only to find what you like, learn to like what you find.

Realize that if you have time to whine and complain about something then
you have the time to do something about it

Even the the most tempting rose has thorns.

Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.

So of cheerfulness, or a good temper, the more it is spent, the more it remains.

Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us
or we find it not

There is more to life than increasing its speed.

If I could drop dead right now, I'd be the happiest man alive.

Expect everything, and anything seems nothing. Expect nothing, and anything seems everything.

Learn from the past. Look to the future. Live in the present.

It is not the bad times on which we should dwell, it is only poison to the mind and soul. We shall rise up after
we fall, and continue to go on -- dwelling on the good, high-spirited times of our lives.

He is happiest who hath power to gather wisdom from a flower.

If you suffer, thank God! It is a sure sign that you are alive.

It is by fighting and triumphing over the enemies of the Buddha that we ourselves become Buddhas.

Anxiety is interest paid on trouble before it is due.

Do not scorn the person who is perpetually happy. He does know something you don't.

Life is short. Live it up.

Joy is not in things, it is in us.

Life is ours to be spent, not saved.

Happiness isn't something you experience; it's something you remember.

A home is not a mere transient shelter : its essence lies in the personalities
of the people who live in it.

Ask yourself whether you are happy, and you will cease to be so.

If what Proust says is true, that happiness is the absence of fever, then I will never know happiness.
For I am possessed by a fever for knowledge, experience, and creation

The heart has its reasons that reason knows nothing of.

Don't underestimate the value of doing nothing, of just going along, listening to
all the things you can't hear, and not bothering.

What makes old age so sad is not that our joys but our hopes cease.

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.

Man is only happy as he finds a work worth doing, and does it well.

I'm an idealist. I don't know where I'm going, but I'm on my way.

A man can do what he wants, but not want what he wants.

It is not in the stars to hold our destiny, but in ourselves.

A lifetime of happiness! No man alive could bear it; it would be hell on earth.

Poverty doesn't bring unhappiness; it brings degradation.

Trouble is part of your life -- if you don't share it, you don't give the person who
loves you a chance to love you enough.

Anxiety is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged, it
cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained.

The surest way of severely upsetting yourself for hours is by continuing to
consider what concerns you most for a single moment too long.

He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much.

Every heart that has beat strong and cheerfully has left a hopeful impulse behind it in the world,  and bettered the tradition of mankind.

When the world has once begun to use us ill, it afterwards continues the
same treatment with less scruple or ceremony, as men do to a whore.

Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.

Sloppy, raggedy-assed old life. I love it. I never want to die.

A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.

Be good and you will be lonesome.

Everything human is pathetic. The secret source of humor itself is not joy but sorrow.

The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter.

Comedy is simply a funny way of being serious.

So go for the jump, and chase all your dreams.

I advise you to go on living solely to enrage those who are paying your annuities.

It is the only pleasure I have left.

I can't complain, but sometimes I still do.

Blessed are we who can laugh at our selves for we shall never cease to be amused.

Don't do whatever you like -- like whatever you do.

Everyone smiles in the same language.

Here's to your love, health, and wealth -- and time to enjoy each.

If you wish you be like someone else, you waste the person you are.

Laughter is a tranquilizer with no side effects.

Live each day as if it were the last day of your life, because so far, it is.

Living well is the best revenge.

Nostalgia is the realization that things weren't as unbearable as they seemed at the time.

To live a perfect life, you must ask nothing, give nothing, and expect nothing.

Waste not fresh tears over old griefs.
(source : internet)

 The great thing in this world is not so much where we are,
but in what direction we are moving.
~Oliver Wendell Holmes

 To accomplish great things,
we must not only act, but also dream,
not only plan, but also believe.
~Anatole France

If you put truth above your own desires
And value those as friends who feel the same
If you take pride in things that you've accomplished
And when you're wrong, stand up and take the blame
If you can understand your limitations
And not waste time on tasks beyond your scope
But take the future as a brand new challenge
That you can meet with confidence and hope
If you can listen to those who would advise you
And then judge for yourself just what is right
If you can keep in touch with all about you
And settle differences without a fight
If you can find delight in simple pleasures
And see the rainbow, not the falling rain
If you can lose and never give up trying
Believing that there's nothing done in vain
If you can staunchly stick by your convictions
And not let others set your goals for you
If you can be as practical as need be
And still remember sometimes dreams come true
If you can live the life that you believe in
And trust your judgment and maturity
Then you'll be not just happy and successful,
But the worthwhile person you are meant to be.
~E. M. Gerus

Just think,
you're here not by chance,
but by God's choosing.
His hand formed you
and made you the person you are.
He compares you to no one else--
you are one of a kind.
You lack nothing
that His grace can't give you.
He has allowed you to be here
at this time in history
to fulfill His special purpose
for this generation.
~Roy Lessin

 
LIFE
The adventure of life is to learn.
The purpose of life is to grow.
The nature of life is to change.
The challenge of life is to overcome.
The essence of life is to care.
The opportunity of life is to serve.
The secret of life is to dare.
The spice of life is to befriend.
The beauty of life is to give.
The joy of life is to love.
~William Arthur Ward
   
DREAMS 
Day1

. . . . daydreams, as it were . . . I look out the window sometimes to seek the color of the shadows and the different greens in the trees, but when I get ready to paint I just close my eyes and imagine a scene.
-"Grandma" Moses

Day2
   
A dream is a microscope through which we look at the hidden occurrences in our soul.
-Erich Fromm

Day3
   
All that we see or seem/ Is but a dream within a dream.
-Edgar Allen Poe

Day4
   
Dare to be wrong and to dream.
-Frederick von Schiller

Day5
   
Dreaming permits each and every one of us to be quietly and safely insane every night of our lives.
-Charles William Dement

Day6
   
Dreams are . . . illustrations from the book your soul is writing about you.
-Marsha Norman

Day7
   
Dreams never hurt anybody if he keeps working right behind the dreams to make as much of them become real as he can.
-Frank W. Woolworth

Day8
   
Dreams pass into the reality of action. From the action stems the dream again; and this interdependence produces the highest form of living.
-Anais Nin

Day9
   
Dreams say what they mean, but they don't say it in daytime language.
-Gail Godwin

Day10
   
God's gifts put man's best dreams to shame.
-Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Day11
   
Greatness is the dream of youth realized in old age.
-Alfred Victor Vigny

Day12
   
I divide my time as follows: half the time I sleep, the other half I dream. I never dream when I sleep, for that would be a pity, for sleeping is the highest accomplishment of genius.
-Soren Kierkegaard

Day13
   
I have had dreams, and I've had nightmares. I overcame the nightmares because of my dreams.
-Jonas Salk

Day14
   
I was not looking for my dreams to interpret my life, but rather for my life to interpret my dreams.
-Susan Sontag

Day15
   
If a little dreaming is dangerous, the cure for it is not to dream less but to dream more, to dream all the time.
-Marcel Proust

Day16
   
In forming a bridge between body and mind, dreams may be used as a springboard from which man can leap to new realms of experience lying outside his normal state of consciousness.
-Ann Faraday

Day17
   
It is in our idleness, in our dreams, that the submerged truth sometimes comes to the top.
-Virginia Woolf

Day18
   
Like all people who have nothing, I lived on dreams.
-Anzia Yezierska

Day19
   
My dreams were all my own; I accounted for them to nobody; they were my refuge when annoyed -- my dearest pleasure when free.
-Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Day20
   
Nor do I hear in my imagination the parts successively, I hear them all at once. What a delight this is! All this inventing, this producing, takes place in a pleasing, lively dream.
-Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Day21
   
People who insist on telling their dreams are among the terrors of the breakfast table.
-Max Beerbohm

Day22
   
Talk about it only enough to do it. Dream about it only enough to feel it. Think about it only enough to understand it. Contemplate it only enough to be it.
-Jean Toomer

Day23
   
The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.
-Paul Valery

Day24
   
The end of wisdom is to dream high enough to lose the dream in the seeking of it.
-William Faulkner

Day25
   
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
-Eleanor Roosevelt

Day26
   
The poor man is not he who is without a cent, but he who is without a dream.
-Harry Kemp

Day27
   
The years forever fashion new dreams when old ones go. God pity a one-dream man.
-Bob Goddard

Day28
   
We grow great by dreams. All big men are dreamers. They see things in the soft haze of a spring day or in the red fire of a long winter's evening. Some of us let these great dreams die, but others nourish and protect them.
-Woodrow Wilson

Day29
   
We must teach our children to dream with their eyes open.
-Harry Edwards

Day30
   
When you have a dream you've got to grab it and never let go.
-Carol Burnett

Day31
   
You've got to create a dream. You've got to uphold the dream. If you can't, then bugger it. Go back to the factory, or go back to the desk.
-Eric Burdo

 

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