philosophy of life

<p>what is your philosophy of life quote?</p>

<p>Why a quote?</p>

<p>"Politicians are only as stupid as the people who elect them"
"Life is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it doesn't get you very far"
"The visionary lies to himself, the liar only to others"
"It's better to be rich and healthy, than poor and sick"
"Life is like a Ferrari, it goes too fast. But that's ok, because you can't afford it anyway."</p>

<p>"But why think about that when all the golden land's ahead of you and all kinds of unforeseen events wait lurking to surprise you and make you glad you're alive to see?"</p>

<p>"What is the feeling when you're driving away from people, and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? -it's the too huge world vaulting us, and it's good-bye. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies."</p>

<p>"You never die enough to cry."</p>

<p>"But then they danced down the streets like dingledodies, and I shambled after as I've been doing all my life after people who interest me, because the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones that never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes 'Awww!'"</p>

<p>"I like too many things and get all confused and hung-up running from one falling star to another till i drop. This is the night, what it does to you. I had nothing to offer anybody except my own confusion."</p>

<p>"...and everything is going to the beat - It's the beat generation, it be-at, it's the beat to keep, it's the beat of the heart, it's being beat and down in the world and like oldtime lowdown and like in ancient civilizations the slave boatmen rowing galleys to a beat and servants spinning pottery to a beat..."</p>

<p>"As early pioneers in the knowing, that when you lose your reason, you attain highest perfect knowing."</p>

<p>" After a while my meditations and studies began to bear fruit. It really started late in January, one frosty night in the woods in the dead silence it seemed I almost heard the words said: 'Everything is all right forever and forever and forever.'. I let out a big Hoo, one o' clock in the morning, the dogs leaped up and exulted. I felt like yelling it to the stars. I clasped my hands and prayed, 'O, Wise and serene spirit of Awakenhood, everything's all right forever and forever and forever and thank you and thank you and thank you amen.' What'd I care about the tower of ghouls, and sperm and bones and dust, I felt free and therefore I was free."</p>

<p>-Jack Kerouac</p>

<p>"Three passions, simple but ungovernably strong, have ruled my life. The longing for love, the search for wisdom and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind. These passions, like great winds, have blown me hither and thither in a wayward course, over a deep ocean of anguish, reaching to the very verge of despair.</p>

<p>I have sought love, first, because it brings ecstasy, ecstasy so great that I would often have sacrificed all the rest of my life for a few hours of this joy. I have sought it next, because it relieves loneliness, the terrible loneliness in which one shivering consciousness looks over the rim of the world into the cold unfathomable lifeless abyss. I have sought it finally, because in the union of love I have seen, in mystic miniature, the prefiguring vision of the heaven that saints and poets have imagined. </p>

<p>With equal passion I have sought knowledge. I have wished to understand the hearts of men. I have wished to know why the stars shine. </p>

<p>Love and knowledge, as far as they were possible, led upwards towards the heavens, but always pity brought me back to earth. Echoes of cries of pain reverberated in my heart. Children in famine, victims tortured by oppressors, helpless old people a hated burden to their sons, and the whole world of loneliness, poverty and pain make a mockery of what human life should be. I long to alleviate the evil but I cannot and I too suffer.</p>

<p>This has been my life. I have found it worth living and would gladly live it again if the chance were offered me."
-Bertrand Russell</p>

<p>jssballet, that was beautiful. thanks for sharing!</p>

<p>"There is little purpose in trying to look into the future; what happens to a man is largely governed by chance. If things go well for him, he can feel satisfied. If things do not go well for him, he has to do the best he can under the circumstances." - Red Bad of Courage Cliff Notes (I have adored this quote since my junior year in high school, whenever i feel the need to make excuses)</p>

<p>"People have to talk about something just to keep their voice boxes in working order, so they'll have good voice boxes in case there's ever anything really meaningful to say." - Julian Castle of Cat's Cradle (not really a life philosphy quote, but a good quote whenever you're feeling cynical)</p>

<p>"Of all the words of mice and men, the saddest are, 'It might have been.'"</p>

<p>"I swear-- by my life and my love of it -- that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine." - Atlas Shrugged</p>

<p>"There is no danger in solitude" - Anthem</p>

<p>"It's only after you've lost everything that you're free to do anything." - Tyler Durden</p>

<p>"After living in the dark for so long a glimpse of light can make you giddy. Strange thoughts come into your head and you bettel think them. Has a special fate been calling you and you're not listening? Is there a secret message right in front of you and you're not reading it? Is this your last chance? Are you gonna take it? Or are you going to the grave with unlived lives in your veins?" - The Good Girl</p>

<p>Rule #1: The customer is always right.
Rule #2: If the customer is wrong, please refer to Rule #1.
-The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants</p>

<p>"freedom is just another word for nothing left to lose" -Janis Joplin</p>

<p>I love the Janis Joplin quote. keep things short and simple, people</p>

<p>"the mass of men live their lives in quiet desperation" --thoreau</p>

<p>this is my friend's senior quote, it's from 90210, funnily enough--</p>

<p>"may the bridges I burn light the way"</p>

<p>Another Thoreau quote that every CCer needs to put to good use
"We must not let our work interfere with our living"</p>

<p>Enjoy life, and bring enjoyment to others!</p>

<p>Harvard Law I: Under the most rigorously controlled conditions
of pressure, temperature, volume, humidity, and other variables,
the organism will do as it damn well pleases.</p>

<p>Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury
Signifying nothing. ---Shakespeare</p>

<p>Life is like a box of chocolates, a cheap, thoughtless, perfunctory gift no one ever asks for. Unreturnable because all you get back is another box of chocolates. So you're stuck with this mostly indefinable whipped mint crap, mindlessly wolfed down when there's nothing else to eat during the game. Sure, once in a while you get a peanut butter cup or an English toffee, but it's gone too soon and the taste is fleeting. In the end you're left with nothing but broken bits of hardened jelly and teeth-shattering nuts, which if you are desperate enough to eat, leaves nothing but useless brown paper wrappers. ---William B. Davis---</p>

<p>"All men lead lives of quiet desperation."
--- HDT from "Walden" ---</p>

<p>"I've learned that life is one crushing
defeat after another until you just wish
Flanders was dead." Homer Simpson</p>

<p>Sometimes I lie awake at night and I ask,
"Where have I gone wrong?"
Then a voice says to me,
"this is going to take more than one night".
~Charlie Brown~</p>

<p>"Dreams are like rainbows... only idiots chase them!"</p>

<p>"Many go fishing without knowing it is fish they are after." --- H.D. Thoreau</p>

<p>"Concern for man himself and his fate must always form the chief interest of all technical endeavor. Never forget this in the midst of your diagrams and equations." --- Albert Einstein</p>

<p>"Twenty years of schoolin', and they put you on the day shift."
-Bob Dylan</p>

<p>I do not cut my life up into days but my days into lives, each day, each hour, an entire life.
- Juan Ramon Jimenez </p>

<p>Our life is shaped by our mind; we become what we think. Suffering follows an evil thought as the wheels of a cart follow the oxen that draws it. Our life is shaped by our mind; we become what we think. Joy follows a pure thought like a shadow that never leaves.
- The Buddha </p>

<p>"... we get to think of life as an inexhaustible well. Yet everything happens only a certain number of times, and a very small number, really. How many more times will you remember a certain afternoon of your childhood, some afternoon that's so deeply a part of your being that you can't even conceive of your life without it? Perhaps four or five times more. perhaps not even that. How many more times will you watch the full moon rise? Perhaps twenty. And yet it all seems limitless."
- Paul Bowles</p>

<p>Drink beer, make love, and let God take care of the rest.</p>