Thursday, December 20, 2007

Some thoughts...

Some thoughts...
We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope. If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps life moving, you lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you go on in-spite of it all. And so today I still have a dream.

Martin Luther King, Jr

You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.

M Gandhi

Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.

Dale Carnegie

Nothing worth doing is completed in our lifetime. Therefore we are saved by hope. Nothing true or beautiful or good makes complete sense in any immediate context of history. Therefore, we are saved by faith. Nothing we do, however virtuous, can be accomplished alone, therefore we are saved by love. No virtuous act is quite a virtuous from the standpoint of our friend or foe as from our own; therefore, the final form of love saves us, which is forgiveness…

Reinhold Niebuhr

Think always: “I am ever-pure, ever-knowing, and ever-free. How can I do anything evil? Can I ever be befooled like ordinary people with the insignificant charms of lust and wealth?” Strengthen the mind with such thoughts. This will surely bring real good.

- Swami Vivekananda

"Do you want people to be pleased to see you and to spend time with you? Instead of inflicting your sorrows, worries and ill humor on others, think how you can bring them joy. Others shun people who contaminate the atmosphere with their complaints and recriminations, and, what is worse, they poison their own lives. Sadness is a black smoke that invades the soul and eventually casts its shadow over the entire face. In the end, it even disturbs the proper functioning of the organism and clouds the intelligence. You will say that good humor and cheerfulness are often a question of temperament, which is difficult to change. This is true, but, by means of thought, by means of love and will power, you can succeed in doing so. In order to bring happiness to others, you must first of all fill your own heart with love. Call on love with all your strength, and not only will you be happy, but the happiness you give will return to you magnified.