Yuval Noah Harari

How many young college graduates have taken demanding jobs in high-powered firms, vowing that they will work hard to earn money that will enable them to retire and pursue their real interests when they are thirty-five? But by the time they reach that age, they have large mortgages, children to school, houses in the suburbs that necessitate at least two cars per family, and a … [ Read more ]

Harry Browne

Everything you want in life has a price connected to it. There’s a price to pay if you want to make things better, a price to pay just for leaving things as they are, a price for everything.

Plato

The man who makes everything that leads to happiness depend upon himself, and not upon other men, has adopted the very best plan for living happily.

David Allen

There are only two problems in life: you know what you want and you don’t know how to get it; or you don’t know what you want.

Robert Frost

Half the world is composed of people who have something to say and can’t, and the other half who have nothing to say and keep saying it.

Seneca

For many, the acquisition of wealth does not end their troubles, it only changes them.

Sigmund Freud

It is impossible to escape the impression that people commonly use false standards of measurement—that they seek power, success and wealth for themselves and admire them in others, and that they underestimate what is of true value in life.

Neem Karoli Baba

There are people who get exactly what they want. You think they’re the lucky ones, but they’re not. The lucky ones are those who do what they are meant to do.

Diogenes

He has the most who is most content with the least.

Tom Morris

There are two kinds of dissatisfaction in life: One is what I call the “dissatisfaction of acquisition.” The other is the “dissatisfaction of aspiration.” The dissatisfaction of acquisition centers on the drive to have more things. We live in a competitive culture—a culture of more. And in such a culture, it’s hard to set limits. The dissatisfaction of acquisition is an unhealthy dissatisfaction; it’s caused … [ Read more ]

Tom Morris

The greatest case of mistaken identity in modern society relates to the four marks of public success: money, power, fame, and status. I have no problem with money, power, fame, or status—as long as they’re treated as resources, rather than as goals in themselves. But that’s precisely the problem for most people—and that’s why it’s so hard for people to answer the question “How much … [ Read more ]

Tom Morris

Our lives are made for success—and not just for enjoying it, but for seeking it as well. As a matter of fact, the people who are most likely to enjoy success are those who most enjoy seeking it. Those people are able to find satisfaction in the journey, not just at the end of the road.

Clayton M. Christensen

Allocation choices can make your life turn out to be very different from what you intended. Sometimes that’s good: Opportunities that you never planned for emerge. But if you misinvest your resources, the outcome can be bad. As I think about my former classmates who inadvertently invested for lives of hollow unhappiness, I can’t help believing that their troubles relate right back to a short-term … [ Read more ]

Stephen Covey

I believe that a life of integrity is the most fundamental source of personal worth. I do not agree with the popular success literature that says that self-esteem is primarily a matter of mind set, of attitude—that you can psych yourself into peace of mind. Peace of mind comes when your life is in harmony with true principles and values and in no other way. … [ Read more ]

David Whyte

Our relationship to time has become corrupted exactly because we allow ourselves very little experience of the timeless. We speak continually of saving time, but time in its richness is most often lost to us when we are busy without relief. At speed, the world becomes a blur, and all those other lives we encounter that aren’t our own become another blur, too.

Bruce Pandolfini

When I do talk with students, my goal is to help them develop what I consider to be two of the most important forms of intelligence: the ability to read other people, and the ability to understand oneself. Those are the two kinds of intelligence that you need to succeed at chess — and in life.

Jawaharial Nehru

Life is like a game of cards. The hand you are dealt is determinism; the way you play it is free will.

Hippocrates

Life is short, Art long, Occasion sudden and dangerous, Experience deceitful, and Judgment difficult.

Life is short, art long, opportunity fleeting, experience misleading and judgment difficult.

John W. Lewis

Youth is not a time of life – it is a state of mind; it is a temper of the will, a quality of the imagination, a vigor of the emotions, a predominance of courage over timidity, of the appetite for adventure over love of ease.

Nobody grows old by merely living a number of years; people grow old only by deserting their ideals. Years … [ Read more ]

Konosuke Matsushita

Gratitude for blessings is the most exalted of all virtues. The measure of one’s existence is enhanced in proportion to the strength of his spirit of gratitude.

We all feel some degree of gratitude. I have always thought that young people who feel strongly the sense of gratitude are the ones who will grow and accomplish the most.