"All the way to heaven is heaven."
"It seems we only know what life is when we know what death is."
"The experiences that demanded I yield control to a force greater than my will — diagnoses, deaths, unbreakable vows — weren’t the beginnings or the ends of anything. They were the moments when I was forced to admit that beginnings and ends are illusory. That history doesn’t begin or end, but it continues. For just a moment, with great effort, I could imagine my will as a force that would not disappear but redistribute when I died, and that all life contained the same force, and that I needn’t worry about my impending death because the great responsibility of my life was to contain the force for a while and then relinquish it."
"If our heart were large enough to love life in all its detail, we would see that every instant is at once a giver and a plunderer."
"All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on."
"To live without speaking is better than to speak without living. For the former who lives rightly does good even by his silence but the latter does no good even when he speaks. When words and life correspond to one another they are together the whole of philosophy."
"Make up your mind to rejoice in this paradise called life."
"It has always been assumed that the most important things in the Gospels are the ethical maxims and commandments. But for me the most important thing is that Christ speaks in parables taken from life, that He explains the truth in terms of everyday reality. The idea that underlies this is that communion between mortals is immortal, and that the whole of life is symbolic because it is meaningful."
"I do not accept any absolute formulas for living. No preconceived code can see ahead to everything that can happen in a man's life. As we live, we grow and our beliefs change. They must change. So I think we should live with this constant discovery. We should be open to this adventure in heightened awareness of living. We should stake our whole existence on our willingness to explore and experience."
"Life is Short. People are Hurting. Don’t be a Jerk."
"I do not know how to distinguish between our waking life and a dream. Are we not always living the life that we imagine we are?"
"The gospel is less about how to get into the Kingdom of Heaven after you die, and more about how to live in the Kingdom of Heaven before you die."
"With the abolition of private property, then, we shall have true, beautiful, healthy Individualism. Nobody will waste his life in accumulating things, and the symbols for things. One will live. To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all."
"We must not allow the clock and the calendar to blind us to the fact that each moment of life is a miracle and mystery."
"Life begins at the end of your comfort zone."
Instructions for living a life:
Tell about it.
If you spend your life sitting in a cubicle and passing papers, one day is bound to blend unmemorably into the next — and disappear. That’s why it’s important to change routines regularly, and take vacations to exotic locales, and have as many new experiences as possible that can serve to anchor our memories. Creating new memories stretches out psychological time, and lengthens our perception of our lives. [...] Monotony collapses time; novelty unfolds it.
"You only live twice: once when you are born and once when you look death in the face."
"Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work."
"A quiet and modest life brings more joy than a pursuit of success bound with constant unrest."