Happiness comes from understanding one basic principle Some…

Happiness comes from understanding one basic principle. Some things are within our control and some things are not. Our opinions, ambitions, desires, and aversions are in our control. We can change the contents of our inner character. Our body, wealth, fame, and social status are not in our control. They are external to us and not our concern.

Epictetus

The ten cannots

1. You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
2. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
3. You cannot help little men by tearing down big men.
4. You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.
5. You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
6. You cannot establish sound security on borrowed money.
7. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
8. You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than you earn.
9. You cannot build character and courage by destroying men’s initiative and independence.
10. And you cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they can and should do for themselves.

-William J. H. Boetcker

I know for sure what we dwell on…

I know for sure what we dwell on is who we become.

-Oprah Winfrey

Be careful of what you often think about. If it’s something negative, you can become a negative person. On the other hand, if it’s something positive, you’ll become more positive. Try to think on the bright side of things when you can.

Bad things do happen how I respond to…

Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have life itself.
-Walter Anderson

बड़ा ना होवे गुणन बिन बिरद बड़ाई पाय…

बड़ा ना होवे गुणन बिन, बिरद बड़ाई पाय |
कहत धतूरे सो कनक, गहनो गढ़ियो ना जाय ||

Bada na hove gunan bin,birad badai paye
Kahat dhatoore so kanak, gehno gadiyo na jaye

No one’s great without qualities, how much ever they may be praised
Thornapple is called gold, ornaments cannot be made of it

Not mere praise but your character makes you great