Ultimately, man should not ask what the meaning of his life his, but rather he must recognize that it is he who is asked.Viktor Frankl
Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.
The problem, however, eventually became evident: to make science the arbiter of metaphysics is to banish not only God from the world but also love, hate, meaning—to consider a world that is self-evidently not the world we live in. That’s not to say that if you believe in meaning, you must also believe in God. It is to say, though, that if you believe that science provides no basis for God, then you are almost obligated to conclude that science provides no basis for meaning and, therefore, life itself doesn’t have any. In other words, existential claims have no weight; all knowledge is scientific knowledge.
―Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air
It is better to burn out than to fade away.
-Neil Young / Rust never sleeps / 1979
-Kurt Cobain / Suicide note / 1994
The traveller has to knock at every alien door to come to his own, and one has to wander through all the outer worlds to reach the innermost shrine at the end.
Find what you love and let it kill you.
You have to look deeper, way below the anger, the hurt, the hate, the jealousy, the self-pity, way down deeper where the dreams lie, son. Find your dream. It’s the pursuit of the dream that heals you.
The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.
There is no such thing as a “good life”. But if you put yourself wholeheartedly into something, it is a great life. If you really throw yourself into something, however simple, it may be great in your experience. Somebody else may look at your life and think it is rubbish. That is their problem. In your experience, your life is great and that is all that matters.
-Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev
We are all born with a divine fire in us. Our efforts should be to give wings to this fire and fill the world with the glow of its goodness.
-APJ Abdul Kalam
What is my life if I am no longer useful to others.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Magic is believing in yourself, if you can do that, you can make anything happen.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Do not compare yourself to others. If you do so, you are insulting yourself.
Live your beliefs and you can turn the world around.
Henry David Thoreau
The best way to be missed when you’re gone is to stand for something when you’re here.
Everyone has been made for some particular work and the desire for that work has been put in every heart.
Being simple means to be content with what is the meaningful and valuable in life.
Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.
George Bernard Shaw
Telling the truth is the slow, mundane, difficult route to a meaningful life.
Wealth cannot be what we want, for it serves only as a means of getting something else.
“Because children grow up, we think a child’s purpose is to grow up. But a child’s purpose is to be a child. Nature doesn’t disdain what lives only for a day. It pours the whole of itself into the each moment. We don’t value the lily less for not being made of flint and built to last. Life’s bounty is in its flow, later is too late. Where is the song when it’s been sung? The dance when it’s been danced? It’s only we humans who want to own the future, too. We persuade ourselves that the universe is modestly employed in unfolding our destination. We note the haphazard chaos of history by the day, by the hour, but there is something wrong with the picture. Where is the unity, the meaning, of nature’s highest creation? Surely those millions of little streams of accident and wilfulness have their correction in the vast underground river which, without a doubt, is carrying us to the place where we’re expected! But there is no such place, that’s why it’s called utopia. The death of a child has no more meaning than the death of armies, of nations. Was the child happy while he lived? That is a proper question, the only question. If we can’t arrange our own happiness, it’s a conceit beyond vulgarity to arrange the happiness of those who come after us.”
Tom Stoppard, The Coast of Utopia
Happiness is the settling of the soul into its most appropriate spot.