by Robert Wilkinson
Today I'll offer a few quotes from great thinkers that I've been pondering. I'll give you a couple of great ones, and there are plenty more below the fold. For your consideration, Ralph Waldo Emerson, "The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well."
From Einstein, "Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty." And from Confucius, "Everything has its beauty but not everyone sees it."
Here are a few more:
I have never looked upon ease and happiness as ends in themselves - such an ethical basis I call more proper for a herd of swine. The ideals which have lighted me on my way and time after time given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Truth, Goodness, and Beauty. - Einstein
When the people of the world all know beauty as beauty, There arises the recognition of ugliness.
When they all know the good as good, There arises the recognition of evil. - Lao-Tzu
Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Beauty without expression is boring. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart. - Helen Keller