Of all the things which wisdom provides to make us entirely happy, much the greatest is the possession of friendship.
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People’s strength of virtue should not be measured by their special exertions, but by their habitual acts.
A human being is part of a whole, called by us the “Universe”, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest – a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature.
We are fully responsible for our nature and our choices.
Consciously or unconsciously, every one of us does render some service or other. If we cultivate the habit of doing this service deliberately, our desire for service will steadily grow stronger and we will make not only our own happiness, but that of the world at large.
May we be happy.
May we be free and feel safe.
May we be free and feel well.
May we be free and prosper.
The ancients who wished to illustrate illustrious virtue throughout the kingdom, first ordered well their own states. Wishing to order well their states, they first regulated their families. Wishing to regulate their families, they first cultivated their persons. Wishing to cultivate their persons, they first rectified their hearts. Wishing to rectify their hearts, they first sought to be sincere in their thoughts. Wishing to be sincere in their thoughts, they first extended to the utmost their knowledge. Such extension of knowledge lay in the investigation of things.
One word is too little, and two are too much. Or is it one word is too much, and two are too little?
Some things in life are too serious to be taken lightly, some are too important not to be taken with a smile.