To love justice, to long for the right, to love mercy, to pitty the suffering, to assist the weak, to forget wrongs, and remember the benefit-to love the truth, to be sincere, to utter honest words, to love liberty, to wage relentless war against slavery in all its forms, to love wife and child and friend, to make a happy home, to love the beautiful; in art, in nature, to cultivate the mind, to be familiar with the mighty thoughts that genius has expressed, the noble deeds of all world, to cultivate courage and cheerfulness, to make others happy, to fill life with splendor of generous act, the warmth of loving words, to discard error, to destroy prejudice, to receive new truth with gladness, to cultivate hope, to see calm beyond the night, to do the best can be done and then to be resigned. This is the religion of reason, the credit of science. This satisfies the brain and heart.
-from the 19th century freethinker Robert Ingersoll’s ” On Science and Reason, “in What’s God Got To Do With It? (Steerforth), A timely compendium of his writing, edited by “O” Magazine-
Love is a choice-not simply, or necessarily, a rational choice, but rather a willingness to be present to others without pretense or guile.” –Carter Heyward
Never moan about the difficulty we face as each of us has capability to go through it. Just keep believing that in our struggle, sun shines for us as well.
“…….but if our expectations, if our fondest prayers and dreams aren’t realized, then we should all bear in mind that the greatest glory of living lies not in never falling but in rising every time we fall”. (Nelson Mandela)
Try this one, find the art of living you may not expect before.
- Thomas Jefferson’s ten rules for the good life -
1. Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.
2. Never trouble another for what you can do yourself.
3. Never spend your money before you have it.
4. Never buy what you do not want because it is cheap; it will never be dear to you.
5. Pride costs us more than hunger, thirst, and cold.
6. Never repent of having eaten too little.
7. Nothing is troublesome that we do willingly.
8. Don’t let the evils which have never happened cost you pain.
9. Always take things by their smooth handle.
10. When angry, count to ten before you speak; if very angry, count to one hundred.