„Every one of us may know what is the ruling purpose of his life; and he who knows that his ruling purpose is to trust and follow Christ knows that he is a Christian.“
— Washington Gladden American pastor 1836 - 1918
Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), P. 17.
„In the early ages, I believe not much thought was given to what man is and what his real functions should be, and what is the real purpose of his life.“
— Morarji Desai Former Indian Finance Minister, Freedom Fighters, Former prime minister 1896 - 1995
19th World Vegetarian Congress 1967
„Idleness is the great corrupter of youth, and the bane and dishonor of middle age. He who, in the prime of life, finds time to hang heavy on his hands, may with much reason suspect that he has not consulted the duties which the consideration of his age imposed upon him; assuredly he has not consulted his happiness.“
— Hugh Blair British philosopher 1718 - 1800
Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), P. 345.
„The advantage, the luxury, as well as the torment and responsibility of the novelist, is that there is no limit to what he may attempt as an executant — no limit to his possible experiments, efforts, discoveries, successes.“
— Henry James American novelist, short story author, and literary critic 1843 - 1916
The Art of Fiction http://public.wsu.edu/~campbelld/amlit/artfiction.html (1884)
„He is a very strong headed person and that shows on-screen (in matches)… He got success at an early age and still he is so grounded and humble. He loves his game. I want to learn that from him“
— Harbhajan Singh Indian cricketer 1980
About, Actress Geeta Basra on Singh, quoted on sports.ndtv, "Harbhajan Singh's Passion and Humility a Source of Inspiration for Girlfriend Geeta Basra" http://sports.ndtv.com/cricket/news/243922-harbhajan-singh-s-passion-and-humilty-a-source-of-inspiration-for-girlfriend-geeta-basra, June 17, 2015.
— Oprah Winfrey American businesswoman, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist 1954
Context: What I learned at a very early age was that I was responsible for my life. And as I became more spiritually conscious, I learned that we all are responsible for ourselves, that you create your own reality by the way you think and therefore act. You cannot blame apartheid, your parents, your circumstances, because you are not your circumstances. You are your possibilities. If you know that, you can do anything. O Magazine (January 2007), pages 160 & 217
„i>Life as the product of life. However far man may extend himself with his knowledge, however objective he may appear to himself - ultimately he reaps nothing but his own biography.“
— Friedrich Nietzsche German philosopher, poet, composer, cultural critic, and classical philologist 1844 - 1900
Human, All Too Human (1878), Helen Zimmern translation, Das Leben als Ertrag des Lebens. Der Mensch mag sich noch so weit mit seiner Erkenntniss ausrecken, sich selber noch so objectiv vorkommen: zuletzt trägt er doch Nichts davon, als seine eigene Biographie. Section IX, "Man Alone with Himself" / aphorism 513
„Cain has built a city. For God's Eden he substitutes his own, for the goal given to his life by God, he substitutes a goal chosen by himself.“
— Jacques Ellul French sociologist, technology critic, and Christian anarchist 1912 - 1994
The Meaning of the City (1951), p. 5
„He devoted himself, his life, his fortune, his hereditary honors, his towering ambition, his splendid hopes, all to the cause of liberty.“
— John Quincy Adams American politician, 6th president of the United States (in office from 1825 to 1829) 1767 - 1848
Oration on Lafayette (1834), Context: There have doubtless been, in all ages, men, whose discoveries or inventions, in the world of matter or of mind, have opened new avenues to the dominion of man over the material creation; have increased his means or his faculties of enjoyment; have raised him in nearer approximation to that higher and happier condition, the object of his hopes and aspirations in his present state of existence. Lafayette discovered no new principle of politics or of morals. He invented nothing in science. He disclosed no new phenomenon in the laws of nature. Born and educated in the highest order of feudal Nobility, under the most absolute Monarchy of Europe, in possession of an affluent fortune, and master of himself and of all his capabilities at the moment of attaining manhood, the principle of republican justice and of social equality took possession of his heart and mind, as if by inspiration from above. He devoted himself, his life, his fortune, his hereditary honors, his towering ambition, his splendid hopes, all to the cause of liberty. He came to another hemisphere to defend her. He became one of the most effective champions of our Independence; but, that once achieved, he returned to his own country, and thenceforward took no part in the controversies which have divided us. In the events of our Revolution, and in the forms of policy which we have adopted for the establishment and perpetuation of our freedom, Lafayette found the most perfect form of government. He wished to add nothing to it.
„We may be likened to two scorpions in a bottle, each capable of killing the other, but only at the risk of his own life.“
— Robert Oppenheimer American theoretical physicist and professor of physics 1904 - 1967
"Atomic Weapons and American Policy", Foreign Affairs (July 1953), p. 529
„Undoubtedly, as it seems to me at least, satiety of all pursuits causes satiety of life. Boyhood has certain pursuits: does youth yearn for them? Early youth has its pursuits: does the matured or so-called middle stage of life need them? Maturity, too, has such as are not even sought in old age, and finally, there are those suitable to old age. Therefore as the pleasures and pursuits of the earlier periods of life fall away, so also do those of old age; and when that happens man has his fill of life and the time is ripe for him to go.“
— Marcus Tullius Cicero Roman philosopher and statesman -106 - -43 a.C.
Cato Maior de Senectute – On Old Age (44 BC), Omnino, ut mihi quidem videtur studiorum omnium satietas vitae facit satietatem. Sunt pueritiae studia certa: num igitur ea desiderant adulescentes? Sunt ineuntis adulescentiae: num ea constans iam requirit aetas, quae media dicitur? Sunt etiam eius aetatis: ne ea quidem quaeruntur in senectute. Sunt extrema quaedam studia senectutis: ergo, ut superiorum aetatum studia occidunt, sic occidunt etiam senectutis; quod cum evenit, satietas vitae tempus maturum mortis affert. section 76 http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/text?doc=Perseus%3Atext%3A2007.01.0039%3Asection%3D76
— Swami Vivekananda Indian Hindu monk and phylosopher 1863 - 1902
„So long as the man with ambition is a failure, the world will tell him to let go of his ideal; but when his ambition is realized, the world will praise him for the persistence and the determination that he manifested during his dark hours, and everybody will point to his life as an example for coming generations. This is invariably the rule. Therefore pay no attention to what the world says when you are down. Be determined to get up, to reach the highest goal you have in view, and you will.“
— Christian D. Larson Prolific author of metaphysical and New Thought books 1874 - 1962
Your Forces and How to Use Them (1912), Chapter 6, p. 101
„All that is good in civilization must be for the equal use of all, in order that each man may make his life most worthwhile to the common life and to himself.“
— George D. Herron American clergyman, writer and activist 1862 - 1925
Between Caesar and Jesus (1899), p. 15