So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they're busy doing things they think are important. This is because they're chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.
Sharing tales of those we've lost is how we keep from really losing them.
Everyone knows they re going to die,' he said again, 'but nobody believes it. If we did, we would do things differently.
Devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.
The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in. Let it come in. We think we don't deserve love, we think if we let it in we'll become too soft. But a wise man named Levin said it right. He said, "Love is the only rational act.
But she wasn't around, and that's the thing when your parents die, you feel like instead of going in to every fight with backup, you are going into every fight alone.
Learn this from me. Holding anger is a poison. It eats you from inside. We think that hating is a weapon that attacks the person who harmed us. But hatred is a curved blade. And the harm we do, we do to ourselves.
It is not until much later, as the skin sags and the heart weakens, that children understand; their stories, and all their accomplishments, sit atop the stories of their mothers and fathers, stones upon stones, beneath the waters of their lives.
Holding on to things only breaks your heart.
Life has to end. Love doesn't.
There is a reason God limits our days.''Why?'' To make each one precious.
Sentiment is wherever you go.
People who don't normally read make an exception for my books, possibly because they're short.
If you are fully alive to the prospect of dying, you really start reprioritising your life.
I've always said I have one skill. That skill - if I have it at all - is storytelling.
It's such a shame to waste time. We always think we have so much of it.
All endings are also beginnings. We just don't know it at the time.
Holding anger is a poison...It eats you from inside...We think that by hating someone we hurt them...But hatred is a curved blade...and the harm we do to others...we also do to ourselves.
Nothing haunts us like the things we don't say.
Have you ever lost someone you love and wanted one more conversation, one more chance to make up for the time when you thought they would be here forever? If so, then you know you can go your whole life collecting days, and none will outweigh the one you wish you had back.
You have to start over. That's what they say. But life is not a board game, and losing a loved one is never really "starting over." More like "continuing without.
It is never too late or too soon. It is when it is supposed to be.
Desire sets our compass, but real life steers our course.
The most important elements of faith [are] believing in something bigger than yourself, taking care of those less fortunate than you.
Don't let go too soon, but don't hold on too long.
She loved me coming and going, at my worst and at my best. She had a bottomless well of love for me.
Each affects the other, and the other affects the next, and the world is full of stories, but the stories are all one.
Life is a series of pulls back and forth... A tension of opposites, like a pull on a rubber band. Most of us live somewhere in the middle. A wrestling match...Which side win? Love wins. Love always wins
This is part of what a family is about, not just love. It's knowing that your family will be there watching out for you. Nothing else will give you that. Not money. Not fame. Not work.
Don't cling to things because everything is impermanent.
We all yearn for what we have lost. But sometimes, we forget what we have.
The truth is, once you learn how to die, you learn how to live.
Accept who you are; and revel in it.
When someone is in your heart, they're never truly gone. They can come back to you, even at unlikely times.
You see, you closed your eyes. That was the difference. Sometimes you cannot believe what you see, you have to believe what you feel. And if you are ever going to have other people trust you, you must feel that you can trust them, too-even when you're in the dark. Even when you're falling.
The fact is, there is no foundation, no secure ground, upon which people may stand today if it isn't the family. If you don't have the support and love and caring and concern that you get from a family, you don't have much at all. Love is so supremely important. As our great poet Auden said, "Love each other or perish'.
I believe that you live on inside the hearts and minds of everyone you've touched while you were here on earth.
You have peace," the old woman said, "when you make it with yourself.
You have to find what's good and true and beautiful in your life as it is now. Looking back makes you competitive. And, age is not a competitive issue.