“This Is What You Shall Do”
“This is what you shall do; Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body.” (Walt Whitman)
“Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.” (H. Jackson Brown Jr.)
“Some people claim there is no life after death,” said a disciple.
“Do they now?” replied the Master.
“Wouldn’t it be awful to die,” said the disciple, “and never again see or hear or love or move?”
“You find that awful?” the Master inquired. “But that’s how most people are even before they die.” (Anthony de Mello, SJ)
“Human beings are not born once and for all on the day their mothers give birth to them, but … life obliges them over and over again to give birth to themselves.” (Gabriel García Márquez)
“Never travel faster than your guardian angel can fly.” (Mother Teresa)