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Quotable Quotes : Philosophy of Life

The Philosophy of Life

  • I asked for strength and God gave me difficulties to make me strong.  

  • I asked for wisdom and God gave me problems to solve.

  • I asked for prosperity and God gave me brain and brawn to work.

  • I asked for courage and God gave me danger to overcome.

  • I asked for love and God gave me troubled people to help.

  • I asked for favors and God gave me opportunities.

  • I received nothing I wanted,

  • I received everything I needed.

  • Take life as it comes

- Swami Vivekananda


A Life That Matters

Ready or not, someday it will all come to an end.

There will be no more sunrises or sunsets, no minutes, hours, or days. All the things you collected, whether treasured or forgotten, will pass to someone else.  Your wealth, fame, and temporal power will shrivel to irrelevance.

It will not matter what you owned or what you were owed. Your grudges, resentments, frustrations, and jealousies will finally disappear. So, too, your hopes, ambitions, plans, and to-do lists will expire.

The wins and losses that once seemed so important will fade away.  It won’t matter where you came from, or on what side of the tracks you lived, at the end.  It won’t matter whether you were beautiful or brilliant.  Even your gender and skin colour will be irrelevant.

So what will matter? How will the value of your days be measured?

What will matter is not what you bought, but what you built; Not what you got, but what you gave.  What will matter is not your success, but your significance.  What will matter is not what you learned, but what you taught.

What will matter is every act of integrity, compassion, courage or sacrifice that enriched, empowered or encouraged others to emulate your example.

What will matter is not your competence, but your character.  What will matter is not how many people you knew, but how many will feel a lasting loss when you’re gone.

What will matter is not your memories, but the memories that live in those who loved you.  What will matter is how long you will be remembered, by whom and for what.

Living a life that matters doesn’t happen by accident.

It’s not a matter of circumstance but of choice.

Choose to live a life that matters.  We make a living by what we earn but we make a life by what we give!!!


Simple Living

The industrialist was horrified to find the fisherman lying beside his boat, smoking his pipe. “Why aren’t you fishing?”, asked the industrialist. “Because I have caught enough fish for the day.” Why don’t you catch some more?” “What would I do with them?” “Earn more money. Then you could have a motor fixed to your boat and go into deeper waters and catch more fish. That would bring you money to buy nylon nets. So, more fish, more money. Soon you would have enough to buy two boats even a fleet of boats. Then you could be rich like me” “What would I do then?” “Then you could sit back and enjoy life.” “What do you think I’m doing now?

TOI, October 2004                                                                                                                  John Lane


Law of success

The first law of success is to bend all the energies to one point and gallop directly to the point looking neither to the left nor right. Successful persons have one specific idea, one steady aim, and a single concentrated purpose. It is like the hungry lion chasing the deer with the pin-pointed obsession to kill and consume the victim.  

The Hitavada, 25 October, 2004



We do not exist in alienation from other sentient beings and our environment; rather, we exist in profound interdependence. Once we experience and feel this interdependence of all living beings, we will cease to hurt, humiliate, exploit and kill another. We will want to free all sentient beings from suffering. This is karuna, compassion, which in turn gives rise to the responsibility to create happiness and its causes for all. This is maitri or loving-kindness.
Negative emotions or kleshas arise from the three poisons of ignorance, attachment and hatred. A mind habituated to these negativities gets deluded. But the 18th century Tibetan Yogi Chekawa observed: “This mind that is full of faults/ Has one great quality,/ That it does whatever it is taught”. The Six perfections or paramita of generosity, ethics, patience, effort, meditation and wisdom are Buddhist antidotes to negativity.

TOI, Nov 2003                                                                                                Suresh Jindal


 Living Temple
A human being is great because God dwells in him, lives in him; the highest of all truths, absolute truth, dwells in him.…..
According to my philosophy every human being is a temple….
All these conflicts going on in the world, religious conflicts, will vanish the day human beings understand the real philosophy of life that every human being is a living temple.

                        Swami Rama


Grow step by step
The tree is complete and perfect at every stage of its growth so that it can allow and enjoy its growth every moment. A baby tree may compare itself with another that is fully-grown and feel incomplete, not realizing that it is already that if only it allows itself to grow as per the information programmed in its seed. So realize that your role model too was once a baby tree but he realized that Mount Everest could only be climbed step by step. It cannot be reached in one go just as you cannot eat the whole chapati in one go. Your role model systematically divided the whole journey into baby steps that he could take every day with 100 per cent attention and stayed alert towards the best possible use of the coming moments.

Life Positive, May 2004


Hard work
Hard work is both a beginning and an end in itself. The harder a person works, the better he feels; and the better he feels, the harder he works. The best ideas will not work unless you work the ideas. Great talent without will-power and hard work is a waste. The duck keeps paddling relentlessly underneath but appears smooth and calm on top.

You Can Win                                                                                                           Shiv Khera


Taking risk
The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, and is nothing. They may avoid suffering and sorrow, but they cannot learn, feel, change, grow, love, or live. Chained by their attitudes, they are slaves, they have forfeited their freedom. Only a person who risks, is free.

You Can Win                                                                                                           Shiv Khera


Fine Balance
Often used in our conversation is ‘Use both your heart and head’ when we are confronted with difficult situations.  We view the head as the seat of logic, information, knowledge, facts, science etc.  The heart connotes softer skills like emotions, intuition, gut feel, thus the feeling level is associated with the heart.  So a balance is sought between the heart and the mind.  The human brain itself has two sides, the left-brain helps us in the logical thinking giving us the ability to learn and understand facts.  The right brain helps us in our creative endeavours, our love for music and our ability to innovate etc.  When we use both in balance we move forward towards realizing our potential.

Yoga and Total Health, February 2004                                                               Renu Khazanchi


Take obstacles in right spirit
Obstacles on our way may come when God feels too happy with us and wants us to grow even stronger. A river looks beautiful when it flows serenely under a moonlit night. It, however, looks even more beautiful and mightier when it lashes out at the rock that she meets on her way. The only way to grow stronger is to believe that you are a river that no rock can stop from flowing.

Life Positive, May 2004


Who is Rich
Who is rich and who is poor in the world? Almost everyone will say that one who has plenty of money is rich and one who has none is poor.
This reply is not very appropriate. Because, even when endowed with a lot of money, a rich man craving for more and more, will not be happy. A man without happiness cannot be called rich.
On the contrary, a man may have very little money, but if he does not long for more, he will ever remain happy. And because he is so, he is really rich.
Hence, satisfaction is the correct measure of richness or poverty.

Tattvaloka, September 2004


 Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, Nobody
This is a story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody. There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it, Somebody got angry about that because it was Everybody’s job. Everybody thought Anybody could do it, but Nobody realised that Everybody wouldn’t do it. It ended up that everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done!



Bee or Fly
Be like the bee which goes from one flower to another, savouring the nectar from each of them.  A fly, on the other hand, sits on a garbage, and then flies to a sweetmeat shop again to the gutter and back to the rose garden.  The fly is alternating between goodness and toxin.  But the bee picks and chooses from what is available and is attracted to the good alone and hence flies from one flower to another.  Being like a bee in life, will enable us to move from one form of goodness to another, and we will be attracted to all the sacredness of existence.  To be like a fly is to indulge in negativities like anger, hatred and jealousies and then visiting the temples and shrines for prayer.  

Swami Sukhabodhananda


“Opportunities multiply as they are seized: they die when neglected.” Opportunities are all around us. What matters is our focus. Focus means:

  • Single minded concentration.

  • Unwavering pursuit of the goal.

  • Passion and enthusiasm with no limits.

  • A definite sense of destiny.

  • Boundless vision and commitment to excellence.  

The Hivitavada, 17 October, 2004


How to stay young  


Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height.


Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.


Keep learning. Learn more about the computers, crafts, gardening, whatever. Never let the brain idle.  


Enjoy the simple things. 


Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.  


The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person who is with us our entire life, is ourselves. Be ALIVE while you are alive.  


Surround yourself with what you love, whether it’s family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, and hobbies, whatever.  



Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.  


Don’t take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, to the next country, to a foreign country, but NOT to where the guilt is.  


Love the people, who love you at every opportunity.  

AND ALWAYS REMEMBER: Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.  

Dignity Dialogue June, 2004


Predictive medicine

Commerce of predictive medicine weakens the mind and creates fear and worry of disability and death.  Weak mind and constant worry makes it really happen.