There are 41 wars being fought around the world right now. Most of us are busy and we race through our weeks without paying a great deal of attention, but yesterday this week stopped, because one of those wars reached into the sky and grabbed 298 people who could have been any of us.
Much learning does not teach understanding.
—Heraclitus (544-483 B.C). (via zenhumanism)
And this I believe: that the free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world. And this I would fight for: the freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected. And this I must fight against: any idea, religion, or government which limits or destroys the individual. This is what I am and what I am about.
I hope to live all my life for my art, without abandoning my principles one iota.
—Gustave Courbet (via itsquoted)
Man is a gregarious animal and much more so in his mind than in his body. A golden rule; judge men not by their opinions but by what their opinions have made of them.
—Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (via itsquoted)
Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything - anger, anxiety, or possessions - we cannot be free.
—Thich Nhat Hanh (via thecalminside)
Treat every moment as your last. It is not preparation for something else.
—Shunryu Suzuki (via purplebuddhaproject)