Get it done!

Listen and watch

Madame de Sévigné, France

(Submitted by Claire Parmentier, France)

If human beings are born with two eyes, two ears and only one tongue, it is because one must listen and watch twice before speaking.

Act accordingly

Oleguer Sarsanedas, Spain

(Submitted by the author)

When in serious doubt as to what to do in your life, go back to your childhood and remember who you are. Then act accordingly.

One who waits

Ezra Pound, USA

(Submitted by Annelise Sorensen, Denmark )

A slave is one who waits for someone to come and free him.

Like a bonfire

Shunryu Suzuki, Japan

(Submitted by Nick Rivas, USA)

When you do something, you should burn yourself up completely, like a good bonfire, leaving no trace of yourself.


Henry D. Thoreau, USA

(Submitted by The Art of Living Team)

Happy he who walks for the simple pleasure of walking.

Strong roots

Hsing Yung, China

(Submitted by Endah Winarto, Indonesia)

We must use most of our energy to plant strong roots now, instead of worrying over the plants that are already growing from the roots we planted in the past.

We are the ones

The Elders, Oraibi, Arizona Hopi Nation

(Submitted by The Art of Living Team)

You have been telling people that this is the eleventh hour.
Now you must go back and tell people that this is the hour!
And there are things to be considered:
Where are you living?
What are you doing?
What are your relationships?
Are you in right relation?
Where is your water?

Know your Garden.
It is time to speak your truth.
Create your community.
Be good to yourself.
And not look outside of yourself for a leader.

This could be a good time!
There is a river flowing very fast.

If you want to change the world

J. Krishnamurti, India

(Submitted by Sadhana Gupta, India)

If you want to change the world, if you want to destroy the shadow that lies across it and make it healthy, pure and strong, you yourself must be strong; you yourself must be free from all fear. You must destroy those things which are false, unessential, which create superstition and chaos. And to do that, you yourself must be beyond the clutches of fear.

Do not search, do not run

Hui Hai, China

(Submitted by The Art of Living Team)

Search and you will lose it. Do not search and you will immediately find it. Stop and it will be right here. Run and it will not be anywhere.


Aldous Huxley, England

(Submitted by Claire Elizabeth Terry, England)

Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.

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