Life is Beautiful

Alice Herz-Sommer, Czech Republic

(Submitted by The Art of Living Team)

When you know history - wars and wars and wars … it begins with this: that we are born half-good and half-bad - everybody, everybody. And there are situations where the bad comes out and situations where the good comes out. This is the reason why people invented religion, I believe. I had a twin sister - same mother, same father, same upbringing. She was extremely gifted, but a terrible pessimist, but I was the contrary. This is the reason I am so old, even now, I am sure.

Don't compromise

Janis Joplin, USA

Don’t compromise yourself. You are all you’ve got.

Cherry Blossoms

Murasaki Shikibu, Japan

This life of ours would not cause you sorrow if you thought of it as like the mountain cherry blossoms which bloom and fade in a day.

When there's no-one there

Tamara Djermanovic, Belgrade

(Submitted by the author)

They say that we Slavs, like the Russians and Serbs, not only know how to live, but also how to survive. But beyond the clichés, I would say that the true art of living lies in knowing how to give, and how to give of oneself. And not only when there are other people around, but also when there’s no-one there.

The world is my home

Ismail Serageldin, Egypt

To be one with nature, with the universe and with all people. To rejoice in being human, and to cherish the capacity to think. To care for this wonderful world and to try to do something to leave it better than we found it. To be able to honor the past, to celebrate the present and to embrace the future. To be able to shout with joy and conviction:

The world is my home.
Humanity is my family,
Non-violence is my creed.
Peace, justice, equality and dignity for all is my purpose.
Engagement, rationality, tolerance, dialogue, learning and understanding are my means.


Connie Spittler, USA

(Submitted by the author)

Pulled by the sun, my husband Bob and I threw away our mittens, woolly hats and snow shovels as we moved from the Midwest to Arizona. No more flakes of lace falling on a silent, sleeping yard or night air crisp enough to freeze the tips off stars. Some holiday images we forfeited, but one tradition we kept. The Spittler Christmas Eve supper.

It's a game

Simon Sinek, England

Life is not a competition, it’s a game. It’s not about winning or losing, it’s about all the fun you can have before it ends.

'Je ne regrette rien'

Edith Piaf, France

Upon Awakening on a Weekday Morning at Three-Years-Old

Ama Reynolds, USA

(Submitted by the author)

We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time. - T. S. Eliot.

Who we are

Simon Sinek, England

(Submitted by the Art of Living Team)

Who we are is the sum total of what we do, why we do what we do and how we do it. If any piece is missing, others will struggle to know who we are.

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