Quotes - Life Lessons Simplified

Over the years, in most of the things I have written, or talks I have given, I have peppered them with quotes.  I love quotes, and how they can simplify really important issues in a couple of sentences.  To this end, I have been compiling quotes that align with some newer things I am working on now, and thought I would share these in this blog.  See what these say to you.

"Things which matter the most must never be at the mercy of things that matter least"  Goethe

"You can go without marriage, justice or honor, but friendship is indispensable" Cicero

"Ubunthu - I am what I am because of who we all are"  African Concept

"Of all the things which wisdom provides to make us entirely happy, much of the greatest is the possession of friendship"  Epicurus

"From everyone to whom much has been given, much will be required. And, from the one to whom much has been entrusted, even more will be demanded"  Luke 12:48

"In the end we are all separate. Our stories, no matter how similar, come to a fork and diverge. We are drawn to each other because of our similarities, but it is our differences we must learn to respect"  Goethe

"In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for these people who rekindle our inner spirit"  Schweitzer

"To be lonely is to feel unwanted and unloved, and therefore unlovable. Loneliness is a taste of death"  Vanier

Life is short, so think about these quotes and what they mean to you. The more you reflect on your life, the closer you get to your own humanity.