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Aphorisms from Aa to Zz: Ll August 5, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Humor, Mindfulness.


He deserves Paradise who makes his companions laugh. ~ The Koran

We do not laugh because we are happy.  We are happy because we laugh. ~ William James

Look for the laughter.

Read more, learn more, laugh more, love more.

Life is good, but life is short. Bad things happen, laugh when you can. ~ Pam Partain

Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face. ~ Victor Hugo

Laughter is the shortest distance between two people. ~ Victor Borge

Letting Go

When we release our attachments, we open our hearts to the world, and see the path unfolding before us.

When we hang on to our opinions and judgments, there is no room for anything else. ~ Lama Surya Das

You must empty yourself of the past, in order to receive the present. ~ Zen Parable

Letting go is the path to freedom. ~ Lama Surya Das

When we relinquish, or renounce, the extraneous, we are left with the essential, which cannot be lost.  ~ Lama Surya Das

When we stop clinging to ego attachments, we lighten our load and learn who we truly are. ~ Lama Surya Das

How refreshing the whinny of a pack horse fully unloaded! ~ Classic Haiku

When we let go of all attachments and expectations, we see through the roles, veils, and masks that obscure the Spirit within. 

When we choose to just be, our authentic presence is revealed.


Life consists not in holding good cards, but in playing well those you hold. ~ Josh Billings

Life’s perfection lies in its imperfection.

All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. – Walt Disney

Life is fun ~ feel its pulse.

Life is a Journey, not a Destination. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Take risks.  

I would rather be a failure at something I love to do, than a success at something I don’t. ~ George Burns

Life is a daring adventure, or it is nothing. ~ Helen Keller

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud, was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. ~ Anais Nin

Life is a glorious journey ~ ours to shape into something truly wonderful. 

If we’re too focused on reaching the destination, we miss all the lovely detours along the way.

Life is rolling along . . . and gathering speed. 

You’ll miss half the trip if you have your eyes glued to the rear-view mirror.

There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval. ~ George Santayana

Life is a series of bizarre twists and turns.  Enjoy the ride.

Life does not cease to be funny when people die, any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh. ~ George Bernard Shaw


You have greater impact on others by the way you listen, than by the way you talk. ~ James R. Fisher, Jr.

Listening to your heart, finding out who you are, is not simple.  It takes time for the chatter to quiet down.  In the silence of “not doing” we begin to know what we feel. If we listen and hear what is being offered, anything in life can be our guide.  Listen. ~ Poster

Listen to the still, small voice within.

The first duty of love is to listen.


Live each day the best way you know how. ~ Vince Beall

Live the calm, fearless, and selflessly loving life that arises when you know your spirit.

Dance as if no one were watching,
Sing as if no one were listening,
And live every day as if it were your last.  ~ Irish Proverb

People living deeply have no fear of death. ~ Anais Nin

Look Within

Turn the spotlight inward. ~ Gandhi

Look deep ~ the answers lie within.

Meditate on the still, silent spaces in your mind.

In stillness lies truth.

What lies before us, and what lies behind us, are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. ~ Attributed to both Ralph Waldo Emerson & Oliver Wendell Holmes

Know thyself ~ Inscription, Oracle of Apollo at Delphi, Greece

To thine own self be true. ~ Shakespeare


This is my commandment, that you love one another. ~ Jesus, in John 15:12

What if seekers need only ask:  How well do I love?

Do small things with great love. ~ Mother Teresa

Love is all we need. ~ John Lennon

The first duty of love is to listen.

Love grows within.  You are the garden.  Nurture yourself.


1. Agatha82 - August 5, 2010

It’s no wonder that they say laughter is great medicine 🙂

nrhatch - August 5, 2010

It really is. My favorite story ~ Norman Cousins.

After being told he would die within 6 months, he laughed his way back to health.

2. theonlycin - August 5, 2010

Don’t forget Libido ;p

nrhatch - August 6, 2010

And Lust. : )

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