Wednesday 21 May 2014

Quietist Proverbs, Part Two

We mustn’t try to improve our circumstances – they don’t need it (so why are there so many home makeover shows?).

Accept, adapt, move on.
All of humanity's problems stem from man's inability to sit quietly in a room alone. (Blaise Pascal)

Be glad! (Pollyanna)
Don’t wish your life away.
Enjoy what you have, every little detail of wherever you are. Don’t focus on where you aren’t. (Dennis Publishing)
Enough is as good as a feast.

Good things come to those who wait.
Health is wealth.

If you can’t get what you want, change your want. (Virginia Ironside)
If you got what you wanted, you’d only want something else.
If you want to change the world, why not start with yourself? (Popular in the revolutionary 80s.)
Il faut cultiver votre jardin. (Voltaire)
It’s all in the mind.

Let everyone be content with what God has given him. (Portuguese proverb)
Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it.
Man is disturbed not by things but by the views he takes of them. (Epictetus, circa 500 BC)
Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but unwilling to improve themselves. (James Allen)
Money isn’t everything.
Much coin, much care.
Nothing’s either good or bad but thinking makes it so.
One of the happiest moments ever is when you find the courage to let go of things you can’t change.

Take things as they come.
The best things in life are free.
The mind is its own place and of itself/ Can make a Heaven of Hell, a Hell of Heaven. (Milton, Paradise Lost)

There's no place like home.
There's nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so. (Shakespeare, Hamlet)

Tolerance is not about not offending others, it is about not allowing yourself to be offended. (Friend MG writes)

Two men look out through the same bars, One sees the mud, and one the stars." (Frederick Langridge, A Cluster of Quiet Thoughts)

We don't need more to be thankful for, we just need to be more thankful.
We make our own reality.
You can change climates, but not conditions.
You can only change the world a little bit at a time.
You can’t change others, you can only change yourself.
You don’t miss what you’ve never had.
You may not get what you want, but instead you get what you need. (Popular in the revolutionary 70s and 80s.)

No, don’t let go of things you can't change! Start a revolution, form a party, become an MP, lobby your MP, join a protest group, yarn bomb an arms fair – or just stick your head out of the window and shout “I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take it any more!”

More here, I'm afraid.

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