Let It Be

Posted on 2012 March 11


Quotes to soothe the worrier, salve the workaholic, set straight the world changer — and give solace to the slackers among us:

“Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: and yet I say unto you, that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.” — King James Bible

“Ambition has its disappointments to sour us, but never the good fortune to satisfy us.” — Benjamin Franklin

“Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.” — Benjamin Franklin

” . . . Every individual . . . is in this, as in many other cases, led by an invisible hand to promote an end which was no part of his intention. . . . By pursuing his own interest he frequently promotes that of the society more effectually than when he really intends to promote it.” — Adam Smith

“What has been the effect of coercion? To make one half the world fools, and the other half hypocrites. To support roguery and error all over the earth.” — Thomas Jefferson

“I had rather be shut up in a very modest cottage with my books, my family and a few old friends, dining on simple bacon, and letting the world roll on as it liked, than to occupy the most splendid post, which any human power can give.” — Thomas Jefferson

“You see, many of the troubles going on in the world right now are being supervised by people with very good intentions whose attempts are to keep things in order, to clean things up, to forbid this, and to prevent that. The more we try to put everything to rights, the more we make fantastic messes.” — Alan Watts

“The greater part of human activity is designed to make permanent those experiences and joys which are only lovable because they are changing.” — Alan Watts

“When we do not expect anything we can be ourselves. That is our way, to live fully in each moment of time.” — Shunryu Suzuki

“All you have to do to transform your hell into a paradise is to turn your fall into a voluntary act.” — Joseph Campbell

“We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.” — Joseph Campbell

“There is nowhere to go and nothing to get.” — Zen saying

“Everybody seems to think I’m lazy / I don’t mind, I think they’re crazy / Running everywhere at such a speed / Till they find there’s no need.” — John Lennon

“Day after day, alone on the hill, / The man with the foolish grin / Is keeping perfectly still. / But nobody wants to know him, / They can see that he’s just a fool. / And he never gives an answer / But the fool on the hill / Sees the sun going down / And the eyes in his head / See the world spinning round.” — Paul McCartney

“A motion to adjourn is always in order.” — Robert Heinlein

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“When the situation is hopeless, there’s nothing to worry about.” — Edward Abbey