Let It Be, Part 2

Posted on 2012 December 17


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“The World is so full of a number of things, I’m sure we should all be as happy as kings.” — R.L. Stevenson

Happiness is all around us, yet we search elsewhere.

“A watched pot never boils.” — traditional

The faster you hurry, the longer it takes.

If you desire many things, many things will seem but a few.” — Benjamin Franklin

The more you want, the more you need.

Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it.” — Soren Kierkegaard

The quicker you chase it, the further it recedes.

“To live is so startling, it leaves little time for anything else.” — Emily Dickinson

We should live in the world as if walking in the garden of Eden. (apologies to D.T. Suzuki)

You do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait. Do not even wait, be quiet still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked, it has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet.” — Franz Kafka

Expecting much, we become anxious. Expecting nothing, we’re constantly bemused.

It is perfectly obvious that the whole world is going to hell. The only possible chance that it might not is that we do not attempt to prevent it from doing so.” — Robert Oppenheimer

Some of the most intolerant people are those trying to get rid of intolerance.

Happiness consists in getting enough sleep. Just that, nothing more.” — Robert Heinlein

A nap a day keeps the doctor away.

“Progress isn’t made by early risers. It’s made by lazy men trying to find easier ways to do something.” — Robert Heinlein

Bismarck said his worst officers were stupid and active, while his best were smart and lazy.

“If you wait properly, the perfect motion will happen naturally.” — Fred Gratzon

Your best move happens by itself, so get out of the way and let it happen.

“Does a flower full of beauty, light and loveliness say, ‘I am giving, helping, serving’? It is! And because it is not trying to do anything it covers the earth.” — J. Krishnamurti

Just do what’s in front of you, and that will make the world go round.