When one takes a rest, the other one tends to take up the slack. Otherwise, if there was no hope, or no possibility of freedom from suffering, mere reflection on suffering just becomes morbid thinking, and would be quite negative. Mark Twain Expecting life to treat you well because you are a good person is like expecting an angry bull not to charge because you are a vegetarian. There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different from the things we do. Rick Warren Happiness and sadness run parallel to each other. There are times when the only correct thing we can do is to bear out troubles until a better day.
And in this type of relationship there is a role for genuine compassion. A healthy outlook is not to be surprised when pain and misfortune occur. Matters of small concern should be treated seriously. We need silence to be able to reach our Self. Although aggression can occur, overall our fundamental nature is gentleness.
Marla Gibbs Love is a that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own…Jealousy is a disease, love is a healthy condition. Ayn Rand Indeed, man wishes to be happy even when he so lives as to make happiness impossible. And I had to admit that my run-ins with him had ultimately benefited me -- they had been instrumental in my decision to quit working at that facility, which ultimately led to more satisfying work. Bodhidharma The more you talk and think about it, the further astray you wander from the truth. This chapter begins with a Buddhist story illustrating the universality of suffering and loss. Alan Watts Muddy water is best cleared by leaving it alone. Suzuki Reality is created by the mind, we can change our reality by changing our mind.
Huang Po True depth of understanding is wide and steady. Give a bowl of rice to a man and you will feed him for a day. In this sense, ignorance is also quite natural. This enhances your capacity for compassion towards others. Idel Dreimer True happiness is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose. Victor Frankl was a Jewish psychiatrist and was imprisoned by the Nazis. Thomas Merton Happiness is a by-product of an effort to make someone else happy.
And I think that if that human ability, that human intelligence, develops in an unbalanced way, without being properly counterbalanced by compassion, then it can become destructive. Unlike those relationships based on caring and genuine affection, this is another matter. Learning to tolerate misfortune is the first step on the path towards liberation from suffering. Smile while you still have teeth. John Milton To be content means that you realize you contain what you seek. They give an example on how pain can be a good thing such as childbirth.
The way it actually works is the reverse. Neither wisdom nor technique has a place in this. Happiness is a state where nothing is missing. Make the smallest distinction, however, and heaven and earth are set infinitely apart. Chronicles 9:7 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
Lodro Rinzler Buddhism teaches that joy and happiness arise from letting go. Seems circular to me: We know we can be happy because it is our underlying nature; we know it is our underlying nature because we're happier that way. This can be accomplished by letting go of dissatisfaction. Jiddu Krishnamurti Pursue not the outer entanglements; dwell not in the inner void; be serene in the oneness of things; and dualism vanishes by itself. Reinoso We cannot be happy if we expect to live all the time at the highest peak of intensity. Other days I put my keys in the fridge.
Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it. Wei Wu Wei The more you suffer the deeper grows your character, and with the deepening of your character you read the more penetratingly into the secrets of life. Robertson Davies Happiness is a well-balanced combination of love, labour, and luck. See that you yourself have been in this state many times. Shunryu Suzuki We should not hoard knowledge; we should be free from our knowledge.
Lady Blessington To be stupid, selfish, and have good health are three requirements for happiness, though if stupidity is lacking, all is lost. Because helping others makes us happier. There is no need to attain it, since not one of your steps leads away from it. Dogen It is the nature of the wise to resist pleasures, but the foolish to be a slave to them. James Openheim The more you feed your mind with positive thoughts, the more you can attract great things into your life. Marcel Proust Who is the happiest of men? Bodhidharma The ultimate Truth is beyond words. So, I think that the more honest you are, the more self-confident you will be.