Positive Points to Ponder

Discussion in 'Politics & Religion' started by plumlazy, May 23, 2003.

  1. It has been said that to attain what is noble is difficult, but the very effort to gain it creates character, strength and grit. Only through perseverance and overcoming obstacles can you accomplish anything worth while. We think little of what we win easily. It is struggle that gives victory its preciousness.

    When you go out into the real world, you will find it a hard one, and many responsibilities will be laid upon your shoulders. Among them is trying to understand other people's problems and their way of thinking. That is the path to sympathy and the building up of true citizenship. That is democracy, which is a way of living together and working together. Only when we foster real democracy can we banish the intolerance and misunderstanding that divide the world today. You as future citizens will achieve immense good if you set yourselves this generous, broad work as your goal, and you will be happy to know that you are part of lifes greatness.

    - Hellen Keller- in an address to 1,200 South Australia students - (June 30,1948)

    *Have some Positive thoughts? - Your's or someone else's*
    Please post them here.
  2. Here's another Helen Keller quote for you:

    "In the East a new star is risen! With pain and anguish the old order has given birth to the new, and behold in the East a man-child is born! Onward, comrades, all together! Onward to the campfires of Russia! Onward to the coming dawn!"
  3. I suspect human nature will be revealed in this thread.
  4. Desiderata

    Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
    and remember what peace there may be in silence.
    As far as possible without surrender
    be on good terms with all persons.
    Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
    and listen to others,
    even the dull and the ignorant;
    they too have their story.

    Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
    they are vexations to the spirit.
    If you compare yourself with others,
    you may become vain and bitter;
    for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
    Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

    Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
    it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
    Exercise caution in your business affairs;
    for the world is full of trickery.
    But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
    many persons strive for high ideals;
    and everywhere life is full of heroism.

    Be yourself.
    Especially, do not feign affection.
    Neither be cynical about love;
    for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment
    it is as perennial as the grass.

    Take kindly the counsel of the years,
    gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
    Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
    But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
    Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
    Beyond a wholesome discipline,
    be gentle with yourself.

    You are a child of the universe,
    no less than the trees and the stars;
    you have a right to be here.
    And whether or not it is clear to you,
    no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

    Therefore be at peace with God,
    whatever you conceive Him to be,
    and whatever your labors and aspirations,
    in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.

    With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
    it is still a beautiful world.
    Be cheerful.
    Strive to be happy.

    Max Ehrmann, Desiderata, Copyright 1952
  5. "It is a quirk of human nature that the unusual and unfamiliar evokes extremes of confidence or anxiety, and so it was then."

    --Julius Caesar: The Gallic Wars
  6. "A man told me once that he believed just three things;

    First, it is better to be honest than to lie;

    Second, it is better to know than to be ignorant;

    Third, is is better to be free than to be a slave."

    --Admiral Bill "Bull' Halsey
  7. There are only two ways to live your life. One as though nothing is a miracle. The other as though everything is a miracle.

    Albert Einstien

    He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever.

    Chinese Proverb
  8. Hope can cripple and it can empower. True desire knows no bounds and will pave the road to success.

    Finding the way to
    what it is you desire
    lies within your heart