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Quotes of famous authors - although not mine, but close to my own thoughts


Some pursue happiness - others create it.

It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere.
Agnes Repplier

If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.
Albert Einstein

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
Mahatma Gandhi


The religion of the future will be a cosmic religion. It should transcend a personal God and avoid dogmas and theology. Covering both the natural and the spiritual, it should be based on a religious sense arising from the experience of all things, natural and spiritual as a meaningful unity. If there is any religion that would cope with modern scientific needs, it would be Buddhism.
Albert Einstein

Photography by Ansel Adams

A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed.

There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs.

When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.


I love you not because of who you are, but because of who I am when I am with you.

Just because someone doesn't love you the way you want them to, doesn't mean they don't love you with all they have.

Lovers don't finally meet somewhere. They're in each other all along.


To conquer oneself is a greater task than conquering others

The supreme excellence is not to win a hundred victories in a hundred battles. The supreme excellence is to subdue the armies of your enemies without even having to fight them.
Lao Tzu

The man who fights too long against dragons becomes a dragon himself
Friedrich Nietzsche

If you hate a person, you hate something in him that is part of yourself. What isn't part of ourselves doesn't disturb us.
Hermann Hesse

Life & fortune

I have always believed, and I still believe, that whatever good or bad fortune may come our way we can always give it meaning and transform it into something of value.
Hermann Hesse

Beware the barrenness of a busy life.

There can be no real freedom without the freedom to fail.
Erich Fromm

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.
Reinhold Niebuhr

The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal.

He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Don't try so hard, the best things come when you least expect them to.

We consider the events to be random if their regularity exceeds the boundaries of our understanding.

There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle.
Albert Einstein

Knowledge & wisdom

But your questions, which are unanswerable without exception, all spring from the same erroneous thinking.
Herman Hesse

I know what I have given you. I do not know what you have received
Antonio Porchia

By three methods we may learn wisdom: first, by reflection, which is noblest; second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.

The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.

Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.
Erich Fromm

The man never feels the want of what it never occurs to him to ask for.
Arthur Schopenhauer

He who knows, does not speak. He who speaks, does not know.
Lao Tzu

Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is enlightenment.
Lao Tzu

Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance.

Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.
Albert Einstein

Reality is merely an illusion, although a very persistent one.
Albert Einstein

Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.
Albert Einstein

Lao Tzu

A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.

Great acts are made up of small deeds.

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.

The softest things in the world overcome the hardest things in the world.


You only lose what you cling to.

All that we are is the result of what we have thought.

You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.

To understand everything is to forgive everything

He is able who thinks he is able.


Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.

Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change.

When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.

Wherever you go, go with all your heart.