Book Name: Winter’s Tale
Author: Mark Helprin
Quote: Nothing is random, nor will anything ever be …
In the end, or rather, as things really are, any event, no matter how small, is intimately and sensibly tied to all others …
And, when all is perceived in such a way as to obviate time, justice becomes apparent not as something that will be, but something that is.
Book Name: The Road to Character
Author: David Brooks
Quote: Recovering from suffering is not like recovering from a disease. Many people don’t come out healed; they come out different.
Book Name: Thinking, Fast and Slow
Author: Daniel Kahneman
Quote: Nothing in life is as important as you think it is, while you are thinking about it.
Book Name: The Little Prince
Author: Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Quote: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye.
Book Name: The Cost of Living
Author: Arundhati Roy
Quote: To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance.
To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you.
To seek joy in the saddest of places. To pursue beauty to its lair.
To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple.
To respect strength, never power.
Above all to watch. To try and understand. To never look away.
And never, never to forget.
Book Name: Being Mortal
Author: Atul Gawande
Quote: Human beings need loyalty. It does not necessarily produce happiness, and can even be painful, but we all require devotion to something more than ourselves for our lives to be endurable. Without it, we have only our desires to guide us, and they are fleeting, capricious, and insatiable.
Book Name: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Author: Maya Angelou
Quote: There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
Book Name: Love Warrior
Author: Glennon Doyle Melton
Quote: Beautiful means ‘full of beauty.’ Beautiful is not about how you look on the outside, beautiful is about what you’re made of. Beautiful people spend time discovering what their idea of beauty on this earth is. They know themselves well enough to know what they love, and they love themselves enough to fill up with a little of their particular kind of beauty each day.
Book Name: On My Own
Author: Diane Rehm
Quote: I don’t believe in closure. What does it really mean? Does it mean the closing of a door, the locking up of memories, the refusal to allow a flow of consciousness that may involve some measure of grief?
Book Name: Eat, Pray, Love
Author: Elizabeth Gilbert
Quote: People think a soul mate is your perfect fit, and that’s what everyone wants. But a true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that is holding you back, the person who brings you to your own attention so you can change your life.
Book Name: The Alchemist
Author: Paulo Coelho
Quote: It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.
“Someone I once knew wrote that we walk away from our dreams afraid that we may fail or worse yet, afraid we may succeed.”
A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery while on a detour. ~ Unknown
A Genuinely happy person is one who has rendered others happy. ~ Daisaku Ikeda
A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of Attitudes. ~ Hugh Downs
The Bucket List:
“You know, the ancient Egyptians had a beautiful belief about death. When their souls got to the entrance to heaven, the guards asked two questions. Their answers determined whether they were able to enter or not. ‘Have you found joy in your life?’ ‘Has your life brought joy to other?’ “