‘Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.’
Author of Codependent No More
‘Life is without meaning. You bring the meaning to it. The meaning of life is whatever you ascribe it to be. Being alive is the meaning.’
American Mythologist, Writer and Lecturer
‘I dare you to think bigger, to act bigger, and to be bigger. I dare you to think creatively. I dare you to lead and inspire others. I dare you to build character. I dare you to share. And I promise you a richer and more exciting life if you do!’
American Entrepreneur and Philanthropist
Founder of the Ralston Purina Company
Author of I Dare You!
‘Follow the path of the unsafe, independent thinker. Expose your ideas to the dangers of controversy. Speak your mind and fear less the label of ‘crackpot’ than the stigma of conformity. And on issues that seem important to you, stand up and be counted at any cost.’
Attorney for Cornelius Vanderbilt’s railroad interests
President of the New York Central Railroad System
United States Senator from New York from 1899 to 1911
‘To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist–that is all.’
Irish Writer and Poet
‘Ego is a need. It is a social need, it is a social by-product.’
The society means all that is around you–not you but all that is around you. All minus you is the society. And everybody reflects. You will go to school and the teacher will reflect who you are. You will be in friendship with other children and they will reflect who you are. By and by, everybody is adding to your ego, and everybody is trying to modify it in such a way that you don’t become a problem to the society.
They are not concerned with you. They are concerned with the society. Society is concerned with itself.
They are not concerned that you should become a self-knower. They are concerned that you should become an efficient part in the mechanism of the society. You should fit into the pattern. So they are trying to give you an ego that fits with the society. They teach you morality. Morality means giving you an ego which will fit with the society.’
Beyond The Frontier of the Mind
‘Joy, rather than happiness, is the goal of life, for joy is the emotion which accompanies our fulfilling our natures as human beings. It is based on the experience of one’s identity as a being of worth and dignity.’